For the last 20 years the ThinkPad brand has been part of the laptop landscape. Initially under the IBM brand units bearing the ThinkPad badge were hugely popular in large organisations due to being very robust and compact for their time. In recent times that type of market has been somewhat infiltrated by Ultrabooks which offer many of the same benefits and more than a little extra style.
So what happens when ThinkPad meets UltraBook? Well we get a system like the X1 Carbon from Lenovo with rapid charging, premium carbon fibre construction (with roll cage) and the latest Core CPUs from Intel… and today that is the focus of our review.
Packaging and Bundle
As is normal in recent times the box used by Lenovo is plain brown cardboard. Inside the system is suspended in cardboard and plastic to provide protection during shipping. Bundled with the system will be product documentation and a 90w PSU and the battery within the X1 is a 45.8WH Lithium Ion model rated for around 8 hours of operation. Optional extras include external drives, USB to DVI/VGA adapters, carry cases, headphones and wireless mice along with a USB dongle for LAN.