The ThinkPad X1 Carbon has been Lenovo’s best Ultrabook for business and to start off 2014 they have fixed some of the minor issues with the original version and added a few things as well. One of the additions is the adaptive keyboard, which is one of the coolest things that I have seen so far at CES.
So talking about improvements Lenovo has made the X1 Carbon thinner and lighter. The X1 Carbon is now only 0.68-inches thick and weighs in at under 2.9 lbs. On top of that Lenovo has added Intel’s 4th generation Haswell processors to the mix. So you can have low voltage Intel Core i5 and i7 Haswell models inside. Because of the benefits of Haswell battery life on the X1 Carbon has been improved to just around 9 hours.
Screen resolution has also been improved to 2560 x 1440 on the 14-inch IPS display, which by default is a touchscreen. Also specifications include 4GB of RAM, a 128 GB solid state drive (512GB option), and Intel HD 4400 graphics. When it comes to ports you have two USB 3.0 ports, a mini DisplayPort, HDMI port and the OneLink docking / charging connector.
One of the coolest things that the X1 Carbon offers is what Lenovo calls their adaptive keyboard technology. Normally with most laptops you have a top row of shortcut keys. With the X1 Carbon Lenovo makes use of a capacitive touch strip that has different controls on it. The cool thing about this is the controls change depending on what type of program you have open. To see what I’m talking about check out the video below.
The Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon is available now with a starting price of $1299.