A 14-inch laptop display might be the perfect size for productivity, but workers usually have to sacrifice some portability to get that much screen space. Not so with the new 2016 ThinkPad X1 Carbon from Lenovo, which is the lightest 14-inch notebook we've seen.
At just 2.6 lbs., the updated X1 Carbon is about a half pound lighter than the 3-lb. MacBook Air — and that machine has a smaller, 13-inch display. A full-size ThinkPad model like the 14-inch ThinkPad T450s is even heavier, at 3.4 lbs. In other words, the X1 Carbon is incredibly portable, which is great news for commuters and frequent travelers who need a notebook that won't weight them down.
And Lenovo didn't sacrifice performance for the sake of a slimmer profile. The X1 Carbon packs plenty of computer power, with up to a 6th-generation Core i7 processor and up to 8GB of RAM. Other hardware highlights include a speedier solid-state drive than last year's model and a OneLink port that lets you connect to a desktop dock at the office.
Lenovo promises up to 11 hours of battery life for the new machine. That's pretty impressive for a notebook this thin and light, although it's not much of a bump over the 2015 X1 Carbon, which was rated to last 10.9 hours. That model ran for about 8 hours on our battery test, which is well above average among ultraportable laptops.
Check back for a full review of the Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon as soon as we get our hands on it, or check out our picks for the best work laptops currently on the market.