Ultrabooks keep getting better and better since the Macbook Air set a new benchmark for the aesthetics of the ultra-portable. The Lenovo Carbon X1 Ultrabook builds on current designs with new materials.
Lenovo is perhaps the second most well known PC manufacturer behind HP. Releasing laptops under the IdeaPad and ThinkPad brands, the company has had huge success in recent years within the UK market and to prove that, they are the second largest PC manufacturer in the world currently.
When Lenovo releases a new Ultrabook, then, technology analysts are bound to take notice and as proved from recent coverage on numerous specialist websites, the Carbon X1 Ultrabook which is set for release in August in the US is a great option for the professional.
Lenovo Carbon X1
As the name suggests, the Lenovo Carbon X1 is made from carbon fibre. The end result of that is an Ultrabook which is being marketed as the lightest in the world. It is probably one of the toughest Ultrabooks in the world too, because carbon fibre whilst lighter than aluminium is actually 3 times stronger.
The laptop rocks a 14″ display and features dimensions of 13.03 x 8.9 x 0.74-inch (331 x 226 x 18.85 mm) making it not only super light-weight, but also respectably thin and perfect for anybody who travels a fair bit. The display itself rocks a resolution of 1600 x 900 which is a firm step above the 768 panels found within regular machines, although not quite as good as the 1080 IPS panel found within the Zenbook Prime from Asus.
Further sweetening the overall package is the inclusion of a finger print reader, the ability to charge to five hours of battery in 35 minutes with “Rapid Charge” technology and Instant Resume, a feature which allows this laptop to reboot from hibernation up to 4 times faster than other similar laptops.
You’ll also find a 3G SIM-card tray in this laptop, making it ideal for anybody who perhaps catches the train and needs internet access to communicate via Skype or other IM based platforms. Naturally, checking e-mail will also be a breeze with WiFi connectivity.
Other features of the Carbon X1 Ultrabook include:
A 720p HD webcam, dual-array microphones, and keyboard noise suppression
Dolby Home Theatre v4 and Intel HD 4000 integrated graphics
Share connectivity with Mobile Hotspot technology
Best-in-class keyboard, with progressive backlighting and larger island-style keys
Glass multi-gesture touchpad
Ports include one each of USB 3.0 SuperSpeed, always-on USB 2.0, MiniDisplayPort with audio, and 4-in-1 SD Card reader
All in all
Overall the Carbon X1 is a very solid Ultrabook. Whilst not the thinnest, or the most powerful, it is made from next-generation materials and features 3G connectivity making it a good all-rounder.
This article was written by Jakk Ogden, who owns and runs a number of technology websites. His latest, Ultrabook-News.co.uk, has a wealth of articles and guides including one on Ultrabooks with dedicated graphics. Jakk on Google+.