Performance

As it is often the case with PC laptops, the performance between different competitors within the same price, and with the same CPU is quite similar. If two systems use the same CPU with comparable memory and frequency, they should yield comparable synthetic benchmark results. This is what we can see by looking at the Geekbench 4 scores of the Yoga 920, X1 Yoga 2018, Dell XPS 13 (9370) and Huawei MateBook X Pro, among other options.

Opinion: Are benchmarks important? What do they mean?

CPU Synthetic Performance

Since most competitors use the same kind of CPUs, this is a rather dull test. If anything, it shows that the 8th Generation (quad-core) of Intel CPU can be much faster than the 7th Generation (2 cores) in multi-threaded tasks. Even on a laptop, it is quite easy to spread workloads to four cores, and in our experience, there is a very noticeable usability gain with that particular CPU update.

3D Graphics Benchmarks

Since most of the laptops in this category use the same integrated Intel GPU, their scores are very similar. Typically, I would not consider these graphics processors as “gaming-capable,” but they are okay for casual gaming and older game titles.

Creative users should care more about having a fast GPU because video or photo-editing applications can make great use for such specialized units. Note that for compression purposes, the Intel CPUs have a small dedicated unit which significantly helps speed things up, but doesn’t compete with even with an entry-level discrete graphics processor.

The Huawei Matebook X Pro uses such a processor and could easily leave competitors in the dust, scoring a 2X higher 3D graphics performance.

Productivity performance test

Benchmarks like PCMark 8 Work are perhaps more representative of the day to day workload of users who would be interested in purchasing this kind of computers. In this particular test, the Lenovo X1 Carbon does particularly well, even outpacing its larger cousin, the X1 YOGA and other competitors running with a similar Core i7-855U CPU platform.

This is mainly due to the fact that the Samsung SSD drive used by Lenovo seems to have slightly faster Writes as the competitors’ storage modules. This is yet another reminder that it’s not all about CPU and GPU speeds, although I have a feeling that the write performance might be a bit over-represented here.

If you factor in how much performance you’re getting for the weight you’re carrying, the Lenovo X1 Carbon pulls even further ahead.

Storage / SSD synthetic performance

With nearly the same SSD hardware as the Lenovo X1 YOGA, it is not surprising to see the X1 Carbon to score ~5060 points at the PCMark 8 Storage Benchmark.Because most competitors run on comparable-performance storage, this level of performance is not only excellent; it is also common for this category of products.

Performance conclusion

The X1 Carbon performs exactly how we thought it would. It is solidly within the capabilities expected of its system configuration and 3D-gaming aside, This laptop can able to handle the most common tasks that people throw at this kind of productivity laptops.

If anything, I would suggest upgrading to 16GB of RAM if you work with massive files (photo editing, videos) because any file swapping from memory to SSD will kill the performance.

Overall product rating: 9/10

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