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
Summary: 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?
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, The matte touchscreen is top-notch compared with direct business contenders. However, some cheaper consumers with a Full HD IPS screen (also matte) make the HD+ TN screen look outdated.
Summary: Business on-the-go. Lenovo blows its own horn and even speaks of a "legend" in connection with the ThinkPad X1 Carbon in which 20 years of development have been invested. Regardless of any sympathies, very interesting key specs remain: 1.3 kilograms (2.87 pounds), a bright 14-inch screen, and full business compatibility. Is that enough to become a legend?
Summary: Carbon Fiber Makeover. Lenovo claims this to be lightest 14-inch ultrabook currently in the market. Find out here what changes, improvements, and sacrifices the manufacturer has made in order to meet such a lofty proclamation.
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, Lenovo has removed a number of features from the original X1 models in order to provide such a low weight. These include three ports, Gorilla Glass protection, and removable RAM. A larger battery would help tremendous...
Excerpt: Last month we reviewed Samsung’s Series 9 ultraportable notebook and found that, while it offered an exceedingly svelte and fashionable form factor, there was a performance trade-off to all that stylishness. Lenovo’s 13-inch ThinkPad X1 represents a completely different approach to ultraportability. We’re not suggesting that the X1 eschews aesthetics.
Pros: A durable, well-equipped, ultraportable powerhouse.
Cons: Close to 4 pounds; no optical drive; single-channel RAM.
Excerpt: The ThinkPad laptop range is essentially the de facto standard for professionals. It’s been around in one form or another for over 20 years, but until now their uniform appearance and business-centric features haven’t exactly resulted in mass market appeal. That could all change with the ThinkPad X1 Carbon Ultrabook, however, which is arguably the best looking ThinkPad laptop ever.
Excerpt: 65 Flares 65 Flares × The IBM ThinkPad has legendary status, and when Lenovo took over production they were keen to take this iconic range into the next century. Equally so, Lenovo were aware that they couldn’t mess with the design too much, especially as the primary focus has always been the business audience. The ThinkPad has always been recognised for the superb keyboard, red ‘pointing stick’ and world class build quality.
Excerpt: 3 Flares 3 Flares × The IBM ThinkPad has iconic status, being the machine of choice for the demanding businessman for the last decade. They were known for their traditional ‘boxy’ black design, fantastic keyboard and all round class leading build quality. In 2005 Lenovo purchased the IBM personal computer division and took control of the ThinkPad development.