Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon G10 Short Review

Standard product with Intel problem. For the first time, Lenovo offers the ThinkPad X1 Carbon with a more powerful class than the U series. Our detailed review of the Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon G10 and Alder-Lake P28 shows: It doesn’t matter. 

The Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon Gen 10 under evaluation today is the product of a decade of laptop design. As the name suggests, this is the tenth generation of the X1 Carbon series, which was first launched in 2012. Compared to the first model, many things have changed, compared to the ThinkPad X1 Carbon G9, ThinkPad X1 Carbon G10 has not. great update. 

The focus is clearly on the innards of the new Intel Alder Lake P28 processor. The U15 series is also available, with a lower headcount. Our test device has an Intel Core i5-1250P, 12 processors (4P + 8E), and the recommended vPro Enterprise plan. It also has 16 GB of RAM, 512 GB SSD, and a low FHD display.

Classic  Chassis: Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon G10

Lenovo has used the same chassis for at least two generations. As the ThinkPad X1 Carbon G9 is a major redesign, the X1 Carbon G10 is a refreshing, refreshing take on the old classics. It’s a mature chassis for everyday use. A detailed description of the chassis and its quality can be found in the full ThinkPad X1 Carbon Gen 9 review. The Carbon X1 uses classic ThinkPad styling and typical ThinkPad components – it’s completely covered in black, and black to boot.

It’s not the dark grey used on other 2022 ThinkPads, such as the ThinkPad T14 G3. The chassis is completely redesigned, which makes the ThinkPad X1 Carbon Gen 10 reminiscent of the ThinkPad X300 from 2008. The downside of this type of cover: it is susceptible to fingerprints/smudges. With the new ThinkPad Z series, Lenovo launched a competitive high-end design – is the Carbon X1 obsolete compared to the “next” ThinkPads? We won’t say that, but some aspects of the visual may change. 

For example, we think that the large X1 signal in the palm tree is too much. In addition, to clean up the design, the display hinges can be black again, as was the case for the old Carbon X1 models. Finally, smaller screen bezels will be accepted, which can be achieved by reducing the chassis or using a larger 14.5-inch screen. 

There are important design changes: Lenovo needs to implement a small back panel to implement the new webcam. A small notch in the middle of the screen makes it easier to open the screen. Models with new webcams, such as the viewfinder, are 0.5mm larger than the previous model. 

Connectivity: the SD card reader is still missing from the Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon G10

No port changes: The 2022 ThinkPad X1 Carbon offers Thunderbolt 4 and ports like USB A and HDMI, despite the compact chassis. We are missing an SD card reader with this model. 

Communication 

Compared to its predecessor, Intel Wireless AX211 (2×2) has been added as a new option, which is also in our test sample. Different from AX201, AX211 supports the new WiFi 6E standard. We didn’t use it in our tests, but the WiFi module is still faster than the AX201 of the X1 Carbon G9. 

 In terms of performance, Wi-Fi performance is stable.

web camera 

Normally, there is little to write about laptop cameras, but in the Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon G10, the webcam is an important part of the conversation. With an f/2.0 aperture and an increase in resolution from 720p to 1080p, Lenovo’s X1 Carbon G10 should perform better in low light. The camera is a big improvement over the X1 Carbon Gen 9, but it’s still miles away from a popular selfie camera. 

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Security in Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon G10

Carbon X1 2022 offers many professional features, such as TPM 2.0, a Kensington lock slot, or a fingerprint reader. At the same time, the smart card reader is not connected, although you can find it in the classic ThinkPad T/X. Now is the ComputerVision service for webcams with “Human Presence Detection”. The system recognizes if the user leaves the device and locks it automatically. This feature is optional and can be disabled in the Lenovo Commercial Vantage application. 

Quickly 

Inside the box, there is a 65W charger with a USB-C plug and no other accessories. Worth noting: the box and outer packaging are the first to be made entirely of paper. Lenovo shared the plastic used here earlier.

Management in Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon G10

There are no changes in the design of its predecessor. The carbon fiber bottom cover can be easily removed, only five screws and clips on the back of the system need to be loosened. M.2 2280 SSD is an upgrade, and RAM is sold. The same is true for Wi-Fi modules. Alternatively, a WWAN card can be inserted, as our model has antennas and a SIM slot. But only 4G is possible because 5G requires additional antennas. 

