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Review: A tale of three Lenovo Laptops - X1 Carbon Touch, ThinkPad Yoga, IdeaPad Yoga 2 Pro

March 6, '14 Comments [54] Posted in Reviews
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ThinkPad Yoga, X1 Carbon Touch, and Yoga 2 Pro all together

I'm a big Lenovo fan and have used Thinkpads nearly exclusively since my first T60p. I'm using an first-gen X1 Carbon Touch as my main on the go machine these days. I've also tried using a Lenovo Yoga 2 Pro but had a little trouble with its extremely high-dpi display, although the build quality of the hardware is amazing.

I'm also trying out a loaner of a ThinkPad Yoga. What's the difference between the ThinkPad Yoga and the regular Yoga or Yoga 2 Pro? I think of the ThinkPad line, and this Yoga, as a business laptop. It has a TPM which is essential for Bitlocker encryption and VPN/DirectAccess without a Smartcard. Both very similar specs otherwise aside from the Yoga 2 Pro's super-high-res 3200x1800 screen.

Battery life on all these is reasonable, but not truly all-day long epic. You can get 6 hours on any of them, you just need to be thoughtful about what you are doing. Turn down brightness, use power plans smartly, and you're cool.

Frankly, the battery life Haswell brought us hasn't been as life-changing as has been the "RapidCharge" feature on the X1 Carbon Touch. A 30 min layover at an airport can get me almost 80% of my battery back. THAT is a feature that has changed how I work.

Lenovo ThinkPad Yoga

Yoga means the laptop is also a convertible and bends into a tent or a tablet. This is the consumer Yoga. My Mom and my wife both chose and use this model, coincidentally.

  • The ThinkPad Yoga has your choice of processor from a 4th Gen Intel i3 up to a to an i7-4600U at 3.3GHz.
  • You can get the rather low-res touch-enabled 1366x768 screen or the near-deal touch and pen (with a pen you can store in the device!) 1920x1080 screen. Get the 1080p one, I say.
  • This one uses mini-HDMI for its video out.

Lenovo IdeaPad Yoga 2 Pro

The Yoga 2 Pro has more options to build out but does top out on the processor side earlier.

  • The Yoga 2 Pro can also clock to up to an i7-4500U at 1.8Ghz.
    • Update: the clock speed for the 4500U is 1.8 and it's Max Turbo Frequency is 3.0.
  • It has a fantastic 13.3" QHD+ 32001800 screen.
  • Micro HDMI video output.
    • This was and remains the one totally unacceptable spec for me. As I present a lot, this connector is useless. It's too small, too weak, too unreliable, and too wonky. It only took three presentations before it broke. I don't blame Lenovo, I blame the connector and its spec. If you aren't going to use video out, don't sweat it at all. But if you are presenting daily, NEVER buy a laptop with micro HDMI. It will let you down.

Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon Touch

I own and love the first generation X1. I'd really like to get my hands on the new one and its controversial keyboard and compare the two.

The X1 isn't a Yoga and while it does bend to flat and it does have a great touch-screen, it is NOT a tablet.

  • The X1 has goes from 4th Gen Intel i3 up to a to an i7-4600U at 2.1GHz.
    • Update: the clock speed for the 4600U is 2.1 and it's Max Turbo Frequency is 3.3.
  • Mine has a 1600x900 screen but you can now get up to QHD 2560x1440. This isn't as high as the Yoga 2 but when setting Windows at 150% it works nicely. If you have decent eyes you can avoid any high-dpi issues and just run at 100%.
  • The Mini DP Connector is great. I've never had an issue connecting to a projector with this laptop.

Things you need to consider if you travel

We can talk specs all day and you can dig into them if you like. Needless to say, they are fast, they have SSDs and you can get up to 8gig of RAM. Here's some things you may not have thought about when looking at an Ultrabook.

All Lenovo laptops are thin and light

These are all small and all around 3lbs. The Yoga 2 Pro is the sleekest and the most outwardly attractive. The X1 is a close second with its tapered nose. The ThinkPad Yoga is boxy and reliable looking.

