The Lenovo X1 Carbon 2014 follows the step of the previous X1 Carbon (2012) and the original Thinkpad X1. It is thinner, gets much better battery life and incorporates a high-DPI display. Its Carbon construction allows it to be the only 14” laptop that weighs between 2.85Lbs and 3Lbs depending on the version you pick. Nearly all other competitors in this weight range have a smaller 13.3” display, so this is an important difference.

Designed to be effective and robust, the X1 Carbon is supposed to be a low-maintenance / high-productivity laptop, but is that really the case in the real world? I took a unit to many trade shows across a few continents to see how it was to use the Lenovo X1 Carbon 2014 in the real world. Here’s the complete review that lay out my findings.lenovo-x1-carbon-2014_openflat_06

X1 Carbon Configuration as tested

Display size: 14”
Resolution: 2560 x 1440 (WQHD), 220 PPI
RAM: 8GB
Integrated cellular modem: Yes
OS: Windows 8 x64
Processor: Intel Core i5-4200U 1.6GHz – 2.30GHz
Storage: 128GB SSD
Dimensions: 13 x 8.9 x 0.74”
Weight: 3lbs (from 2.83lbs, depending on versions)
Price: $1479 as tested

Possible competitors

Samsung ATIV Book 9+ (4GB)
ACER Aspire S S7-392 (8GB), $1282
Sony Vaio Duo 13 (4GB) — 1499
Dell XPS 13 (4GB), $1282
Lenovo Yoga Pro 2

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