Torture testing the ThinkPad X1 Carbon UltrabookLenovo claims this Ultrabook is rugged. Molly Wood puts it to the test as it enters the torture chamber.
-Now, we unboxed this guy a couple of weeks ago, the ThinkPad X1 Carbon Ultrabook. It's supposed to be rugged, so let's find out. First up into my tiny, tiny freezer. Put it in our drawer here. Okay. Some ice came up. It's been 2 hours. Let's see how our ThinkPad is doing in the cold. Ooh, that is cold. That is cold. That is cold. That is cold. Crystallization obviously. Alright, let's see if it can turn on. Oh. There we go. Look at that. This guy doesn't even need thawing. It's just coming right on. What a champ. Actually, this is pretty impressive because if you remember the MacBook Air didn't really wanna wake up out of sleep, but this guy, not a problem. Our ThinkPad X1 Carbon had no problem with the cold. Let's see how it does with the heat. Alright, we have our oven at 200 degrees. In we go. Ooh! God! This feels wrong. Okay. 1 hour. Off we go. Alright. Let's see how it's doing. Ooh. Smelling a little bit melty. Very chemical. This is probably offgassing in a way that I don't wanna think about right now. Okay. I am going to assume it's very hot to the touch. It is. Let's just go ahead and let this little cake rest for a while and then we'll fire it up and see how it is doing. Alright, it looks like our pie is doing here. It has cooled off enough to remove from the pan. Definitely still warm to touch on the bottom. That kind of scary-- ooh-- scary chemical smell has not gone away. That probably just took 2 years off my life just taking a whiff of that. We have a little bit of warpage, it looks like, on one of our covers here. We have a little leakage from one of our stickers. Other than that, no obvious damage. Let's see if we can get it to come on. So, it didn't wake up right from sleep. Oh, you can see we've got some warping here too. The screen is starting to separate from the cover and I can snap it back in a little bit. So, we definitely have cracking coming away from the lid on both corners. It did not shut down successfully in the oven. No surprise there. Let's start windows normally. Okay. On startup, we're okay. The screen looks good. Everything seems to be working as normal. Battery life is about the same, although we definitely have a little bit of obvious warping around the screen. So, try not to leave this one in the car in a really hot day. I'm still gonna call it generally a success. Okay. Now, we do usually do water for our water test, but I realize that almost every morning I stand here and I make my coffee and I check my e-mail and I look at the news and you know? That is really just a disaster waiting to happen. Oh, it's jus awesome. I can't believe I just did that. Oh, hot coffee in the keyboard. I know you've all done this. Oh, that's dramatic. I would like to know if that-- the screen is still on. Once again though, this laptop is just about too hot to touch. I think I need a new towel. Okay now. As usual, when you spill, the key is to try to get the laptop into a position where you can let all that water drip out, the coffee in this case. Though I got to say it doesn't seem to be having any problems so far. We'll check it again in a little while here after I let it dry a bit. Maybe I'll just hang it upside down. That looks official. Now, we never even did a drop test on this ThinkPad because frankly it was just too damaged at that point. I did do a little emergency surgery though to try to open it up and dry it out. That's something you could try at home. So, here's what it looks like. Oh wow! Yeah, there a little [unk] in here. -Oh my god. -Yeah. Like I wanna get my hair dryer up. I let it lay out like that on my counter for a couple of days and now it's the moment we've all been waiting for. Did it recover? Let's find out. I have it plugged into the power and it kinda comes on. Now, I've plugged it in before and every time I basically just get a message that says, you know, like I'm not okay. Try to start windows. Ooh, let's see if we can get it to restart. The problem is that-- that the trackpad-- Oh, maybe this one will work. Oh, come on. The trackpad is no longer responsive and neither is the keyboard. So, it wants to come back to life, but these few components are just not working right. I think that's probably fixable, although all of that lid damage was really pretty disappointing. I don't know. It might be okay with a little love, and care, and money.