The notebook to buy for yourself or the mobile professional on your list, Lenovo's ThinkPad X1 redefines the business ultraportable. This 3.7-pound notebook delivers a speedy second-generation 2.5-GHz Core i5-2520M processor, a bright 350-nit screen, a 7,200-rpm hard drive, a backlit keyboard, and a rugged chassis that’s built to survive falls.
The island-style “smile-shaped” keys deliver the best typing experience we’ve ever had on a notebook. The all-black chassis is made entirely from a soft-touch rubberized material and is 0.8 inches at its thinnest point. Just be sure to get the optional $150 slice battery to get 8 hours of runtime.