That's pretty sweet looking! I'd love to have that instead of my huge ThinkPad. Though... I miss my older Thinkpads with the higher end (for the time) nVidia chipsets.
Great point about the memory. That config would give me pause if I were comparing it to the alternatives.
What part of "Ph'nglui mglw'nafh Cthulhu R'lyeh wgah'nagl fhtagn" don't you understand?
As long as it's as durable as the previous generations then that's all that matters for me. My old ThinkPad is still holding up. May be time to upgrade though however.
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Sweet machine, Dave ! Given what you report about viewing angles, am I correct in suspecting that this 14" 1600 x 900 screen (not quite up to the 1920 x 1080 found on the ASUS ZENBOOK* Prime UX 31A 13.1" screen) boasts an IPS panel ? I must say that I find the absence of an ethernet jack a bit of a downer on these machines - coupling via an USB port (is the dongle USB 2.0 or USB 3.0 ?) greatly reduces effective net bit rates. I suspect they're designed for Wi-Fi use, but still I prefer my cable, which currently gives me around 95 bit/s downstream. In any event, I'm greatly looking forward to that coming full-scale review !...
mhenri, you raise a good point about the dongle but you're correct, most of these machines are WIFI connected these days. I'll have to check that out though. Might be an interesting test to see what sort of perf degradation we see.
The screen is gorgeous and I find that 1600X900 is about perfect for me on a 13 - 14-inch screen. 19X12 is too tight for me on that size panel, though I do like the extra real estate.
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Every time I purchase a laptop, Lenovo are always one of my considerations. I've owned HP, Sony, Acer and ASUS, but never a Lenovo. Why? Because their consumer grade laptops don't make the cut, and the ThinkPad laptops are incredible unattractive. Yes, it's not a reason not to buy something, but looks are important.
I still wouldn't buy the X1.
The red cues and the throwback mouse "nipple" are still there, and there are so many more notebooks on the market that can do well in performance tests but also look stunning at the same time.
I've never owned a ThinkPad, but when I've helped people who have, I've always been impressed with the obvious quality of the machines. Nor have I found them «incredibl unattractive» - quite the contrary - but de gustibus non est disputandum....
IBM as one of if not the sole inventor of laptops has years more experience than anyone else. The biggest thing I could say about them though is in regard to all brands of laptops I have seen them fail far less than any other brand. That is with 18 years now of experience and many of those as the laptop lead from the consumer to the federal user level in Atlanta for various brands (mainly IBM, Toshiba, DELL, Sony, and HP as there the widest used but all major brands sold in the US) which I have experience with from a professional perspective. This one definitely looks to be a step above though. Of course with the efficiency of the current I5/7 and the respective chipset/board these almost have to be great performers all around.
Update : I note that James Kendrick over at ZDNet (http://www.zdnet.com/thinkpad-x1-carbon-able-macbook-air-competitor-review-7000002294/) reports that the X1 Carbon's screen is indeed an IPS panel «I reported it is IPS because Lenovo told me it was». Good to know and explains those excellent viewing angles reported by Dave....
I'm very interested in what Lenovo is coming up with these days. I love their T series laptops, they are so sturdy and reliable. I'm hoping these new batch of ultrabooks measure up to them in build quality.
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