Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon Hands-on: The New King of Ultrabooks?

The first ThinkPad X1 was a great business ultraportable laptop–we especially loved the keyboard–but at 3.8 pounds it was on the hefty side. The new ThinkPad X1 Carbon weights just 3 pounds but packs a larger 14-inch screen (up from 13 inches) and an Ivy Bridge processor. In fact, Lenovo says this is the lightest 14-inch Ultrabook on the market. Plus, the unit charges to 80 percent in just 30 minutes. Here’s our quick impressions of what could be the ultimate machine for road warriors.

As you might expect, the ThinkPad X1 Carbon has a carbon fiber lid and rollcage, and the bottom is made of magnesium. This 14-inch Ultrabook will  measure 0.75 inches at its thickest and come with a superbright 1600 x 900 display with a rated brightness of 300 nits. The previous version had a less sharp 1366 x 768 screen. Ports include USB 3.0, DisplayPort, and an SD Card reader.

Ergonomically, Lenovo says it has improved upon what we already considered to be the most comfortable keyboards we’ve ever tested. And we have to say that this layout felt great during our hands-on time; the travel is excellent given this system’s sleek profile. The keys are backlit, too. We appreciate having both a large touchpad and pointing stick, giving you two input options.

Unlike the previous X1, there will be no option for adding a slice battery. However, the built-in battery will feature Lenovo’s RapidCharge technology, which means you’ll be able to juice it up in 30 minutes or less. We just hope the

Pricing is not known at this time, but the ThinkPad X1 Carbon should be available this summer. In the meantime, check out the gallery and our hands-on video.

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  1. MarcXW Says:

    I like the new resolution, better keyboard, matte screen,… but I find it sad that they sacrificed some of the ports in order to make it a little thinner. The original X1 had a lot of it’s ports on the back and they couldn’t do that this time around. It’s a little dissapointing for a Thinkpad.

  2. Sergey S. Says:

    I don’t care for the ports (what X1 has is enough for me), but I’m very cautious about battery life on this and also whether the display is really gonna be matte. As far as I see, there’s no definite info on that.

  3. jack kion Says:

    where can i order this lenovo thinkpad x1? can you e mail me how to order pls.

  4. peter j Says:

    I wish there was a photo of the bottom! I need to dock my laptop at home and work and the X220/230 has the functionality but if the X1 doesn’t I’m wasting my time waiting for it!!

  5. Collin Says:

    should at least have a LAN port. Toshiba has it. What a waste, if not , definitely a winner.

  6. Joe D Says:

    Its not dockable . This a attrocious douche laptop. I dont give a sh** about a thin form factor or whether or not intels allows you to call it an Ultrabook (it sounds like a joke anyway).
    I expect my Thinkpads to have tons of ports , tons of upgrade options and be legacy compatible, thats how a thinkpad is still usable after many years.
    This ones used a square proprietory power connector so my 5+ chargers wont work . its has to few usb ports and no ethernet .
    In a professional setting Ethernet is almost a must , wifi is still not dependable/existing everywhere and in corporate settings its usually G speeds at best. (and dont tell me about crap usb2 100 mbit dongles)

    The built in battery will have its capacity greatly reduced even after a year and then you cannot replace it.
    Also you miss the options to have a small office battery and large travel battery. All in all this is poor mac clone. And if i wanted a mac i would just buy the original or the asus ux32vd which at least offer a high screen resolution and slightly betetr upgradablity.
    Lenovo pissed all over the thinkpad legacy with this machine . ill assume that lenovo ruin the x240 equally.

    The only change the X series needed was high resolution screen options.

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