"Puts the Ultra in Ultrabook."5.0 starson by SGCrixus
Pros: - Carbon fiber chassis (<3 lbs)
- Excellent Trackpad
- Backlit Keyboard (2 settings)
- Mini Display
- 17.6 boot time (cold boot to Login)
- 3G Capable
- 720p Camera
- Rapid charge (80% charge in 35 minutes)
- BT 4.0
- Loud Speakers
Cons: - 1600x900 not 1080p
- 3G is AT&T only
- Isn't touchscreen
- Does not look like a Macbook Pro clone
- Is not free
- Costs money
Summary: This is a beautiful device. It is simply magnificent. It comes in different flavors and does cost money, but if you are a price conscious consumer than an Ultrabook is not for you. CNET states it does not have a HDMI, while this is true, it does have a mini display port, capable of up to 2560x1600 (WQXGA). Thus it does not need a HDMI port.
You can buy a separate dock that plugs into the USB 3.0 port and supplies you with:
- 5 USB 3.0 ports
- 2 DVI inputs
- Ethernet port
- 3.5 mm headset jack
This is a very elegant Ultrabook, it demands to be titled as such to differentiate between laptops. Most Ultrabooks are just small laptops, this isn't the case.
From it's sleek matte design to it's smooth feel it shows the level of thought in designing the laptop. It's concave edges give a lightweight visual aesthetic. This is the MacBook pro of PCs. The design of other "Ultrabooks" look cheap in comparison and undeserving of such ostentatious prices. It visually looks deserving of the steep price.
Being a Thinkpad it was made for the business professional in mind so the matte flat black may not look visually appealing but personally in looking at Cnet's "Best ultrabooks and thin laptops" not only is it a shame they did not include this Ultrabook but it makes me appreciate it's unpretentious look. The non Apple ones look like imitation Macbooks from their keyboard to the design of their monitor hinge.
I can say after upgrading from a glossy Lenovo G570 I am genuinely glad about owning this Ultrabook. My only negative is wishing it was a touch screen to be "future-proof". From that small issue to the rest of the listed cons, you really have to nit-pick to find cons. I'd definitely would (and do) recommend this product, I also would add to not be cheap. Get the i7, 8GB RAM, 256 GB SSD, and the USB 3.0 Dock with the X1 Carbon to make this an elite package. Once again if this is too expensive for you, you don't need those upgrades, but do not skimp out on the RAM, it is soldered and you cannot upgrade later (unless you DIY).
If you are in the market for an Ultrabook, this is a must buy.