Review Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon Gen 6 (2018): the best ThinkPad - VnReview
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Review Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon Gen 6 (2018): the best ThinkPad – VnReview


The most advanced ThinkPad laptop continues to maintain its new generation performance with the X1 Carbon Gen 6 with a range of advanced equipment, even ahead of its time like HDR screen, Amazon assistant Alexa …

Known as the "stone pot" but since 2011, Lenovo has decided to add to the "family" ThinkPad X1 series with light and thin criteria given top priority. Over the generations, the X1 and now X1 Carbon have confirmed their names, suggesting that ThinkPads do not necessarily have to be thick and rugged to bring reliability and reliability.

ThinkPad X1 Carbon Gen 6 – the most advanced ThinkPad today

With the latest generation of X1 Carbon Gen 6 (2018), Lenovo offers many diverse configuration options, suitable for many different needs. In Vietnam, the product currently has 2 popular configuration levels with the selling price of about VND 42 million to 50 million.

Design and connection

Right from the ThinkPad X1 Carbon Gen 6 carrying case, the X1 logo is printed with the ThinkPad logo in mind, and the luxurious X1 logo is highlighted. Boxed way also shows the sophisticated, meticulous manufacturer with the lid extending to 2 sides in the form of butterfly wings, high-quality paper material. Accessories, manuals, warranty papers are neatly and neatly placed in small separate boxes with prominent red tones.

The case of X1 Carbon Gen 6 makes the product professional and high-class

How to pack billion noodles, picky with lid opening butterfly wings

Accessories are placed in separate boxes neat lies hidden at the bottom

The X1 Carbon represents newer, lighter, leaner ThinkPads

Basically, the ThinkPad X1 Carbon Gen 6 retains the familiar design of Gen 5 generation with angular, square cuts. The screen or camera body is fully bevelled to create the thinness and optimum size. With the measurement of "3 loops" 323.5 x 217.1 x 15.95 (mm) (Horizontal x Vertical x Thick) and the weight of 1.13 Kg, X1 Carbon Gen 6 is one of the most compact and light-weight 14-inch laptops today, Easy to fit in backpack, handbag and convenient to move. Even when necessary, it can be held with one hand for a long time without much difficulty.

The case continues to use magnesium alloy material in the body and glass carbon fiber at the lid. The smooth finish covers the soft touch for a smooth feel when in the palm. Sturdy hinges provide impressive, sturdy, and allow the machine to be opened with one hand easily. X1 Carbon Gen 6 has reached the military standard for durability, which has created the brand for ThinkPad ever.

The compact design greatly increases the mobility of the X1 Carbon

Being able to hold the camera with one hand for a long time is not difficult

The 6th generation has added the black red X1 logo to the lid to enhance the highlight

The number of connectors on the X1 Carbon is relatively rich with 1 HDMI 1.4b port, 1 Mini-Ethernet port for connecting RJ45 wire network via disconnected transfer cable, 1 headphone and mic combo port, 2 USB 3.1 Gen ports 1 Type-A, in which 1 port is Always On format that supports charging for peripheral devices such as smartphones, smartband even when the phone is turned off. Notably, it is equipped with 2 USB 3.1 Gen 2 Type-C ports supporting Intel Thunderbolt 3 speeds up to 40Gbs to allow charging, data transfer and export of DisplayPort-standard images.

The X1 Carbon itself also uses Type-C ports to charge the battery without equipping separate power ports. Two Thunderbolt 3 ports are also used to attach a dedicated Dock, adding to the diverse X1 Carbon connectivity series. Besides, X1 Carbon Gen 6 is fully equipped with modern wireless connections such as Bluetooth 4.1, NFC, WiFi AC 2-band speed of 867 Mbps, 4G LTE-A cat 9 (optional).

It comes with 2 USB Type-C Thunderbolt 3 ports and uses these ports to charge the battery without equipping additional charging ports.

The main heat sink slot is moved to the right side, directing the heat directly into the user's hand if using an external mouse so it may cause discomfort during use.

