And while even these newer ThinkPads are usually "dressed for business," it could be said that Lenovo's ThinkPad X1 Carbon series cuts through the stuffy 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. 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.
First, we'll go hands on with a video preview and then we'll dig into design, software and performance specifics in our full detailed review on the pages ahead...
|Intel Core i5-4200U (3MB Cache - 1.6 - 2.6GHz)
Windows 8.1 Pro
Intel HD Graphics 4400
8GB DDR3L 1600MHz
14-inch IPS WQHD (2560X1440) with mutli-touch, 300nits
720p HD camera
Intel Centrino Wireless-AC 7260 + Bluetooth 4.0
USB 3.0 (x2), mini-HDMI 1.4, Ethernet
4-in-1 card reader
Volume and display lock
5-row with Trackpoint plus Adaptive backlit Keyboard keys
2 x 1 Watt Dolby Home Theater v4
8 Cell 45 Watt-hour - up to 9 hours battery life, Rapid Charge
Top: Carbon Fiber Reinforced Polymer
Bottom: Magnesium Aluminum Alloy
Lenovo Companion, Lenovo Support, Lenovo Quick Control
Lenovo ThinkVantage Tools, Lenovo QuickSnip
QuickCast, rara music, Zinio, Hightail, eBay
Microsoft Office trial
Desktop Toasts ForCriticalUpdates
Nitro Pro 8, Skitch Touch
Absolute Data Protect, Reading List, Norton Internet Security
2.8 lbs (Non-Touch), 3.15 lbs. (Touch Screen)
Starting at $1299 - $1579 as configured and tested
Lenovo now also offers a high resolution 2560X1440 multitouch IPS WQHD display in this 14-inch machine, in addition to the standard 1600X900 display option. We of course opted for the WQHD version panel which also has brighter output at 300nits.