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. If this amount is money well spent is the subject of our review.
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 clunky business notebooks – Lenovo's ThinkPad X1 Carbon paves the way for the future. Both mobility and a sleek design are not reserved for consumer Ultrabooks any longer.
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 users - and some might never get used to the changes.
Summary: On a first look, Lenovo's ThinkPax X1 Carbon 2014 looks like a great machine. Sleek, solid, powerful and packed with the latest features, it sound like a great pick for business environments. Unfortunately though, Lenovo chose to redefine the keyboard, trackpad and ports selection, and by doing so, alienated the professional users and heavy typists that would usually buy such devices.
Pros: sleek and sturdy built, slim and light for a 14 incher, solid performer, alright battery life, runs cool and mostly quiet, 4G/LTE modem included
Cons: poor usability changes involving the keyboard and trackpad, lacks an SD card-reader, poor webcam, puny speakers, the WQHD screen is somewhat muddy
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. Is this enough to eradicate the few remaining issues?
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 dongle
Cons: CPU exhibits some throttling, bad webcam, no real F keys, A better webcam. A CPU without throttling issues.
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon 2014, A Fantastic Revision
17 February 2014
Conclusion: From purely a performance standpoint, the new Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon does not disappoint. The model we tested, with a more modest configuration of Intel's Core i5-4200U (you can configure a system with up to a Core i7-4600U) performed very well, ranking near the top of the pack in most tests, even in more strenuous game testing.
Pros: Beautiful design, Superb build quality, Gorgeous 2560X1440 display, Great performance, Useful adaptive function row, Best keyboard in the business
Conclusion: While the Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon feels solidly built and impressively light, with pretty good battery life and a generally very comfortable keyboard, whether or not it’s a good fit for you depends largely on how you weigh the changes Lenovo has made to the laptop’s keyboard, and if you find the Adaptive Keyboard row compelling. What we can say is that the adaptive keys work well and can be quite handy.
Pros: Excellent input devices, High-resolution, matte touchscreen, Much-improved battery life, Runs cool and quiet, even under heavy load
Cons: Keyboard changes will irk many touch typists, Screen should be brighter, Sealed battery still stinks for many business users
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. Unfortunately, the new X1 Carbon's falls short when it comes to three key features: keyboard, touchpad and webcam, things that are best-in-class on other ThinkPads.