The Las Vegas – Lenovo’s new ThinkPad X1 Carbon may end up being the commuter dream machine. Though, the laptop retains the same 14-inch design of last year’s model, but Lenovo managed to shave a few inches from the system’s footprint, and a few ounces off its weight, all changes without sacrificing security, performance or durability.

After seeing and putting hands on the CES 2017, I realized that it feels ridiculously small and light for a full-size business laptop. The system is scheduled to launch in February starting at $1,349.

The updated Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon weighs just 2.49 lbs., down from 2.74 lbs. last year. That might not sound like a big difference on paper, but I still came away really impressed by how effortlessly one could lift the system. Workers that damn tired of carrying a hefty laptop around from office to home and from home to office should probably take a look at this laptop. Its small size is very impressive; Lenovo did a good shrinking of the system by reducing the size of the bezel around the display.

It even gets more interesting, as Lenovo said the ThinkPad X1 Carbon’s battery capacity has increased slightly from last year’s model, despite the system getting lighter. Still, we’ll have to wait until we can test it ourselves to see if it can really outlast the 2016 model, which already offered very good battery life, running for a little longer than 9 hours on our battery test.

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The keyboard of The Lenovo ThinkPad X1 still feels incredibly cool for such a thin-and light system, with good key travel and lots of tactile feedback on each stroke. Plus, the trackpad is now a Windows Precision touchpad, and it feels really precise and responsive.

Lenovo ThinkPad X1

The security options are very strong, with an in-built fingerprint reader and an optional IR camera, which is a feature that can recognize your face and allow you to log on just by looking at the computer’s screen. Full hardware encryption comes with every configuration of the X1 Carbon, and select models include Intel vPro capabilities, which enables secure manageability options.

Other hardware features include a sharp 14-inch display with resolutions up to 2K; and the addition of a Thunderbolt 3 port for charging and super speedy data transfer. And you also get a performance boost thanks to Intel’s speedy new 7th-generation processors. But while last year’s model has an SD card slot to expand the system’s internal storage, that feature was made nothing this year to help keep the system compact.

We just have to wait it out, the premiss will have to determine the conclusion, we will grade the system by how it fares on our performance and battery tests, but right now the Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon is looking like the business ultraportable to beat in 2017.

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