The 14â€ť Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon is 18mm thin, weighs less than 3lbs, and is made toughed by a carbon fiber top cover and aluminum roll cage. That last bit is reassuring because Â if I had to endure an MRT-sardinas-siksikan episode, the X1 would survive. Me? Hell no.
The matte black finish has this softness to it, so that using it – opening it up, closing it shut, lifting it, and carrying it around – is a tactile joy. Thereâ€™s no flex anywhere and when the X1 is closed, the weight feels centered in your hand. Pause for a moment to ponder that. How many ultrabooks are a joy to hold?
But that same soft-to-the-touch finish can also be a bane, if youâ€™re a slob: it attracts fingerprints, grease, crumbs, dust. Always be ready with a microfiber cloth. After you type, wipe, wipe, wipe.
There is nothing you can say about the wide-keys of the island-style keyboard, each spaced just right from each other and with the right bounce-back. I have just this peeve about the ThinkPad â€ślookâ€ť – itâ€™s no doubt iconic, but itâ€™s also dated, and non-sleek: it reminds of old an Casio calculator. The trackpoint at the keyboardâ€™s dead-center is very responsive, and also very old school. (Also, prepare a small toothbrush in case some crumbs fall into the trackpoint, you need to brush it away.)
The keyboard is also backlit, so you can still type that passive-aggressive Facebook comment in bed, with the lights out, while everyone else sleeps.
The huge trackpad is responsive.
The battery can last up to 8 hours – I got just above 7 hours but then I was pushing it with so many browser tabs open and some of them buffered YouTube movie trailers while I watched a film in VLC. A part of me thinks a serious business executive with an X1 will never do that. Another part of me seriously doubts that. Moving along.
As for the RapidCharge technology that supposedly charges 80% of the battery in 30 minutes, I didnâ€™t have a stopwatch at hand come charging time. But I do remember being confused when I checked the battery some time after I plugged the brick charger to the wall socket: Was I really reading a low battery warning a while ago? And why is this almost fully charged? Never mind.
Just some specs to get out of the way before we get to the X1â€™s price.
Now open your mouth, let your jaw drop slightly, hold it there, perfect. The Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon starts at Php 112,000.00 (suggested retail price). Thatâ€™s two entry level MacBook Airs or four elegant Android phones.
While a consumer might susmaryosep at the price, we are not the target market. The X1 is aimed at business executives who rely on insanely sturdy Windows 7 notebooks and corporate level security. It makes perfect sense for that notebook to be a ThinkPad.
Also, hereâ€™s what â€śreliabilityâ€ť and â€śsturdinessâ€ť mean. The X1 has:
* IntelÂ® vPro Technology which enables businesses to manage, protect, repair, and locate assets from anywhere in the world.
* Integrated Fingerprint Reader that allows quick, convenient access and secure login with one swipe.
* passed Military-Specification Testing covering eight parameters: high pressure, humidity, vibration, high temperature, temperature shock, low pressure (15,000 ft), low temperature, and dust. (Jason Bourne would like this notebook.)
* Incredibly comfortable typing and trackpad experience in a slim package.
* The secure feeling that, because of the build, your data and the notebook are, well, secure.
* The bend-till-flat-on-the-table screen is great. When the screen and keyboard are level, you can prop up the X1 on your lap and read with the screen almost at eye level.
* The price. P112,000.00.
* The ThinkPad look. Itâ€™s dated. But thatâ€™s just me.
* Lenovo and Norton bloatware. Uninstall or hide immediately.
* Not a gaming laptop, donâ€™t do heavy graphic or video editing work on this.
* Some heating issue, so donâ€™t put this on your lap for long report writing.
* My not being a business executive, which rules out the X1 as a fit for me, even if I could hypothetically afford it, which is not the case.
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