What separates a good laptop from a great one? That’s a tricky question, because there’s no single answer. It could be a supremely comfortable typing experience, speakers that blow you away, or a design so sleek it feels like it’s from the future. Our first-annual Lappy Awards recognize this excellence with prizes in 12 categories, including the above attributes and a host of other specific features that make our winners a cut above the rest.
Lenovo’s svelte 13-inch ThinkPad X1 makes a great first impression with its 0.8-inch profile, durable soft-touch chassis, and ultra-bright 350-nit screen. But it’s only when you start typing that you truly appreciate the beauty of this machine.
At first glance, the X1’s keyboard may look like a typical island-style layout. However, the key’s curvature and the feedback they provide rival the legendary IBM model M keyboard of the 1980s, right down to the pleasant clicking sound you get while typing. That’s not all; there’s an adjustable backlight for typing in low light, a soft palm rest to properly cradle wrists, and a comfortable slope to the deck. It all adds up to the best notebook typing experience ever.
Starting at $1,299; www.lenovo.com