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Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon - The Perfect Gaming Laptop

|February 21 2013 |Lenovo, Laptops

Lenovo ThinkPad X1 has the classy professional appeal coated with jet black metal. This laptop from Lenovo belongs to the Ultrabook category. The jet black laptop is light weighted and slender which is also a comforting feature where the user has the privilege to easily carry the system to outdoor places like cafes, restaurants and so on.


The ThinkPad X1 is equipped with an Intel Core i5 3427 processor that functions at a speed of 1.8GHz, for enhanced versatility the system is inserted with Turbo Boost to elevate the speed to 2.8 GHz. The system is powerful in terms of memory capacity of 4GB along with 256GB Sandisk SSD. The ThinkPad X1 offers decent graphics contributed by Intel HD4000 to enjoy games but not on a professional level. The screen resolution is not as mighty as full-resolution display, but sufficient to enjoy gaming and similar recreational activities. The screen resolution is 1600x900.

The X1 carbon does not offer quality power connector which would make consumers curious on the connections. The system is fitted with a connector that resembles a USB port. The main connectivity is offered by two USB ports on either side. The X1 is also equipped with a mini-DisplayPort output, but there are no HDMI or D-sub port. There are also other interesting fittings such as the wireless toggle switch on the left and fingerprint scanner on the right. To negate the absence of HDMII or D-sub port, there are buttons for volume and mute. The Lenovo ThinkPad X1 also offers excellent durability, the system is designed with RapidCharge feature which charges the system within limited time frame.

From the images it is pretty evident that the X1 carbon is designed with professional style as observed in most ThinkPads. The interesting quality as mentioned is the slender weight at just 1.36kg. This laptop must be dealt with gently, since it is extremely scratch prone, if careful the system appears pristine and polished. The laptop is pretty sensitive even with the hinge, the user should place the laptop delicately on the table, since the system can tear when not careful.

The keys are large with visible prints and channelized spacing. With the Lenovo ThinkPad X1 the user can type with ease without having to accidentally type the wrong key. There are modifications in the key structure; the function key is fitted in the left bottom corner in place of the Ctrl key. The Pause key is difficult to locate and the print screen key is fitted at the bottom besides the spacebar. The key re-arrangements would confuse the users.

Although Lenovo has missed out details of  the ThinkPad X1 features with key arrangements and build, but this can be negated with the systems decent performance which can be equated to notebooks in the Rs 60,000 range. The performance score for PC Mark 7 is 4371. This laptop does not match up to the standard of Ultrabooks with its graphics due to the absence of discrete graphics solution.

The Lenovo ThinkPad X1 is beneficial with respect to versatility, battery power and performance. The unappealing features are the build which has no room for scratch protection and mismatched key arrangements that could confuse the user. This system is useful for recreational purposes of gaming and camera images.

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