Is this the ultimate laptop?

Laptops come in all shapes and sizes, from the huge - 17" monsters that aren't designed to leave the house - to the small, like Apple's tiny 11" MacBook Air. But few combine power and portability really well. Now Lenovo, makers of the legendary ThinkPad line of laptops, reckon they've hit on the perfect formula - and, gosh-darn it, we reckon they might be right.

The X1 manages to combine the traditional ruggedness and power of Lenovo's laptops with a much more slender frame. Packing an ample 13.3-inch screen, it's just .84 inches thick at its thickest point, thicker than an iPad by some way but much thinner than most laptops. At 3.76 pounds, again it's more than a tablet but less than some netbooks.

But this is no netbook. It's available with a 2.1GHz Intel Core i3 processor right up to the badass Core i7, and packs loads of RAM to drive big applications. And despite the svelte dimensions, the build quality is as good as a larger laptop's - the keyboard is described as 'excellent', and has both back-lighting for when you're working in the dark, and a fabulous spill-resistant feature for those moments when your coffee doesn't go where it's supposed to go. And the screen is covered in tough-as-nails Gorilla Glass which should make it super-hard to break. And unlike some modern laptops, the X1 can be opened all the way to 180 degrees, which is super handy if you want to prop it up on a stand for height and use a regular keyboard (very much recommended if you're using it for a length of time.)

It's not all smiles - some people hate the glass screen, and it certainly produces glare and reflections, and the battery life is an only-standard 5-6 hours. But all in all, if you want a tough, full-featured (except there's no optical drive) laptop and you need it super-portable, this could be the one to avoid a trade-off. Just one thing, though: it won't be cheap. The X1 is expected to cost about £1200 when it launches in the UK soon. So, er, start saving?

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