Best Business Notebook : Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon Review

The new Thinkpad X1 Carbon is an incomprehensibly thin 14″ premium Ultrabook that ought to be standard issue in corporate America. Like the Thinkpads before it, the X1 Carbon has a strong, moderate appearance coupled with an incredible console. Dissimilar to business machines of yesterday, clients no more need to exchange off versatility for a vast screen. Basically, the Thinkpad X1 Carbon is the best business note pad cash can purchase, at any rate for the regular working drone. 

The X1 Carbon addresses three of the greatest issues business note pad clients grumble about: using up battery power, not having the capacity to discover an Internet association and needing to haul around a substantial machine. On the off chance that you confront those journal infirmities all the time, you're going to love the way that the X1 Carbon weighs short of what three pounds, can go from zero to 70% charge in 30 minutes and accompanies Hspa+ remote heated in. 

In general, the Thinkpad X1 Carbon is an immense change over the first Thinkpad X1, discarding the gleaming screen, 12 ounces of weight and a decent measure of thickness. 

Starting today, its our top pick for general business clients that have a couple of additional dollars to use on a quality machine. Its thin profile, enormous showcase, phenomenal console and fabricate quality procure it a Editors' Choice Award. 

Like all contraptions, the X1 Carbon has a few blemishes, however they're for the most part veiled by everything else the X1 Carbon brings to the table. Corporate recluses may dismiss the Thinkpad X1 Carbon's $1,399 passage value, which can move to $1,849 when generally prepared. The showcase could be brighter and the speakers louder. We additionally wish Thinkpad would offer an amplified battery choice for clients that can't live on the single inward batter.


Very thin and light
14″ Display in a 13″ Package
Great Keyboard and Touchpad
Charges very quickly Cons

Speaker volume when used on lap

Fixed battery
Screen brightness

ThinkPad X1 Carbon Design

The Thinkpad X1 Carbon looks a ton like each other Thinkpad at the outset. Anyhow that is alright with us thinking of it as' a look that is stood the test of time. There are a lot of spots where ostentatious completes and shining logos are alright, however the board room isn't one of them. The cover is all dark put something aside for the Lenovo and Thinkpad logos up top and modest slumber and battery markers on the lower-right corner. 

The fundamental draw of the Thinkpad X1 Carbon is that its amazingly thin and light for a 14″ record book. Measuring only .71″ at its thickest point, the X1 Carbon is more slender than two iphone 4s' stacked on top of one another. One thing that we like abou the X1 Carbon is that its pivot is intended to permit the showcase set down just about totally level. This may not sound like a major ordeal to a few clients, however tall gentlemen stuck utilizing their journals as a part of tight circumstances will admire it. 

As the machine's name proposes, Lenovo uses carbon fiber in the X1 Carbon's development. The top spread and the inner move confine are made of carbon fiber, which is as solid as aluminum and weighs two-thirds less. Normal Thinkpad move pens are made of magnesium, which is double the weight of carbon fiber. Move confines are crucial in business note pads to secure their innards. The X1 Carbon meets or surpasses eight MIL-SPEC principles for sturdiness. The consequence of these decisions is the X1 Carbon feels extremely robust and clients won't need to stress over minor drops or knocking it around. 

Thinkpad X1 Carbon Ports on Left Side 

The Thinkpad X1 Carbon doesn't have a considerable measure of ports contrasted with different Thinkpads, including the first Thinkpad X1. Gone are Ethernet and HDMI ports, alongside the standard Thinkpad AC connector port. Rather, the Thinkpad X1 Carbon has a rectangular force port on its left side, alongside a USB 2.0 port and remote on/off swi

Thinkpad X1 Carbon Ports on Right Side 

The privilege side of the X1 Carbon has a 4-in-1 SD card peruser, USB 3.0 port, Audio In/Out port and Kensington lock space. The card space swallows a whole SD card, instead of leaving piece of it hanging out as some note pad card perusers do. Displayport is the main feature out choice, which implies you may need to purchase a connector or two in the event that you have to interface with a projector or HDTV. 

There's a little SIM card opening on the again of the machine. The portable broadband gimmick permits clients to get online without needing to hunt down an open Wi-Fi system or set up tying on their cell phones. Lenovo makes the portable broadband experience by permitting clients to transform the X1 Carbon into a versatile hotspot so partners can jump online in generally Wi-Fi free zones. 

The Ethernet port's absense can be reduced as a USB-to-Ethernet dongle or by buying a USB docking station. The Lenovo Thinkpad 3.0 Dock offers five USB ports, a sound jack, double DVI ports, Ethernet port and a Kensington lock opening. 

Thinkpad X1 Carbon Keyboard and Touchpad 

The X1 Carbon's console is the best Thinkpad console I've ever utilized, which is to say its the best note pad console I've utilized. Ask any prepared Thinkpad client what they cherish most about their Pcs and they'll likely indicate the console. The Thinkpad X1 Carbon's console is much unique in relation to yesterday's Thinkpad consoles, yet that is not an awful thing. My fingers felt at home the first occasion when I laid my active the Carbon X1′s island-style console and was in a split second ready to sort as fast as I can on consoles I've utilized for a considerable length of time. The keys are scalloped, bended like a grin at the base and have plentiful space between one another. These configuration decisions make it hard to unintentionally strike the wrong key. There's a lot of travel, giving the keys an extravagant feel. 

The keys light up by default automatically in dim environments, providing a nice glow when working in dim environments. A quick press of the function key and spacebar toggles the backlighting on and off .

