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The ThinkPad X1 is a compilation of some of the boldest moves made to a business line that has withstood the test of time longer than any other. Less weight to lug, less time to charge. A lot less to worry about when it comes to tough work on the road. The ThinkPad X1 is no-compromise and all business.Amazon.co.uk has begun taking preorders for the Lenovo ThinkPad X1, the long-rumored Lenovo ultrathin laptop. However, the ThinkPad X1 isn't the only ultraslim notebook in the market. There are other alternatives like the Apple MacBook Air and Samsung Series 9.With its second-generation Sandy Bridge processors, the ThinkPad X1 is definitely more powerful than the MacBook Air which comes with older Core 2 Duo chips. The Series 9, on the other hand, also features Sandy Bridge, but has a slower processor speed. This makes the X1 the most powerful of the bunch.The ThinkPad X1 also offers a water-resistant keyboard, Corning Gorilla Glass for its screen and RapidCharge battery technology, which charges your battery two and a half times faster than normal. Hence, the ThinkPad X1 appears to be the better choice for road warriors.Although the X1 is one of the slimmest business laptops available, the Series 9 and MacBook Air are both lighter and thinner than the ThinkPad. If size is the biggest priority, the X1 may not fit the bill. Business users who require their laptop battery to be portable and durable would do well by considering Lenovo's latest ThinkPad.The Lenovo ThinkPad X1 is available on Amazon.co.uk for the price of 1,292.52 pounds (US$2,108) and has been released on June 7. There hasn't been an announcement in Asia yet.As you can probably tell, we like the X1. A lot. It's as thin and durable as it is ergonomically sound, it performs briskly, and particularly thanks to those strong speakers, we can see people snapping this up even if their lives aren't scheduled around meetings and business trips. But for some people, that short battery life -- and, to a lesser extent, the glossy display -- could be heartbreaking deal-breakers. On the one hand, we'll be the first to admit that our battery test is more grueling, perhaps, than your daily routine. And the slice helps, though it piles $150 on top of the price, and gives the laptop a chunkier profile, which defeats the purpose of splurging on a notebook this slim. Despite this flaw, we found ourselves interacting with it as more than just a corporate black box, but our personal notebook. In that regard, the X1 hits its mark.
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