2018 ThinkPad X1 Carbon - $1,709
The 2018 ThinkPad X1 Carbon proves you don’t need to sacrifice durability for a sleek notebook with the latest technology.
Made from silver or gray carbon, the ThinkPad X1 Carbon meets the same military durability specifications for moisture, shock and dust that earlier models have. Despite that, its 2.49-pound frame is stuffed with the latest features.
A 14-inch display gives you more room to work than ever. There’s barely any border on three sides of this display, just like the XPS 13. However, Lenovo has left the web camera above the display. This helps it avoid the bad camera angles that the XPS 13 is known for. A Think Shutter door blocks the front-facing camera from seeing you after you’ve logged into the PC using Windows Hello or finished your conference call. There’s a fingerprint reader on the keyboard deck and microphones for giving Amazon’s Alexa personal assistant orders. An LTE radio inside the laptop connects it to the internet from anywhere.
Lenovo has also improved charging and battery life. One full charge gets you 15 hours of battery life. Connect the included USB Type-C charge cable and you’re back to 80% battery capacity in an hour.
All this – even the sleek design – pales in comparison to the 2018 ThinkPad X1 Carbon’s updated display. Upgrading from the 14-inch FHD display to a 14-inch WQHD display with Dolby Vision pays off. The additional brightness and enhanced color contrast make everything on it look lifelike.
The 2018 ThinkPad X1 Carbon goes on sale soon for as little as $1,709, according to Lenovo.