CNET First Look
The Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon targets traditional travelersIts long battery life and light weight will please the peripatetic business crowd who want a veteran clamshell design.
[MUSIC] Lenovo's fifth generation of it's Thinkpad X1 Carbon recommends itself as the perfect travelers laptop. With it's lightweight carbon fiber body, relatively speedy performance and exceptional 11.8 hour battery life. But you'll pay for the price of toting it around, a decent configuration will run you just under $2,000 [MUSIC] It is a 14-inch HD display that's bright, non-reflective and quiet readable. With an embedded webcam on the top vessel. Company will be releasing a quad HD version later this year which I suspect will be harder on the battery. It offers a decent set of connections for a system, this size and purpose. Two USB C connectors, one of which can hook up to a display. Two USB 3 type A, full size HDMI and a mini ethernet connector. Plus, a headphone jack. I don't love the keyboard but it's not bad. The concave chiclet keys do feel nice on your fingers and they have a decent amount of travel Lenovo's Ultranet system of buttons, thumb stick, and touchpad offers a lot of choices to your preferred method of navigation. But the touchpad's a little smaller than we've seen lately to make room for all of it, plus the fingerprint sensor. It's got combination escape and function lock button, which I really like. That way you can choose whether the top row buttons act as hardware shortcuts for volume brightness and so on. Or whether the function keys are in effect. And given the awful placement of the function shift button, right where touch typists reach for the control key for operations like, cutting and pasting and navigating text. It's great that there's an option in the novo control panel to swap them. I went a little nuts, until I discovered that. [MUSIC]