Conclusion: The ThinkPad X1 Carbon remains one of the most formidable mobile PCs available. Beautifully designed and conforming to Intel's Ultrabook directive, it is in many ways the perfect realisation of how today's premium laptops should be constructed.
Conclusion: The X1 Carbon that Lenovo shipped out for review is likely the fastest Ultrabook yet. The Broadwell Core i7 is certainly a step ahead of the other devices we have tested, and the included PCIe SSD is basically the fastest drive offered today.
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.
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: If you want the thinnest, lightest 14-inch business Ultrabook on the market, the new ThinkPad X1 Carbon is worth a look. However, if you don't mind a smaller screen, get Lenovo's 12.5-inch ThinkPad X240 , which starts at just $923, instead.