Lenovo’s ThinkPad X1 Carbon has long been the industry standard for business laptops, providing a thin, light computer with all the bells and whistles you’d expect from a device in this class. Essentially a continuation, the Gen 10 model for this year features the newest Intel 12th-generation Core (Alder Lake) processors and an improved webcam.
The X1 Carbon has the typical black matte coating and a body made of carbon fiber and magnesium alloy, as is typical for ThinkPads. It has a 14-inch display and is nearly identical in size to last year’s model, measuring 0.6 by 12.4 by 8.8 inches. The new webcam unit is housed in a little lip above the screen, which is the most noticeable visual difference. It’s still remarkably light for a 14-inch laptop, weighing only 2.48 pounds by itself and 3.25 pounds with the accompanying 65-watt charger. For those looking for an even lighter notebook, Lenovo has the ThinkPad X1 Nano series.
Two USB-C/Thunderbolt 4 ports (which support charging) are located on the left side, along with a USB-A port and an HDMI connector. A lock slot, a second USB-A port, and a headphone/microphone jack are located on the right side. Although this is a sufficient number of ports for a portable device, it would be more practical if charging ports were located on both sides.
It includes the ThinkPad keyboard as usual, together with a fair-sized touchpad and a red TrackPoint pointing stick in the center. The ThinkPad keyboards continue to be my favorite among thin and light computers. Although the trackpad has grown in size recently, it is currently 110mm wide. Despite being a little bit smaller than other competitors’, it is still perfectly suitable.