ThinkPad X1 Carbon: Business Sense

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.

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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.

Lenovo ThinkPad X220: The ultimate business traveller companion?

Don’t be fooled by its unassuming and unpretentious exterior, as the 12.5 inch Lenovo ThinkPad X220 is bursting with the most advanced and sophisticated of technology.

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One of the greatest marvels of this cunningly unassuming tablet is its phenomenal battery life. With the average battery life of modern laptops being 4 hours, the fact that the ThinkPad X220, boasting just a single 63Wh six-cell battery, lasts for a whopping 8 hours, makes mentioning the battery life worthy of the all-important, attention-grabbing, initial paragraph position of a gadget feature. But that’s not all. In addition to the X220’s ground-breaking standard battery life, for an additional $179, ThinkPad X220 owners can extend their machine’s already prolific battery life by almost twofold, as by strapping a second battery onto the laptop, users can enjoy up to 14 hours 30 minutes wire-free usage.

Given its extensive cord-free potential, its ultraportability and weighing an extremely light 3.6 pounds, the Lenevo ThinkPad X220, is the perfect companion for frequent business travellers, who will now being able to fly from Manchester to Sao Paulo in Brazil, with a new sense of convenience and comfort.

Possessing Intel’s new Sandy Bridge 2.5GHz Core i5-2520M processor, the system’s allegedly noticeable ‘zippiness’, even whilst being pushed to multiple demands, is yet more evidence that Lenevo’s latest creation is paying homage to becoming the ultimate business traveller companion. Although the machine’s zippiness and excessive multi-tasking capabilities, could also be attributed to the tablet’s 4GB of DDR3 RAM and its 320GB 7,200 rpm hard drive.

On the software front, in typical Lenevo fashion, the X220 is loaded with all the Chinese company’s own ThinkVantage utilities. These highly innovative features include fingerprint reader configuration, enhance backup and restore capabilities, and power controls.

According to Engadget, the Lenovo ThinkPad X220 is the “longest lasting and fastest ultraportable” they have ever tested. And who are we to argue? Although with a starting price of $889, it would be fair to surmise that the majority of those fortunate to exploit the X220’s many exploits, will be those seated in business class.