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The Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon takes almost everything that was great about last year's ThinkPad X1 and combines it with the latest Ultrabook technology to deliver an outstanding business Ultrabook. While most professionals looking for a thin and light laptop will probably be happier with the ThinkPad X230, the X1 Carbon softens those rough ThinkPad edges and provides a more refined, stylish PC for salespeople and executives who don't want a boxy business laptop.

If you only pay attention to one thing in this review then make sure it's the section about the new touchpad. The glass touchpad surface on the X1 Carbon is better than anything else on the market. We're saying it's better than the touchpad on a MacBook Pro and better than every notebook PC touchpad we've used to date.

Battery life is good but the X1 Carbon loses the optional slice battery from the old X1 so there's no way to extend your battery run time on long trips. Also, while the X1 Carbon is thin and light we found the bottom of this Ultrabook gets pretty hot if you're doing serious work like video editing.

Despite a few minor complaints the ThinkPad X1 Carbon is the best business-oriented Ultrabook we've seen to date. If you want a sexy laptop that is built to business standards then the X1 Carbon is probably your best option.
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Typical Lenovo look and probably build quality. They also kept the track point, what could go wrong? thumb.gif
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Looks nice. Tough choice between this and the samsung series 9, there are very few *good* ultrabooks that have great keyboards/trackpads. The asus zenbook wins in every area except it has such a horrible trackpad, unfortunately.
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"Glass touchpad" I'm intrigued
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I'll always be a fan. Looks great.
   
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There's a difference between three announcement posts and one actual review post. thumb.gif You of all people should know that.

On-topic: Looks like an amazing laptop. The only con is that it still doesn't come with a 1080p screen.
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The review unit has a TN panel, I wonder if there will be a IPS option (probably called "Premium HD+") like there is with the x230.
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Looks nice. Tough choice between this and the samsung series 9, there are very few *good* ultrabooks that have great keyboards/trackpads. The asus zenbook wins in every area except it has such a horrible trackpad, unfortunately.

I don't find the Zenbook's trackpad bad at all once you do a fresh install of Windows and install the latest beta drivers. Palm detection could be better, but scrolling and zooming are much improved over stock.
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I already have a T430s, which is only a pound lighter, but this is a very nice machine. And no, there won't be any IPS options available, but it's probably the best TN panel Lenovo has put on their Thinkpads.

I've tried both the Series 9 and the Zenbook, and both keyboards feel equally mushy to me. Lenovo definitely has keyboard feel right with their Thinkpads.
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Looks nice. Tough choice between this and the samsung series 9, there are very few *good* ultrabooks that have great keyboards/trackpads. The asus zenbook wins in every area except it has such a horrible trackpad, unfortunately.

Really? Are you talking about the original Zenbook or the Zenbook Prime? The touchpad on my Zenbook Prime is actually pretty good smile.gif
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I already have a T430s, which is only a pound lighter, but this is a very nice machine. And no, there won't be any IPS options available, but it's probably the best TN panel Lenovo has put on their Thinkpads.
I've tried both the Series 9 and the Zenbook, and both keyboards feel equally mushy to me. Lenovo definitely has keyboard feel right with their Thinkpads.

Once again, the Zenbook or the Zenbook Prime? The keyboard on my Zenbook Prime is far from mushy. It actually has a nice tactile "clicky" feel to it. Mind you I've never tried a Lenovo keyboard or a mechanical keyboard, but I can't imagine the Zenbook Prime keyboard being described as mushy.
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