  • What kind of Video Output does it have?
    • You won't get full-sized VGA on 90% of Ultrabooks. It'll be either HDMI, Micro-HDMI (a nightmare), or MiniDP (Mini Display Port.) When in doubt, go MiniDP all the way.
  • USB3 vs. USB2
    • Most Ultrabooks have one USB3 connector and one that's USB2. The USB3 one is almost always blue, that's how you can tell. Think about what your requirements are what if you'll need a nice USB adapter. I recommend combination USB3 hubs with included Ethernet. I own one and love it.
  • Will you dock your laptop a lot?
    • If so, consider the new OneLink Pro dock from Lenovo. It's in the ThinkPad line of laptops, so that's the ThinkPad Yoga or the 2nd Gen X1 Carbon Touch. That means one connector gets you power, USB along with 6 (!) ports, 4 of which are USB3. You'll also get DisplayPort up to 2560x1600 and a DVI-I connector.
    • I own the original USB3 dock which uses USB3 and DisplayLink technology to run up to two additional monitors. The video is compressed and you have to plug in both a USB3 connector and the power. It works, and I'm happy with it, but OneLink is a clear improvement.


I have always loved ThinkPad keyboards. The W520 workhorse has the best laptop keyboard ever, to this day, IMHO. The first generation X1 Carbon Touch is a close second.

X1 Carbon Touch Keyboard

The ThinkPad Yoga's keyboard is good, but a few changes like the removal of the insert button from the top row as well as the de-emphasis of the function keys did slow me down for a few days.

The Yoga also changes the TrackPad a little by making in larger, clickier, and removes the physical buttons for folks who like "The Nub" for their mousing. Note that the buttons are still there, they are just integrated into the top of the TrackPad so your muscle memory doesn't need to change.

ThinkPad Yoga Keyboard

The Yoga 2 Pro keyboard keys don't have the subtle concave shape that the ThinkPad line is known for. The keyboard is nearly flat. It also seemed to show hand grease a little more, although clearly a cloth solves that problem quickly. As a fast touch-typist I'm a little slower on this keyboard but it's certainly reasonable and only took me a few days to adapt. I do prefer the X1, though.

Yoga 2 Pro Keyboard


I just love 1080p on a 13.3" screen. It's just large enough that it feels roomy but not so big that it's squinty. This collection of three laptops straddles that ideal, though. My wife doesn't see the difference and works on the 768 or 900 machines with no complaint. My wife has a retina one and doesn't appreciate it (or notice its screen). I prefer 1080 or 1800 if I'm doing multiple window website debugging. At 1800p the pixels just disappear.

1366x768 you can see the pixels

1600x900 is a nice compromise

3200x1800 is insane. No pixels to be seen.

My Wish List for the Ultimate Lenovo Ultrabook

This is simple.

  • Micro-HDMI is a failed connector. The industry needs to accept this and stop using it.
    • There is only full-sized HDMI or ideally, MiniDP.  Mini Display Port, in my experience, always works and works well. Adapters are many and plentiful and I always feel comfortable going to a conference with a MiniDP laptop as I know they can handle it.
  • I want more RAM. Always. Give me a 12 gig Ultrabook, please, Lenovo. That said, these machines have happily run VS, Outlook and two Virtual Machines without complaint.
  • Anything over 1080p at 13"+ is the sweet spot resolution for me. Retina is nice but Windows 8.1 isn't quite there yet on the desktop. Soon I hope.
  • A 256 gig SSD is the ideal size for me. 128 is a little cramped for a developer.
  • #MOARYOGA - The whole Yoga hinge is brilliant.

Give me an X1 Yoga with the fastest i7, 256G SSD, a Mini DP connector, and a screen that is anything over 1080p and we're cool. You can...

Shut up and take my money

Today, I'm happy using the X1 Carbon Touch until I see the new X1. But I really recommend any of these devices if the tech specs and connectors meet your requirements.

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Thursday, 06 March 2014 01:33:44 UTC
I love my Thinkpad. I like the Lenovo apps (well, I did until I installed Windows 8.1 and Lenovo started dropping the ball... and the Windows 8 immersive app is horrible).

Scott - where does the Surface 2 Pro fall in terms of your Lenovo fandom?

Thursday, 06 March 2014 02:08:05 UTC
Hey Scott,

Not sure if it's my os/browser (8.1/modern ie 11) or what but I noticed there are missing words in your post in multiple places...

