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Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon (2014)

75
Engadget
Score
A good product that falls short of greatness.
75

A good product that falls short of greatness.

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Engadget Review

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.

Pros
  • Durable
  • Thin and light for a 14-inch Ultrabook
  • Bright, high-res screen
  • Adaptive keyboard panel can be useful
Cons
  • Worst-in-class battery life
  • No SD slot
  • Backspace key is shrunken and in a different place
  • Expensive; touchscreen doesn't come standard
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Scores

Engadget

75
 

User Reviews

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Mike Briggs
When Lenovo announced the original X1 Carbon laptop, I could hardly wait to...read more
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Model

Key Specs

Type
Ultraportable
Screen size
1422
Screen resolution
Other
Bundled OS
Windows
CPU family
Core i7
System RAM
81
Pointing device
Trackpad, Pointing stick
Video outputs
Displayport, Hdmi
Maximum battery life
Up to 9

General

Type
Ultraportable
Bundled OS
Windows (7)

Processor

Processor make
Intel (Core i7)

Optical media

Optical drive
No

Networking

WiFi
Yes (802.11802.11 b, 802.11 g, 802.11 n) (Wep, Wpa, Wpa2)
Mobile broadband
Yes (GSM-based)
Analog modem
None
Ethernet
10/100/1000 [Gigabit]

Memory and storage (basic)

System RAM
8 GB

Input

Keyboard
Yes (68 keys) (Backlit)
Pointing device
Trackpad, Pointing stick (Multi-touch)

Connections

Thunderbolt
No
FireWire / 1394
No
USB
3.0 (2 port(s))
Bluetooth
4.0

Audio

Audio outputs
3.5mm (Dual-input)
Audio channels
Stereo
Built-in microphone
Yes
Speakers
Stereo
Audio inputs
3.5mm

Removable disks

Removable disk drive
No

Other features

Screen size
14 inches
Screen resolution
Other
512 GB (total)
SSD
Fingerprint reader
Yes
Integrated webcam
Yes
Docking station port
Yes
IR port
No
Security lock slot
Yes
Case lighting
Yes (External)
WiDi
Yes
NFC
No
Aspect ratio
16:9
Screen type
LCD
Touchscreen
Yes
8 (system)
Integrated

Video

Graphics adapter
Integrated (Intel)
Video outputs
Displayport, Hdmi (Mini connector) (V2.0)
SLI
No

Display

Screen surface
Matte / anti-glare

Memory details

RAM bus / speed
DDR3 (1600)

System

Chipset
Intel

Environmental

System cooling
Fan-cooled

Battery

Maximum battery life
Up to 9
Battery type
Li-polymer (48.18 capacity)
Battery access
Built-in