Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon (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.
- Thin and light for a 14-inch Ultrabook
- Bright, high-res screen
- Adaptive keyboard panel can be useful
- Worst-in-class battery life
- No SD slot
- Backspace key is shrunken and in a different place
- Expensive; touchscreen doesn't come standard
- Critic Reviews (10)
- User Reviews (5)
- 82AVERAGE CRITIC SCORE10 ReviewsPC World80Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon review: Slightly overdonThe 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.Engadget80Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon review (2014): new, butWith 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.PC Mag80Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon Touch (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.CNET80Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon review: Better-than-HD uThe 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.Laptop Magazine90Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon (2014) ReviewIf 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.Pocket-Lint80Lenovo ThinkPad Carbon X1 review (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.SlashGear80Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon ReviewSacrifice 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.Pocket-LintNot RatedHands-on: Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon (2014) reviewLenovo 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.TechRadarNot RatedHands on: ThinkPad X1 Carbon reviewAdmittedly, 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.The VergeNot RatedWith the X1 Carbon, Lenovo refines its best ultrabIt'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.Notebookcheck90Review Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon Touch 20A8-003UGEThe 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.HotHardware90Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon 2014, A Fantastic RevisiIf 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.Digital Trends70LENOVO THINKPAD X1 CARBON REVIEWIf 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.TrustedReviewsNot RatedLenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon 2014 review: Hands-on atThis version has it all, it seems, although there is a chance its clever adaptive keyboard strip could become an annoyance rather than a convenience.Digital TrendsNot RatedHANDS ON: LENOVO THINKPAD X1 CARBONThe X1 Carbon's $1,299 entry level price makes it a worthy MacBook Pro alternative.HotHardwareNot RatedHands On With Lenovoâ€™s New X1 Carbon and ThinkViThe hot new ThinkPad X1 Carbon that has been updated with Haswell, a thinner, sleaker design and a top row of remappable function buttons.
- 84AVERAGE USER SCORE5 ReviewsEngadget Reader20August 5, 2014Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!I loved this laptop when I got it, but less than a month of use showed that the laptop on the Lenovo website and the one you get are entirely different entities. The laptop you get is a sluggish, poorly-constructed, unreliable, short-lived Faberge Egg. It is not worth the money and is a mistake to buy.Engadget Reader100June 15, 2014Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!A gadget unicorn - EngadgetEngadget Reader100April 21, 2014Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!A gadget unicorn - EngadgetEngadget Reader100February 26, 2014Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!A gadget unicorn - EngadgetEngadget Reader100January 28, 2014Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!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). And I would rate this laptop as the current best available regardless of brand or operating system.First impressions after the first week: The X1 Carbon touch (2014) is a joy to use and behold. For those of us old school IT types, the matte black finish is not only preferred, but nerdly cool. Definitely my first choice in laptop color. Mine came with the Intel Core i7-4600U @ 2.1Ghz with 8GB RAM and a 256SSD. The Haswell processor is living up to its billing with increased performance and battery life. I am regularly getting 8+ hours per charge without any special configuration for extended battery life. I typically have the screen at max brightness and wi-fi is always enabled. And perhaps the best part about the battery life, is that when it does run down, the Rapid Charge feature will charge the battery from 0% to 80% in 30 minutes. Perfect for those quick charges between meetings or while in between flights. And in real world experience, this feature works great. Another area where Lenovo really took customer feedback was in the display. The resolution has been upped from 1600x900 to 2560x1440 at 300 Nits brightness. And now Lenovo has also included an IPS panel for insane viewing angles making this display one of the best on the market. Conclusion: Although expensive, you won't regret purchasing this laptop whether a corporate road warrior or power user. This laptop has all the bells and whistles, and being of rock solid construction, is the ultimate premium ultra-book available today.