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Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon (20A7 / 20A8, 2nd Gen, 2014)

alaTest has collected and analyzed 73 reviews of Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon (20A7 / 20A8, 2nd Gen, 2014). The average rating for this product is 3.8/5, compared to an average rating of 4.1/5 for other products in the same category for all reviews. People are impressed by the durability and design. The screen and performance also get good views. There are some mixed opinions about the reliability and keyboard, and some have doubts about the sound and battery.

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We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other products in the same category the Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon (20A7 / 20A8, 2nd Gen, 2014) is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 87/100 = Very good quality.

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Consumer review (amazon.com)

Amazon.com review summary for Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon (20A7 / 20A8, 2nd Gen, 2014)

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 5 user reviews of Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon (20A7 / 20A8, 2nd Gen, 2014) from Amazon.com. The average user rating for this product is 3.6/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.9/5 for other products in the same category on Amazon.com.

60% of the reviews on Amazon.com give this product a positive rating.

Jul, 2019

Consumer review (amazon.ca)

Amazon.ca review summary for Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon (20A7 / 20A8, 2nd Gen, 2014)

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 1 user review of Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon (20A7 / 20A8, 2nd Gen, 2014) from Amazon.ca. The average user rating for this product is 4.0/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.1/5 for other products in the same category on Amazon.ca.

100% of the reviews on Amazon.ca give this product a positive rating.

Jul, 2019

Expert review by (engadget.com)

Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon review (2014): new, but not necessarily improved

 

With a durable, thinner-than-ever build, high-res display and a useful new keyboard feature, the X1 Carbon could have been a great Ultrabook. Unfortunately, the short battery life, cramped button layout and the removal of the SD card slot are all...

Durable ; Thin and light for a 14-inch Ultrabook ; Bright, high-res screen ; Adaptive keyboard panel can be useful

Worst-in-class battery life ; No SD slot ; Backspace key is shrunken and in a different place ; Expensive; touchscreen doesn't come standard

On paper, the new X1 Carbon is an improvement over the original (which we liked!) in nearly every respect: It's thinner and lighter, and has a sharper screen, fresh processors and longer battery life. The problem is, the X1 Carbon, like many things in...

Mar, 2014

Expert review by : Michael Brown (pcworld.com)

Michael Brown

 

Whether you're a business user or a consumer, this is the best Ultrabook so far.

Robust, but lightweight construction ; 2560-by-1440-pixel touchscreen ; HDMI and DisplayPort; hardwired ethernet; 802.11ac Wi-Fi ; Adaptive function row

Short battery life ; Unconventional keyboard layout ; Over-hyped speech- and gesture-recognition features

Correction, 4/2/2014: The HP EliteBook Folio I compared the X1 Carbon to is outfitted with an Intel Core i5-4200U processor, as indicated in the performance charts (the body text reported that it had and Intel Core i5-4300U). I regret the error.

Apr, 2014

Expert review by : Dan Ackerman (cnet.com)

Lenovo's X1 Carbon adds a row of smart function keys

 

This ultralight 14-inch laptop has a few new keyboard tricks, plus a better-than-HD display.

The better-than-HD touch display on the ; looks great, the new row of adaptive function keys is clever, and the keyboard and touch pad remain best-in-class examples.

Even dropping the higher-resolution touch display doesn't bring the price down, and the otherwise excellent keyboard has a couple of head-scratching, and typo-inducing, changes to the standard layout.

The third version of Lenovo's ultralight 14-inch laptop, the X1 Carbon, gets nearly all the basics right while adding a few new twists, including a function key row that changes app by app.

Feb, 2014

Expert review by : W. Bryan Hastings (pcworld.com)

W. Bryan Hastings

 

This quietly elegant executive notebook is small, slim, sturdy, and a dream to use. If you take frequent short trips (battery life is its biggest shortcoming) and work a lot en route, you'll want this computer.

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)

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.

Jan, 2014

Expert review by : Charles P Jefferies (NotebookReview.com)

Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon (2014) Review

 

This high-end business Ultrabook features a gorgeous 14-inch WHQD display, carbon fiber construction and an adaptive keyboard. Read on to see how this featherweight stacks up.

Excellent build quality and design ; High resolution touch enabled display ; Good performance ; Good battery life

The keyboard is a mess ; The Clickpad has a vague feel ; No extended-life battery option ; Soldered memory chips

Jun, 2014

Expert review by : Brittany A. Roston (slashgear.com)

Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon Review

 

Lenovo has rolled out a variety of business-chic ThinkPad laptops over the past few months, as well as the wonderfully flexible Yoga 2 Pro . We've reviewed several of the company's devices in recent times, including the T440s , the X240 , and the...

As with Lenovo’s other recent ThinkPad releases, there are a lot of things to like about the ThinkPad X1 Carbon: it is very thin and light, yet has the appeal of a classic ThinkPad all the way down to the red keyboard trackpoint. The display is...

Feb, 2014

Expert review by : Andrei Girbea (ultrabookreview.com)

Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon 2014 review – unprofessionally redefined

 

On a first look, Lenovo's ThinkPax X1 Carbon 2014 looks like a great machine. Sleek, solid, powerful and packed with the latest features, it sound like a great pick for business environments. Unfortunately though, Lenovo chose to redefine the keyboard,...

sleek and sturdy built, slim and light for a 14 incher, solid performer, alright battery life, runs cool and mostly quiet, 4G/LTE modem included

poor usability changes involving the keyboard and trackpad, lacks an SD card-reader, poor webcam, puny speakers, the WQHD screen is somewhat muddy

Lenovo’s motto for the ThinkPad X1 Carbon 2014 is “Professional Redefined”. And indeed they redefined the original X1 Carbon launched in 2013. The more powerful and more efficient Haswell configurations are clearly a welcomed upgrade. The more compact...

Feb, 2015

Expert review by : Michael Archambault (windowscentral.com)

Review: Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon

 

When Lenovo first introduced the ThinkPad X1 Carbon Ultrabook in 2012, we were faced with a machine that was close to perfection. Sure, the original iteration was not perfect in every sense but it came closer than any Ultrabook we had available. Now...

May, 2014

Expert review by : Josh Smith (gottabemobile.com)

Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon Review (2014): 4 Reasons it's Incredible

 

The ThinkPad Carbon X1 is an impressive notebook from Lenovo that offers fast battery charging, a keyboard that changes based on what you are doing and is powerful enough to handle the needs of most business users. In addition to these features the...

With a new Intel Haswell processor inside the ThinkPad X1 Carbon is able to deliver better battery life than previous models. The touch screen version I tested lasted just over seven hours in a battery life test that simulates web surfing over WiFi...

May, 2014

Expert review by : David Eitelbach (computershopper.com)

Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon (2014) Review and Ratings

 

The Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon remains an excellent choice for on-the-go business users, but the latest edition mixes fresh innovations with a couple of odd quirks.

Thin and light ; Vivid touch screen with wide viewing angles ; Speedy performance ; Excellent typing feel ; Adaptive function keys

Expensive ; Not the longest battery life ; Harsh audio ; Annoying keyboard layout ; Stiff upper mouse buttons

Of course, being the slimmest ultrabook on the block doesn't come without a cost—in this case, a relatively short battery life. Although the Carbon uses an 8-cell battery, it lasted only 6 hours and 24 minutes in our strenuous video-playback rundown...

Mar, 2014

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