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The definitive Ultrabook for pros

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So, is the Lenovo X1 Carbon the ultimate Ultrabook? Not quite. Its display is merely fair, as is its battery life, and it's far from the cheapest choice out there. Those things are definite marks against, but if you can get past them, this is a fundamentally impressive machine. It's properly thin and light and yet has none of the flimsiness you'll find in competing notebooks. It also manages to be legitimately comfortable in the hand or on your lap, something we can't say about every other razor-thin machine. This makes it a very consumer-friendly machine with a decidedly professional price point and, with HSPA+ available across almost the entire range, it offers pro-level connectivity too. If you're looking for a durable, fast Ultrabook that won't weigh down your bag -- and that won't scream "look at me!" while you're checking in from the coffee shop -- this is absolutely it.

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Critic reviews

8.0
17 reviews
  • Speed and features
    7.9
  • Design and form factor
    8.1
  • Battery life
    7.5
  • Display
    8.1
  • Durability
    8.5
  • Expandability
    7.1
  • Noise
    8.5
  • Portability (size / weight)
    8.2

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8.0
Engadget Aug 14, 2012

Lenovo's X1 Carbon is the thinnest and lightest ThinkPad yet and, while it isn't the cheapest Ultrabook on the market, it's among the best.

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8.0
PC Mag Aug 9, 2012

The Lenovo X1 Carbon is an ultrabook designed for business. It has IT-friendly vPro built in, the ThinkPad TrackPoint, weighs under three pounds, and has over seven hours of battery life. It's the ultrabook you want if you're thinking business.

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8.0
CNET Aug 7, 2012

The business-oriented Lenovo ThinkPad X1 has a few quirks, but is otherwise a very impressive business-oriented ultrabook with strong crossover potential.

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8.0
Laptop Magazine Aug 8, 2012

The ThinkPad X1 Carbon is a stellar business Ultrabook, offering a high-res matte screen and long battery life in a slim and sturdy design.

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8.0
Computerworld Aug 21, 2012

At $1,349, Lenovo's ThinkPad X1 Carbon is one of the lightest, most powerful and road-ready laptops available today -- as long as you don't mind a slightly higher price tag.

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8.0
PC World Aug 22, 2012

Lenovo's X1 Carbon offers an understated look and exotic chassis material, but the LCD panel display quality could be better.

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8.0
ABC News Aug 14, 2012

Not only is the X1 Carbon one of the best business laptops of its time, but it's also got mass appeal, which isn't something that first ThinkPad could claim back in 1992.

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8.0
CNET AU Oct 8, 2012

Lenovo's succeeded in delivering a sexy ultrabook that still retains the traditional ThinkPad design cues. The battery life isn't as good as it could be though, and the SSD upgrade prices are simply ludicrous.

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8.0
PC World Australia Oct 15, 2012

Lenovo's ThinkPad X1 Carbon is aimed at business users who need an Ultrabook management features and better security than a standard model. It's well built, quite comfortable to use, and performs quite well. However, it's not a user-serviceable unit.

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8.0
Pocket-Lint Oct 17, 2012

For a casual yet powerful commuter Ultrabook the X1 Carbon has got most things right. It’s attractive without being too showy, its diminutive size makes it the perfect on-the-go companion and, although it's pricey, that carbon fibre exterior should prove rugged and long lasting.

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7.0
NotebookReview Aug 7, 2012

Despite a few minor complaints the ThinkPad X1 Carbon is the best business-oriented Ultrabook we've seen to date. If you want a sexy laptop that is built to business standards then the X1 Carbon is probably your best option.

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9.0
TrustedReviews Dec 3, 2012

Though its TN screen doesn’t quite match up to the premium style, build and features of this stunning Ultrabook, in every other regard it’s easily the best business ultraportable around.

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8.0
Ubergizmo Aug 8, 2012

Everything is just great when your work is mainly reading/writing documents, web browsing, do email etc… for a lot of professionals, the Lenovo X1 Carbon is the Nirvana, and I’m not even talking about IT-friendly features.

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8.0
Computer Shopper Aug 10, 2012

The thinnest and lightest ThinkPad we've seen, this 3-pound, 14-inch ultrabook is pricey but perfect—okay, near perfect—for business execs and IT managers.

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8.0
TechRadar Oct 24, 2012

The few niggles with the screen and connections aside, if we chose one Ultrabook to be our business companion, we'd hire the comfortable, high performance and long lasting Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon every time.

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9.0
puma2 puma2

Was pleasantly surprised with the speed and responsiveness of this machine. Keyboard is great, and the display is pretty good. I was hoping for an IPS or full HD but this is fine. Stays very cool when working on it and pretty quiet. Sound could be better, but what can you expect from an...

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motonacciu motonacciu

If you are a serious professional, this laptop is build for you (and for me): + matte display (try to use VI with the wombat colorscheme on one of those glossy display and say bye bye to your productivity) + top notch internal components (intel wifi, Intel SSD, Intel CPU) + fully compatible with...

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