Review: Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon Touch

Good sir! You have outfit my ThinkPad X1 Carbon with the power of touch!

With the rather obviously named ThinkPad X1 Carbon Touch, Lenovo brings its flagship ultrabook into the Windows 8 era, adding a touchscreen to the package but leaving most of the rest of the device unchanged. If you were enthralled by the Carbon during its first go-round late last year and are prepared to add touchability to your routine, it’s definitely a laptop to consider.

The two devices are so similar you’d be hard-pressed to tell them apart without a set of calipers. Fortunately, I have a set of calipers (and some other tools) and can confirm that the Touch is a shade thicker (2mm), a hair heavier (3.1 versus 3.0 pounds), and about 15 percent dimmer than its forebear — all signs of the price to be paid for adding a touchscreen to a laptop. That said, according to Lenovo, it is still the world’s lightest 14-inch notebook with touch.

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