[Tools for School] Thinkpad X1 Carbon 7th Gen: 2 Months Later

After finishing my USMLE Step 1 Exam, and after 6+ years of use, my Macbook Pro Retina 2013 (Now “Obsolete”) battery was draining empty every 2 hours. It was time for me to make a decision: stay with Apple and get a Macbook, or take a chance and go back to Windows Laptop.

I just felt like I didn’t want essentially the same exact computer and thought maybe Windows was no longer so bad? With the Macbooks now going away from Intel, it’s likely if I bought a Macbook today, it would be obsolete in less than 5 years. I want my laptop to last 6-7 years at least.

My partner is in the corporate world and uses a Thinkpad X1 Yoga 3rd Gen. And I was quite impressed by the keyboard quality and the light weight of the design. So after watching many YouTube reviews I had my first Thinkpad.

My tool: Thinkpad X1 Carbon 7th Generation which starts at $999. For that price, my options were to get similarly spec’d Macbook Air ( that would be slower+louder+warmer+heavier). Based on performance benchmarks, it’s on par with the 13″ Macbook Pro 2020 that starts at $1199( with education discount).

So it’s been 30+ Days since I’ve owned this Thinkpad X1 Carbon and I have to say…

I like:

  1. Keyboard: I feel motivated to type on this thing. I’ve increased my typing speed from 37 WPM to 74 WPM (nothing worth bragging I know).
  2. Build Quality: Despite being a whole pound lighter than my old Macbook Pro (3.5lbs), I feel like this computer can hold it’s form during everyday use.
  3. No bloatware. I was worried switching back to PC there would annoying software packages to install, etc. But everything was straightforward to set up.

What I don’t like:

  1. Fingerprints, though cleaning with rubbing alcohol and a microfiber cloth will make it feel like new.

I’ll write a 1 and 5 year follow up review and will see if I regret switching back to PC.

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