Back in February, I placed an order for my new work laptop – Lenovo Carbon X1 and I also got the USB 3.0 Dock. It took over a month before I received it, but I did get it and finally got everything configured and working nicely on it. I thought I would just share my experience so far with my new machine. I am going to section off my comments into three sections – Overall thoughts, What I like and What I wish were better.
Overall, I am very happy with this new laptop. I am happy with the power of the laptop and how it performs when running my applications. The ability to have four monitors while working at home (with docking station) is a HUGE plus. Since I have a Core i7 with 8 GB of RAM, I am able to run Client Hyper-V with no problems for some of my basic testing and demoing. Having used a Lenovo T61p and W510 for the last 5+ years (3 for W510), I totally DON’T miss the weight in my backpack. In fact, I think the fancy travel adapter (with all the cords) for the Carbon X1 weighs almost as much as the laptop itself.
I do miss the 15.6” screen on my T61p, but am getting used to the 14” with the multi monitor abilities while working at home. I am bummed that I can’t just easily plug in my eSATA hard drive since there is no built in adapter like I have on my W510. I have also gotten used to having a large hard drive with a secondary drive in the multi purpose bay from my T61p and W510, but have really started using SkyDrive Pro a lot more to compensate for that. That is actually a nice benefit when moving between machines so it’s a good thing. Plus, I am now forced to clean up more.
I would definitely recommend this laptop as a very solid corporate laptop (has TPM)!
What I Like
What I wish were Better
4 Monitor configuration
Windows Experience Index
Thinkpad USB 3.0 Dock