Regardless, my Yoga (1 pro) has full HDMI yet you called out mini HDMI on your Yoga?? Confused me. Perhaps these are all Gen 2 and that just wasn't clear to me?

Nice reviews regardless. I agree about the HDMI/DP connectors, for sure. I'm really curious about the RapidCharge thing and will look for it in my next laptop.

Did you find that the Thinkpad Yoga's "hiding keyboard" caused weirdness in your experience? Flawed mechanism (keys getting caught while under or something) or weird tactile feedback due to having this mechanism underneath? How did the keyboard hiding "feature" work during your usage?

Thursday, 06 March 2014 02:12:25 UTC
I have the TP Yoga. it's nice but the screen suffers badly from ghosting. If you are looking at one, you might want to wait till they fix it.

A higher res screen, more memory and a proper hdmi or dp would be a shut up and take my money for me.
Thursday, 06 March 2014 02:44:24 UTC
Excellent post! I'm on the verge of purchasing a new laptop and am leaning towards a Yoga 2 Pro. However, now I'm worried about the micro-hdmi port and keyboard. I plug my current laptop into an external monitor just about every day. Do you think there's a difference between that and presenting?

I would love the ThinkPad Yoga, except it is more expensive than the Yoga 2 Pro when configured with comparable specs.

Brandon, the Yoga 2 Pro changed the connector to a micro-HDMI.

Thursday, 06 March 2014 04:10:04 UTC
A note of caution: The 1080p Thinkpad Yoga on Lenovo's site lists included digitizer/pen support with the upgraded screen res (which is a key advantage over the 2 Pro). This is not the case for the same models sold through other retailers though - i.e. Microsoft Store, Costco. If you get one anywhere other than direct from Lenovo and are expecting to be able to write on your tablet you may be in for a surprise.
Thursday, 06 March 2014 04:17:21 UTC
@Joshua - I am typing this from my Yoga 2 Pro (i7, 512ssd, 8gig) and while I agree with Scott about the disappointment with the micro-hdmi, the rest of the product is just too incredible to pass on. Especially when you consider pairing it with a USB 3.0 docking station. I have two external 24" monitors paired up to the beast over USB right now with no issues. This is the best piece of hardware I own.
Thursday, 06 March 2014 04:18:51 UTC
@Brandon I have both the Yoga Pro and Yoga 2 Pro and can confirm they unfortunately switched to micro.
Thursday, 06 March 2014 05:03:26 UTC
The X1 has a decent keyboard, but it's reversed placement of the left CTRL / Fn keys is unfortunate. The only silver lining here is that you can swap them in the bios. A bigger issue for me was the poor quality of the X1 screen, which always looked fuzzy compared to other (similar resolution) ultrabooks. Also, it's too bad that there isn't a quick way to switch to "super-low power mode" which shuts off wifi, Bluetooth, dims the screen, and shuts down CPU cores - that would be a good interim feature until Intel and MS figure out how to make the battery life approach something like what the MacBook Air has.
Leopold Bushkin
Thursday, 06 March 2014 05:58:24 UTC
I had the X1 Carbon and couldn't stand the screen - it just seemed grainy, especially after my short stint with the stunningly svelte Samsung np900x3e. (Sidenote: the Samsung was awesome but suffered from a micro-HDMI connector and low out of the box soldered memory.). The memory on the X1 is soldered to the motherboard and can't be upgraded, which was a deal-killer when our requirements changed to need more memory for Vagrant.

The Thinkpad T440s I have is 3.2lbs, has a 1920x1080 IPS screen, 256GB SSD, and can have up to 12GB of (unsoldered) memory. It has a mDP connector.