One point to note is that the SIM slot and microSD memory card layout are next to the user, so if you don't notice the user may not recognize these slots. You will need a sim stick or sharp object like a toothpick to push the SIM slot out like on the phone. In order to use the 4G connection on X1 Carbon Gen 6, users will have to discuss it in advance with the vendor to make sure it has installed the LTE module. If not, even if you try to install the SIM, the device will not receive it.

The upgrade of the X1 Carbon Gen 6 is quite limited when it can only replace the M.2-2280 SSD, WiFi module, battery or radiator fan. All other components including RAM are hard soldered onto the motherboard.

SIM tray and microSD memory card reader are arranged at the back of the device

The lower surface is relatively airy with only one radiator slot to get the wind and drainage slots for the keyboard

Security features

As a business-oriented and business-oriented device that requires a high level of security, ThinkPad X1 Carbon Gen 6 is equipped to push essential security features such as fingerprint reader, infrared webcam to support Windows Hello to open. Lock the face with a face. In addition, the device is equipped with a dedicated security chip TPM 2.0 to be able to set the password for BIOS, hard drive, and password when starting. Notably, X1 Carbon Gen 6 also supports the FIDO 3-layer security standard, which integrates directly into the fingerprint reader, allowing secure login to Google, Facebook, Dropbox, Paypal.

Infrared webcam supports unlocking Windows Hello face

Fingerprint reader on X1 Carbon is a form of touch for fast, accurate identification, can receive fingers in many corners. The face unlock feature works well, sometimes even faster and more convenient than fingerprints due to the specificity of the laptop, when the screen is turned off. Due to the infrared sensor, in the dark, the device still unlocked by face very quickly. Even so, face unlocking is still potentially risky and can be bypassed with 2D images so users should still consider when using it.

FIDO 3-layer security reader integrated fingerprint

Screen and sound

Similar to Gen 5 generation, X1 Carbon Gen 6 owns 14 "screen size with thin edges, IPS panels, the resolution of the version that VnReview experienced WQHD (2560 x 1440 pixels) equivalent to 2K should give The content is very high, all content is very smooth, detailed, presenting in the words or icons in Windows and more pronounced when surfing the web, watching 4K videos on YouTube.

14 "screen with 2K thin edge resolution comes with impressive display quality

A detail that can make you difficult at 2K resolution on the X1 Carbon is the default DPI level in Windows 10 is set at 200% so some software may be over-enlarged, easy to lose text, no Show all content. This can be overcome by moving DPI to 175%.

Wide screen viewing angle, brightness, high contrast, clarity, precise white balance, neutral colors soften the eyes. Anti-glare screen should minimize the reflection of the shadow from the surrounding light sources. The thin border has made the overall design of the X1 Carbon elegant and modern, making the display content more airy and lively.

There's also a touch screen option or HDR, which is one of the first laptops in the world to support Dolby Vision HDR, with a maximum brightness of up to 500 nits far beyond the 300 nits average of the version. not HDR.

Most ThinkPad laptops can open the screen angle to 180 degrees and the X1 Carbon is no exception. This makes it possible to adjust the viewing angle flexibly and suitable for use in many different situations.

180 degree opening capability provides convenient viewing angles in many situations

The audio system is powered by 2 speakers on the underside with a total capacity of 2W equipped with Dolby Audio Premium and Dolby Atmos technologies for headphones. As a specialized machine for work, the X1 Carbon still works well when listening to music or watching movies with high volume, warm, not shy when maximizing. With video conversations over Skype or Facebook Messenger, the sound is especially optimized for voice, making the conversation clear and clear.

The loudspeaker system is placed on the underside for high volume, warm, not shy when maximized

Keyboard, touchpad, trackpoint

ThinkPad laptops have traditionally been appreciated for the keyboard part because of the good typing experience, and a well-arranged keyboard. On the ThinkPad X1 Carbon, this continues to be promoted. The keyboard of the machine gives an impressive journey, high-pitched keys, hands-on, fast typing, and no sticking. The keys are logically arranged, flex phenomenon (key subsidence) when stressed is minimized. Printed letters on sharp keys, beautiful fonts, spacious size, convenient operation.

