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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Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon review (2014): new, but not necessarily improved

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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Model

Key Specs

Type
Ultraportable
Bundled OS
Windows
Video outputs
DisplayPort, HDMI
System RAM
8 GB
Maximum battery life
Up to9
Pointing device
Trackpad, Pointing stick

General

Type
Ultraportable
Bundled OS
Windows (7)

Display

Screen surface
Matte / anti-glare

Processor

Processor make
Intel (Core i7)

Optical media

Optical drive
no

Networking

WiFi
yes (802.11b, 802.11g, 802.11n) (WEP, WPA, WPA2)
Ethernet
10/100/1000 [Gigabit]
Mobile broadband
yes (GSM-based)
Analog modem
None

Video

Graphics adapter
Integrated (Intel)
SLI
no
Video outputs
DisplayPort, HDMI (Mini connector) (v2.0)

Memory details

RAM bus / speed
DDR3 (1600)

System

Chipset
Intel

Environmental

System cooling
Fan-cooled

Other features

Docking station port
yes
Fingerprint reader
yes
IR port
no
Integrated webcam
yes
Security lock slot
yes
Case lighting
yes (External)
WiDi
yes
NFC
no

Memory and storage (basic)

System RAM
8 GB

Battery

Maximum battery life
Up to9
Battery type
Li-polymer (48.18 capacity)
Battery access
Built-in

Input

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

Connections

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

Audio

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

Removable disks

Removable disk drive
no