The T440s has an unfortunately unsexy generic name, but this laptop is the closest thing I've found to a real developer ultrabook for those who like to have a decent screen and can't use a Mac.
Thursday, 06 March 2014 07:17:53 UTC
I have a Yoga 2 11 inch, but not for dev use. It's great little machine but would be truly fantastic if it had a backlit keyboard.
Sean Kearon
Thursday, 06 March 2014 09:13:06 UTC
Perhaps add touch support to your list and double webcam (kinect style) for future gesture support in windows and the touch support so that you can test windows store app development (or other xamarin app things)
Thursday, 06 March 2014 10:05:43 UTC

I'm curious, do you reinstall windows from the scratch right after you've purchased a new laptop or just use it with tons of bloatware?
Thursday, 06 March 2014 10:10:37 UTC
I REALLY wanted to buy the new X1 Carbon, until I saw the new keyboard. No real keys for the F keys, really? I am waiting for next year's model, purely for that reason. I buy Thinkpads for the keyboard, and I use the F keys a lot (as I would think most power users do), take them away and I am no longer interested. The fact that they try something like that with their flagship work laptop makes me really wonder who is in charge right now... If you get your hands on the new X1 Carbon I'd be super interested how you feel about the lack of proper F keys.
Thursday, 06 March 2014 10:40:41 UTC
I was hoping for this article to help me decide which one to buy, but couldn't wait any longer and I have bought ThinkPad Yoga two weeks ago. Both would make me happy, but this was a good decision.
This is a nice machine, but I agree that it's not perfect. Ghosting might be an issue, screen covered with anti-glare protector is difficult to clean and already has some scratches, inner screen frame is delicate to the touch and doesn't cling well to the back cover. What I understand is that not only mini-HDMI is more fragile that microDP but limits resolution to FullHD. I am waiting for OneLink dock but might send it back and buy Pro version. Keyboard will require getting used to layout but it is fantastic. Cool and quiet, pen is nice, and the hinges make it close to perfect.
Thursday, 06 March 2014 12:12:58 UTC
I owned 5 Thinkpads before. Now I've choosen a Thinkpad T440s, i5, 12GB, 750GB SSD, Mini DP. Battery Life, Keyboard, Weight are good. Build quality not as good as it used to be.

What I really hate is the Touchpad. I don't get the "right"-click reliable. The whole things moves. I want the seperate keys back. Besides that it's worth a try.

Thursday, 06 March 2014 12:15:26 UTC
Forgot to mention the Docking Station, which is a big pro for daily business.
Thursday, 06 March 2014 14:23:14 UTC
My problem with all these reviews is the somewhat tiny displays. Really...13"? I still have trouble letting go of my Dell Inspiron 1750 with its huge 17" widescreen display. Yes...It is clunky and heavy but what real estate. I understand that, if at home, I can hook the laptops up to external displays but when on the go I just worry about the small screen. I just figure that I would be toggling between windows all day long because nothing will fit side by side without a lot of scrolling and/or overlap. Does not seem very efficient.

Am I wrong? What am I missing?
Thursday, 06 March 2014 14:24:22 UTC
I use lenovo z570 at home and its very good solid build quality and great hardware.
Thursday, 06 March 2014 14:52:07 UTC
I am not sure I agree in the mini HDMI port or not. It allows for smaller form factors than full, and the one on my dell tablet works well (assuming you have a cable for it). Seems to be plenty of adapters out there, and I have had a few desktop video cards that have mini hdmi over full size.

Now if they used AMD Dock Port or Intel Thunderbolt, I would agree about the miniDP would be the way to go.

The default storage space on tablets and ultrabooks is just plain too small. The tablets I am looking into turning into a small dev machine normally only come with 64GB
Thursday, 06 March 2014 16:53:21 UTC
@Jason - at Full HD (1080p) the screen resolution is high enough to get two word documents side by side on the display, even on a 13-14" screen. The X1 Carbon Touch actually has a 14" screen in a 13" chassis, so with the new model having QHD res (2560x1440) fitting multiple windows side by side is easy.

That said, it all depends on your use case. I have a desktop with 4x 24"+ screens at my desk at work and the X1 Carbon Touch for when I'm sitting in meetings, relaxing on the sofa and travelling to present. My use case for the laptop means I value smaller weight & size over screen size. If the laptop is your primary machine that use in a portable fashion every day (no chance to dock to other monitors) then I think wanting a bigger screen is completely understandable.
Thursday, 06 March 2014 17:03:42 UTC
I'm using a Yoga 2 Pro as my main machine on a daily basis, having chosen to bring my own device to work. I can live without the TPM chip, it is possible to Bitlocker without one and I don't need to VPN. However, I agree about the micro-HDMI port. It is just too flimsy for regular use.

