ThinkPad X1 Carbon — MacBook Air’S Competitor

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					The X1 Carbon is only 0.7 inches at its thickest with a slight wedge form
tapering to the front. The 3 pound weight is possible without sacrificing
durability due to the carbon fiber construction by Lenovo (thus the
name). It has the typical black grippy ThinkPad covering top and bottom,
and is easy (and secure) to carry in the hand.A few things set this
laptop apart from the crowd, not the least of which is the 14-inch IPS
matte display which is viewable from wide angles. Lenovo used a small
bezel to fit the 14-inch display in the chassis the size of normal 13-
inch screens, making the X1 Carbon a no-compromise mobile computer and
Compatible Parts.The thin profile did cause Lenovo to leave out a wired
Ethernet port, instead including a USB dongle in the box. As is common
with thin laptops like this, there is no optical drive.ThinkPads have a
good reputation for keyboard quality like the Lenovo Thinkpad T520i
Keyboard, and the one on the X1 Carbon does not disappoint. The chiclet
keys have a nice feel and good tactile feedback, and Lenovo has employed
a unique key shape designed to minimize typing errors. In my testing this
design is a success, as fast touch typing is possible without undue
typing mistakes. The keyboard is backlit, with two brightness settings
available.Windows laptops have a deserved poor reputation for trackpads
compared to the Apple line, but that comes to an end with the X1 Carbon.
The oversized glass buttonless trackpad is better than any Windows model
I have tested. It is a full multitouch solution with user configuration
to make it work the way the user prefers. This trackpad is a joy to
use.Joanna Stern of ABC News asked me if the X1 Carbon trackpad is as
good as the one on the MacBook Air Laptop Keyboard? The answer to that is
almost. It's pretty darn close as a matter of fact, which is good enough
for me.This is a ThinkPad, so those preferring the little red trackpoint
will find it where it should be. There are also three large mouse buttons
between the Lenovo Keyboard and the trackpad for those who prefer
them.The battery is not user replaceable as is common for ultrathin
laptops. In my testing the 45 Wh battery in the X1 Carbon provided six
hours with simple power management and other Compatible Parts. The
notebook has the excellent ThinkPad power management utility installed,
and it should be possible to get 7 hours with proper control of the power
usage.The ThinkPad X1 Carbon with Lenovo Thinkpad Keyboard is available
from Lenovo starting from $1,399 ($1,849 as reviewed). There are a number
of options to configure the system meeting individual needs and the price
required. The standard ThinkPad warranty of three years is included with
purchase.The following configurations (all with 4GB of memory) are
available for the ThinkPad X1 Carbon:Intel Core i5-3317U (1.7 GHz), 128GB
SSD, $1,399Intel Core i5-3427U (1.8 GHz), 128GB SSD, $1,499Intel Core i5-
3427U (1.8 GHz), 256GB SSD, $1,649Intel Core i7-3667U (2.0 GHz), 256GB
SSD, $1,849Does the ThinkPad X1 Carbon with Lenovo Keyboard compare to
the MacBook Air? Yes, more than any other Windows notebook I have tested.
Is it worth the price? Yes, and this reviewer wants one.For more laptop

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