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Len­ovo re­freshed its Thinkpad X1 Car­bon in May this year and now claims it is the thinnest 14-inch Ul­tra­book on the mar­ket; the as­ser­tion is at least true com­pared to the other two 14-inch­ers in this com­par­i­son.

The most prom­i­nent up­date - and strong­est fea­ture - is its key­board. Len­ovo re­moved the en­tire top row of keys and re­placed it with a touch panel with dif­fer­ent func­tions de­pend­ing on the app that is ac­tive. You can cy­cle through four in­ter­faces by touch­ing the Fn key on the ex­treme left. Op­tions in­clude F1 to F12 keys, vol­ume ad­just­ment, dis­play bright­ness ad­just­ment, key­board back­light tog­gle, mon­i­tor/project setup, win­dow switch­ing and ac­cess to Len­ovo’s own set­tings panel for voice recog­ni­tion and cam­era ges­tures.

As a re­sult, the Home and End keys now sit at where the Caps Lock key usu­ally is, and you have to dou­ble tap the Shift key to ac­ti­vate Caps Lock. The In­sert key is gone, and the Delete key is lo­cated at the top right cor­ner next to Backspace, in­creas­ing the chance of press­ing one when you meant the other. Over­all, the keys have good spac­ing but we would pre­fer more fric­tion, in­stead of a fin­ger­print-at­tract­ing glossy plas­tic. The X1 Car­bon also in­cludes Len­ovo’s sig­na­ture red Track­point, and a con­sumer-style click­pad, rather than the con­ven­tional track­pad but­tons.

The dis­play has been bumped up to an ul­tra-sharp WQHD res­o­lu­tion at 2,560 x 1,440 pix­els, giv­ing it a dis­tinct edge in screen clar­ity. The anti-re­flec­tive coat­ing is both great at re­duc­ing glare and fend­ing off fin­ger­prints. The IPS screen has ex­cel­lent view­ing an­gles, al­low­ing easy read­ing even from an al­most per­pen­dic­u­lar po­si­tion. Whether this is a plus point de­pends on in­di­vid­ual needs though, es­pe­cially if you of­ten work on con­fi­den­tial doc­u­ments.

Len­ovo has up­graded both USB ports to USB 3.0, with one on each side of the ma­chine. Other ports in­clude full-sized HDMI, Mini Dis­playPort, a duo head­phone/mic jack and Len­ovo’s own OneLink power con­nec­tor on the left; a Kens­ing­ton Se­cu­rity Slot and an Eth­er­net adapter port on the right. There is no SD card slot this time around, but it has a mi­croSIM card slot at the rear for 4G con­nec­tiv­ity.

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