Lenovo starts selling Windows 8 ThinkPad X1 Carbon Touch

In November, Lenovo teased us with an image of its previously released ThinkPad X1 Carbon laptop, but with a touch screen and made for Windows 8. Today, Lenovo announced that the company is now taking orders for the new ThinkPad X1 Carbon Touch.

Lenovo's press release states that this new version remains the lightest ever 14 inch laptop, weighing in at just 3.4 pounds and with a thickness of just 20.8mm. That's due, naturally, to the laptop's carbon fiber material. The display support 10 finger touch for accessing Windows 8 "Modern" apps and the glass trackpad also supports the Windows 8 touch gestures.

Lenovo adds:

Even with its thin and light design, the X1 Carbon Touch packs a punch. Powered by Intel Core i5 and i7 processors the ThinkPad X1 Carbon Touch invites users to enjoy multimedia content with Dolby Home Theater v4. Certified as the first Ultrabook optimized for Microsoft Lync, the HD face-tracking camera and dual array microphones ensure high quality video and voice track capability without the need for USB peripherals.

Lenovo is also offering buyers the option to use a new AC adapter for the notebook, which it claims weighs 53 percent less than the standard AC adapter. This should be good news for those business and frequent travelers who don't want to mess with heavy power cords. Pricing for the Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon Touch starts at $1,499.

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Why do they still put that thing on there? Surely people use the touchpad exclusively these days?
I'm currently servicing a Dell laptop that has a blue eraser mouse thing... I tried using it and it flies off the screen. You have to be super careful with it.

Hello,

The reason they keep it is because it provides a more efficient experience--less time to recover from moving hands away-from/back-to the keyboard. I believe you can disable it, though, if you don't want to use it.

Regards,

Aryeh Goretsky

The idea of the track point is being near either one of your index fingers, and your two thumbs are resting near the mouse buttons. This all as your hands rest in the "home position" when not typing.

But for people who grew up on laptops other than ThinkPads they remain awkward to use.

goretsky said,
Hello,

The reason they keep it is because it provides a more efficient experience--less time to recover from moving hands away-from/back-to the keyboard. I believe you can disable it, though, if you don't want to use it.

Regards,

Aryeh Goretsky

I for one prefer using the control "nipple" on my X201S when I have it out of its dock. much finer control once your used to it deffo and if I have my work latex gloves on it works! same cant always be said about the glidepoint pad.

While I like the carbon fibre angle, they've changed the standard IBM/Lenevo Keyboard....baaaad move, the IBM generation keyboard was the laptops crowning glory IMO.

Damnit Lenovo, I want to buy your products so badly but WHY do you keep on swapping the Fn and Ctrl keys! I know on some of the laptops this is so you can easily trigger the backlight, but if I can find the bottom left key all on my own, I'm pretty sure I can find the one right beside it as well.

I literally can't use my friend's Lenovo laptop for this reason - every single time I go to hit Ctrl, I end up hitting Fn instead... But maybe that's just because every single keyboard I've typed on in my entire life has had Ctrl at the bottom left. It's a minor annoyance that turns into a major issue for me quite quickly.

You can go into the BIOS and swap the function of the keys. The writing won't be right but whatever. I do this on my X230 Tablet.

You are a life saver! I was not aware of this. It's been driving me crazy. I'll have to try this later today. Much thanks.

mrp04 said,
You can go into the BIOS and swap the function of the keys. The writing won't be right but whatever. I do this on my X230 Tablet.

You can't do this on all Lenovo models. Several Lenovo BIOS's lack this feature, and while some people have been successful in patching their own BIOS to manually swap the key function, it's still far from perfect.

Hello,

I believe it's available in most ThinkPad T/W/X #20 and #30 BIOSes. Not sure about their other lines (IdeaPad, etc.) or the X120/130e/Edge series, though.

Regards,

Aryeh Goretsky