Thinkpad X1 Carbon

by Lenovo

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Zenbook Prime UX31A

by Asus

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Envy 14 Spectre

by HP

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XPS 14

by Dell

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Pros
  • Integrated 3G cellular broadband
  • Good keyboard and choice of pointing options
  • Extremely thin and light given its performance
  • Superb IPS Full HD display
  • Very good keyboard and excellent touchpad
  • Superb, color-accurate, high-res display
  • Good battery life, classy industrial design
  • Handsome, high-res display; good audio and webcam
Cons
  • LCD panel seems dim and a little washed out
  • Limited port selection
  • Only two USB ports, though they're 3.0 capable
  • Keyboard is a bit slippery
  • Heavier than similar Ultrabooks in its class
  • Not quite as thin and light as it could be
  • Narrow field of vision
  • Heavy and on the pricey side for its screen size
At A Glance

Lenovo's X1 Carbon offers an understated look and exotic chassis material, but the LCD panel display quality could be better.

The new Zenbook offers a superb IPS display and solid performance in an ultralight, slick package.

Gorgeous looks plus a great interface and display overcome the Envy 14 Spectre's slightly higher weight.

The Dell XPS 14 excels at multimedia, boasts great battery life, and performs decently--but it's heavy and a bit pricey.

Specs

Pricing

Part Number 344425U UX31A-DB51 A9P67UA#ABA FNCWE06

Processor

Processor type Intel Core i7 Intel Core i7 Intel Core i5 Intel Core i7
Processor speed 2000.0  MHz 1900.0  MHz 1600.0  MHz 1.9  MHz
Cache size 4.0  KB 4.0  KB 3.0  KB 4.0  KB
Processor count 2 2 2 2

Display

Display size 14.0  inches 13.3  inches 14.0  inches 14.0  inches
Display type Matte LCD with LED Backlight Matte LCD with LED Backlight Glossy LCD with LED Backlight Glossy LCD with LED Backlight
Resolution 1600 x 900  pixels 1920 x 1080  pixels 1600 x 900  pixels 1600 x 900  pixels

Storage

Drives included 1.0 1.0 1.0 1.0
Drive size 256.0  GB 256.0  GB 256.0  GB 500.0  GB
Other storage SDHC Card|SDXC Card SD/MMC Card|SDHC Card SD/MMC Card|SDHC Card SD/MMC Card|SDHC Card
Drive type   Solid-State Drive Solid-State Drive Hard Disk Drive
Hard Drive Speed       5400.0  RPM

General Information

UPC Code 887263494575 886227206292 886112643232  

Battery

Vendor Rated Battery life 8.2  hours   9.5  hours  

Ports and Connections

SDXC Card or Secure Digital Extended Capacity (SDXC) 1.0      
Ethernet Type 10/100/1000 Mbps   10/100/1000 Mbps 10/100/1000 Mbps
SDHC Card or Secure Digital High Capacity (SDHC) 1.0 1.0 1.0 1.0
Wireless connection 802.11 n 802.11 n 802.11 n 802.11 n
Video Interfaces Mini DisplayPort HDMI|VGA HDMI|Mini DisplayPort HDMI|Mini DisplayPort
Slots SDHC Card|SDXC Card SD/MMC Card|SDHC Card SD/MMC Card|SDHC Card SD/MMC Card|SDHC Card
MultiMedia Card (MMC) or MultiMediaCard (MMC)   Yes Yes Yes
Available Interfaces   Bluetooth Bluetooth Bluetooth
SD/MMC Card   1.0 1.0 1.0

Memory

Memory size 4000.0  MB 4000.0  MB 4000.0  MB 8000.0  MB
Memory type DDR3 DDR3 DDR3 DDR3
Memory speed 1600.0  MHz 1600.0  MHz 1333.0  MHz 1333.0  MHz
Memory max 8.0  GB 4.0  GB   8.0  GB

Dimensions

Width 13.0  inches 12.9  inches 12.9  inches 13.2  inches
Depth 8.9  inches 8.8  inches 8.7  inches 9.2  inches
Height 0.8  inches 0.8  inches 0.9  inches 0.9  inches
Weight 2.9  pounds 3.1  pounds 4.0  pounds 4.7  pounds
Weight with Accessories 3.8  pounds 3.5  pounds 4.8  pounds 5.7  pounds

Sound

Speakers Stereo Stereo Stereo Stereo

Included Software

Operating System Microsoft Windows 7 Professional Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium Microsoft Windows 7 Professional

Other Features

Docking Station Port No   No No
Devices Backlit Keyboard|Built-In Microphone|Built-In Webcam|Fingerprint Reader Backlit Keyboard|Built-In Microphone|Built-In Webcam Backlit Keyboard|Built-In Microphone|Built-In Webcam Built-In Microphone|Built-In Webcam
Input devices Keyboard (backlit)|Touchpad (multitouch) Touchpad (multitouch) Keyboard (backlit)|Touchpad (multitouch) Keyboard (backlit)|Touchpad

Performance

Overall Performance

Worldbench Score

144.0 150.0 106.0 111.0
Worldbench Version

7 7 7 7

Battery

Battery Life

(hh:mm)

6:11 6:24 6:29 7:37

Start Up

Start Up

seconds (lower is better)

21.5 20.1 22.9 32.6

Office Productivity

PCMark 7 Productivity Suite

score (higher is better)

4028.0 3997.0 2642.0 3666.0

Web Browsing

Web Performance

Frames per second (higher is better)

12.7 12.3 8.9 12.0

Storage Performance

File Compression

seconds (lower is better)

459.8 478.8 712.8 492.3
Hard Drive File Operations

seconds (lower is better)

130.4 96.3 226.7 466.0

Content Creation

Image Editing

seconds (lower is better)

192.1 205.1 274.2 208.0
Video Encoding

seconds (lower is better)

178.3 180.0 274.7 336.7
Audio Encoding

seconds (lower is better)

126.0 133.9 183.2 135.2

Gaming

Gaming Score

72.0 75.0 82.0 84.0
Crysis 2, High Quality, 1366x768

Frames per second (higher is better)

8.7 10.5 10.1 20.9
Crysis 2, High Quality, 800x600

Frames per second (higher is better)

14.1 20.7 18.5 27.8
Crysis 2, Low Quality, 1366x768

Frames per second (higher is better)

11.4 14.5 12.7 28.8
Crysis 2, Low Quality, 800x600

Frames per second (higher is better)

19.8 28.1 23.2 41.6
Dirt 3, High Quality, 1366x768

Frames per second (higher is better)

18.9 18.6 13.2 34.5
Dirt 3, High Quality, 800x600

Frames per second (higher is better)

25.6 27.7 17.8 52.4
Dirt 3, Low Quality, 1366x768

Frames per second (higher is better)

36.2 41.3 29.3 56.3
Dirt 3, Low Quality, 800x600

Frames per second (higher is better)

45.7 51.4 40.4 88.5
Crysis 2, Low Quality, 1920x1080

Frames per second (higher is better)

  7.9    
Dirt 3, Ultra Quality, 1920x1080

Frames per second (higher is better)

  12.7    
Dirt 3, High Quality, 1920x1080

Frames per second (higher is better)

  13.4    
Dirt 3, Low Quality, 1920x1080

Frames per second (higher is better)

  28.3    

Power Usage

WorldBench Green Score

88.0 90.0 92.0 86.0
Working power usage

Watt hours

2.2 1.8 2.0 3.0
Idle power usage

Watts

7.6 7.8 8.5 9.1