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The Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon Touch ($1,648) is an executive's ultrabook. It's slim, has a lovely carbon fiber construction, and is powerful enough to view and edit large spreadsheets. It's light enough to be carried around the corridors of your office building and from building to building. It has a rugged solid-state drive (SSD) for storage, so you won't have to worry about losing your data if you jostle the system while it's in use. Plus, it's a corporate manageable system, so your execs won't have to bring in their own ultrabooks and make a mess of your IT security setup. It's a corporate ultrabook that can service the most demanding executive. The X1 Carbon Touch outwardly resembles its brother, the Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon ($1,499). It's just about as thin, measuring 0.74 by 13 by 9 inches (HWD) and weighing in at 3.25 pounds. This is imperceptibly heavier than the 2.93-pound non-touch model, and likewise just a bit lighter than the 3.91-pound Editors' Choice for business ultrabooks, the Dell Latitude 6430u ($1,328). Like the previous model, the X1 Carbon Touch uses carbon fiber to replace magnesium and plastic in some of its construction to give strength to the chassis and to save weight.
When I reviewed the X1 Carbon, Lenovo's flagship ThinkPad laptop, I found few faults. It's an eye-catching computer that combines everything good about ThinkPads – great keyboard, sturdy design, solid performance — with a fit and finish I didn't expect from the company's "black box" line of laptops. Its price was a little high and its bloatware portion was heaping, but it was (and still is) one of my favorite Windows 7 ultrabooks. Now that Windows 8 is here, in all its touch-friendly, colorful glory, Lenovo's released a new X1 Carbon with a touchscreen. The X1 Carbon Touch is otherwise virtually identical to its untouchable sibling: same processor, same operating system, same beautiful matte black carbon fiber body (though a half-pound heavier). It comes at a $150 premium, sort of – the cheapest Carbon model is $1,249 and the cheapest Touch is $1,499, but the Touch's specs match the $1,349 model. I spent some time with the Carbon Touch trying to decide if it's worth the extra weight and the extra price, plus whether or not touchscreens are the future of laptops. Video Review Note: this video is from our original review of the ThinkPad X1 Carbon.
Lenovo strikes a good balance with its touch-enhanced X1 Carbon and doesn't let the extra hardware add much weight or steal too much battery life. Still, some may prefer the original. Lenovo's ThinkPad X1 Carbon is undoubtedly one of the best Ultrabooks of the past year. Not only is it rugged enough for the rigors of the road-warrior life, it also offers a bigger screen than most of the competition without sacrificing the slim and small body. And, of course, the ThinkPad keyboard is among the best you can get on any laptop. In the Windows 8 era, what could make a great laptop even greater? The common wisdom these days is: add a touch screen! However, adding touch also means adding weight and sometimes subtracting battery life. Still, considering how good the first generation was, we had high hopes for the ThinkPad X1 Carbon Touch. ThinkPads haven't always been the most attractive laptops on the market, but this isn't usually an issue for the user base. Still, it's nice that the X1 Carbon Touch is a slick-looking machine. Measuring just 0.74 inches at its thickest point, the X1 presents a thin profile that rivals other ultraportables. The overall footprint is just 13 x 8.9 inches, similar in size to 13-inch laptops.
n August 2012, we reviewed the first version of Lenovo's X1 Carbon, itself a 14-inch update to the previous 13-inch ThinkPad X1. It was a premium product, very lightweight for a 14-inch laptop, with a carbon fiber body and Lenovo's typically excellent keyboard design. But, coming just a couple of months before Windows 8, it quickly felt dated thanks to a flood of thin, powerful, Windows 8 systems with touch screens -- a setup that has already become the default for nearly every new laptop. Fortunately, Lenovo has now updated the X1 Carbon to Microsoft's new OS, and also added a touch screen -- something that Windows 8 practically requires for efficient navigation. The new screen adds a bit of thickness to the lid, but the system is otherwise very similar to the version reviewed last year, and much of this review is likewise similar to that first X1 Carbon. The internal components are standard, with a third-gen Intel Core i5 CPU, integrated Intel HD 4000 graphics, and a 128GB solid-state drive (SSD). That's a common enough loadout, and available in some very affordable laptops. But no one would describe the X1 Carbon as affordable. The new touch version starts at $1,499, which is $100 more than the nontouch version.
Click to EnlargeIt sounds like a pretty sweet combo for road warriors. With the ThinkPad X1 Carbon Touch, Lenovo has paired its top business Ultrabook with a touchscreen for making the most of Windows 8's interface. Everything that makes the X1 one of our favorite ultraportable laptops is still here: the sharp 1600 x 900 display, the spacious and comfy keyboard, and a durable, soft-touch chassis. But now you can reach out and touch those Live Tiles and interact with hundreds of apps in a more natural way. The question is whether that convenience is worth $1,399, a $120 premium over the non-touch X1 Carbon, and the other things you give up.Click to EnlargeClassic and luxurious, the ThinkPad X1 Carbon Touch sports an identical design to the non-touch version. The lid and roll cage use carbon fiber to keep the weight down, while the deck and bottom of the Ultrabook are made of magnesium. We continue to love the soft-touch finish, which provides a sure grip when carrying the X1 Carbon Touch and makes typing more comfortable for your wrists.Click to EnlargeAnd this is one Ultrabook that's built to last.
