Lenovo has always had some of the toughest and well built laptops and desktops on the market, but now they have taken things to the next level. Breaking the mold from the Lenovo look and design with a new smoking fast computer that looks and feels like no other Lenovo.
The new Lenovo Carbon carries the Intel Core i7 processor running at 2 Ghz. Upgradable to 8 MB of RAM and a 240 GB solid state drive. It also comes with all the Bluetooth and Wi-Fi bells and whistles. This is a mean machine.
The feel of this laptop is a dream. A true joy to use. If you’re a Lenovo fan, you’ll love this laptop. If you’re looking for power and portability, you have found your new computer.
The keyboard might look a little different, but the feel is very close to Lenovo’s keyboards of the past. That’s a good thing as Lenovo laptops have been touted to have some of the most usable and preferred keyboard.
The X1 Carbon is super thin. Less than 3/4 of an inch thick. It’s easily light enough to hold in one hand and faster than most other laptops on the market. This Ultrabook is also dockable and usable as a full purpose desktop system.
It also has the USB port that is active even when the computer is turned off. Great for plugging in a tablet or mobile phone for charging while the computer is off.
While the Carbon isn’t a tablet and doesn’t try to be a tablet, it offers full multi-touch screen with Windows 8 (I recommend an instant upgrade to 8.1). Touch is and will continue to be a secondary point of interaction with computers, at least for a while. You won’t use the touch screen for every aspect of regular use, but it makes it easy to zoom, scroll, and many other things that we take for granted while using a point and click input.
Windows 8 has, so far, only had a lukewarm reception. The main reason? Most people are installing it on – or buying it new on – a traditional laptop or desktop.
Without a touchscreen, Windows 8 just doesn’t make sense.
As a Microsoft Partner, I got my hands on a copy of Windows 8 before it was available to the public and I installed it on my workstation. My experience? I felt like I was trying to conduct business computing on my son’s Xbox 360. I was constantly trying to hover my mouse in one corner or another in order to find an app or a program or something that I could use. I was desperate just to get back to the desktop that I was familiar with. My productivity at work sank and my opinion of Windows 8 went with it.
Why didn’t I didn’t like it? I was trying to fit a square peg into a round hole.
That’s when we got our first shipment of Lenovo’s All-In-One IdeaCentres and I realized that Microsoftmight be on to something. Using the touchscreen changed my Windows 8 experience from a productivity killer to a faster way of getting around and a realization that I was connected to the PC via the touchscreen. This was a feeling I was all too familiar with from my experiences with my smartphone and tablet.
What if Microsoft had figured out a way to only release Widows 8 on devices with touchscreens? Would satisfaction have been dramatically higher – causing a boost in sales? Honestly, I believe so.
Since I’ve had the ability to use Windows 8 on a touchscreen, I’ve realized that it’s much more powerful than when using my old monitor, keyboard and mouse.
In short, it’s a waste of money buying a PC or laptop that has Windows 8 but lacks a touchscreen. You will have to fork over an extra couple of hundred dollars initially but you will gain a love for the new OS and hours of lost productivity and fewer frustrations.