I ordered a ~$1200 2.8 lb. 14" Lenovo Thinkpad X1 Carbon (2014, 2nd generation, 20A7) today at 40% off for the Black Friday / Cyber Monday sale. I hope I like the keyboard. I splurged for an Intel Core i7-4600U, 8GB RAM, 256GB SSD, and the WQHD 2560x1440 display. I have enjoyed 7 months with my ~$200 2.8 lb. 11" Acer C720 Chromebook. It's a pleasant contrast to my work-issued 5.9 lb. 17" Lenovo Thinkpad W510. Crouton worked well for running Linux on the Chromebook but I wanted a dedicated Linux laptop and a better screen. I will bequeath the C720 to my wife since she currently uses my 7+ year old Dell Inspiron E1405. I considered the 3.5 lb. 14" Lenovo Thinkpad T440s due to better battery/keyboard/flexibility, but the X1 Carbon was ~$200 cheaper for a similarly spec'd model due to a bigger discount and I liked the thinner and lighter design and better display. Many reviews complained about the new keyboard layout and adaptive function row. I hope key remapping will reduce the pain enough. LWN.net editor, Jonathan Corbet mentioned he bought an X1 Carbon in High-DPI displays and Linux, so it can't be too bad, right?
Here is the full 2014 2nd Gen ThinkPad X1 Carbon (Type 20A7, 20A8) spec sheet.
Update 2015-03-14: Lenovo released the 3rd generation of the X1 Carbon which fixes the keyboard and improves battery life. Too bad I didn't wait a few months. Here is the new 2015 3rd Gen spec sheet.
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