Recommended awardThey haven't yet translated into a huge commercial success, or manifested themselves into the business world, but the allure of the Ultrabook has influenced the design of modern laptops, from budget family machines to high-end business beasts. Chunky bland laptops are on the way out, and even the most corporate laptops are getting a stylish makeover.The Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon is the latest incarnation of Lenovo's flagship business laptop, and the classic black chassis has been given an Ultrabook twist. It's super-slim and measures just 19mm (0.75 inches), easing inside the thickness restrictions governed my Intel for what can be dubbed an Ultrabook.You might also like...Best Ultrabook: 16 top thin and lights for 2012The business laptop market is becoming increasingly competitive, but the Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon is one of the few dedicated business Ultrabooks to hit the market. While its competitors, such as the Toshiba Satellite Z930, Sony Vaio T13, HP Folio 13 or even the Apple MacBook Air have delivered long-lasting power and sleek, lightweight builds, the Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon earns its place at the boardroom table by adding all of the high-end business features you'd expect from a ThinkPad.
Ultrabooks continue to be the hot trend in the Windows notebook arena. With the recent introduction of Intel's new, low power 3rd generation Ivy Bridge Core series processors, designs are becoming thinner with every iteration, while paradoxically it seems, performance continues to scale higher. We've seen Ultrabook machines from virtually all the majors here at HotHardware and many of them are targeted at consumers on the go where thin is in, and not so much the business user, where practical usability, durability and performance are critical. Lenovo however, is stepping outside the box with the latest addition to their ThinkPad lineup for road warriors and cubical commandos alike. The venerable Lenovo ThinkPad, with its little red TrackPoint nub has gone the way of the Ultrabook. If there's one small dig ThinkPads have taken with regularity over the years, it's that though there's a ton of quality and substance built into these machines, style was not a hallmark of the brand. The all new ThinkPad X1 Carbon could very well change the utilitarian stereotype of the Lenovo's business-backed line-up, however.
The Lenovo ThinkPad series is currently celebrating its 20th birthday, and today we have their new ThinkPad X1 Carbon on the chopping blocks. After all these years still producing some of the best business and casual laptops available the X1 Carbon looks to improve on its older sibling, while staying at the top of the Ultrabook lineup. Being touted as “the world's lightest 14\" business-class ultra book” with a sleek body and powerful dual-core power all under 3 lbs lets take a peek. The brand new ThinkPad X1 Carbon might not be 20 years in the making, but it almost feels that way. Cramming all the top end specs possibly available into a super lightweight laptop that fits the “Ultrabook” standard, while still being similar to last years original X1. This is certainly an evolution of last years model only better in every way. It's thinner, lighter, and faster yet still comes with a bigger display and more options. Take a peek at our unboxing video to get yourself started and acquainted, then we'll dig in. At first glance there will be no doubt in your mind this is a ThinkPad. With the original simplistic and minimal design, squared off edges, and flat matte black color scheme.
Lenovo's made the most of the time since Intel defined the "ultrabook" last fall, releasing a number of different models designed for different users. By and large, the company's done good work, too: we called the ThinkPad U300s the best ultrabook on the market back in November, and the IdeaPad U310 delivers pretty solid value for $799. But Lenovo saved its best for its latest, the ThinkPad X1 Carbon. The Carbon is the successor to last year's X1, and ticks all the ultrabook boxes, but it tries to go even further and outdo everyone: it's a 14-inch laptop that's barely bigger than a typical 13-inch model, and its carbon fiber body is less than three quarters of an inch thick and weighs all of three pounds. There's no shortage of power inside, either, thanks to a Core i5 processor, 4GB of RAM and a 128GB SSD in the base model. Solid specs and excellent design add up to Lenovo's most premium ultrabook to date and also its most expensive: it starts at $1,399 and you can easily pay $500 more. Lenovo's laid all its cards on the table, and put everything it's got into one machine.
Lenovo's 13-inch ultraportable notebooks have a rich history, dating back to 2008's ThinkPad X300, which broke new ground as the thinnest and lightest 13-inch business notebook of its time. Now, the company has entered the business Ultrabook market with the ThinkPad X1 Carbon (starting at $1,399, $1,499 as configured), a 3-pound ultraportable that promises long battery life and boasts a bright 14-inch screen with a high resolution of 1600 x 900 pixels. Is this business-class Ultrabook the best choice yet for road warriors?Click to EnlargeIf you love the classic ThinkPad aesthetic like we do, you'll like the look of the X1 Carbon. If you're sick of the understated, raven black chassis we've seen on Lenovo's business notebooks for the past 20 years, you may not be impressed. Still, at just 0.74 inches at its thickest point and a mere 3 pounds, this is the thinnest and lightest ThinkPad we've ever used. This Ultrabook is 0.4 pounds lighter than the 12.5-inch ThinkPad X230 and on a par with the 0.68-inch thick, 3-pound MacBook Air.Lenovo achieves this light weight by using carbon fiber on both the lid and the roll cage, which sits on the side.
The Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon retails for just under $1,500 and can be upgraded to cost almost $1,900, which makes it one of the more expensive ultrabooks out there. But it looks and feels expensive with a chassis partially constructed of exotic and ultra-strong carbon fiber. It might be sturdy, but the X1 Carbon weighs less than three pounds and has a battery that lasts almost 7 and a half hours. It's got plenty of business and IT-friendly features, so it's one of the first official ultrabooks that will slot into your growing business or enterprise. For the medium to large business that has multiple departments, the X1 Carbon is the ultrabook that you should purchase to equip your constantly traveling high-up executive. Part of the X1 Carbon - the lid and the roll cage (internal bracing and structure) - made from carbon fiber, a material that, after processing, has the same weight and strength as solid billets of aluminum or titanium. As a result, the system weighs just 2.93 pounds alone, which is light when compared with the Dell Inspiron 14z which is 4.08 pounds. Granted, the Inspiron 14z has a built-in DVD drive, but there's still more than a pounds' difference between the two.
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