75

New, but not necessarily improved

75

On paper, the new X1 Carbon is an improvement over the original (which we liked!) in nearly every respect: It's thinner and lighter, and has a sharper screen, fresh processors and longer battery life. The problem is, the X1 Carbon, like many things in life, isn't just the sum of its parts -- it's actually slightly less than that. The adaptive keyboard panel, though useful, comes at the expense of an unfamiliar layout, and for some, those context-aware function keys won't even be worth it. With this redesign, the X1 Carbon has also lost its SD card reader -- not a dealbreaker for everyone, but an annoyance for many. Worse, though the battery life is indeed longer than it used to be, it now trails the competition by a wide margin, making it the shortest-lasting laptop in its class. Finally, this thing is expensive: even with a starting price of $1,259, the touchscreen still costs $150 extra.

If you're a ThinkPad die-hard, you might still consider the X1 Carbon for its durable build and (mostly) satisfying keyboard. But for everybody else -- folks who are indifferent to the Lenovo brand --it's tough to get excited about this when there are so many other well-rounded options to choose from.

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    9.0
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8.0
Engadget Mar 28, 2014

With a durable, thinner-than-ever build, high-res display and a useful new keyboard feature, the X1 Carbon could have been a great Ultrabook. Unfortunately, the short battery life, cramped button layout and the removal of the SD card slot are all strikes against it.

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9.0
Laptop Magazine Feb 9, 2014

If you want the thinnest, lightest 14-inch business Ultrabook on the market, the new ThinkPad X1 Carbon is worth a look. However, if you don't mind a smaller screen, get Lenovo's 12.5-inch ThinkPad X240, which starts at just $923, instead.

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8.0
CNET Feb 11, 2014

The third version of Lenovo's ultralight 14-inch laptop, the X1 Carbon, gets nearly all the basics right while adding a few new twists, including a function key row that changes app by app.

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8.0
PC Mag Mar 24, 2014

The Lenovo ThinkPad Carbon Touch (2014) makes some bold changes to one of our favorite business ultrabooks, but while it's still a good laptop, not every change is for the better.

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8.0
PC World Apr 2, 2014

The X1 Carbon was and is a great computer. Last year, I convinced IDG to buy me the 2013 touchscreen model. How I wish I could have waited.

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8.0
SlashGear Feb 26, 2014

Sacrifice will be necessary in some area[s], and if you're okay with that area being battery life, the X1 Carbon is a satisfactory option in every other way.

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8.0
Pocket-Lint Jul 10, 2014

It's a globe-trotter's workhorse, and one that also works pretty well as a lounging-around laptop thanks to its decent touchscreen and light weight.

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9.0
HotHardware Feb 17, 2014

If you're looking to invest in a notebook that looks great, performs flawlessly, and offers one of the best experiences you can get right now from a Windows machine, look no further than the Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon.

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9.0
Notebookcheck Feb 20, 2014

The X1 Carbon is on par with its numerous competitors when it comes to its mobility. Still, an otherwise similar Lenovo ThinkPad T440s might be the better (cheaper) investment for those who are not interested in the extra pixels or the touchscreen.

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7.0
Digital Trends Feb 14, 2014

If you aren't put off by the changes to the keyboard, the 2014 Carbon is a light, well-built business laptop that also runs quite cool and quiet.

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First Looks

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Pocket-Lint Jan 6, 2014

Lenovo has made a a very good thin laptop here and one that will certain challenge Apple and it's MacBook Air range. If you're a Windows user, based on our hands-on time with the device, this is one to take a closer look at. From what we've seen, we are very impressed.

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TrustedReviews Jan 13, 2014

This version has it all, it seems, although there is a chance its clever adaptive keyboard strip could become an annoyance rather than a convenience.

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TechRadar Jan 6, 2014

Admittedly, it's tough not to look at the ThinkPad X1 Carbon not get a little giddy. This ultrabook is a beauty that should also be more than capable of handling most business-level tasks with ease.

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The Verge Jan 5, 2014

It's taken a while, but Lenovo's offering a much appreciated high-resolution screen option on the new X1 Carbon. The 14-inch, 2560 x 1440 IPS display looks great, and it's the default if you opt to purchase the laptop with a touchscreen.

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HotHardware Jan 7, 2014

The hot new ThinkPad X1 Carbon that has been updated with Haswell, a thinner, sleaker design and a top row of remappable function buttons.

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mbriggs mbriggs

When Lenovo announced the original X1 Carbon laptop, I could hardly wait to get my hands on one. When it finally arrived, it was almost a home run but had a few areas where it lacked premium components (display, battery life). Well all of those have been made near perfect in this model (2014)....

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9.0
DashLambda DashLambda

This laptop is one of the best I've had the pleasure of using. The design is quite minimalistic and low-profile. People generally don't like the fact that it's angular instead of rounded, but that's one of the things I like the most. It is matte black and does not retain fingerprints, nor does...

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