The Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon lightweight business ultrabook is meant to travel. Its unique, rugged design provides you with a durable, high quality ultrathin laptop that can withstand small drops. The screen's 1600 x 900 resolution is a little low for a 14-inch display, but you still get near high-definition image quality. You won't be playing any high-end 3D games on this device, but if you are someone who is away from home often and you want an ultrabook with long battery life, you will like this Lenovo model.
A dual-core 3667U processor supports the model of these ultrathin Lenovo laptops we looked at. Base clock speeds of 2GHz are accompanied by Turbo Boost speeds up to 3.2 GHz. Pair this with the 8GB of memory and you can run multiple programs or have many web-browsing tabs open without experiencing any lag. Switching between the Metro screen and the desktop is quick as well. You can have either a 128GB or 256GB solid-state drive.
This is a business ultrabook first, so you won't be able to run a lot of games on the system. The Intel HD 4000 is an integrated graphics card that shares the same memory as the CPU. You can run games like "StarCraft 2" or "Portal 2" if you lower the resolution and graphics settings.
The X1 has a 1600 x 900 resolution display. This is good enough for a 14-inch display. A few high-end laptops have 1920 x 1080 displays, but this causes text and icons to appear too small on smaller displays, such as the one on the X1 ultrabook. The screen is well lit and has a matte finish. It folds back almost 180 degrees, in case you want your laptop to lay flat.
This ultrabook has a special design that protects the hard drive and internal components. An accelerometer detects movement and stops moving parts when a fall is detected. The X1 has gone through military testing and the carbon fiber reinforcement helps reinforce this ultrathin laptop to protect it against humidity, high temperatures, high pressure and vibrations.
Bluetooth is an upgradeable option, which is odd considering this should be included with all top ultrabooks. There are two USB ports and a card reader. Use of an Ethernet port is only available if you have a USB dongle, which will take up one of the few USB ports you have access to. There aren't enough ports on this ultrabook to make it a viable option among the best ultrabooks.
Lenovo offers a three-warranty on the X1. You can get help via chat, phone or email and explore the online community forums to see what other people are saying about possible problems you could run into. You can also use the site to diagnose and fix any issues your machine encounters.
The X1 Carbon ultrabook from Lenovo is a business laptop first, and a media laptop second. We would love to see more ports on the X1, because if you need an Ethernet plug, you have to use a USB dongle, leaving just one USB port open for other tasks. The X1 has a long battery life and a solid high-resolution display with wide viewing angles.
The laptop has a powerful, advanced design and more than eight hours of battery life.
The system doesn't have a VGA or Ethernet port. Bluetooth doesn't come standard either.
The ThinkPad X1 is a great business ultrabook that features a display with a matte finish and upgradeable memory, thought it falls a little short of the top ultrabooks with such a high price tag.