Though it's not without its foibles, the Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon is one of the best laptops for productivity on the go. This 2.5-pound ultrabook packs a gorgeous 14-inch screen, an excellent tactile keyboard and enough battery life to last all day, but it doesn't come cheap.
While Amazon has Prime Day coming on Monday, Lenovo has its own "Black Friday in July" savings party early, offering the 6th Generation X1 Carbon for a starting price of just $999 with coupon code THINKBFNJ1. The company has discounts on a number of different configs and even has a sale on the brand new 7th Generation X1 Carbon which promises improved performance and battery life. These are our favorite 6th Gen X1 Carbon configs that are on sale.
- X1 Carbon with Core i5-8250U/8GB/256GB and 1080p screen for $999 with coupon code THINKBFNJ1
- X1 Carbon custom configured with Core i7-8550U/16GB/512GB for $1,499 with coupon code BFJULY10
- X! Carbon with 2K HDR Screen and Core i7-8650U/16GB/1TB for $1,899 with coupon code THINKBFNJ2
Of these, the middle config, which you must get through using the customization menu, offers the best balance of price and performance, simply because it allows you to have 16GB of RAM. However, if you can live with 8GB, which many people can, the $999 model is a great value and its SSD is replaceable (the RAM is not). And,if you wish to splurge, that 2K HDR screen is absolutely gorgeous, but it does decrease the battery life.
The 7th Gen X1 Carbon looks about the same, but has some subtle differences. It's about 0.1 pounds lighter, has a slightly faster set of "Whiskey Lake" processors and is available with an optional carbon-fiber lid. Since it's brand new, the prices aren't as good but Lenovo does have a coupon.
- X1 Carbon 7th Gen with Core i5-8565U/8GB/256GB and 1080p screen for $1,313.10 with coupon code BFJULY10
- X1 Carbon 7th Gen same as above with 16GB of RAM for $1,408.50 with coupon code BFJULY10
- X1 Carbon 7th Gen with 4K HDR screen and Core i7-8665U/16GB/1TB for $2303.10 with coupon code BFJULY10
For more savings, check out our list of best Amazon Prime Day deals and best pc hardware deals overall as well as dedicated lists of current sales on ssds, cpus, gpus and gaming laptops.