Promise 

In the configuration tested, the Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon Gen 10 is backed by a three-year warranty, which includes onsite service. If defective, Lenovo laptops will be repaired at the customer’s home or office. This is true only for the country where the device was purchased. Internationally, this is a standard deposit guarantee. Input devices: a nice ThinkPad keyboard 

 Keyboard of Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon G10

Lenovo uses almost the same keyboard as its predecessor X1 Carbon G9, but the backlit chiclet keys and six rows of keys have been changed in one direction: the keys on the first row and the keys on the left and right sides of the keyboard. , like entering, Ctrl, or Shift, is now a square instead of a circle. Text effects are not affected, this is just a visual change. The keyboard is still very comfortable, with 1.5mm of travel, a good layout, and a satisfying typing experience. That being said, older ThinkPads have much better performance. 

TouchPad

Among ThinkPads, the X1 model has a special position, since they are the only device with a glass finger – however, this is no longer true, as the ThinkPad Z series is now available and also has a touch screen. The comparison with the Z series is interesting, as the ThinkPad Z13 has a new touch screen without a dedicated TrackPoint button. This function is accomplished through haptic feedback. 

Unlike this, the ThinkPad X1 Carbon G10 still has a classic setup with a dedicated TrackPoint button and an active trackpad, which only clicks on the bottom part of the trackpad. The touch is small, which does not spoil its character. The smooth surface allows for friction-free finger movements and manual mouse adjustments, as well as Zoma-like gestures. The typing process is also very good. 

The TrackPoint has three buttons that complete the input device. It works better for dragging and dropping than the touchpad and allows you to move the cursor quickly while typing. All in all, the ThinkPad X1 Carbon Gen 10 still has input devices that only a small laptop can match. Display: Lower LCD on ThinkPad X1 Carbon Gen 10 

For a refresh like the Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon G10, one possible area for change is the display. That’s also true here, as Lenovo takes the opportunity to introduce new screen options. But in the case of our test device, the 14-inch 16:10 

The display we’re testing already has on its predecessor: 

  •  WUXGA/FHD+ (1920 x 1200), IPS, 400 cd/m², 100% sRGB, matte, low power 
  • WUXGA/FHD+ (1,920 x 1,200), IPS, 400 cd/m², 100% sRGB, matte, low power, On-cell-Touch 
  • WUXGA/FHD+ (1,920 x 1,200), IPS, 500 cd/m², 100% sRGB, matte, Privacy protection, On-cell-Touch 
  • 2.2K (2240 ​​x 1400), IPS, 300 cd/m², 100% sRGB, matte 
  • 2.8K (2880 x 1800), OLED, 400 cd/m², 100% DCI-P3, Anti-Glare, HDR 
  • WQUXGA/UHD+ (3840 x 2400), IPS, 500 cd/m², 100% DCI-P3, widescreen, HDR 
  • WQUXGA/UHD+ (3,840 x 2,400), IPS, 500 cd/m², 100% DCI-P3, Anti-Reflection, HDR, 

It’s even the same AUO panel that we’ve tested with the X1 Carbon G9. With the new ThinkPad X1 Carbon Gen 10, the brightness is reduced to 362 cd/m², below the advertised 400 cd/m². Otherwise, the screen is almost the same. 

 

Test conditions 

Lenovo uses Windows power settings for power management. For our tests, we use the “best performance” mode and disable the Lenovo Intelligent Cooling “Auto” (FN+T). This results in a maximum short-term power of 1 of 55 W and a maximum long-term power of 2 of 15 W. Our Wi-Fi battery test was done with the “Balanced” model (PL1: 20 W / PL2: 11 W). 

Arrangement 

Intel Core i5-1250P is a new generation asymmetric quad-plus-core (4 P + 8 E cores) from Intel Alder Lake. Like the P-class CPU, it has a typical TDP of 28W, although this is only a rough guide. It is the very Enterprise version of the Intel Core i5-1240P, which is almost identical to the i5-1250P (Configuration: P cores: 1.7-4.4 GHz, E cores: 1.2 to 3.3 GHz). CPU listings can be compared with other manufacturers. 

The performance of the Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon G10 disappoints us. Boosting performance is very good, but long-term multi-core performance is not good. With the load hanging on all the cores, the performance starts to deteriorate and falls below the previous model ThinkPad X1 Carbon G9. The reason: the power consumption is too strong, and the manufacturer cannot support the power consumption of 20 W for a long time. A BIOS update can still change that. 

No charger is connected, and processor performance is low. Instead of 10,058 points in the 3DMark 11 Physics test, the X1 Carbon G10 managed 8,773 points in battery mode. This equates to a reduction of approximately 13%.

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