The ThinkPad keyboard still retains quality with high bounce, reasonable key layout

Lenovo still retains the Fn function key layout in addition to the ThinkPad style so far so if you are not familiar it may be easy to type wrongly with the Ctrl key next to it. Fortunately, the manufacturer allows to position these two keys together in the pre-installed Lenovo Vantage software.

Backlight keyboard with 2 different brightness. The backlight is printed directly on each key, not just on the border, so it is high brightness, clear, beautiful, easy to operate when working in the night or in low light without turning on the table lamp.

Bright backlight makes it convenient to work at night without turning on the table lamp

Touchpad is made with large size, spacious, covered with glass, for high sensitivity, smooth, without hissing. The touchpad on the X1 Carbon has Microsoft Precision driver support, allowing for smooth, multi-point operations, especially zooming in and out of Edge browser. If only using office tasks, basic image editing, the touchpad on the machine can completely replace the external mouse.

Of course, it is indispensable to have a special TrackPoint key on ThinkPad laptops. TrackPoint will allow you to control the mouse without lifting your finger from the row of Home row keys (row keys from A to L with 2 keys F and J have small edges for positioning when typing 10 fingers), thereby improving Maximum performance and typing. However, to master the use of TrackPoint will require a lot of practice time.

The touchpad is spacious, good sensitivity, supports Microsoft Precision with convenient multi-point operations

The specialty TrackPoint key is "indispensable" on any ThinkPad

Performance, temperature, noise

As the most advanced ThinkPad line, X1 Carbon is also equipped with the latest hardware configuration. Version in this article uses Intel Core i7 – 8550U processor ((4 cores, 8 threads, 1.8 GHz, 8MB, Turbo Boots 4.00 GHz, TDP 15W, 14 nm), integrated graphics card Intel UHD Graphics 620 1100 MHz, 8GB DDR3 2133 MHz RAM running dual channel (Dual Channel), SSD PCIe 256GB, pre-installed Windows 10 Pro 64 bit.

With this configuration, the X1 Carbon delivers agile performance, instant feedback with heavy operations like browsing the web with both Firefox and Chrome, standing on about 20 tabs while opening Photoshop and Lightroom to edit images.

The powerful configuration helps the X1 Carbon handle smooth tasks for work

Editing and rendering product review videos with Premiere Pro at Full HD resolution, the Playback Full level is smooth and smooth. The amount of 8GB of RAM is sufficient to meet the opening of multiple parallel heavy applications. The most valuable is probably NVME SSD hard drive with 256GB capacity, standard m.2 running at PCIe x2 speed for app opening speed, fast response, maximum read / write bandwidth up to 3437 MB respectively. / s and 1023 MB / s, while the random read / write speed of 4K is also impressive with 37.71 MB / s and 101.4MB / (measured with the 64.1 bit Crystal Disk Mark).

X1 Carbon's performance rating scores on familiar benchmark software are high.

Speed ​​of X1 Carbon hard drive measured by Crystal Disk Mark

CPU and GPU performance measured by CineBench

Single-core and multi-core performance of CPU measured by GeekBench

While Intel UHD Graphics 620 integrated graphics on Coffee Lake chips are still similar to Kaby Lake, it is not surprising that graphics performance is not significantly different. You can play light online games like League of Legends, FIFA Online 4 with low graphics setting at HD resolution. But, any heavier game like PUBG, Fortnite, PES 2018, Fifa 18 is too much for the machine.

