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Apple MacBook Pro (M1) Vs. Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon

We compare Apple’s MacBook Pro with the high-performance M1 processor against Lenovo’s latest ThinkPad X1 Carbon, featuring 11th-gen Intel Core processors.

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MacBook Pro Vs ThinkPad X1 Carbon

For any buyer looking to get a new laptop that is a true workhorse on performance, Apple’s MacBook Pro with the M1 chip and the Lenovo’s latest ThinkPad X1 Carbon (Gen 9) are two very solid options. The new 13-inch MacBook Pro with M1 and the ThinkPad X1 Carbon with 11th-gen Intel Core processors both offer impressive speed and multi-tasking capabilities, along with strong battery life, portability and collaboration features. But there are plenty of differences between the two high-performance laptops, too—starting with the operating system (macOS for the MacBook Pro and Windows 10 for the X1 Carbon), but also including the laptops’ display options, port variety and security. Which of the two powerhouse laptops is right for your needs? What follows is our comparison of Apple’s MacBook Pro (M1) vs Lenovo’s ThinkPad X1 Carbon (Gen 9) on specs and price.

Display and Security

When it comes to the display size, the ThinkPad X1 Carbon has a slight advantage with its 14-inch screen, which makes it 5 percent larger than the 13.3-inch display on the MacBook Pro with M1. The ninth-gen X1 Carbon also has a number of options to choose from for the display, whereas the new MacBook Pro has just one configuration—a vibrant Retina display that is non-touch, with resolution of 2,560 x 1,600 and brightness of 500 nits. For the X1 Carbon, which features a new 16:10 aspect ratio, options include FHD+ resolution (1,920 x 1,200) with 400 nits and non-touch; FHD+ with 400 nits and touch screen; FHD+ with 500 nits and the Privacy Guard integrated privacy screen; and UHD+ resolution (3,840 x 2,400) with 500 nits and enhanced Dolby Vision picture quality.

On security, in addition to the optional integrated privacy screen, the X1 Carbon also includes a human presence detection sensor that locks the X1 Carbon when you walk away. The laptop then automatically logs you back in (via Windows Hello facial recognition) when you return. Another new security feature for the latest X1 Carbon is the inclusion of an integrated fingerprint reader on the power button. The new MacBook Pro with M1 also includes a fingerprint reader for logging in, with a Touch ID sensor included on the keyboard.

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