Reviews Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon Touch
RCT SCORE 5.6 / 10

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This update to Lenovo's non-touch ThinkPad X1 Carbon Ultrabook adds - wait for it - a touchscreen and, naturally, Windows 8. The addition of both the touch-screen and Windows 8 have added $250 to the starting price of this ThinkPad (now at $1,499) and for many reviewers, the added cost onto what was already a pricey Ultrabook was too much to bear.

There are several subtle differences between the non-touch and Touch versions of the ThinkPad X1 Carbon. The Touch model is slightly thicker, to accomodate the new display (.74-inches at its thickest point) as well as a touch heavier at 3.4 pounds (where the non-touch weighed in at three). Internals are mostly the same and start with a Core i5 processor (1.8GHz) with 4GB of RAM and a 180GB SSD.

While reviewers liked the design of the Carbon Touch, they were universally disappointed in both the high price point and, more importantly, the meager battery life (5-ish hours, pretty sad for Ultrabooks).



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A Favorite, Now With Touchscreen
So, there's really no question this is a solid laptop. An imperfect laptop, yes, but a solid choice nonetheless.
Gets a Lot Right, But It's Too Expensive
Like the X1 Carbon, the Carbon Touch gets too hot, comes with too much bloatware, and just costs too much.
Strong Crossover Appeal
The business-oriented Lenovo ThinkPad X1 adds must-have features for 2013, and remains a very impressive business-oriented ultrabook with strong crossover appeal.
Bad Battery Life
Those looking for a Windows 8 Ultrabook with touch will like what this notebook has to offer, but to us, the $120 premium isn't quite worth the battery life hit and Windows 8-related...
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