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Lenovo X1 Carbon

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Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon 2015

Originally reviewed by Mike Jennings 22 April 2015

Best Business Laptop

Key features:
  • 14-inch, 2,560 x 1,440 screen
  • Carbon fibre and magnesium alloy build
  • Great keyboard and trackpad
  • Three-year warranty
The Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon is instantly recognisable, with its no-nonsense design, red trackpoint and exceptional build quality. It’s made up of a variety of different materials, including carbon fibre, a blend of aluminium and magnesium, and plastic, all of which is matte black and refined.
 
Starting at £1,199, it’s a little bulkier and more expensive than the MacBook Air and Dell XPS 13, but this is due to its business credentials. It's got vPro, TPM and a fingerprint reader, comes with a generous three-year warranty and its internals are accessible, making for better upgrade potential. If you're after a lightweight business Ultrabook, it's well worth the extra money.
 
The 14-inch, 2,560 x 1,440 screen is lovely and sharp, with good contrast ratio and brightness, though a 1,920 x 1,080 version is also available. The keyboard is excellent, with the large buttons each offering plenty of travel, while the trackpad and two built-in buttons are snappy and consistent.
 
Performance is great. Office applications and photo editing tools run smoothly, and only the most demanding software will see the Carbon struggling. Battery life is impressive too, coming close to the 10-hour mark in our test.
 
Price: £1,199

Our Score

8/10
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