The Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon is a business-class ultrabook with a business-class price. First unveiled in May, Lenovo has now announced that the thin and light laptop will be available in the US starting August 21st, for $1399 and up.
For that price, you get a laptop with an Intel Core i5 Ivy Bridge processor, a 14 inch, 1600 x 900 pixel matte display, 4GB of RAM, and a 128 GB solid state disk.
Pricier options will be available with faster chips or more storage.
The Lenovo X1 Carbon weighs about 3 pounds and measures 0.7 inches thick. The laptop gets its name from the carbon fiber case which helps keep the computer both thin and light.
On the other hand, Lenovo shaved off a few of the usual ports to keep the X1 Carbon thin. It has just 2 USB ports (including one USB 3.0 port), and no Ethernet jack. You’ll need a USB to Ethernet adapter to plug the laptop into a wired network.
As a ThinkPad laptop aimed at business users, the laptop includes a fingerprint scanner and Lenovo’s TrackPoint system which offers both a touchpad and a pointing stick in the center of the keyboard.
One interesting bonus features is a rapid charge system that takes the battery from 0 to 80 percent in a half hour.
The X1 Carbon isn’t one of the cheapest ultrabooks available — not by a longshot — but at least the company does offer a few unusual features including the matte display, rapid charge, and carbon fiber case.