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LENOVO X1 CARBON TOUCH
There isn’t really a clear winner at first glance, but the Lenovo X1 Carbon won us over with its superior display, slim proportions and overall solid performance. Its WQHD display gives it a high pixel-per-inch count that is great for both reading documents and maximizing screen real estate, with excellent viewing angles for group meetings and presentations. Its setup also minimizes your need for an extra dongle or adapter; when required to project to a larger screen, it has both a Mini DisplayPort and HDMI slot, and you can also insert a microSIM card for 4G connectivity. But all these features come at a cost of battery life. On the plus side, Lenovo RapidCharge technology can bring it back to 80% in just an hour.
TOSHIBA PORTEGE Z30T
Even though the Portege Z30t is priced at least a few hundred dollars below the rest of the competition (and the only one below $3,000), its specs are comparable and we like the portability of this machine. It may be more compact in a 13.3inch body, but it provides a good pixel-per-inch count twith a Full HD display. It is also the lightest among the competition and almost as slim as the Lenovo X1 Carbon. It touts a unique ‘Magnesium Silver’ finish (we think it leans more towards gold) and keeps a low profile with the branding located at the bottom corner. It has no lack of ports as well, with three USB 3.0 ports accommodating a mouse, an external hard drive and flash drive comfortably. Its battery life is not too bad either, and at $800 lower than our winner, its value is hard to beat.