Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon Touch Review – Specs, Features and Price

After Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon, the new ultrabook launched by the company is Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon Touch. The new ultrabook is durable and has slim structure. It has sharp touchscreen with high response quality. Also it is accorded with backlit keyboard. The only drawback of Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon Touch is its battery life which is lower than its Windows 7 version, also Wi-Fi may annoy you little bit. Overall, the new ultrabook is a great device to own with high performance. Let use read the Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon Touch review to understand the device better and also go through its specs and features.

Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon Touch is a stunning device with Windows 8 and great touchscreen. It has 1600 x 900 screen display and a comfortable keyboard to make your life easier. The only difference between Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon Touch and Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon is the touchscreen that the former one is accorded with while there is a price difference of $120 between the two. So, it depends on you which one to go with since both are the best.  If you like to own a touchscreen ultrabook then go with Touch.


Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon Touch

Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon Touch

The ultrabook has sleek design and soft touch chassis that makes it look wonderful and luxurious. It offers great comfort to the user. It use carbon fiber that helps in lowering the overall weight, also the bottom part and deck of the ultrabook is made up of magnesium.

The ultrabook is 8 MIL-SPEC tests passed and one of the best gadgets that the company offers. The device has the capability to work in extreme altitudes and in touch with sand. For security reasons, the device has built in fingerprint tester to allow only known persons.

The dimension of the device is 13.0” x 8.9” x 0.74” and it has 3 pound weight.

Keyboard and Display

Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon Touch Keyboard

Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon Touch Keyboard

The keyboard of the ultrabook is with backlit feature and is very spacious thus offer great comfort to the user. The backlight can be adjusted according to the need.

The ultrabook has 14” screen with 13” display. The screen resolution is of 1600 x 900 pixels which is better than 1366 x 768 that usual laptops and notebooks offer. The device has wide angles that enable you to view the things clear. Also it is capable of playing HD videos very beautifully. The screen is little brighter that the non-touch version of this ultrabook.


Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon Touch Touchpad

Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon Touch Touchpad

The touchpad of the device is of size 4” x 2.5” that is quite large thus comfortable. It is made up of glass version thus offers great smoothness. You will see its smoothness while you move the cursor. The best part of the touchpad is its lower left part. When you press it you will hear a click. It supports twi finger scroll and swipe right to open Windows 8 menu.

All the Lenovo ultrabook offers two pointing device so does this one. The pointing stick provides comfort in use and is accurate. The pointing stick of the device is highly recommended by us and is one of the good parts of the ultrabook.


The speakers are at the bottom that provides clear sound. The highest volume is loud and clear. The ultrabook is provided with Dolby 4 version sound. When you put the device in your lap and play the music, it may be muffled but when you play it placing it on some plane surface, it will be good.


Lenovo X1 Carbon Touch Ultrabook

Lenovo X1 Carbon Touch Ultrabook

The ultrabook offers high performance due to its Intel Core i5-3427U processor with 1.8 GHz clocked frequency. Also 4 GB RAM adds to its high speed working. It has 128 GB of SSD and Windows 8 dual interface. All these combine to offer high speed to the user and he/she will never lag behind.

The booting time of Carbon Touch is only 16 seconds while the Windows 7 X1 Carbon takes 30 seconds to boot. Also data transfer rate is 111 MBps of Carbon Touch while it is only 85 MBps in non touch version. The transcoding speed is also good.


ThinkPad X1 Carbon Touch

ThinkPad X1 Carbon Touch

Ports: The ultrabook has only two USB ports, one is USB 3.0 and other is USB 2.0. Other ports are of SD card and Display. You may consider this as a weak point of the ultrabook that it has no Ethernet and VGA port. There is on-off switch at one side to toggle Wi-Fi radio.

Webcam: The ultrabook has 0.9 MP webcam with 720p capacity. The audio while using the webcam for video call is clear but image will be little fuzzy sometime. The webcam has the feature to compensate dark light to give fine image.

Graphic: Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon Touch has Intel HD 4000 graphics. It will allow you to watch HD videos and play HD games. It scores highest in 3DMark11 test that measure over all power of graphics from Asus UX31A, Dell XPS 12 and Aspire S7 while they have same Intel HD 4000 graphics.

Battery: The battery life of the ultrabook is its drawback. It offers only 5 hours 52 minutes of battery life which is below average. This is because of Windows 8. X1 Carbon runs 7 hours 45 minutes with Windows 7 OS. But the impressive thing here is that you can charge the ultrabook to its full power in only 90 minutes that is 1 hour and 30 minutes.

Heat: The ultrabook passes the heat test very easily. It doesn’t get warm up easily and don’t cross the red 95 degree alarm. The highest degree that we measure of the device is 83 after playing a movie on it.


The price of Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon Touch is $1399 for Windows 8 Pro 64 and $1349 for Windows 8.

Wrap up

If you want to enjoy Windows 8 then Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon Touch is best for you. Since every Windows 8 device offers low battery power so does it but the overall performance of the ultrabook is unmatched. If you can adjust yourself with Windows 7 then Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon is also good.

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About Aayushi Jain

Aayushi is the senior tech news reporter of Techno Stall. Most of the time, you'll find her searching for the latest and hottest gadgets. She's a computer science undergraduate, kind of a geeky girl. Follow her on Google+.

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