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Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon ultraportable looks stunning

Discussion in 'computers, web and general tech' started by editor, Aug 8, 2012.

  1. editor

    editor Taffus Maximus

    UnderAnOpenSky and stuff_it like this.
  2. ShiftyBagLady

    ShiftyBagLady Thinks she is a flower to be looked at

    Is that a selling point now?

    I like shiny adverts.
  3. Throbbing Angel

    Throbbing Angel Current Status: back for a bit

    I'd prefer no shiny adverts on laptop cases myself

    that's a sweet looking Lenovo, Ed - you gonna manage a blag for 'review purposes'?
  4. mattie

    mattie missing in inaction

    Spill-proof and backlit keyboard in a device that slim. That's some achievement.
  5. editor

    editor Taffus Maximus

    It is to me. I'm not a fan of spending money for a device that comes with a built in illuminated advert neither do I want a super shiny laptop that attracts attention to myself when I'm out.
  6. editor

    editor Taffus Maximus

    Love to , but seeing as I'd peg my chances at zero to minus a zillion, I'm not too hopeful!
  7. Throbbing Angel

    Throbbing Angel Current Status: back for a bit

    this^^^ Lenovo and IBM laptops just feel more utilitarian from the get go - so there is less 'shiny, shiny, scared to use the new thing' going on in my head...so I get more done (I think)

    Sent from my Lenovo
    editor likes this.
  8. editor

    editor Taffus Maximus

  9. maldwyn

    maldwyn What?

    Workaround solutions Numer 624: for an additional £19 you could buy one of these. No illuminated logo, no shininess. :D
  10. DrRingDing

    DrRingDing 'anti-human wanker'

    That does look very nice indeed. I'll have to wait a few years before affording one mind.
  11. editor

    editor Taffus Maximus

    Why would I want to spend even more money sticking whatever that black thing is on my new laptop and adding more weight?
  12. mattie

    mattie missing in inaction

    Out of interest, what's the fascination with ultra-thin laptops?

    In terms of transporting and usability, it's not really the thickness that's the problem.
  13. editor

    editor Taffus Maximus

    Lightness and portability do it for me. A big fat heavy laptop with a crap battery life doesn't have quite the same "pick me up and take me everywhere" appeal.
  14. mrs quoad

    mrs quoad usage breakfast sausage breakfast sa

    It's all very relative, though, isn't it?

    Like, comparing a 13" Macbook Pro and a 13" MacBook Air - there's 600g in it, and the barest smattering of millimetres hither, thither and yon.

    I can appreciate that's a big deal for some people, but your rather simplistic dichotomy doesn't really do justice to the nuanced variations between 'ultrabooks' and smaller laptops.
  15. FridgeMagnet

    FridgeMagnet Administrator

    Buttons at the top of the touchpad? :hmm: Is this what the kids are doing these days?
  16. peterkro

    peterkro Greasin' on American Express card.

    Every time I see some git with a MacBookPro and its shiny screen I think I must get an alternative and then think there are none.This laptop may be it.
  17. editor

    editor Taffus Maximus

    The differences are rather more pronounced in the PC world.
    It's because it comes with Lenovo's 'nipple' as well as the touchpad. Not for everyone, but I much prefer it to a touchpad.
  18. mattie

    mattie missing in inaction

    I ask only because my X220 isn't exactly a burden, but it's pretty damn tubby compared to that.

    Going for the ultra-thin seems to me to be an end in its own right, and a bit more connected to marketing than to utility.
  19. editor

    editor Taffus Maximus

    I disagree. Most people would prefer a thinner, lighter laptop and some - clearly - are happy to pay extra to do so.
  20. mattie

    mattie missing in inaction

    I'm sure some will pay for something functionally preferable, but I'd argue many will pay for flash looks.

    I remain unconvinced shaving 2 or 3mm thickness off makes a huge functional difference. Shaving a few hundred grams off, yes, I'd agree, that's useful.
  21. editor

    editor Taffus Maximus

    Generally the differences in size and weight are far more pronounced than that. Your X220 is a high end ultra-portable, but most of the laptops people will be upgrading from will be far more lardy.
  22. Private Storm

    Private Storm Smell The Glove

    Christ, I would love something like this to save me having to lug my brick of a work laptop to and from the office on my bike. However, the chance of work getting one for me are similar to the chances of Ed getting a review model.
  23. mrs quoad

    mrs quoad usage breakfast sausage breakfast sa


    My Dell XPS 1330 was a bit of a fucked up shape, but (IIRC) it's a smidgen off a MBP in terms of weight, and it's got an even smaller (IIRC) top-down profile.
  24. editor

    editor Taffus Maximus

    Yes really. The Dell XPS 1330 was billed as a super lightweight laptop at the time " one of the thinnest laptops in its class".

    Most laptops aren't.
  25. mrs quoad

    mrs quoad usage breakfast sausage breakfast sa

    It's a total effing twat at the back, though. Battery-arse like J-Lo.
  26. editor

    editor Taffus Maximus

    So the X1 will be a hell of a lot smaller and lighter then.

    So what is your point here? :confused:
  27. mrs quoad

    mrs quoad usage breakfast sausage breakfast sa

    In terms of weight, and essential front-end thinness, the difference is not that great.

    What is the point you're missing there?
  28. editor

    editor Taffus Maximus

    Most laptops that are a few years old are big bulky heavy things compared to ultrabooks. Why do you fail to understand this concept?
  29. stuff_it

    stuff_it stirred the primordial soup

    And of course there's the fact you can set things up that need a middle mouse wheel to treat the nipple as that instead of the pointer. Essential for some software.
  30. editor

    editor Taffus Maximus

    It's a robust beast too. These are some of the tests it went through:

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