Now that the business-centric ThinkPad 8 tablet already had its turn in the spotlight, Lenovo is focusing its energy towards introducing the ThinkPad X1 Carbon. Its best features? At only 2.8-ish pounds, it’s claimed to be the lightest 14-inch ultrabook that sports an “adaptive” keyboard and a fourth-gen Intel Core processor.
Indeed, this is one of the best laptops available when it comes to lightness. It’s choice material—carbon fiber—allows for a superb build quality and thin body at just 17.7mm. Lighter, stronger, and slenderer than last year’s model, the ThinkPad X1 Carbon still manages to exude power by using a fourth-gen (Haswell) Intel Core CPU inside, along with up to 8GB of RAM and up to 512GB SSD. At an optional 2,560×1,440 with IPS, screen resolution is on par with today’s machinery. (Touchscreen input is also optional.) Battery life allows for a whole day’s work and a little overtime—a total duration of 9 hours, according to Lenovo. Moreover, as much as 80 percent of the battery life can be recovered in less than an hour of recharging (thanks to Lenovo’s Rapid Charge technology).
Another interesting feature of the Lenovo X1 Carbon is its Adaptive Keyboard. A touch-sensitive panel takes the place of physical function keys commonly seen in QWERTY keyboards. Depending on the situation, buttons appropriate to the running programs and opened applications dynamically appear, such as save, cut, copy, and paste buttons for Microsoft Word. Voice commands, NFC, and gesture control are also implemented within the device.
Available in late January, the starting price for the ThinkPad X1 Carbon is $1,299.