ThinkPad X1 Carbon Touchpad

The X1 Carbon's touchpad is plush and it works better than some other we've attempted on a Windows PC. It's fundamentally the same to the ones found on Apple's Macbooks, which is a compliment. The Windows record book world's been tormented with poor and unremarkable touchpads as of late, a considerable lot of which are so awful its a miracle producers let them send. I discovered the X1 Carbon's touchpad surface to be slicker than the Macbook Air. Squeezes, zooms and taps all functioned admirably and reliably. 

Long-lasting Thinkpad clients aren't compelled to utilize the touchpad however. There's a Trackpoint right amidst the console and a couple of catches underneath the spacebar for left and right clicking. 

ThinkPad X1 Carbon Display

Maybe the greatest change over the first Thinkpad X1 is the X1 Carbon's 14″ hostile to glare show. The matte completion implies clients don't need to stress over glare as much or seeing their own particular reflections while they work. 

Most business record book clients are acclimated to 14″ presentations with great reason. They're sufficiently huge to work with full time and keep away from the cramped feel of 13″ and littler showcases. Despite the fact that the X1 Carbon has the foot shaped impression of a 13″, Lenovo's fashioners figured out how to wrangle in a 14″ presentation with a determination of 1,600 by 900 pixels. That is the same determination found on Thinkpad T430′s discretionary high-determination show. This implies clients will have a lot of land to chip away at spreadsheets, Word reports and creating email. 

The showcase quality is OK for a business note pad, yet it isn't as fresh, bright and clear as what you'll discover on top of the line purchaser journals. That is one of the tradeoffs of going thin and augmenting battery life. The showcase is appraised at 300 nit, which is agreeably splendid, yet I wish it would go a few scores brighter. 

Performance and Graphics

The Thinkppad X1 Carbon accompanies a scope of low-voltage Intel processors and Intel coordinated representation. These parts are improved for battery life, so the X1 Carbon isn't the privilege journal in the event that you anticipate altering feature, playing feature recreations or running other processor-escalated applications. Anyhow the most recent era of Intel engineering is miles in front of the languid low-voltage processors from several years prior. The X1 Carbon has a lot of velocity and force for the normal business client. Records open in a snap, applications dispatch rapidly and the framework is responsive in ordinary errands. 

The entrance level X1 Carbon ships with a 2.6ghz Intel Core i5 processor. The decked out X1 Carbon, which is the model Lenovo sent over, accompanies a 3.2 Ghz Intel Core i7 processor. Processor decision isn't as imperative as it used to be for one vital reason: the SSD. The X1 Carbon ships with either a 128gb or 256gb SSD. Both of these drives are much speedier than the hard circle drives found in many Pcs and give a ton of the distinguishable zip. Regular work undertakings, for example, Web searching, email and drafting records essentially needn't bother with that much transforming force. What clients will recognize with the X1 Carbon is that archives open rapidly, applications dispatch much speedier than on most journals and the machine wakes from slumber rapidly. You can to a great extent thank the robust state drives (SSD) for those profits.

ThinkPad X1 Carbon Battery Life

The Thinkpad X1 Carbon is evaluated to keep going for up to 6.3 hours on a solitary charge. Likewise with all Pcs, your battery life mileage will change. I utilized the X1 Carbon for a couple of days and was satisfied to find that the Thinkpad X1 Carbon kept going a little more than five hours on a solitary charge without attempting. That is not stellar, particularly when stacked up against bulkier business note pads that brag of 'throughout the day processing,' yet its a lot of juice for most clients, more often than not. 

Lenovo's assembled an imaginative method for managing a fixed battery. As opposed to asking clients to haul around an auxiliary cut battery or other extra, Lenovo's accelerated the energizing process significantly. The battery can go from zero to 70% charged in only 30 minutes, which implies clients can get enough squeeze to last whatever remains of the day by connecting to amid a rushed lunch. We tried out the X1 Carbon's Rapidcharge gimmick and saw the battery meter move from nothing to 72% in 30 minutes. Lamentably, it takes three times as long (90 minutes) to get the distance to 100%. 

ThinkPad X1 Carbon Speakers and Webcam

We don't expect much in the speaker office from slender and-light note pads. The X1 Carbon's speakers are average and fire downwards, which reflects sound off of your work area and up to your ears. The result is acceptable sound that is improved by Dolby Home Theater 4 innovation. The engineering takes advantage of little speakers packed into the dainty undercarriage. Tragically, this strategy doesn't work so well when utilizing the X1 Carbon on your lap since the sound has nothing to skip off of. For the best sound experience you'll need to wear a couple of earphones and play with the Dolby Home Theater control panel.

The X1 Carbon accompanies a 720p HD Webcam that works fine and dandy for videoconferencing. It can consequently track your face so it stays focused in the edge, which makes it less diverting to others when you move your head around while on videoconference calls. There is a couple of receivers by the cam to enhance sound clarity. 

The Bottom Line 

The Thinkpad X1 Carbon is a phenomenal purchase for portable experts, however the machine is substantially more costly than thicker Thinkpads. Those searching for a business Ultrabook ought to look no more distant than the X1 Carbon. It is the first business note pad to effectively cross over any barrier between full-sized journal presentations and ultraportables. 

With a beginning cost of $1,349, the X1 Carbon is more than a few managers will need to fork over for a solitary machine, however we think the Carbon X1 will pay for itself in profit upgrades since clients wouldn't fret hauling the thing all around. It may even be the first business note pad numerous workers really appreciate utilizing.

ThinkPad X1 Carbon Specs as Reviewed

Windows 7 Professional Premium 64-bit
Display (size/res)
14-inches, 1600 x 900
3.2-GHz Intel Core i7
Intel HD Graphics 4000
1 USB 3.0, 1 USB 2.0, DisplayPort, 4-in1 card slot, headphone/mic, Kensington lock slot
13.03″ x 8.9″ x .74″
2.99 lb
3G Ericsson WWAN

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