Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon Ultrabook Review

First Boot, Software and Utilities

Lenovo's setup for the ThinkPad X1 Carbon is pretty standard issue.  Fortunately there isn't a lot of bloat, only a pesky trial installation of Norton Internet Security, as well as the latest updates on a few useful Lenovo home-baked ThinkVantage utilities.

Lenovo Simple Tap

Hang on a second here, that's not completely all Lenovo pre-loaded. Lenovo Simple Tap is here and it offers a quick icon-driven interface for fast access to various software, either of which is installed on the machine or available for download with a few pokes and swipes.  But that's where we were left scratching our collective heads. Simple Tap isn't really all that useful unless it's driven by a touch panel display, which of course the ThinkPad X1 Carbon doesn't offer.  We could see this utility much more useful on the upcoming IdeaPad Yoga convertible but not so much on this ThinkPad standard machine.

Lenovo's ThinkVantage Technologies suite of utilities is some of the best in the business. Here you can see the fine grained control and intuitive user interface Lenovo has designed for the Power Manager control panel.  You can choose from a few predefined configurations to maximize battery life and performance under specific usage models, or you can tweak the knobs and timers to your heart's content.

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