Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon Gen 10 vs Apple MacBook Air (M2, 2022)

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Review

Evaluation of Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon Gen 10 and Apple MacBook Air (M2, 2022) important characteristics
Performance
System and application performance
Gaming
Performance in popular 3D games
Display
Viewing angle, color accuracy, brightness
Battery Life
Potential battery life in light and average use
Connectivity
Ports, webcam and other interfaces
Portability
Design, materials, durability and usability
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Key Differences

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Advantages of the Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon Gen 10
  • Includes an old-school USB-A port
  • Slightly easier to carry: weighs 120 grams less (around 0.26 lbs)
  • Features a a little bigger (~8%) battery – 57 against 52.6 watt-hours
Advantages of the Apple MacBook Air (M2, 2022)
  • Around 22% better multi-core CPU performance in the Cinebench R23 test
  • 39% sharper screen – 225 versus 162 pixels per inch (PPI)
  • Provides 25% higher max. screen brightness: 500 vs 400 nits
  • Smaller footprint: 7% more compact case (101.4 vs 108.8 square inches)

Value for money

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Tests and Specifications

Comparison table of test results and technical specs

Case

Weight 1.12 kg (2.47 lbs) 1.24 kg (2.73 lbs)
Dimensions 315.6 x 222.5 x 15.36 mm
12.43 x 8.76 x 0.6 inches
304.1 x 215 x 11.3 mm
11.97 x 8.46 x 0.44 inches
Area 702 cm2 (108.9 inches2) 654 cm2 (101.3 inches2)
Screen-to-body ratio ~80.9% ~82%
Side bezels 7.1 mm 5.6 mm
Colors Black Silver, Gold, Gray, Blue
Material Top: Carbon fiber
Middle: Aluminum
Bottom: Aluminum
Aluminum
Transformer No No
Opening angle 180° 130°
Size comparison
Cooling solution
Cooling system Active Passive
Vapor chamber No -
Liquid metal No No
Number of fans 2 -
Noise level (max. load) 35.4 dB -

Display

Size 14 inches 13.6 inches
Type IPS LCD IPS LCD
Refresh rate 60 Hz 60 Hz
PPI 162 ppi 225 ppi
Aspect ratio 16:10 16:10
Resolution 1920 x 1200 pixels 2560 x 1664 pixels
HDR support - Yes, HDR10
Sync technology No No
Touchscreen No No
Coating Matte Glossy (Antireflective)
Ambient light sensor No Yes
Display tests
Contrast 1000:1 1384:1
sRGB color space 99% 99.9%
Adobe RGB profile - 87.6%
DCI-P3 color gamut - 98.4%
Response time - 29 ms
Max. brightness

Battery

Capacity
Full charging time 2:08 hr 2:30 hr
Battery type Li-Po Li-Po
Replaceable No No
Fast charging Yes Yes
USB Power Delivery Yes Yes
Charging port position Left Left
Charge power 65 W 30 / 35 / 67 W
Cable length - 2 meters
Weight of AC adapter 297 grams 174 / 189 / 250 grams

CPU

CPU name
Base frequency 1.3 GHz 3.5 GHz
Turbo frequency 4.4 GHz -
Cores 10 (2P + 8E) 8 (4P + 4E)
Threads 12 8
L3 Cache 12 MB -
Integrated GPU Intel Iris Xe Graphics (80EU) Apple M2 GPU
Fabrication process 10 nm 5 nm

Benchmarks

Geekbench 5 (Single-Core)
Geekbench 5 (Multi-Core)
Cinebench R23 (Single-Core)
Cinebench R23 (Multi-Core)

Graphics Card

GPU name
TGP 15 W 15 W
Type Integrated Integrated
Fabrication process 10 nm 5 nm
GPU base clock 300 MHz 500 MHz
GPU boost clock 1100 MHz 1456 MHz
FLOPS 1.41 TFLOPS 3 TFLOPS
Memory size System Shared System Shared
Memory type LPDDR5 LPDDR5
Memory bus - 128 bit
Memory speed 5.2 Gbps 6.4 Gbps
Shading units (cores) 640 1024
Texture mapping units (TMUs) 40 64
Raster operations pipelines (ROPs) 20 32
GPU performance

RAM

RAM size
Channels 2x4 GB GB
Clock 5200 MHz 6400 MHz
Type LPDDR5 LPDDR5
Upgradable No No

Storage

Storage size
Bus PCI-E Gen 4.0 (4x) Custom
Storage type SSD (M2) SSD (M2)
Channels 1x256 GB 1x256 GB
Upgradable Yes No
Total slots 1 -
NVMe Yes -

Sound

Audio chip Realtek ALC3306 -
Speakers 4.0 2.2
Power 2x2W -
Dolby Atmos Yes Yes
Loudness 75 dB 82.7 dB
Microphones 4 3

Connectivity

Wi-Fi standard v6E v6
Bluetooth v5.2 v5
Fingerprint Yes Yes
Infrared sensor Optional No
Optical drive No No
Webcam Above the display Above the display
Webcam resolution 1920 x 1080 1920 x 1080
Ports
USB-A 2x USB 3.2 No
USB Type-C 2x USB 4.0 2x USB 4.0
Thunderbolt Thunderbolt 4 Thunderbolt 3
HDMI 1x HDMI 2.0 No
DisplayPort No No
VGA No No
Audio jack (3.5 mm) Yes Yes
Ethernet (RJ45) No No
SD card reader No No
Proprietary charging port No Yes

Input

Keyboard
Keyboard type Island Island
Numpad No No
Backlight Yes Yes
Key travel 1.5 mm 1 mm
Touchpad
Size 11.0 x 5.6 cm -
Surface Glass Glass
Windows Precision Yes No
*Disclaimer! Ports, speakers, display, and other specifications can vary depending on the laptop's specific configuration or region.

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Comments

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ComputerNerd 13 April 2023 16:34
Easy win for the X1 Carbon Generation 10 if you are using it for business. - Easier compatibility with Windows & Linux OS. - Performance is nearly the same if using the P series Intel 12th generation CPU. - The ability to upgrade your SSD. - Same quality web camera at 1080p with 60 fps. - More ports. - Better blue tooth.
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TheTomatoes 19 April 2023 05:07
Sadly the battery life is terrible and the fan constantly runs bc Windows isn't optimized for heterogenous CPU arch yet.
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ComputerNerd 23 April 2023 22:58
TheTomatoes, I'm not worried about the fan noise, but I understand that it is a huge pet peeve for some. Functionality matters more for me, especially since I use earbuds at work & home. For mid-tier CPU tasks, X1 Carbon gen 10 has more functionality features. The only pragmatic win for the M2 MBA is the battery life.
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