Conclusion: An overused phrase among product makers of all stripes is "more than the sum of its parts." But that cliché does apply to the 2015 ThinkPad X1 Carbon. You can match it with another laptop spec for spec, but the Lenovo will have an edge in ergonomics, or ruggedness, or portability, or all of the above. If you want a roomier screen than a 13.3-inch ultrabook delivers but don't want the weight penalty of the typical 14-inch laptop, this is the machine to consider.
Pros: Crazy thin and light for a 14-inch model, Best ultrabook keyboard. Period., All-day battery life, Durability and security features, Good performance
Cons: Gets pricey in a hurry, No card reader, Only 256GB of onboard storage
Summary: Lenovo's ThinkPad X1 Carbon has been through now and it's easy to see why the product sells so well and why Lenovo continues to invest in the model lineage. The ThinkPad X1 Carbon combines the sleek profile of a mainstream ultrabook with the durability and utility of Lenovo's classic line of business-class notebooks.
Pros: Fantastic build quality, Stylish, understated, sleek, Great performance, Best keyboard in the business, Best trackpad in the business, Solid battery life, Great sounding speakers
Cons: No SD Card slot, again., Display could be brighter, Pricey
Summary: In terms of brand recognition, Lenovo's ThinkPad probably has some of the best "brand equity" of just about any notebook line in the history of Windows PCs. A favorite among IT managers for their rugged reliability, especially in business environments, Lenovo's ThinkPad brand, previously acquired from IBM, helped propel the company towards the number one PC market share position that it enjoys today.
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.