Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon Works Great As A Linux Ultrabook

Written by Michael Larabel in Computers on 15 February 2015 at 04:00 PM EST. Page 1 of 4. 48 Comments.

Nearly one month ago I bought the third-generation Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon as one of the first laptops/ultrabooks shipping with a high-end Broadwell processor. I've been running Linux on the system since receiving it, including the past ~3 weeks as my main production system, and I remain very happy with this purchase.

Lenovo's new X1 Carbon is made of carbon-fiber construction as implied by its name and is very thin and light at 0.70" and just under three pounds. Lenovo claims that the X1 Carbon can last up to 10.9 hours with its lone battery, and continues with all of the features collected over the years with the various ThinkPad laptops/ultrabooks. This third-generation X1 Carbon also has much anticipated improvements to the keyboard and touchpad/trackpoint.

The ThinkPad X1 Carbon arrived from China in pristine condition about one week after ordering. The ThinkPad was packaged just like all of the other ThinkPads I've ordered in about the past decade. Included with the X1 Carbon were the usual product materials, US AC power adapter, and also a wired Gigabit Ethernet adapter.

The power adapter is rated for 65 Watts at 20 volts.

The X1 Carbon is very thin and lightweight! The quality of this Lenovo ultrabook feels much better than the ASUS Zenbook UX301LAA Haswell ultrabook that was previously my main system but has run into thermal issues and other problems.

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