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Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon Gen 8 Laptop

MSRP 950 USDNEX score 83%

Product Overview

The 8th-gen ThinkPad X1 Carbon premium, ultra-portable business laptop designed for durability and performance on the go. Powered by 10th-gen Intel Comet Lake medium-powered (U-series) CPUs, it features updated security solutions compared to its predecessor, the Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon Gen 7 but is surprisingly rather similar otherwise.
In the same generation of ThinkPad X1-series lineup, Lenovo also markets the X1 Nano, X1 Extreme Gen 3, the 2-in-1 X1 Yoga Gen 5, and the foldable X1 Fold.

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Ratings

What we found**

Pros
  • Matte 4K panel
  • Good battery life
  • Good keyboard and touchpad
  • Good system performance
Cons
  • High power consumption
  • Low color space coverage

What external reviewers found***

NEX score: 83% (not directly comparable across industries)
Pros
  • Gorgeous 4K HDR screen
  • Good battery life
  • Sleek design
  • Comfortable keyboard and touchpad
  • High contrast ratio (~1600:1)
Cons
  • No Thunderbolt 3 port
  • No P3 color gamut
  • High deviations in the color cast
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Price Comparison (incl. referral links)*

Specifications

Variants:
FHD
UHD
WQHD

Connectivity

Ports
2x thunderbolt 3, 2x USB 3.2 Gen1, HDMI 1.4, audio combo
Wireless Connectivity
WiFi 6, LTE, Bluetooth 5.0, NFC

Construction

Battery | Capacity
51 Wh
Microphone
4x 360-degree microphones
Speakers
Dolby Atmos speakers

Dimensions

Size | Depth
218 mm
Size | Height
14.9 mm
Size | Width
323 mm
Weight
Starting at 1.09 kg

Display

UHDBrightness
500 nits
FHDBrightness
400 or 500 nits
WQHDBrightness
300 nits
Display Diagonal
14"
Display Type
IPS, PrivacyGuard available
Resolution
FHD, WQHD, or 4K UHD

Function

Fast Charging
Yes
Graphics
Integrated Intel UHD Graphics
UHDHDR
HDR400
Operating System
Linux Fedora or Windows 10
Processor
Up to 10th gen Intel Core i7-10610U
Touch Screen
Available

Performance

Battery Life
Up to 19.5 hours
Memory | Capacity
Up to 16GB
Memory | Type
LPDDR3 2133MHz
Power Supply
65W
Storage
Up to 2TB PCIe SSD

Production

Debut
2020 CES

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3rd-Party Review Videos

External Reviews

notebookcheck[1]

Sentiment Score 79%
Reviewers from notebookcheck have found the following***:
The 2020 ThinkPad X1 Carbon is only a small update compared to last year's model, but it is still a very good and lightweight business laptop. Lenovo also offers the device with a glossy 4K HDR screen, which we will have a closer look at today. The additional price for the 4K panel is around 170 Euros in Lenovo's online shop.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • High contrast ratio (~1600:1)
  • Gorgeous 4K HDR screen
  • Good battery life
Cons
  • No P3 color gamut
  • High deviations in the color cast

pcmag[2]

Sentiment Score 86%
Reviewers from pcmag have found the following***:
The ThinkPad X1 Carbon aced our most important test, exceeding the 4,000 points that indicate outstanding productivity in PCMark 10. It's not a 3D rendering or huge-dataset-gobbling workstation, but it'll rip through your most complex spreadsheets without breaking a sweat. Its slightly larger screen, slightly preferable keyboard, and HDMI port put us on Team XPS.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Fantastic battery life
  • Comfortable keyboard and touchpad
  • Sleek design
Cons
  • No Thunderbolt 3 port

User Reviews

References

1. ^ Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon 2020 Business-Laptop Review: 4K display costs battery runtime. [notebookcheck]. https://www.notebookcheck.net/Lenovo-ThinkPad-X1-Carbon-2020-Business-Laptop-Review-4K-display-costs-battery-runtime.482570.0.html. Retrieved 2021-03-22.
2. ^ Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon Gen 8 (2020) Review. [pcmag]. https://www.pcmag.com/reviews/lenovo-thinkpad-x1-carbon-gen-8-2020. 2020-10-14. Retrieved 2021-03-22.

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