Lenovo: New ThinkPad X1 Carbon, Yoga, IdeaPad, and Flex Laptopsby Jarred Walton on January 10, 2014 6:51 PM EST
Lenovo had their usual location set up in the AquaKnox lounge at the Venetian, with a huge number of products on display. We’ll break things up into the laptop/notebook/multi-modal devices here, tablets and smartphones next, and then “everything else” for the products that don’t fall into either of the previous categories.
On the laptop front, the big news is the new ThinkPad X1 Carbon, which has been updated with Haswell, a thinner and lighter design, a redesigned keyboard, a new display, and last but not least a new external dock. The X1 Carbon uses a 14” display and still manages to pack all of this into a 2.8 pound laptop weight, with a promised nine hours of battery life.
Starting with the keyboard, the layout has been modified quite a bit. Gone is the row of function keys, along with seldom (never) used keys like Scroll Lock, Pause/Break, Caps Lock, and Insert. The cursor cluster gets dedicated PgUp/PgDn keys while the Home/End keys are moved to the former Caps Lock location. Caps Lock, if you’re wondering, is still available by double-tapping the left Shift key. As for the function keys, the entire row has been replaced with an adaptive LCD panel that can detect and change the available keys based on your currently running application. By default it shows the normal multimedia keys (volume control, LCD brightness, Search, and a few others); load Internet Explorer and you get refresh, new tab, and back keys. You can also cycle to normal function keys or disable the adaptive feature entirely.
The trackpad is also larger this round, with a fully hinged design (i.e. hinges on the top and bottom of the touchpad); the TrackPoint is still present and the top of the touchpad becomes the usual left/right buttons if the system detects use of the TrackPoint. As for the OneLink Dock Pro, it provides two USB 3.0 ports, two USB 2.0 ports, Gigabit Ethernet, DisplayPort, and DVI through a single cable. Pricing for the new X1 Carbon starts at $1299 with availability scheduled for the end up January; the OneLink Dock Pro is available now for $179.
Moving over to the Yoga side of things, there are a couple new laptops to announce: the Yoga 2 Pro and Yoga 2 (with some Yoga tablets as well, but we’ll cover those separately). Similar to Microsoft’s Surface products, the Yoga 2 targets a lower price and has less advanced features while the Yoga 2 Pro goes “all-in”. Besides supporting up to Core i7 Haswell processors (the U-series parts), the Yoga 2 Pro adds a high-DPI qHD+ (3200x1800) touchscreen IPS display and the keys on the keyboard now “lock” when in tablet mode. Availability appears to be “now”, with pricing starting at $949. As for the Yoga 2, there will be two models available, one with an 11.6” 1366x768 display and one with a 13.3” 1080p display. The Yoga 2 13” will support up to Core i7 Y-series parts and should last up to eight hours on a charge, while the Yoga 2 11” targets a more budget-friendly feature set with up to Pentium Y-series CPUs and eight hours of battery life. The Yoga 2 11” is available now starting at $599 while the Yoga 2 13” will be available later this month, also starting at $599.
Other laptops were also on display, though I didn’t have as much time to look at them. I know there are new IdeaPad Y40/Y50 laptops, with a 4K touchscreen panel available on the Y50. Both models are supposed to be quite a bit thinner and lighter than the previous generation as well. Also shown were a few Flex laptops, including the Flex 15D shown at AMD’s press event that has an AMD A6 APU and 300 degree hinge (so not quite a Yoga). There’s an Intel Flex 15 available as well, starting at the same $499 as the Flex 15D but going up to Core i7 processors on higher-end models, and a Flex 14 Intel as well starting at $499. All three Flex laptops are available “now”.
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pmeinl - Saturday, January 11, 2014 - linkThe new X1 does have an Ethernet jack (with adapter cable).
madwolfa - Saturday, January 11, 2014 - linkAnd there goes another Macbook Air wannabe. Not what it was before. :(
nagi603 - Saturday, January 11, 2014 - linkUgh, that keyboard redesign in itself disqualifies this laptop for me... Insert as seldomly used? Double-tapping shift? relocated home/end? A true recepie for disaster for anyone using Total Commander or anything like that.
madwolfa - Saturday, January 11, 2014 - linkTrue.. basically for any professionals/admins out there the change is for the worse.. I'm using Insert a lot. Also the F-keys...WHY??
MrSpadge - Saturday, January 11, 2014 - linkNo Haswell update for the Thinkpad Helix? This thing looked like a really fine revice, with it'S only real flaw being the price tag. Guess they didn't sell enough of them.
email@example.com - Saturday, May 24, 2014 - link've been a lenov buyer for a long time. Bought 3 Think Pad Edge 525 for my 2 kids (about 2 years ago) and one for my wife a bit over a year ago. 15.6 in screens, usb3, bluetooth, everything including GIGABIT ethernet. Now you can only get 100 mbps 1980's ethernet on Lenovos'. I looed already up to a 1300$ high end I7 gaming laptop, still has 100mbps Ethernet. I have 10 US patents in fault tolerant computer design. I know what it costs and takes to go from 100 mbps to1 000 gbps, like possibly 2-3$ cost for lenovo if that much. No other brand is missing gigabit Ethernet on a 5000$ laptop. Why they are jammingsuch high resolutionon 11-13 inch screens is beyond me, you cant tell the difference at that size. Flip twist and other wise is a marketing gimmick little peoople use ( as referenced above), if you want that buy surface top. What kills me is some marketing genius at lenvo though thought maybe the 80-100mbps band width you might get over wireless N when very close to the source is some how good enough for high band width demands. Add a few users try to stream and you cant even watch low res you tube videos. Why lenovo just didn't complete the cycle and go back to USB1 is beyond me. A serious , serious blunder on their part and I'm looking for a new brand now. Dear Lenov, we are all not little tweens, twitting out 10 word sentences. We need bandwidth,, currently not available on anything nt costing a fortune loaded with features nobody wants and flips that will mechanically break in less than a year. The worst corporate decision since Coke decided to change its original formula. Lenovo Never Again.