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Lenovo Announces ThinkPad X1 Carbon Touch

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Windows 8-powered notebook now available starting from $1,399.

As PC vendors continue to escalate shipments for touch-enabled Windows 8 notebooks and ultrabooks, Lenovo has announced that it's added a touch-screen ThinkPad X1 Carbon model to its lineup. Now available with prices starting at $1,399, the 14-inch ThinkPad now measures in at 20.8mm thick (around 0.8 inches) and weighs 3.4 pounds, which is slightly thicker and heavier than the non-touch model.

The technical specifications and screen resolution stay the same, though. The new model retains the 1,600x900 resolution display and Intel Core i5 and Core i7 processors. The chassis, meanwhile, is made from lightweight carbon fiber, allowing Lenovo to keep the weight of its laptop below 3.5 pounds.

Lenovo, which appears to be one of the few thriving in an ailing market, had previously stressed that the PC industry underestimates demand for touch-enabled notebooks and ultrabooks. Although Windows 8 sales have decreased by 21 percent since the operating system's launch on October 26, the demand for touch PCs powered by the recently released platform is strong.

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    victorintelr , December 11, 2012 10:53 PM
    I just bought a X230T, though I heard that lenovo quality in notebooks has decreased it is one of the few touch with Wacom laptops that are on the market. I'll give it a try. Wanted to get the Surfae Pro, but I want to connect it and need more than one USB port. Also, Why the heck are these specialized touch screen only with a low resolution, and Lenovo unfortunately is not the exception.
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    zloginet , December 12, 2012 12:39 AM
    I have the X220t with an i7 and multiptouch screen and I love it. I feel the resolution is perfect for the size of the unit and the display with the multi-touch works excellent. I do not have windows 8 on it yet but overall its a much more useful device then any standalone tablet.
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    nebun , December 12, 2012 1:32 AM
    not dvd drive=fail
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    victorintelr , December 12, 2012 1:40 AM
    nebunnot dvd drive=fail

    There is something called Ultrabase series 3, but I kinda agree with you.
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    gravewax , December 12, 2012 6:17 AM
    nebunnot dvd drive=fail

    personally I take the opposite view, why would any device (especially a highly portable one) waste space on a DVD drive nowadays, I don't even put them in my desktop machines anymore. The rare times they are needed you can dust off an external USB one, it is getting close to the stage where DVD drives are the new floppy drives.
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    halcyon , December 12, 2012 10:48 AM
    ^My Dell XPS15 (MacBook Pro clone-type-of-thing w/out-the-cost-and-great-MacBook-Pro-quality) manages to fit a BluRay drive in the very-very-slim chassis that I can't really see ever getting used...but its there just in case.
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    cknobman , December 12, 2012 1:45 PM
    Sorry DVD/Blue-Ray drives are so impractical these days. I install everything from images or downloads these days even my OS installs of Windows are from ISO's.

    Any movie I want to watch is in one digital form or another and if I come across something I want in digital format that I dont have then I will rip it myself.

    Any ultrabook with a dvd/blue-ray drive is automatically out of consideration in my book.
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    halcyon , December 12, 2012 2:01 PM
    ^Yeahp. ...they're just needed for legacy activities or viewing old movies or dealing with folks that haven't adjusted to contemporary data-storage mechanisms.
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    teribithia , December 13, 2012 7:39 AM
    I am waiting for The Yoga update. The X1 is a note good choice.
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    halcyon , December 13, 2012 10:23 AM
    halcyon^My Dell XPS15 (MacBook Pro clone-type-of-thing w/out-the-cost-and-great-MacBook-Pro-quality) manages to fit a BluRay drive in the very-very-slim chassis that I can't really see ever getting used...but its there just in case.

    Say what you will but compare a MacBook Pro's QC to that of the Dell XPS 15 and you'd see. Dell is sending a 3rd unit to in an attempt to to get one that doesn't have dead pixels or "dust" behind the screen or stuck keys. A MacBook Pro might be more expensive but I've had several and have never had those type of issues. I have a much better idea of what you're paying for. ...anyways.
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    Anonymous , December 16, 2012 5:59 AM
    I've now owned four Macbook Pros, and three of them had major issues within their warranty period. So, personally, I'm not convinced Apple's QC is much better than the competition's.