Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon Gen 9 Review

General Usage

Being a business laptop you need to be able to get work done on the ThinkPad X1 Carbon Gen 9. It served me quite well and the screen was more than large enough for browsing the web, doing word-processing, and even working on spreadsheets. The extra vertical space you get with the 16:10 screen is definitely appreciated. By default the Windows scale was set to 200%, which you should change immediately to 100%.

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The screen is pretty vibrant, and the color representation is good. We measured 100% sRGB, 77% AdobeRGB and 82% of the P3 color space out of the box.

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As far as brightness at 100% we measured 456.7 nits of brightness, which is great considering the display is rated at 400 nits.

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As I mentioned the keyboard is a dream to type on. If you happen to be in a darker environment or in the dark don’t worry as the keyboard itself is backlit (white). There are two different brightness settings or you can turn the lighting off completely.

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The included webcam is a 720p camera and lets face it, it is not the best. Considering this is a business laptop and you would likely be on a lot of Zoom and Skype calls it would have been nice to have at least a 1080p camera. Here is a picture taken using the camera in a very well lit room.

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I also made a recording using the Windows recording tool. The microphones on the laptop do a good job at isolating my voice and cancelling out any background noise. The audio does sound a little bit processed though.

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