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Is ThinkPad X1 Carbon Worth Purchasing


									Excellent carbon fiber but high cost Thinner, tougher and easier to
dissipate heat, carbon fiber has been proved for many years to be a
better material to make shells than metal does. Yet, its price is very
expensive. Generally speaking, composite materials made of carbon fiber
are widely used for military use, medical treatment, rocket and airplane
shells and man-made ligament. In the field for civilian use, enthusiasts
of sports car sometimes adopt carbon fiber to make engine lid so as to
reduce the weight of the car and to better dissipate heat. Besides, a
part of minority high-end notebooks is made of carbon fiber, including
Sony VAIO Z, Asus VX7 and Dale XPS 13.Therefore, when we get to know that
the head cover of ThinkPad X2 Carbon is made of carbon fiber, we can't
help worrying about its cost. In fact, apart from its excessively high
cost, the carbon fiber is seldom applied to consumer electronics due to
its unique property. Some insiders point out that carbon fiber is mainly
used in realms of aviation, military and national defense, hence it is
regulated in use. If it is widely employed in fashionable consumer
electronics, this might affect the need from national defense and
aviation.After consulting insiders, we learn that protofilament process
and protofilament carbonization are the only two processes involved in
the production process for carbon fiber. At present, China's bottleneck
for the development of carbon fiber depends on protofilament production
technology. As the protofilament takes up 50%-60% of total cost of carbon
fiber, this restricts the its manufacturing cost and market
competitiveness. For the above reasons, I believe that it is rather
difficult for carbon fiber notebook to be popularized domestically.
Aluminum alloy and high fiberglass are still the main material to make
shells for mainstream ultrabooks.Small body but large screen, along with
prevalent design of ultra-narrow frameUnlike Macbook Air pursuing
ultrasone concise style, ThinkPad X1 Carbon is purely a practical
business ultrabook. It not only has to make its appearance thinner and
more attractive, but also has to carry forward the unique design and
functions of ThinkPad.If ThinkPad T series is regarded as a manager in
business suit, then, X1 Carbon looks like a businessman dressed in jacket
without wearing a tie. Its style matches the prevailing business casual
style in IT industry. Moreover, the design concept for ThinkPad X1 Carbon
can be described as "a pair of excellent chopsticks", for when standing
upside down on the table in form of half open, it looks like a chopstick
owing to its wedge design.What is worthy of mentioning is X1 Carbon is
the first set of PC with drop-down hinge available. What's more, its
movable angle can stretch up to 180° while most of drop-down pivot can
expand to 135° only. Its movable angle is large enough to meet
users'needs for watching the screen from specific angles.Compared to the
previous X1 notebook with 13-inch screen, the 13-inch ThinkPad X1 Carbon
is installed with a 14-inch IPS display of 1600 ×900 resolution.
Meanwhile, it adopts the prevalent design for its rim, and the internal
space of both A, B facet is effectively used.In fact, many notebooks
adopt ultra-narrow design for their own frame, such as Samsung 700z and
Dale XPS 13 and so on. This design which can boost user experience will
become a standard for designing notebook. After all, everyone likes a
notebook with a small body but big screen. As for the ultra-narrow
design, it makes a notebook look more charming.Nature and crucial design
for keyboardSimilar to the ThinkPad series launched in corresponding
period, the keyboard of ThinkPad X1 Carbon is in shape of island. Many
old users who prefer its old design are unsatisfied with this new change.
Of course, it is reasonable for them to complain about this, after all,
they have been accustomed to using the old keyboard for many years and
naturally like the old style.Well, the actual performance of ThinkPad X1
Carbon is not such unacceptable as what most users think. In fact, it is
still very comfortable for users to use. More importantly, it performs
better than X1 with both of its obvious flexible buttons and increased
contact space catering to the need for operation.To ensure comfortable
feel for tapping the keyboard and thinness of the whole ultrabook,
engineers rack their brains. They apply special technology never used
before to balance the inclination overlapping between the touchpad and
battery. As the wedge-shaped ThinkPad X1 Carbon is strict for the
material of the keyboard, designers determine to use magnesium alloy
frame as the backplane of keyboard, and they apply the thin glass to make
its touchpad.Success lies in details. This is what makes X1 Carbon
magnificent. Designers come across a new problem in designing C face
palm, a common position: the paint on the palm is easily to fall off
because sweat from user's palm can permeate into the metal coating
through the paint, leading to the drop of paint. To solve the problem,
designers develop "membrane of high resistance", that is, after painting
enough primary coat on the palm to resist invasion of strong sweat, they
paint finishing coat on the palm again to solve the above problem. After
tests, the touchpad does turn out to resist strong acid and concentrated
hydrochloric acid.Opinions from editors: X1 Carbon in my eyesLi Yangrun:
It is within our expectation for the advent of ThinkPad ultrabook. As a
late comer, X1 Carbon has integrated with many great ideas in terms of
design, material and proportionality. Of course, whether its advantages
can be accepted or not, we have to see the feedbacks from the market.
There is no denying the fact that X1 Carbon is bloated thoroughly by TP,
and some users fond of Think may be addicted to this new ultrabook. Yet,
I have a rational question in my mind for Lenovo: Do you dare to sell it
in a little lower price?Angel: Well, designers do pay great efforts to
design X1 Carbon. Yet, it is difficult to cater for all tastes. Many
users feel unsatisfied with the design. For example, they feel
disappointed at the screen ratio of 16:9 because what they expect is
16:10. For this reason, they may have to buy Mackbook instead---only
Apple has such screen proportion.

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