Desktops and Notebooks: Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon Ultrabook Is Ready for Its Close-Up

By Michelle Maisto  |  Posted 2012-05-16 Print this article Print
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon

Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon

Lenovo hasn't offered exact specifications for the X1 Carbon, which it's safe to say is thin. Lenovo says it maximized the X1's 14-inch HD+ display without adding weight.
Lenovo's ThinkPad X1 Carbon Ultrabook officially debuted May 15, perhaps indicating that—despite jokes to the press about being the world's second-largest PC maker but having little brand-name recognition in the United States—it's ready for some attention. The carbon fiber–crafted X1 Carbon, at 3 pounds, is the industry's lightest 14-inch Ultrabook, according to Lenovo. It's also beauty, brains and a bit of brawn: There are third-generation Intel Core processors, Intel vPro technology for better enterprise security and management, a RapidCharge option that gets the battery to 80 percent in 30 minutes, user-friendly perks like Dolby Home Theater v4 audio, and a roll cage that helps the travel-ready notebook to exceed some military specifications. From a conference in Las Vegas, Lenovo also showed off updates to its T, X, L and W Series ThinkPad laptops—models that vary from emphasizing portability to workstation intensity. The new ThinkPads follow Lenovo's May 8 introduction of still more PCs—ThinkCentres and Edge Series machines—likewise running Intel's Ivy Bridge Processors. The new ThinkPads will arrive in early June, minus the X1 Carbon, which is slated, more vaguely, for sometime this summer.
Michelle Maisto has been covering the enterprise mobility space for a decade, beginning with Knowledge Management, Field Force Automation and eCRM, and most recently as the editor-in-chief of Mobile Enterprise magazine. She earned an MFA in nonfiction writing from Columbia University, and in her spare time obsesses about food. Her first book, The Gastronomy of Marriage, if forthcoming from Random House in September 2009.

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