I've settled on using a USB3 dock (with power supply) at my desk to drive my external 24" 1920x1080 screen that is configured as the primary monitor. I use the laptop screen as secondary. There are DPI issues when dragging things between two screens and, for example, when I undock and connect to a projector. I find myself rebooting before presenting. At least it restarts quickly. I'm now carrying a micro-HDMI to VGA adapter and a micro-HDMI to HDMI lead in my bag, but I live in fear of whacking the cable when plugged in or even just nudging the laptop and the lead falling out. It's just not a solid mechanical connection.

The other design fault is the power switch in the front right corner. More than once I have gone to relocate the laptop on my desk and accidentally put it to sleep, which is annoying more than anything else.

On balance a good machine though, I'd buy another.
Thursday, 06 March 2014 17:13:10 UTC
Hi Scott,

So is the high DPI issues a Windows OS and Application developers concern? In your referenced blog post you seem to suggest that its down to app developers?

Anyway, i just bought the latest samsung Ativ 9 ultrabook which runs at 3200x1800px and i'm regretting it! My fallback would be the 2014 X1 carbon but the keyboard, especially the F keys doesn't cut it for a Visual Studio developer.


Thursday, 06 March 2014 17:13:41 UTC
I just got the 2nd gen Carbon. And there are few things that are odd with the keyboard.

Yes the F-keys, I didn't realize, I keep hiting the numbers instead but it's not the end of the world for me.

They did one bold move I like, removed the caps lock, added home/end there and it works really well.

The worst part however were their treatment of the backspace. The divided it into bs/del... I constantly keep hitting del now instead of bs...
Thursday, 06 March 2014 17:43:17 UTC
I've had the Y2P for three months and have not regretted it. Great machine. Lightweight, thin profile, performs well. I still occasionally get drops on the wireless card. And sometimes to correct I have to disable/enable wireless in device mgr to get it working again. Not a huge deal, but occasionally a nuisance.

As far as the high resolution, most apps that I've used scale well: VS, Office, IE. And I just noticed that Chrome must have been updated recently because I don't have a problem with the extremely small tabs anymore.) Unfortunately, scaling is bad when using RDP to connect to my work desktop is quite bad.
Thursday, 06 March 2014 18:07:57 UTC
@Damian - Thank you. What you said (about the two word docs side-by-side) definitely makes a case for rethinking my position. Have you (or anybody else) had success with VS sharing the screen with other windows (browser or app) without overlap? I am thinking that is most important when step-by-step debugging.
Thursday, 06 March 2014 19:06:49 UTC
I have been using a Yoga 2 Pro as main development laptop for the past few weeks and I love it! It took me a few days to adjust to the keyboard, I was alway hitting the End or Home button when trying to hit Enter or Backspace ;) But now I am adjusted and I even like the position of those two buttons.

This is my first Lenovo laptop and I love the keyboard even if it seems that it is not the best for a Lenovo laptop.

Only problem I had so far is that the Wifi adapter disconnected twice in the past weeks for no reasons.

So far I did not have any problems with the micro HDMI adapter, I work with a second display most of the time and never got any issues with it.
Thursday, 06 March 2014 20:22:44 UTC
Hi Scott,

Thanks for the great Lenovo ultrabook comparison. I have the latest MacBook Pro Retina w 16GB RAM/500GB SSD running also VMware Windows 8.1/Server 2012 R2 VMs. But I'm considering going for a new x1 carbon touch (besides my MBP) to have a native Win8.1 machine. Although a Win8.1 VM on my Mac is not bad, its still different than having a native Wintel machine. Going for a new gen x1 carbon touch however is 8 GB RAM really sufficient for development purposes running at the same VST2013, Office (Outlook, eventually Word) and when necessary a Windows Server 2012 R2 VM? I know you mentioned something similar, but is it really workable? How much RAM do you reserve for a Windows Server VM?

Guy Dillen
Thursday, 06 March 2014 20:38:38 UTC
I bought my x220 over 2 years ago and I love it! It has even 8 hours battery life at the beginning, it's portable, pretty fast (i5/8GB/160SSD) and allows me to work with 2 monitors.

I am looking for something more powerful (ability to connect 3 monitors, more computational power, more RAM).

