Friday, August 31, 2012

Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon Review

When you bring home (if you do decide to buy it) the Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon, you would essentially bring home a slightly understated, exquisitely crafted ultrathin laptop. ThinkPad X1 Carbon manages, rather wonderfully, to make a business laptop look absolutely trendy. 

It’s been more than 2 decades since the first ThinkPad hit the market. The first ThinkPad was heavy at 6.5 pounds and very thick at 2.2 inches.  But let’s rewind to 2012 when Lenovo has come up with a pretty impressive laptop, the ThinkPad X1 Carbon. This newer version of ThinkPad X1 Carbon promises to have out grown from the shortcomings of its predecessor, the ThinkPad X1. Is there any other way to find out about the latest offering from Lenovo than by beholding its ThinkPad X1 Carbon in our hands?


Looks definitely matter:
The process of religiously pursuing thinness has finally yielded results as Lenovo’s ThinkPad X1 Carbon 14 inch laptop is definitely ultrathin. The maximum that this laptop reaches to is 0.7 inches. The appearance is clean, sleek and it has a wonderfully minimalistic design. Though the black matte finish lends it a monotonous appearance, the softened angles take away a large chunk of sharpness from it. 
Wonder if you would be able to appreciate this unique feature of ThinkPad X1 Carbon; this laptop opens to 180 degrees. That means you can open it up fully and lay it flat! It’s probably the best looking laptop from the house of Lenovo. It’s easy to carry around weighing just 3 pounds. Doing justice to its name, it’s made of carbon fiber.
Lenovo was able to successfully fit a 14 inch display perfectly into a chassis while keeping the laptop as light and thin as possible. Wonder how they did it though! 

ThinkPad X1 Carbon is equipped with an Intel Core i5 Ivy Bridge processor, a 14 inch HD Anti Glare display, HD 4000 Graphics card for watching videos and a 4 GB memory. You also get a suite of security features, support apps, a glass touch keypad. Battery life brings the usefulness of ThinkPad X1 Carbon a wee bit down.  But X1 Carbon has used RapidCharge system that lets the system charge at high speeds. That’s charging your laptop to 80% battery level within half an hour. That may help you forget X1 Carbon’s otherwise disappointing battery life.

Ports or the lack of it:
Ports are a big letdown in X1 Carbon. That’s because while trying to keep the laptop as thin as possible, Lenovo did compromise on certain fundamental necessities. The laptop doesn’t come with a built-in Ethernet port. It offers USB ports, a mini display port, and a headphone jack. 

Sound and display:
Although audio quality is not something we expect out of laptops, ThinkPad did put in Dolby Home Theater to enhance the sound quality. The display resolution being 1600 X 900 pixels brings to you easy on the eye vibrant display. Although the images did look somewhat washed out, we couldn’t pick out any background glare on it. Something our eyes could thank us for. 

Finally, what works and what doesn’t:
What works best for Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon is its amazing minimalistic good looks, its light weight and thin appearance that’s perfect for a business trip. Inclusion of the RapidCharge is appreciated as is the backlit keyboard. The points that don’t work for you would be the lack of ports and the very essential battery life.  If Lenovo makes these fundamental changes then it can definitely make it big in the laptop market.  

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