"The Adaptive Keyboard is horrible! The large touchpad is terrible. Its almost imposible to use. It makes the red button, the main feature of thinkpads very difficult to use. You have no idea if you are pressing the left right or center buttons. The touchpad is entirely too big.
Batery life is a little better than the previos generation but still needs a long way to go before becomming acceptable.
This could have been the perfect laptop. For the price it should have been."
"One of the best thing about thinkpad laptops is keyboard design. At this laptop, there is completely different keyboard layout. it should be like on T series i.e. like classical desktop keyboard layout."
Cons: Keyboard/peripherals, Included Software, Software compatibility
"LENOVO will PLEASE UPDATE THE DRIVERS: 1) Let me make the Fn keys the default 2) Let me turn off the other modes. 3) If you won't do this, please let me add applications that make Fn pop up automatically 4) PLEASE LET ME DISABLE ALL THE AUTO-POPUPS!!!! The Adaptive Keyboard config panel is popping up for no obvious reason every 2-3 minutes. EXTREMELY ANNOYING! Please make this a MANUAL CONFIG panel. Put it in the control panel.
This unit comes with way too many things that try to automatically automatically pop up and interrupt what you are doing. Completely destroys productivity. At least I was able to uninstall the Dragon and Absolute stuff.
"Highly recommended and Lenovo sales and tech support is great! After returning a T440s to Lenovo for refund, I decided to purchase the X1 Carbon Touchscreen with Windows 8.1 Pro i7-4600U processor, 8GB ram and 256GB SD. After installing all my applications: AutoCAD LT 2014, AGi32, Microsoft Office 2013, and other 3rd party and various utility software, I found Start-up to desktop is 17 sec. and shutdown is 7 sec. Screen is very clear non-glare in office and at home. I like the Adaptive Keyboard and the new overall keyboard layout is great. WiFi reception is excellent. No problems coming from Windows 7 Pro to Windows 8.1 Pro. 3rd USB port would be welcome."
"Overall, this is a very good machine, very lightweight, slim, powerful, and very good battery life compared to the first gen X1, however, the new keyboard, and the mouse are just terrible, why would they change such a proven ThinkPad keyboard design to this, I cannot understand. The location of the Del, BackSpace, Home, End, and more than anything the whole touch function keys are not easily usable. I may have to go back to my first generation X1 Carbon Touch, if I cannot get used to this new keyboard, which seems very likely at this point."
"Keyboard is a nightmare! Being touch sensitive it’s impossible not 2 hit when reaching 2 the top left accidently launching something! Can't complete an email w/o “Outlook Help” every 10 sec as u barely make contact w/this touch magnet; Frustrations! Split Backspace/Delete = 50/50 shot of hitting what ur after. Ur going 2 backspace over a char or accidently delete lines below. Touchpad-mess. 2 much play & sensitivity so ur cursor floats (constantly)! Ur fighting 2 do what should be the simplest of tasks; clicking an onscreen button or into the area u need. Finally u want to throw it into the wall & it won't break cause its Carbon! If Lenovo would of left Gen 1 keyboard/pad they would have a decent LT but no they had 2 screw it up! Wireless/BT adapter not reliable locks/drops!) SSD is slow!"
"I've ordered the x1 carbon with i7 processor, 512SSD, so in total I paid $2300. Yes it feels very sturdy and stable. But each positive impression is gone, as soon as you start it: After about 2min the mousepad froze. After restarting I found myself in BIOS. After restarting again the mousepad froze again. How can something like this happen in the year 2014 for a machine you pay $2300?? Ok, this might be just a weired software problem. But after all, for this money, and given the reputation of thinkpads, I expected a device that works perfectly out of the box."
"The designer goes too far to make nx1c slim and fancy, and now it is not a productivity tool anymore. Will return it soon, since I bought it for coding, not to use as an iPad, plus I have an iPad already."
Cons: Warranty, Memory, Keyboard/peripherals, Included Software, stick, touchpad
"The frame is gorgeous. It feels great. It looks great. It's thin, it's light.
Lenovo messed up badly with the keyboard and mouse. The capacitive function keys are impossible to find by touch because you'll press all of them. Losing caps lock and insert/break/printscrn is a nonstarter for a programmer.
Mousing is awful. Not having dedicated buttons for the stick makes it unusable. I often click the wrong button. It feels mushy and awful, and half the time it thinks it's a touch event and moves the cursor off into space.
Touchpad use is only a little better, but only if you tap rather than click. Again, the lack of tactile wayfinding for the buttons makes it horribly unpleasant to use."
"The new X1 Carbon is a great laptop. I had the original version with the fuzzy TN display. The new high DPI display is a thousand times better. I installed Ubuntu Linux 13.10, and everything works perfectly, including the adaptive keyboard. Great battery life. This machine is extremely light but appears very durable. I don't have the original anymore to compare it, but the case material feels smoother and different, but still great. The one nitpick is that the display isn't as bright at the one on my T540p, but its still an incredible machine."
Cons: Keyboard/peripherals, Included Software, Software compatibility
"If you want a good computer to increase your productivity, NOT a good choice. More of a novelty item. I've returned mine for the reasons below.
The dynamic top row of keys ruins productivity. Ever use F5 to refresh or Alt-F4 to close? Takes 10sec to use, defeating the purpose. Volume? You're going to fumble over finding it EVERY TIME. Brightness? Same thing. Interesting innovation but does NOT work well.
The dock is ok but I still prefer a standard dock, especially in the office.
Also, it's Windows 8 with no option to downgrade. Good luck being productive with that as well ...and good luck finding Windows 7 drivers if you manually downgrade.
If you want thin & productivity, skip this model and go with a T440s. And if you REALLY want productivity, find a T430s WITHOUT the new touchpad."
"color of screen changes a lot in different angle. Very very awful experience, even the ideapad's screen is better. Much worse the inchoate thinkpad. And it's not solid thinkpad, if I hold it by one hand, I can feel the base move."
"I purchased this with the worst track record of any thinkpad I have had. 1st one monitor was hung over right side. 2nd C key and I were bad. Also the adaptive strip had these chips underneath the glass part. 3rd physically perfect. spent 6 hours with crashing of the unit. ended up being a bad system board. Had to have Lenovo repair since they are on back order.
Has true Ethernet and a great screen. measures 86% RGB and 1900:1 contrast.
Battery is not 9 hours. more like 5-6. Best part is there is little to no heat under this unlike any Thinkpad I have used. Also its only 3lbs."
"I have been a Lenovo fan for several years and I'm on my 4th or 5th laptop. last week i got an X1 Carbon based on our in-house IT recommendation. Mistake #1. I was leaving my Lenovo T430, which is much faster, much longer batter life and I had a Terra-bit of memory (no DVD player) my old machine smokes this X1 when starting them up together. but my biggest frustration the docking station. I have multiple offices with dual monitors set up. The new docking port, does not charge the laptop, it is more like a tower and is not stable when you plug in all the cords and it uses one of the few USB ports that the X1 has. It also does not support my HDMI monitors. And it seems that you have to have the laptop open to run the dual monitors. The only plus is the l weight of the X1."
"Whenever you grip the right front of the computer or run your hand over the bottom right quadrant with pressure it activates the adaptive keyboard screen and/or the Dragon Assistant. It also activates an intrusion notice. I believe this is endemic to this computer and if I were Lenovo I would fix it now. This is a fabulous system and deserves a premier place in the market. Every day that goes by without action will result in a loss of Lenovo's reputation, cause costly repair and customer service issues and will result in the loss of an otherwise terrific system. Service does not seem interested in resolving the problem."