The range of business notebooks ThinkPad has a very rich history. This series has been around for about 20 years. At first she had at IBM, but then the brand has been sold to the Chinese concern Lenovo, which is engaged in production and notebooks under the label ThinkPad. One of the most conservative in terms of design lines still succumbed to the trends of the market and it began to appear in the model, corresponding to the modern trends – compact, lightweight, powerful, “long-playing”. One such model has got us to the test – the Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon – an ultrabook for the business user.
Despite the fact that the X1 Carbon acquired the shape of ultrabook, it belongs to the family business is not in doubt. The case is painted jet black color, has a typical coverage and, of course, unchanged ThinkPad logo on the lid and work surface. The rest is typical ultrabook, but with screens 14 “- wedge shape, slim profile, light weight.
Housing ultrabook, as the name implies, is made ??of carbon fiber and has a rubberized coating. This makes it light and durable – the mass of the 14-inch model is only 1.36 kg with a maximum thickness of 18.9 mm. Weighs about the same 13-inch ASUS Zenbook UX31A . Body materials are pressed and not at all in his hands he felt a whole. However, X1 Carbon is not that the same stable as “old” series (eg, ThinkPad X230, equipped with a protective magnesium frame), so put it unnecessary tests still not worth it.
Ultrabook revealed at 180 °, with a little loop tugovat in order to be able to fold back the cover with one hand. But there is no annoying rocking the display. It is worth noting that the buyer on their own will not be able to upgrade ultrabook – no hatches on the body is not present. However, the available configurations for this model should satisfy everyone, or almost everyone.
Connectivity and communication
X1 Carbon is equipped with almost a standard set of ports and interfaces, but given the status of his business, some details are still there. On the left are the mechanical switch the wireless network, a USB 2.0 port with PowerShare technology and a connector for the power supply. On the right are SD-card reader, combo audio jack, video output mini DisplayPort, USB 3.0 connector and a Kensington lock.
On the rear face of the plug located under the SIM-card. Ethernet-port on the case is not so connected to the corporate network using an adapter will have USB-RJ45.
Equipped with this ultrabook and a fingerprint scanner, without which it is difficult to provide any more or less serious business notebook. It facilitates access to the computer owner, eliminating the need to enter a password every time.
Wireless connectivity modules Wi-Fi 802.11 b / g / n and Bluetooth 3.0.
Keyboard and Touchpad
Lenovo Specialists equipped the X1 Carbon brand new for ThinkPad keyboard, which had previously been run-in to the line of ThinkPad Edge. It is equipped with adjustable lighting, replacing the keyboard LED, formerly installed in edging display next to the webcam. Furthermore, the keypad is protected from contact with liquids. The buttons have a characteristic shape and slightly concave surface, typing very comfortable.
A few strange looks engraved Latin and Cyrillic – symbols of the first larger and placed on the left and the second letters are smaller and the buttons are in the center, but one marked with white characters that feeling uncomfortable at first. Another feature – the location of the Fn key in the lower left corner where you would normally expect to see the Ctrl. Appointment of the buttons can be changed in the BIOS, but the fact remains. If you do not pay attention to it, then a positive impression of the keyboard – it is quiet, comfortable and informative.
The volume buttons, mute and microphone carried a separate unit. Nearby is incomprehensible black button, which is the traditional ThinkPad was colored blue and called the ThinkPad Vantage, causing the utility of the same name. In our case, it has no function.
The touchpad of the test sample upset. For the first time touching the surface of the sensor field experience a very pleasant feeling and thinking, “this is what we need,” but all is crossed when trying in any way to interact with the interface on the screen. Selecting objects occurs through time as double tapom and pressing, and the impression is that the touchpad itself is not fixed, as the whenever you touch it emits a sound clash. However, I think that this is the problem of our test sample pre-sales. Otherwise, it has a standard set of options – support for multi-touch gestures, customizable buttons, and so on. Red trackpoint is an integral part of any laptop with the ThinkPad logo on the board. It can replace the touchpad and works perfectly.
Display and Sound
ThinkPad X1 Carbon is equipped with a matte TN-matrix with a diagonal of 14 “and a resolution of 1600×900 pixels. matte finish allows you to work comfortably even in bright sunlight. Maximum brightness – 238 cd/m2 and contrast ratio of 536:1 panel. Quite a good indicator for this type of matrices. However, the technology TN + film causes mediocre viewing angles and color reproduction is not the best, as can be seen by looking at the test results.
Transmission curves, gamma, color temperature and color gamut
The picture looks chilly because of the predominance of blue, uneven color, and the color temperature is too high, the color gamut is also not converge with the standard sRGB. However, this notebook is not designed for professional graphics work, where these parameters are very important, and for other purposes such a display is fine.
The sound system consists of a pair of speakers that are hidden in the crevices on the sides of the base, and developed using the technology of Dolby Home Theatre v4. The stock volume is decent enough, the sound is clean, but medium and low frequencies there is little, so that for listening to music tracks on this laptop I would use headphones or external speakers.
ThinkPad X1 Carbon comes with energy-efficient processors, Intel Core i5 or i7 third generation. The amount of memory up to 8 GB – how long have we been waiting for!. To use SSD storage capacity of 128 or 256 GB.Manages the integrated graphics processor graphics accelerator Intel HD Graphics 4000.
In general, the configuration is quite standard for ultrabook, except for the amount of RAM. Users have long complained about the lack of 4GB, and when creating X1 Carbon Ultrabook developers have considered this suggestion. The model, like all the other ultrabooks, excels with all office tasks.
Our test model is powered by an Intel Core i5-3317U clocked at 1.7 GHz, equipped with 4 GB of RAM and a solid state drive capacity of 128 GB. Graphics card – Intel HD Graphics 4000. The laptop comes with non-removable lithium-polymer battery capacity of 46 W * h On a single charge ultrabook worked for almost 6 hours of reading with a muted screen brightness and disabled wireless modules. Under load endurance decreased to 1 hour 30 minutes. Like as not record levels, but the beauty of this model is that the battery is fully charged in just 35 minutes. Convenient, isn’t it?
Lenovo specialists released an excellent business ultrabook. Modern forms combined with traditional design, excellent redesigned keyboard, matte screen and a strong body. It can not advise system administrators, because for them is not enough communication, available on the X1 Carbon. But often traveling to meetings managers, which is also important and the appearance of the laptop, you can safely recommend this model to buy. In the face of ThinkPad X1 Carbon, they will receive a reliable, beautiful and convenient tool