Lenovo Carbon X1 - could this be the best laptop for a working photographer

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Lenovo Carbon X1 - could this be the best laptop for a working photographer
Aug 10, 2012

Am a working photographer, mainly doing shoots on location and often involving press releases and overseas assignments. Been using a 4 yr old sony laptop (1.2GHz) slowly can't keep up with the Jones and the speed of turn around for press releases or editting when overseas. Also screen is too small 10 inch. So looking for a non-apple laptop, as everything i use is PC. Yes I know Mac can have dual boot. let me know if you use mac but windows os and lightroom for PC + PS, any issues?

Seriously looking at Lenovo Carbon X1 - finally details out this week,

MAx CPU 2.2 with Turbo (seems not a quad core processor) - not sure whether that matters for what i need.
8 RAM - yes the more the merrier, 8 is the maximum

GT620 (minimal Optimus Graphics card) - not sure whether this is important for what i need?

1600x900 matte TN screen. Some sites say the screen is IPS. Seems reasonable for what I need. LR and PS still not updated to use retina. No details on Gammut. 300nits. Hope the screen can be calibrated using something like a spyder? Any ideas anyone

Lightweight 3lbs (MBP is 4.4lbs or something like that) - important when travelling with hand luggage only, to save time and gear going missing in the hold. Although the 2012 macbookpro is lighter than previous version, still feels a bit heavy to me.

USB3 - 1 , just enough for card reader file transfer for CF card or XQD. Guess can add adapter.
Could do with ethernet connection, as many hotels dont have wifi in the room.

14 inch screen - thought initially 15inch better, but sitting in economy on the plane , maybe 14 inch is better, any experience anyone?
Matte screen - no complaints on that.
Battery life - 6-7hrs , pretty good
Mouse + keyboard - reviews say good.
price - will pay itself off on jobs.

I have been through many websites and cant find anything as powerful, portable, good screen as this. Yes MBP is good, but I prefer PC. No time for learning curve on jobs. I have checked Asus, Sony, Tosh, Dell, Samsung, some DIY makers, etc seems like the perfect laptop doesnt exist for 2012. But i feel it is getting damn close.

So if you had the money, would you get a carbon x1. And what do you see are its pitfalls in the real photography world.

Cheers in advance

Leica X1
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