Excerpt: Lenovo’s ThinkPad range of notebooks are well known for their sturdy, rock solid design and build quality. They’ve been around for a long time and they have a distinctive feel and look to them. The traditional ThinkPad design continues with their newest X1 model. While most of the previous models have been either compact or powerful, this one is designed to be slim. It’s almost as if Lenovo wants to take on the Macbook Air. The target customer is also clear.
Summary: The X1 Carbon Touch adds touchscreen support for Windows 8 to Lenovo's business ultrabook line. Like the existing X1 Carbon, it is rugged and light but lacks some corporate features such as Ethernet and docking support.
Pros: Thin and light, rugged carbon-fibre casing, touchscreen support for Windows 8
Cons: Pricey, sealed unit makes for poor serviceability, no Ethernet port, no dock connector
Excerpt: One of our most memorable recent press events was the launch of Lenovo’s ultraportable business laptop, the ThinkPad X1. The memorable moment came after a lengthy presentation, when a marketing bod produced a glass of water and gleefully poured it into the X1’s keyboard. This act of sabotage would have cut short any other demo, but not this one.