Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon

Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon
The Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon.

The Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon is the ultimate luxury notebook now. The souped-up version I tried comes with all the high-end features you can imagine. It is also accompanied by a price tag that makes Sony's Vaio laptops look like absolute bargains.

Like the previous models, the new laptop has a carbon-fibre chassis that is both lightweight and strong. In fact, Lenovo claims that it uses satellite-grade carbon fibre and the laptop is tested to meet military specifications for extreme conditions.

All I know is that the new laptop feels rigid and unyielding despite my best attempts to flex it.

At 1.42kg, the X1 Carbon is the lightest 14-inch ultrabook in the world, says Lenovo. It also holds the title of thinnest ThinkPad.

But I found it to be heavier than its sleek appearance would suggest. Its matte finish is cool to the touch, but the cover readily picked up grease stains from my fingers.

The high-resolution 2,560 x 1,440-pixel touchscreen is the Carbon's best feature. Even with an anti-glare film that produces a slight dulling effect, the quality of this IPS display is evident.

The viewing angles are incredibly wide. There is no visible colour shift when the display is viewed from any angle. The screen is thankfully more resistant to fingerprints than the chassis.

At 300 nits, this screen is not the brightest in the market, but I am just nitpicking here.

I am less enthusiastic about the keyboard. Lenovo cannot seem to stop tinkering with it. But the latest tweaks will likely see purists up in arms.

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