• Exceptionally thin, light, and strong
  • Above-average performance
  • Terrific keyboard and pointing devices
  • Fast battery charging


  • Short battery life (and you can't swap in a fresh one)
  • Just one USB 3.0, one USB 2.0 (and you'll need one for ethernet)

At A Glance

This quietly elegant executive notebook is small, slim, sturdy and a dream to use. It's expensive, and its battery life is short, but it's one of the best business-travel companions we've seen.

Manufacturer’s Description

Optimized for Windows 8, the lightweight X1 Carbon Touch starts at 3.4 lbs, yet is forged from carbon fiber for ultra durability and strength. Fluid and intuitive navigation enables browsing, scrolling, using apps—even gaming—with a simple swipe of the vibrant HD+ touchscreen.

Manufacturer’s Website

Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon Touch

The Specs

Processor type Intel Core i5-3427U
Processor speed 1800.0 MHz
Number of Cores 2.0
Display size 14.0 inches
Touchscreen Multitouch
Aspect ratio 16:9
Resolution 1600 x 900 pixels
Graphics Type Integrated
Primary Graphics Chipset Intel HD 4000
Video Memory Type DDR3
Drive 1 size 180.0 GB
Drive 1 type Solid-State Drive
General Information
UPC Code 887619432985
Ports and Connections
Available Interfaces
  • Line Out 1/8
  • Mini DisplayPort
  • USB 2.0
  • USB 3.0
Wireless connection
  • 802.11b
  • 802.11g
  • 802.11n
  • Bluetooth
Memory size 4.0 MB
Memory type DDR3
Memory speed 1333.0 MHz
Width 13.0 inches
Depth 8.9 inches
Height 0.7 inches
Weight 3.4 pounds
Weight with Accessories 4.1 pounds
Storage Media
SD card Yes
Included Software
Operating System Microsoft Windows 8 Pro
Other Features
  • Backlit Keyboard
  • Built-In Webcam
  • Fingerprint Reader
  • Touchpad (Multitouch)
  • Track Stick/Eraserhead


Overall Performance
Worldbench Score 289.0
Worldbench Version 8.1
Battery Life 4:09   (hh:mm)
Start Up
Start Up 10.7   seconds (lower is better)
Office Productivity
PCMark 7 Productivity Suite 2535.0   score (higher is better)
Web Browsing
Peacekeeper 2308.0   score (higher is better)
Storage Performance
PCMark 7 Storage Test 5291.0   score (higher is better)
File Compression 135.4   seconds (lower is better)
Content Creation
Image Editing 249.9   seconds (lower is better)
Image Editing - GPU Accelerated 169.9   seconds (lower is better)
Video Encoding 170.0   seconds (lower is better)
Audio Encoding 278.5   seconds (lower is better)
3DMark, Firestrike 538.0   score (higher is better)
3DMark, Cloud Gate 3546.0   score (higher is better)
3DMark, Ice Storm 34965.0   score (higher is better)
3DMark, Firestrike Extreme 263.0   score (higher is better)
Dirt Showdown, Low Quality, 1024x768 38.6   Frames per second (higher is better)
Crysis 3, Ultra Quality, 1024x768 13.5   Frames per second (higher is better)
Bioshock Infinite, Low Quality, 1024x768 24.2   Frames per second (higher is better)
Power Usage
Working power usage 2.3   Watt hours
Idle power usage 9.4   Watts

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