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The ThinkPad X1 is equipped with a dual-core Core i5-2520M clocked at 2.5 GHz, it also features Intel HD 3000 graphics for a max TDP of 35W. Additional hardware includes 4GB of DDR3, a Hitachi 320GB 7200 RPM hard drive, Intel Centrino Advanced-N 6205 wireless, Bluetooth, a 6-cell internal battery (38.92 Wh) and a 13.4” TFT display running at 1366 x 768 that is covered with Corning Gorilla glass.
Good video and sound quality.
Rapid battery ≠charging.
Excellent keyboard and amazing audio.
Very solid construction.
Thin and relatively light.
Gorilla glass is scratch-proof.
Great typing experience.
HDMI and DisplayPort.
Fast 2,5-inch HDD.
Standard Voltage processors only.
Excellent mix of wireless technologies.
Thinnest ThinkPad ever.
Less than stellar battery life.
Slightly noisy fan.
Relatively heavy for a thin laptop.
Gorilla Glass covered screen produces a lot of glare.
Limited CPU selection.
Island-style keyboard looks cool (and variable brightness backlighting is nifty) but touch typing isnít up to ThinkPad standards.
Gets hot when doing intensive tasks like 3D gaming.
Fan isn't loud but is nearly always on.
By TechSpot on May 16, 2011
One key feature missing from the X1 that we liked about the X220 is the IPS display. While the Corning Gorilla glass and “infinity” screen are nice features, the display can’t hold a candle to the IPS display in terms of viewing...
By CNET Australia on October 08, 2012
Lenovo's succeeded in delivering a sexy ultrabook that still retains the traditional ThinkPad design cues. The battery life isn't as good as it could be though, and the SSD upgrade prices are simply...
By Wired on August 27, 2012
Few laptops have been as anticipated in 2012 — if such a sentiment actually exists — as Lenovo’s latest ultrabook, the ThinkPad X1 Carbon. At 14 inches diagonally and a hair under 3 pounds, Lenovo is offering a machine at the same...
By MobileTechReview on August 26, 2012
I admit it, the moment I saw the Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon I had a serious crush. That's not wildly unusual for this technologist, but those first crushes often turn to indifference once I put a machine through its paces. The ThinkPad X1 Carbon...
By IT PRO on May 25, 2012
Early indications suggest the X1 could be the best Windows 7 Ivy Bridge Ultrabook especially when it comes to portability and text input. However, concerns remains over the price and the battery life, which have yet to be disclosed....
By NotebookCheck on April 17, 2012
We did not get the proper ThinkPad feeling from this test model. Yes the X1 is slim, light and looks good, but to achieve this it sacrifices some of the qualities which built the ThinkPad reputation from the ground up. Our biggest critique is the...
By Trusted Reviews on January 09, 2012
On first look the idea of putting a low-power processor in a laptop may seem a strange idea, but Lenovo has managed to integrate the secondary OS in a slick manner and for people looking for the ThinkPad X1 experience but with more battery life, this...
By DigitalVersus on December 09, 2011
With battery life of 2h15, the X1 may be powerful and well-equipped but we aren’t able to give it more than a three-star rating. The Asus U36SD seems a better choice to us, especially as it costs almost half as much as the X1 (remember, price...
By TechSmart.co.za on December 01, 2011
Despite these shortcomings, we would feel more than comfortable with the ThinkPad X1 in our notebook bag. It might not be the lightest thin-and-light on the market, but with a very solid feel, uncompromising performance, a damage-resistant screen and...
By RegHardware on November 03, 2011
Despite the less than glorious screen resolution, in practice, I found the Lenovo ThinkPad X1 was really a pleasure to use. I’m simply a veteran ThinkPad user, there’s always been (at least) one in my Apple household, and I’m the sort...
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