It can play soft titles like League of Legends, Fifa Online 4 in low graphics setting, HD resolution

Graphic card scores measured in 3DMark

The temperature and noise when operating in X1 Carbon is not good. It runs smoothly but quite hot when running heavy tasks, CPU, GPU running 100% capacity. CPU temperature can reach more than 90 degrees Celsius when running heavy tasks. It is possible to feel the heat if left on the lap and when placing the hand near the radiator slot located on the right side. In return, the cooling system can keep the machine running at high speed for a long time, so the performance of X1 Carbon is better than the new ThinkPad L380 that VnReview recently evaluated despite using Intel Core i7 CPU – 8550U and 8GB of RAM.

System temperature when heavy load

If you feel uncomfortable with the Intel Core i7 – 8550U temperature on the X1 Carbon, you can use Intel XTU software to slightly reduce the voltage of the CPU, making the machine run cooler, more power efficient. not much effect on performance.

Software

Regarding the software, Lenovo does not install too many "bloatware" junk applications according to the device. Only Lenovo Vantage app comes pre-installed with a beautiful, modern interface, in harmony with Fluent Design on Windows 10. In addition to fine-tuning the keyboard, touchpad settings, Lenovo Vantage also allows for device management. setting up screen, battery, audio, network connection, such as: automatically reducing screen brightness when locking the device or turning on eye protection during the night … This application has the error checking feature of hardware, in-software software, automatic driver updates, system software is quite useful.

Lenovo Vantage application helps refine system settings, update drivers or check for errors …

Interestingly, X1 Carbon Gen 6 also supports Amazon virtual assistant Amazon Alexa to enable voice interaction to search, find information or order, control features, software in the device. The X1 Carbon's microphone itself is also optimized, giving it a very good sound catch. Although standing 3.4 meters away from the machine, just speaking with normal volume can still command. However, Amazon Alexa recognizes the voice is not as good as Cortana is available on Windows 10. The interface of Alexa is not as intuitive and friendly as Microsoft's virtual assistant.

The X1 Carbon is one of the rare laptops on the market to integrate the Amazon Alexa virtual assistant

Another unique feature on the X1 Carbon is Glance by Mirametrix which provides the ability to automatically detect the face, the eye's direction. By default, if the user's face is not visible for 30 seconds, the software will automatically lock it to increase security. In addition, this application also allows to automatically move the mouse and window of the software running in the direction of viewing based on infrared camera, useful when connected to an external monitor.

Unique Glance by Mirametrix feature, allowing to control the computer with face and view

Battery life

In terms of battery life, equipped with a 57 Wh battery, the actual battery life of the X1 Carbon Gen 6 is quite good. With common tasks such as web browsing, text writing, gentle photo editing, brightness screen of about 70%, set in Balance Better Performance mode in Windows 10, the machine can hold about 6 to 7 hours. continuous use. With the standard movie battery test of VnReview, 70% screen brightness, 70% headphone volume, for playing an 720p HD movie offline, WiFi enabled, X1 Carbon can last for about 14 hours.

Unfortunately, even though it supports fast charging, the charger comes with only 45W capacity (fast charging is 65W), so the time to fully charge the battery is quite long, takes nearly 2 1/2 hours.

The included charger is not a 65W fast charger

summary

As the most advanced series of ThinkPad, in the 6th generation, X1 Carbon continues to show good characteristics that have created the strength of this laptop as thin, compact, sturdy, military-grade durability. The product is finished, machined meticulously to achieve high-class and luxurious features. It has many modern features, catching up with trends like 2K screen, thin border, face scanning webcam, fingerprint reader. Performance, battery life, quality of the keyboard, X1 Carbon's touchpad keep good quality, true ThinkPad quality so far.

With what is shown, the X1 Carbon Gen 6 (2018) deserves the best ThinkPad today

The only problem with the X1 Carbon is that the temperature is set by the manufacturer to have a fairly high CPU TDP level, although it provides fast, stable performance, but makes the machine hot and can be uncomfortable during use. use.

The price of the X1 Carbon has been so picky ever since, and this is absolutely worth it because the most quintessential ThinkPad line is converging in this series. If you want the best, the latest, the most powerful laptop for a job, you will need to pay the same cost and certainly X1 Carbon Gen 6 will be one of the options you should consider. .

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