Battle of the Business Ultrabooks

ThinkPad X1 Carbon and T430u

Ultrabooks are going toe-to-toe for bragging rights, with Lenovo’s own ThinkPad® X1 Carbon and T430u looking to make a mark in the business world. Guest author Michael Archambault faces off both ThinkPads to help you decide. Which will you choose?

The release of the ThinkPad X1 Carbon and T430u has sparked the ultimate battle of business Ultrabooks. Both bring the flair and function of Ultrabooks with a rugged business touch to the ThinkPad. Ultrabooks allow executives and employees to carry out mobile tasks with greater ease and without the fear of running down on power. The question is, which one is right for you?

The X1 Carbon is emerging as the leader of the pack earning four out of five stars and Editor’s Choice Awards from both PCMAG.COM and LAPTOP Magazine. It is beautifully crafted with a carbon fiber cover and roll cage, but is only a third the weight of aluminum. The beautiful, strong outside construction is complemented by the 14” HD+ widescreen display and a large multi-gesture trackpad.

Any business user knows the importance of having a good keyboard. The new Precision Keyboard on the X1 Carbon has the same ThinkPad keyboard feel while introducing larger style keys, backlighting, and a more modern design. Security is an important business feature too, and the machine can be configured to turn on only when an authorized user swipes their finger across the built-in biometric fingerprint reader. If an unauthorized user attempts to break past the encrypted BIOS there is still no worry, as passwords can be stored in the machine’s internal PM security chip. By also using the Windows built-in BitLocker Drive Encryption, data is always out of harm’s way.

The X1 Carbon also makes the perfect travel companion. Weighing in at less than three pounds, the machine is the lightest 14in PC in the world and its dimensions are no joke — 18.9mm thin and a form factor comparable to most 13in laptops today. Despite its thinness, it has over eight hours of battery life on a single charge and, thanks to Lenovo’s RapidCharge technology, the battery can charge to 80 percent in just 35 minutes.

Not only can businesspeople be happy about their machine, the company’s IT department also can be excited. The machine can be configured up to an Intel® Core™ i7 processor, a fast SSD, and 8GB of RAM. Any trouble on the road is no problem as IT departments can remotely manage the machine thanks to Intel’s vPro technology.

This Ultrabook isn’t just for business though – relax on a plane and watch your favorite movies on the bright 300nit HD+ display while enjoying crisp Dolby® Home Theater v4 sound quality.

The ThinkPad T430u combines the same flare and durability in an Ultrabook at a price easier to chew on. The T430u is constructed of tough aluminum and houses a 14in HD display. It has over seven hours of battery life and is configurable with up to 1TB of storage. While X1 Carbon has the new Intel® HD 4000 graphics card, the T430u has an NVIDIA® GeForce® 620m graphics card, bringing more power and kick to the unit.

If you are looking to save money, use graphic intensive applications or need a large amount of local storage, the ThinkPad T430u may be for you. If you’re in the market for a top of the line business Ultrabook with longer battery life, higher resolution screen, and vPro technology for your IT department, then ThinkPad X1 Carbon is your machine.


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Michael Archambault (@marcham93) is a student at New York Institute of Technology and an active member of Lenovo INsiders, Lenovo’s global brand advocates program.