For now, I didn't find anything which will meet my requirements:
* i7
* 256SSD (ideally: along with 1TB HDD)
* at least 16GB RAM (ideally: 32GB)
* nice docking station, which allows to connect 3 monitors (24" + 30" + 24")
* at least 4-5h battery life (useful for traveling)

But I will wait, even until next year :)
Thursday, 06 March 2014 21:39:58 UTC
I'm using the Yoga 2 Pro right now, absolutely love it. The only downside for me really is the touchpad, there is nothing good to say about the touchpad. That's nothing that a mouse can't fix though.
Douglas Dlutz
Friday, 07 March 2014 00:19:03 UTC
Ivan - if it looks mostly clean, I uninstall the crapware.
Friday, 07 March 2014 03:33:09 UTC
Would love a comparison with the x240. That thing looks like what I want. I'm typing this on a Yoga 2 Pro, and don't like a) the battery life, and b) the keyboard. I think I can live with the 1920 x 1080 IPS screen option on the x240, and I vastly prefer that style of keyboard. Also the battery life looks crazy awesome on that. If only it had the rapid charge of the X1 ...
John Lam
Friday, 07 March 2014 04:13:08 UTC
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- X1 Carbon Touch, ThinkPad Yoga, IdeaPad Yoga 2 Pro - Scott
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Friday, 07 March 2014 13:23:28 UTC
Two and half years ago I was purchasing ultrabook for dev work. I couldn't find decent notebook with 1600/1980px screen and 8Gb Ram. 1366px screen should be forbidden by the law, BTW.
Now, I'm looking for my next notebook, and all I can see are 3200px screens that doesn't work well on Win, or 4gb-max ram models! Also, most of them are more expensive than Air/Mb Pro. When I see most Dell or Toshiba models where keyboard bends down when typing/pressing, I wish those companies go belly up asap.

How does 3200px screen works if you set 1600x900 resolution?
Friday, 07 March 2014 16:29:37 UTC
Which of these laptops (if any) would you recommend as a 'desktop/workstation' replacement for a (full time) developer? (of course, using an external monitor/mouse/keyboard and a docking station)
Friday, 07 March 2014 17:18:11 UTC
Why don't Microsoft just create one notebook? I mean there is already Surface, why not making a Surface Note, and put ALL THESE THINGS you like into it?
"Surface Note" contains:
  1. i7-4558U (Iris graphics 5100!)
  2. 8GB Memory
  3. PCIE-based NGFF SSD (Samsung XP941. It reaches 1GB/s on Vaio Pro)
  4. IPS screen (1600p only on high-end submodels; 1080p for low-end)
  5. Yoga or Let's Note MX style hinges
Friday, 07 March 2014 17:53:05 UTC
The msata and ngff drive options are expanding fast. There are 250g-500g-1TB msata SSDs that you could swap in to solve the space issues.
Friday, 07 March 2014 20:54:41 UTC
I wonder how the Thinkpad Helix stacks up. There's a fully loaded version on the Microsoft Store on sale right now
Paul Whitaker
Friday, 07 March 2014 22:03:35 UTC
Another note for the T440S, it is an ultrabook for real with 14" screen. It is barely bigger than X1 Carbon Haswell, .1" thicker and less than inch in other dimensions. If you want you can add extended (bump) battery and get REAL all day power. 12 GB of RAM possible and MiniDP as well as VGA and real Ethernet. See if you can get a loaner.
Brian Hoyt
Saturday, 08 March 2014 01:44:18 UTC
I bought the 2012 Lenovo Yoga and have been using it every day (carry it everywhere with me for meetings, demos, whatever). It runs great but I had been lusting X1 Carbon touch since its release in 2013. Finally couldn't wait any more and ordered the second generation 2014 X1 Carbon Touch last month (ask Lenovo online chat representative for a discount during normal business hours and they will cut you a deal). Waiting for it to ship in a couple of weeks. Let's see how the new crazy keyboard and touch function keys turn out ...
Saturday, 08 March 2014 13:41:38 UTC
Hi Scott,

I picked up a ThinkPad Yoga about a month ago now and I love it. I went for the i7-4500U cpu (best at the time) and the base level HDD, which I swapped on arrival with a 960GB SSD (Crucial M500). I'm now no longer afraid of loading too many VMs, albeit I can't run many at once with 8GB of ram.

