Summary: Starting at $1,899.00 without an SSD, the top ThinkPad X1 Carbon carries with it a decent price jump from its $1,329.00 entry level variant. With a faster CPU, higher resolution screen offering touch capabilities and more RAM, it comes as little surprise.
Conclusion: Still, we have no doubt that business users who spend a lot of time on the road will love the new ThinkPad X1 Carbon. If you're looking for a thin and light ultrabook that doesn't skimp on performance or durability, the Carbon should be at the top of your list.
Pros: Thin and light, Vivid touch screen with wide viewing angles, Speedy performance, Excellent typing feel, Adaptive function keys
Cons: Expensive, Not the longest battery life, Harsh audio, Annoying keyboard layout, Stiff upper mouse buttons
Summary: Luxury for the executive level. Ultrabooks are normally designed for home users – but that's not always the case. Lenovo's ThinkPad X1 Carbon, for example, targets affluent business customers who are willing to spend almost 2000 Euro (~$2800) for the top-of-the-line version.
Pros: light and sturdy chassis, very quiet, large ClickPad, integrated UMTS modem, backlit keyboard, input devices offer great feedback, good viewing angle stability (90°), very good battery life, spacious SSD with 512 GB capacity, semi-matte touch display, HDMI & Ethernet via dongle, Gone are the clun...
Cons: very high price, integrated touchpad mouse buttons, webcam quality is marginal, lacks true Fn-keys, Innovation can also have its drawbacks: the redesigned touchpad without dedicated buttons and the rather unusual Fn function-row is going require a serious adjustment period for long-term ThinkPad ...
Lenovo's ThinkPad X1 Carbon Touch: A lightweight contender
21 February 2014
Summary: The Lenovo Thinkpad X1 Carbon Touch is the rare notebook that does just about everything well, from performance and battery life to its touch abilities and superb display. Its $1,399 price tag is relatively high, but if you want the best, it is worth every penny.
Pros: Thin and light, ultra high resolution display, great performance, folds flat on tabletop, good battery life, innovative "adaptive" keyboard
Summary: Experiment. . The 2013 edition of the X1 Carbon came pretty close to a rating of "very good". Still, Lenovo has not stopped improving its premium ultrabook series, adding a WQHD IPS panel to the 13-inch device while also improving its battery life and implementing new input devices / ports.
Pros: lightweight, sturdy chassis, usually quiet, very large clickpad, integrated LTE modem, backlit keyboard, highly responsive input devices, superb viewing angles (90°), great battery life, battery charges quickly (compared to discharge), matte touch display (film), HDMI & Ethernet now available via...
Cons: CPU exhibits some throttling, bad webcam, no real F keys, A better webcam. A CPU without throttling issues.
Summary: In terms of brand recognition, Lenovo's ThinkPad probably has some of the best "brand equity" of just about any notebook line in the history of Windows PCs. A favorite among IT managers for their rugged reliability, especially in business environments, Lenovo's ThinkPad brand, previously acquired...
Conclusion: The ThinkPad X1 is a tantalising combination of power and ruggedness that should appeal to anyone after a regular travel companion. It’s just a massive shame that the battery dies so fast, and usability isn’t as strong as we hoped.
Pros: Ultra sturdy. Can handle spills with ease, Great performance (for an ultraportable), Vibrant screen with good viewing angles
Summary: The Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon has some things going for it. This 14-inch business Ultrabook sports an extremely thin and light design, an optional WQHD touch display, a powerful / power efficient Intel 4th Generation Core Series processor, and a durable chassis.