Just when you were starting to think that all Ultrabooks looked alike, the ThinkPad X1 Carbon has landed on Aussie shores.
And that landing involves a gentle glide, as befits its 1.36kg weight – just one of the advantages of its carbon fibre cladding.
Lenovo is touting the ThinkPad X1 Carbon as the world’s lightest business-grade 14-inch Ultrabook, but without sacrificing robustness and putting the X1 at the mercy of The Gods of Fate, Drops, Clumsiness and other moments when you wish that real life came a 'Ctrl+Z' undo button.
"The X1 exterior cover act as an extra strong roll cage, protecting internal components and the entire chassis from damage" Lenovo asserts. "Similar to previous ThinkPads, the X1 Carbon has passed eight military grade spec tests for heat, cold and dust etc. ensuring it is robust and suitable for a range of environments."
The ThinkPad X1 Carbon also features a backlit spill-resistant keyboard, although the shift towards modern island-style 'chiclet' keys instead of the traditional ThinkPad keyboard will demand some adjustment from loyalists.
Battery life is listed as up to 6.5 hours of battery life with fast recharging to get you back on the road sooner.
Other features include a multi-gesture glass surface touchpad, HD face-tracking webcam, dual array microphones for a better VoIP and videochat experience and claimed 'Dolby-tuned audio for crisp and clear sound'.
IT managers will be more impressed by the standard three-year warranty and the inclusion of Intel vPro technology for corporate-level security and manageability, which helps catapult the X1 into business-class compared to the majority of consumer-oriented Ultrabooks.
On the options menu: a third-generation Intel Core i7 powerplant, up to 8GB of RAM, 3G mobile broadband and a USB 3 dock to boost expansion capabilities.
Prices kick off at $1,589 for the consumer series running Windows 7 Home Premium with a one year warranty, and $1,999 for the business series fitted with Windows 7 Professional and backed by a three year warranty. For more details, head to www.lenovo.com.au.
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About David Flynn
David Flynn is the editor of Australian Business Traveller and a bit of a travel tragic with a weakness for good coffee, shopping and lychee martinis.