Summary: The X1 Carbon ultrabook from Lenovo is a business laptop first, and a media laptop second. We would love to see more ports on the X1, because if you need an Ethernet plug, you have to use a USB dongle, leaving just one USB port open for other tasks. The X1 has a long battery life and a solid high-resolution display with wide viewing angles.
Pros: The laptop has a powerful, advanced design and more than eight hours of battery life.
Cons: The system doesn't have a VGA or Ethernet port. Bluetooth doesn't come standard either.
Conclusion: The Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon Touch is a good successor to the first generation X1 Carbon. It retains almost everything that is good about the original while adding the touchscreen many people value in a Windows 8 machine. You’ll get a an excellent keyboard, a larger than average display without a bulky or heavy chassis, and performance that’s good enough for heavier tasks.
Pros: Light weight and slim, Semi-rugged and durable construction, Excellent keyboard for an Ultrabook, Multiple inputs, including TrackPoint, Speedy performance
Cons: Only two USB ports, Sub-par touchpad, Touchscreen means lower battery life, Viewing angles aren't as wide as we'd like
Summary: We were back at 75 percent battery capacity in 30 minutes and 100 percent in an hour. The X1 Carbon isn’t perfect, and that can make its relatively high price less palatable, but it does offer features you can’t get anywhere else, namely ThinkPad quality and a look that’s cool in that not-even-trying kind of way.
Pros: Understated good looks; solid build quality; nice keyboard/touchpad.
Summary: If you're going to run Windows 8 on one of the best Ultrabooks on the market, it makes sense to opt for a model with a touch screen. Microsoft's latest OS just feels clunky when used with a mouse, as we discovered when we accidentally activated the app-switcher menu multiple times when the cursor hit the top-left corner of the screen.
Pros: Durable and sleek design, Comfortable backlit keyboard, Sharp and responsive touchscreen, Snappy overall performance
Cons: Shorter battery life than Windows 7 version, Some touchpad issues, Wi-Fi adapter can be wonky
Summary: With its lightweight, durable design, fantastic display and long battery life, Lenovo's ThinkPad X1 Carbon sets a new standard for business ultraportables. A few sacrifices--namely Ethernet and VGA--had to be made in the name of thinness, but we think it's worth the tradeoff. If you want the best business Ultrabook around, the ThinkPad X1 is worth the premium.
Pros: Lightweight and durable design, High-res screen with wide viewing angles, Long battery life, Great webcam, Fast charging time
Cons: Slower SSD than other Ultrabooks, No Ethernet or VGA, A little pricey
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Conclusion: It is almost inevitable that you will come across Lenovo's ThinkPad X1 Carbon when looking for an ultra-portable office laptop with business features. The bundle sounds perfect: 1.3 kilograms (~2.87 pounds), bright and matte 14-inch screen, vPro compatible hardware, low emissions, and long battery life. Although finding possible shortcomings or points of criticism was not easy, there are a few.