In August 2012, you reviewed the initial adaptation of Lenovo’s X1 Carbon, itself a 14-inch update to the past 13-inch ThinkPad X1. It became a premium product, extremely lightweight for a 14-inch computer, with a carbon fiber body plus Lenovo’s usually great keyboard shape.
However, coming really a couple of months before Windows 8, it rapidly felt dated because of a flood of thin, effective, Windows 8 systems with touch screens — a setup which has absolutely become the standard for almost each new computer.
Fortunately, Lenovo has today up-to-date the X1 Carbon to Microsoft’s hot OS, and added a touch screen — anything which Windows 8 practically demands for effective navigation. The fresh screen adds a bit of width to the lid, however, the program is otherwise pretty synonymous to the adaptation reviewed last year, plus much of the review is alike synonymous to this initial X1 Carbon.
The internal components are standard, with a third-gen Intel Core i5 CPU, integrated Intel HD 4000 images, along with a 128GB solid-state drive (SSD). That’s a well-known enough loadout, plus obtainable in certain affordable laptops. But nobody would describe the X1 Carbon because affordable. The brand-new touch adaptation begins at $ 1,499, that is $ 100 over the nontouch adaptation.
Needless to say, we receive a great deal of additional attributes which could aid justify the high cost, including a suite of Lenovo-branded safety plus help apps, IT-department-friendly attributes like Intel’s vPro technologies, plus among the right computer keyboards ever tailored.
It’s nevertheless pricey, specifically compared with much of the ultrabook competition, plus has a few of quirks, however in the event you require those business-friendly qualities, or only superior construction along with a desirable typing experience, it’s value the investment.
|Price because reviewed||$ 1,499|
|Processor||Intel Core i5-3427U|
|Memory||4GB, 1333MHz DDR3|
|Hard drive||128GB SSD|
|Operating System||Windows 8 (64-bit)|
|Dimensions (WD)||13.0 x 8.9 inches|
|Screen size (diagonal)||14.0 inches|
|System fat / Weight with AC adapter||3.3/4.2 pounds|
Design plus features
The fresh touch-screen X1 Carbon is almost identical to the authentic adaptation, however, the addition of the touch screen signifies a somewhat wider lid. It’s not a big difference, however we’ve watched several fairly thin touch-screen lids about systems including the Acer Aspire S7, as well as the X1 Carbon frankly feels chunky compared with a few of the higher-end fresh Windows 8 touch-screen laptops.
But, this really is nevertheless a premium-feeling program. The top cover is made from carbon fiber, usually found inside just the many pricey laptops, because is the system’s internal roll cage, a stiff latticework which shields the computer however adds minimal additional fat.
The backlit keyboard retains the modified island-style keys selected inside many latest ThinkPads, a look which originates from Lenovo’s customer line plus which is gradually creating its method into additional ThinkPad models too.
As with alternative island-style Lenovo keyboards, the individual keys have a somewhat convex curve at the bottom. I’ve found which bit of additional surface region makes typing simpler, plus errors less frequent. Lenovo pertains to the form produced by the keys as well as the area between them because the “forgiveness zone.”
Many thin laptops have shallow, clacky keys which are much better than typing about anything like the iPad’s internet keyboard, yet frequently not by much. Even about this thin chassis, the keys have great level plus strong, tactile suggestions. It’s surely the greatest ultrathin computer keyboard I’ve utilized.
The touch pad is a bit of the departure within the normal Lenovo design. Instead of the touch pad with separate left plus appropriate mouse buttons under, it’s a one-piece click pad with a glass surface, synonymous to what you’d receive about a MacBook or Dell XPS. There remains a 2nd set of mouse buttons above it, along with a conventional Lenovo ThinkPad track point nestled amongst the G, H, plus B keys.
The slick glass surface is a welcome change within the usual sluggish feel of a lot of Windows touch pads. For multitouch gestures it was ideal, yet I had less chance with simple tap-to-click navigation, as well as the pad was finicky plus unresponsive sometimes, or called up Windows 8 navigation qualities inadvertently. Tweaking the touch-pad settings helped a bit, nevertheless there were a lot of instances I tapped without reaction, plus I wasn’t happy with all the out-of-the-box performance of the touch pad.
The show is good, with a matte finish found on the 14-inch, 1,600×900-pixel-resolution screen. I’ve enjoyed more high-end laptops lately add a full HD 1,920×1,080-pixel screen. On a 15-inch program, it functions, however, about a 13-inch it’s too much, creating text plus icons too tiny. On a 14-inch, we can go either technique, nevertheless I’d lean towards 1,600×900 pixels, because watched here, because the sweet place. The screen is bright plus colourful, inspite of the shortage of the glossy coating.
We could not employ this feature, yet it’s interesting to note which the screen folds almost 180 levels back, sleeping virtually flat. There have not been countless instances I’ve wished my computer might open wider, however, I think there has been a few. Lenovo’s Yoga line takes this to the upcoming level, with screens which fold back almost 360 levels to become pills.
Folks generally don’t purchase ThinkPads for their desirable speakers — even so they do purchase them for the microphone plus Webcam, because selected inside videoconferencing. With the handy built-in videoconferencing application, you are able to set the mic’s pickup pattern, start face monitoring found on the camera, plus even send an image of the desktop because a outgoing movie feed.
|Video||DisplayPort||VGA, and HDMI or DisplayPort|
|Audio||Stereo speakers, headphone jack||Stereo speakers, headphone/microphone jacks|
|Data||1 USB 3.0, 1 USB 2.0, SD card reader||2 USB 3.0, 2 USB 2.0, SD card reader|
|Networking||Ethernet (through USB dongle), 802.11n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, mobile broadband||Ethernet, 802.11n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, optional mobile broadband|
|Optical drive||None||DVD burner|
Connections, performance, plus power life
This is a company computer, at smallest about paper, thus several consumer-friendly qualities, like the HDMI port, receive jettisoned. Somewhat amazingly, Ethernet gets downgraded to a USB dongle also. The X1 has 1 driven USB 3.0 port plus 1 USB 2.0, that is very sparse for a 14-inch Windows computer. A handy “airplane mode” change found on the left edge turns off all of the system’s radios when required.