Disappointing track pad, problems with HiRes display, poor support
C. Dixon "email@example.com", Amazon
4 July 2014
Summary: I have the high end i7, 8GB, 356GB SSD, HiRes display, Win 8.1. The overall design is good, keyboard works well, battery performance good (5+ hours in normal use.) The recent design change integrating the left and right click buttons into the track pad is a huge mistake. I have already had Lenovo replace it once (the right click only worked when you banged it hard.
Summary: The machine is beautifully made, but: (a) I don't know why windows still can't deal properly with font size on QHD+ displays -- it's quite annoying to have dialog boxes the size of postage stamps. (b) the touchpad is ABYSMAL. about 3/4 of the time I press the right mouse button when I want to press the left AND (b1) a lot of the time the "maximize window" action is triggered. Should I just change some setting?
Summary: IBM and later Lenovo have always had top notch hardware and specs. This laptop is no different. The fatal flaw is the weird keyboard layout. I am getting tired of hitting the delete key instead of backspace- that has to be one of the worst design decisions ever made. NOTE to lenovo HW engineers - go back to the IBM roots and fix the keyboard in the next version of the X1!
New X1, anyone think it may be better than old, Wait till you start doing actual work on this innocent looking pricey machine.
Mr. Bandu Vibhute, Amazon
31 March 2014
Summary: This beats most ultrabooks in light weight and moderate power. Advantages stops here only. Very disappointed in mediocre battery life when screen brightness is put to work at useful 70-90% level. No option whatsoever to add extra battery. Slice or ultra-bay introduction will be very handy or at least replaceable. I had touch version and screen makes it dull and uhd resolution is not supported by many apps.
Summary: this laptop's trackpad is hard to use with internet browsers, the scrolling function does not work consistently at all also the laptop lacks Fn F1-F12 keys and has some questionable placement of keys overall, good hardware but disappointing trackpad and keyboard
This is the Gereration 2 Carbon X1, not like the original! Good and bad.
Greg G. Gebhardt "Greg Gebhardt", Amazon
18 March 2014
Summary: I will update this review several times. First I do not like they have removed the indicator lights for hard drive activity. I do not like the adaptive keyboard. I liked the real keys instead of the adaptive keyboard thing. Backspace and DEL key are split and smaller. WHO is the hell came up with this. Others than this the GENERATION 2 X1 Carbon is light, thin and has a great screen. Bootup and shut down times are very fast as in my past X1 units.
Summary: I received my USED-LIKE NEW laptop with an understanding that it was a used laptop. However I did expect the keyboard to function properly....and it didn't. One of the keys (the number 8) would not work unless you pounded on the keyboard. So back to Amazon it goes.
Exceed Expectation at Every Level except Battery Life!
Antoine Khadige, Amazon
26 October 2013
Summary: The Lenovo X1 Carbon is among the most powerful Ultrabooks that I have used, the 14" screen is definitely an advantage for heavy users. However, the battery life varies between 3.5-4.5 hours contrary to what's advertised on Lenovo's website about am ALL DAY battery usage.
Summary: Extremely expensive for what you get. I have an old MacBook Pro, more than 4 years old that I installed a SSD hard drive on it. The Lenovo X1 performance is not better than the Mac! A MacBook Air would have been a much better choice ... even with Windows installed (boot camp). It came with Windows 7 Professional and additional software by Lenovo. I am still trying to use a Lenovo Bluetooth laser mouse, even with tech support from Lenovo, which is good.
Summary: I buy a new ThinkPad every year and so far the best one in memory is still the venerable T61p model and recently the x220. I was deciding on between x230 and x1 carbon and chose the latter. So how does the x1 carbon hold up after more than 3 months of usage? PROS ---------------- 1) Thin and light. Even coming from an already small x220 I am still amazed at how light and thin x1 carbon is.