ThinkPad X1 Carbon Touch 02 Lenovo unveils the ThinkPad X1 Carbon ultrabook

Lenovo has announced the availability of its ThinkPad X1 Carbon Touch, a business ultrabook aimed at the needs of executives who need a durable companion on the go.

Lenovo has announced the availability of its ThinkPad X1 Carbon Touch, a business ultrabook aimed at the needs of executives who need a durable companion on the go.

With a processor choice of a Core i7-3667U (2.0GHz) or a i5-3427U (1.8Ghz), RAM support of up to 8GB of DDR3L 1333MHz, SSD choices from 120GB to 240GB, Windows 8 or Windows 8 Pro, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and 3G connectivity, Lenovo has certainly packed in many customizable options to suit user's needs. Despite weighting just 1.54kg and being 20.8mm thin, the ultrabook still packs a battery that is capable of powering the laptop for up to 8.2 hours and accommodating a 14" 1600×900 touchscreen.

ThinkPad X1 Carbon Touch 02 Lenovo unveils the ThinkPad X1 Carbon ultrabook

A couple notable features include a lightweight carbon fiber chassis that allows the laptop to be durable but still keeping its weight as little as possible, large multi-gesture glass touchpad and a 10-finger multitouch touchscreen for Windows 8 gestures, vPro, a fingerprint reader, Trusted Platform Module and BIOS encryption for those who requires security, 720p HD webcam with dual array microphones, a modest set of I/O ports (Mini Displayport, USB 2.0 and 3.0, Audio I/O, and 4-in-1 SD card reader) for covering most needs.

However, the ThinkPad X1 Carbon Touch isn't without its flaws. To keep the laptop slim and light, Lenovo has removed a couple features some users may prefer – a lack of a discrete graphics card prevents graphics intensive programs such as Photoshop and AutoCAD from running smoothly, no optical drive for CD/DVD/Blu-Ray users, and Ethernet connectivity and display output now requires an adapter. In addition, the battery is no longer user replaceable – it has been sealed inside the chassis of the laptop itself. While Lenovo has provided workarounds to some of the problems such as "Sealed Battery Warranty Extension", fast charging (and having a very large battery) for the battery, USB add-ons for the optical drive and Ethernet, the workarounds given could easily add to the cost and portability of the laptop itself.

The Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon Touch is now available at all authorized Lenovo retailers, with prices starting from $3,299 2,999 (updated 14th May 2013)