Display

All version of the Lenovo X1 Carbon have an IPS LCD display. IPS technology is the best option for laptops at the moment. While there are occasional OLED options for 12” laptops, only Lenovo had released a 14” OLED display. Although it was beautiful, the manufacturing for that OLED size is not the industry’s priority for now.

Learn more: LCD vs. OLED. Which is Best And Why?

With the current IPS options, the high-resolution Dolby Vision HDR display offers the best quality. If you stream from services like Amazon, Hulu or Netflix (support page), you may have HDR content available, depending on what you watch. The difference can be very noticeable, but it’s just hard to tell how much content will be available for you.

The display we had has a 100% sRGB color gamut which is very nice, and the Dolby Vision model hits a 100% Adobe RGB gamut, which is even better.

"MULTIPLE IPS PANEL OPTIONS COVER A WIDE RANGE OF USE CASES"

If you like using Windows Hello face login, the 3D infrared camera is only available on models with the WQHD anti-glare display 720p HD Camera with ThinkShutter and microphone. The multiple IPS panel options cover a wide range of use cases.

  • 14″ FHD (1920 x 1080) IPS anti-glare, 300 nits
  • 14″ FHD (1920 x 1080) IPS anti-glare multi-touch, 300 nits (+$85)
    • As reviewed, and measured at 291 NITs
  • 14″ WQHD (2560 x 1440) IPS anti-glare, 300 nits ($138)
    • IR Camera Option
  • 14″ HDR WQHD (2560 x 1440) IPS glossy with Dolby Vision, 500 nits ($180)

Not only the highest-end display can reproduce more colors at normal brightness levels, but the HDR capabilities mean that it can reproduce more colors at higher brightness levels as well, which increased the “Color Volume.”

Additionally, a higher brightness makes the display more readable and comfortable to use outdoors or in very bright environments. Most laptops hover between 250-350 NITs of brightness, but at ~500 NITs, this laptop is well above the average and would make a huge difference in some situations

Most laptops come with a glossy screen these days. They tend to make the colors “pop” a little more, and text may appear a tiny bit sharper. However, they are very reflective, which means that you may have difficulty reading if your immediate surrounding is very bright.

As its name indicates, the anti-glare version yields much less reflection, and the screen would appear a bit more matte in general. There is not a right and wrong for glossy vs. anti-glare and it all depends on what your preference is. In the past, glossy screens would often have much better colors, but over the past 18 months, anti-glare displays have improved enormously to the point that most people wouldn’t notice until we point it out.

Finally, if you opt for a higher-resolution display, the image will obviously look sensibly sharper. Keep in mind that more pixels also mean higher power consumption. If your priority is battery life, you may want to stick to the 1080p/FHD resolution or look at the YOGA 920 which has a larger battery.

Webcam

Webcam cameras are not a hot point of competition, and some OEMs say that only 10% of people use it regularly. However, not all are identical, so we’re starting to document what various shots look like. This time, we’ll compare this computer with an entry-level phone’s selfie camera (Galaxy J7, $100). The phone wins by a small margin.

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The audio is more advanced, with the integration of far-field microphones which are designed to capture sound from any direction. Previously, many microphones were optimized for having the user in front of the screen.

Far-field microphones are much better for group calls as it can pick up the voice of everyone, regardless of their location relative to the laptop. Non-far-field microphones often drop off your voice if you go out of the optimum location right in front of the computer.

This addition was also done with smart voice assistants such as Microsoft’s Cortana, which is well integrated to this laptop. You can leave the microphone ON, and Windows will listen for the wake-up command.

Overall product rating: 9/10

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