Crucial's web site appears to suggest that the machine will take 16GB of ram, although I didn't feel brave enough to start removing the motherboard when swapping the drives over and I couldn't spot the ram on top.

The other feature I went for was the pen and integrated Wacom digitizer, which I love. You can download the wacom 'Feel' driver and you then get pressure sensitivity in Sketchbook Pro, Photoshop etc.

Oh, and if you're bothered by the Ctrl key not being on the left edge there's a bios option to swap the Fn and Ctrl positions.

Hope that's useful for other still to make a choice.
John Goldsmith
Saturday, 08 March 2014 20:47:10 UTC
I would never touch lenovo or thinkpad since it went to china. It has to be full of hardware to enable the chinese to spy.

If you dont think they do industrial or militarily you are incredibly naive.
Monday, 10 March 2014 09:08:51 UTC
What we need is a touch screen gaming laptop. There are literally NONE ON THE MARKET!!!
Windows 8 TouchScreen Gaming Laptop
Tuesday, 11 March 2014 10:07:42 UTC
I'm into month 3 of my ThinkPad Yoga Pro with the I-7 CPU and 256GB SSD.

If the keyboard had a little more travel, I'd probably say this is about as close to perfect as I can get right now. The build quality is excellent and now that I've removed some of the bloatware the machine is even faster.
Thursday, 13 March 2014 10:39:43 UTC
Excellent post. I am looking for a new laptop. I think that Lenovo would be the best one. Thanks for sharing such a great blog.
Sunday, 16 March 2014 07:12:26 UTC
I have been using my 2nd Gen X1 for a while now and It is amazing and i would say it is worth the money..yes the keyboard needs a bit of getting used to but it is great..I had some issues with it at first:

1. the multitouch trackpad was great but after the first update using System Update it went back to the 90s and after a couple of updates it came back :-) ..Phew!

2. the Dynamic touch LCD (Function Keys Row) is not as responsive and I have disabled the dynamic/context awareness of it -so it doesn't change as per the app running - and I have set it to be F-keys by default, I had it hang twice -because the software that runs it is a service I had to restart it to get it fixed-.

I think it is a great laptop/ultrabook and gets better with the constant updates from lenovo which shows the care the company is giving it.
Thursday, 20 March 2014 15:02:27 UTC
Excellent post thank you, couldn't decide between all the ultrabooks but Lenovo Yoga 2 all the way now!
Thursday, 20 March 2014 15:05:18 UTC
Excellent post thank you, couldn't decide between all the ultrabooks but Lenovo Yoga 2 all the way now!
Tuesday, 01 April 2014 13:30:21 UTC
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Friday, 04 April 2014 01:46:36 UTC
Thanks for the review---very interesting as I'm looking at the Yoga 2 Pro and the X1 Carbon. Looks like I should add the T440s to the mix as well.
Monday, 07 April 2014 11:20:51 UTC
The think pad keywords are really good. The Think Pad itself is very sleek.
Wednesday, 09 April 2014 16:19:34 UTC
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Sunday, 13 April 2014 20:54:10 UTC
Hi Scott, did you feel a big "hit" when going from the 14" X1 Carbon screen to the Thinkpad Yoga 12,5" screen?

I am using the 1600/900 X1 Carbon, and are considering that move, but for "on the go" use I am thinking that 12,5" might be a little too small? On the go I mostly would use it for development and a little word/excel and browsing.

What are the experiences of the folks here?
Monday, 21 April 2014 19:37:57 UTC
I'll be honest, great reviews but I'm desperate for you compare gen1 to gen2 carbon touch laptops. I have put my purchase on hold due to the fact I suspect the adaptive strip on the X1 is going to be HORRID for visual studio.

Also the moving around of backspace, delete and the removal of CAPS lock is for me a crime.

Its a shame I've always had thinkpads and I really want to continue in that vein but there are other vendors with laptops with better battery life and mechanical function keys. I think i'll hold off a little longer to see if you manager to get a hold of the gen x1 carbon but I suspect the keyboards going to be a sticking point for many.
Krystan Honour
Wednesday, 14 May 2014 04:02:32 UTC
Scott, one thing you *should* add to your wish list is miniDP 1.2 for daisy-chaining displays. This is one thing I can't wait to see more of!
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