ThinkPad X1 Carbon: Business Sense

By Hannah Braime,

Lenovo have released the latest model in their ThinkPad range, the X1 Carbon. Designed with the business user in mind, the ThinkPad’s build arguably rivals that of the Apple Macbook Air.

With its slimline appearance, tough exterior, and impressive specs, the ThinkPad is likely to wow Windows business users as a portable, high-performance machine.

ThinkPad X1

Tech Specs

At only 0.7 inches in thickness, and weighing in at just 3lbs, despite its 14-inch screen, the ThinkPad X1 Carbon also boasts an Intel Core i7 processor, 256GB storage and up to 8GB RAM. Inclusion of the Lenovo RapidCharge system means you can experience up to five hours’ battery life on just a 35-minute charge. A full charge can last around seven hours.

The 720p HD webcam is perfect for conference calls, while the dual-array microphone and keyboard noise suppression provide you with maximum sound quality, and minimum interference.

Although it is a business-orientated machine, the ThinkPad X1 Carbon caters for your leisure needs too. Built-in Dolby Home Theater v4, and Intel HD 4000 integrated graphics, provide you with a high quality entertainment experience.

The ThinkPad X1 Carbon is also security-conscious, containing a fingerprint reader, as well as TPM and BIOS encryption.

Connectivity

The Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon has built-in 3G capability, so you can gain contract-free access to the 3G network when you need it. The machine also comes with Mobile Hotspot technology.

Features

Users can manage their data on the X1 Carbon remotely using Intel vPro technology. This helps streamline common IT functions and uses encryption and password protection to keep data safe.

The ThinkPad’s keyboard is backlit, with two different brightness settings. The keyboard also contains Lenovo’s uniquely-shaped keys, which are designed to minimize typing errors.

Size

The computer’s carbon fibre shell contributes to its minimal weight, but doesn’t compromise on the laptop’s durability: it’s as strong as aluminium, but a third of the weight.

The small, light-weight frame does produce some drawbacks, similar to those experienced with the Macbook Air. For example, the machine doesn’t have a wired Ethernet port or a user-replaceable battery. It does, however, have a USB drive and the machine comes with a separate Ethernet USB dongle.

Price

The Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon is set for release on 21st August. Retail prices are expected to start at around £1,000.