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.
Conclusion: The changes that the X1 Carbon brings are not just skin deep . Many of these changes have addressed some of the common complaints about the original X1, but at the same have introduced new criticisms. The new 14-inch matte display, for example, is an entirely different beast compared to the glossy 13.3-inch Gorilla Glass-protected display of the older models and offers better color reproduction , higher resolutions , higher contrast and lighter weight .
Pros: Incredibly fast CPU and application performance for the size, Very lightweight, yet strong shell, Extremely quiet, Matte display, Large touchpad, Improved gamut range, WWAN options, Mini DisplayPort, Backlit keyboard, The carbon fiber build leaves a fresh impression with largely the same structural benefits as magnesium alloy materials. The light weight, screen improvements, low system noise, great outdoor usability, and fast application performance are the best qual...
Cons: Surface temperatures can become very warm, No Gorilla Glass, ThinkLight, HDMI, integrated RJ-45, or dedicated docking ports, Plastic display bezel feels out of place, Mediocre battery life, Mushy left- and right-click buttons, Overall fingerprint magnet
Excerpt: 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? So how does one recognize a great business laptop?
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
Excerpt: Executive Toy. The perfect plaything for the CEO? Light and slim, equipped with excellent ThinkPad input devices and a high-contrast HD+ screen. We looked closer at the touch version. Does Lenovo use IPS this time? A few months ago we tested Lenovo's long awaited luxury model for the CEO from the executive board. The X1 was and is a very light, slim ultrabook with perfect dual-pointing input devices, long battery runtimes and a decent HD+ screen .
Pros: High CPU and application performance, Light, rigid casing, Quiet, even relatively quiet during load, Big touchpad, Integrated 3G modem, Backlit keyboard, Feedback strong input devices, Good battery life, Short battery charge time, AR coated touchscreen, Unobtrusive, handy, very portable and yet as powerful as an ultrabook can be.
Cons: Tight viewing angles compared with IPS, CPU throttling during extreme load, Few interfaces, no docking port, High price
Summary: If you can overlook the ThinkPad X1's underwhelming battery performance, it is exactly the kind of business ultraportable for frequent flying executives - slim, sturdy and easy to tuck away. It looks decent, feels good, is built like a tank, and has one of the best keyboards you'll ever find on a laptop.
Pros: Slim and sturdy, Gorilla Glass display, Spill-resistant, backlit keyboard, Great connectivity options, Useful proprietary software, Very good performance
Cons: Disappointing battery life, Heats up on the left edge
Summary: We were even more impressed with how quickly the battery recharged—more than 80 percent in 30 minutes, thanks to Lenovo’s Rapid Charge technology. Yes, the ThinkPad X1 is a serious machine for serious ultraportable computing, although its ultraportability is on the heftier side and its computing doesn’t include optical duties.
Pros: A durable, well-equipped, ultraportable powerhouse.
Cons: Close to 4 pounds; no optical drive; single-channel RAM.