Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon 2014, A Fantastic Revision [Review]

Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon 2014, A Fantastic Revision [Review]

It could be said that Lenovo's ThinkPad X1 Carbon series cuts through the stuffy corporate facade, offering something for the conference room or coffee shop with a sleeker physique and sports car-like good looks.  The original ThinkPad X1 Carbon was initially released back in 2012 and at the time, its carbon fiber-infused chassis offered a rare combination of build quality and light-weight durability that Lenovo could still call a "ThinkPad" but with a style and feel all its own.

New for 2014, Lenovo has completely revamped the ThinkPad X1 Carbon, from the 4th generation Intel Haswell Core series processor under its hood, to its new higher density carbon fiber-filled polymer skins, a higher resolution display and even some major upgrades to the keyboard area. 

Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon 2014, A Fantastic Revision


The previous generation ThinkPad X1 Carbon scored itself a HotHardware Editor's Choice award. Let's see if the new ThinkPad X1 Carbon has what it takes to earn that accolade again.
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If I were in the market for a new mobile workhorse, I think this would have to be it. I truly can't find too much to complain about. The lack of an SD slot would kill me, but that can still be worked-around easily enough.

And that screen... makes the 1200p main monitor I use for my desktop seem weak.

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I do really like this notebook. It's built so well and is the perfect size for me. Well done Lenovo!

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Sure...

Battery not user-replaceable

RAM soldered to the motherboard

Slow and unresponsive Function Key rows.

No good support for Linux (Specially for that new Function key row)

Removal of the *very* useful Thinklight

(And this is a very personal one) No physical mouse buttons.

Yeah, a "fantastic" revision.

Seems like I already have my last Thinkpad. These "Thingpads" are not for professionals anymore.

EDIT: Oh, and NO INSERT KEY!!!!! I'm guessing that Lenovo technicians spends all day on Twitter and Facebook and not using _real_ applications at all.

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