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Jun 4, 2015
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Over the past couple of weeks we, the geeks here at FHM HQ, have been playing with a not-so-ordinary laptop with a not-so-affordable SRP, the Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon.

Check out the beaut below:

lenovo x1 carbon review

Looks good, eh? Too bad its asking price isn't for the faint-of-heart. With a wallet-busting, sweldo-destroying, tear-inducing price tag of P105,000, it's presumably made with the one-percent (or lotto winners) in mind.

The thing is, the X1 Carbon's SRP is justified to say the least. Based on the time we've spent with it, the device certainly holds its own in the mobile computing department. Thanks to a nice combo of an Intel Core i5 processor and 4GB of RAM, the X1 Carbon provides users with a seamless experience when it comes to stuff like web browsing, doing office documents, Full-HD video viewing, or all of the above.

And despite the absence of a dedicated video card, we also found out that it can do a bit of gaming as well, running mainstream titles like DoTA 2, Diablo III: Reaper of Souls, and Dark Souls II at respectable frame rates (read: no lower than 15 FPS or frames per second). Just don't even think of playing the newest PC-slaying games at insane visual settings on it though; this one's not meant for hardcore gaming.

lenovo x1 carbon review

Overall, the X1 Carbon provided us with mobile computing sessions devoid of freeze-ups and almost lacking of slow-downs (it slowed down on us a couple of times, no thanks to no less than 10 different programs running in the background). And it did so with a super slim and lightweight, backpack-friendly frame that's just 28 lbs in weight and less than an inch thick. How's that for a travel companion?

So there, the X1 Carbon definitely holds up its end of the (expensive) bargain. But just in case you're still looking for more reasons why it deserves such a lofty price tag, we list down the laptop's "hipster" features below, and by that we mean the features you probably won't find in most notebooks today.

Don't be fooled though; these features are more than just novelty items and, when maximized, elevate the X1 Carbon's appeal to greater heights. So sit back on a leather chair, grow a beard, sip on an expensive cup of exotic coffee no one's tried before, and read on (better if you do so with a monocle).


CARBON FIBER-ED

lenovo x1 carbon review

It's not called X1 Carbon because Lenovo wanted a name that inspires images of aliens, spaceships, and top-secret government projects. Or maybe that's what they secretly want, but regardless the bigger reason is because—Tada!—the device actually packs a carbon fiber frame! Touch it and you'll instantly feel the difference compared to metal-clad laptops. Also, since it's not covered in shiny metal, fingerprint smudges messing up the lid won't be much of a problem.

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FINGERPRINT SENSOR

lenovo x1 carbon review

As an added security option, Lenovo placed a small fingerprint sensor on the right side of the X1 Carbon's keyboard. You can program and use it to log-in to your account, which is much more secure than relying on a password. Passwords can be copied, but your fingerprint? Nuh-uh.


THE "NIPPLE"

lenovo x1 carbon review

Before your dirty mind goes into overdrive, the "nipple" here is a small navigation device situated in the middle of the keyboard. It's similar to a tiny joystick that enables you to move the cursor around. We view it as a "just in case" feature because you already have the trackpad and/or a mouse.


CAPACITIVE FUNCTIONS KEYS

lenovo x1 carbon review

The X1 Carbon's keyboard lacks the physical Function Key row and, instead, has a set of capacitive buttons in its place. The capacitive buttons can be used as ordinary function keys or as keys that execute other operations (e.g. webcam, volume control, screen brightness). Now, that's versatility!


MILITARY-GRADE DURABILITY

lenovo x1 carbon review

Don't let its size fool you; the X1 Carbon is actually a helluva tough laptop. With its carbon fiber coating and durable frame, Lenovo says the device can be dropped from a height of two to three stories without disastrous effects. Not that we think you're going to do so, but it's really reassuring to know your laptop can withstand the daily grind. Can your precious laptop survive such a fall? We thought so.

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