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Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon 2 Core Intel Core I5-3xxx 1.8GHz 8GB 180GB SSD 14" Laptop

2 Intel Core I5-3xxx 1.8GHz 8GB Sep 2013
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14 Reasons For

Very Big Maximum Internal Memory Supported by Processor

The ThinkPad X1 Carbon has a very big maximum internal memory supported by processor (32 gigabytes) compared to most of the other ultrabooks that are a comparable age to the ThinkPad X1 Carbon. The maximum internal memory supported by processors of ultrabooks that were released more than two years ago range from 8GB to 32GB, and the average maximum internal memory supported by processor is 23GB.

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Quite Fast On-Board Graphics Adapter Dynamic Frequency

At 1,150 megahertz, the Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon has a quite fast on-board graphics adapter dynamic frequency compared to most of the other notebook PCs that were launched around the same time as the ThinkPad X1 Carbon. The average on-board graphics adapter dynamic frequency of similar spec laptops that are a comparable age to the ThinkPad X1 Carbon is 1,100MHz, and the on-board graphics adapter dynamic frequencies range from 800MHz to 1,300MHz.

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Lenovo Notebook PCs Have Good Reviews

We calculated the average reviews for all Lenovo portable PCs and also specifically for Lenovo ultrabooks and found that in both cases Lenovo had good reviews.

Fairly Fast On-Board Graphics Adapter Base Frequency

The average on-board graphics adapter base frequency of ultrabooks that have been available for a comparable time to the ThinkPad X1 Carbon is 290MHz, and the on-board graphics adapter base frequencies range from 200MHz to 650MHz. With an on-board graphics adapter base frequency of 350 megahertz, the Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon has one of the faster on-board graphics adapter base frequencies amongst ultrabooks of this age.

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Recent Price Drop of £80.11

The price of the ThinkPad X1 Carbon has dropped by £80.11 in the last 46 days.

Has a Front Camera

The ThinkPad X1 Carbon has a front camera, as do most of the other notebook PCs that came out around the same time as the ThinkPad X1 Carbon.

There are a number of alternative notebook PCs with a front camera currently available which you might also want to look at including the Asus UX301LA (£635.00) which is cheaper.

We compared this portable PC to all the other portable PCs with a front camera and we think the Lenovo X1 Carbon, or the DELL XPS 13 is also worth considering.

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1,600MHz Processor Memory Clock Speed

The ThinkPad X1 Carbon supports a 1,600MHz processor memory clock speed which is faster than most ultrabooks that are a similar age to it. Most notebook PCs of this type and age support a 133MHz processor memory clock speed. This Lenovo portable PC also supports 1 and 333MHz processor memory clock speeds.

A 1,600MHz processor memory clock speed is in fact the best supported memory clock speeds supported by processor across all notebook PCs of a similar spec and age to the ThinkPad X1 Carbon.

Across comparable types of notebook PC the worst supported memory clock speeds supported by processor is 133MHz.

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SSD Storage Medium

This portable PC has an SSD storage medium, which is typical of many notebook PCs that have been on the market for a similar time to it. Solid State Drives (SSD) store data in semiconductors on a circuit board rather than using magnetic or optical media. Solid State Drives have no moving parts which makes them very fast and reliable.

We think you might also be interested in some of the other portable PCs that have an SSD storage media currently available including cheaper notebook PCs such as the XPS 13, or the XPS 13 both from DELL or the Asus UX301LA (£635.00).

If you are looking for a laptop with a better storage medium then you might also want to consider the Lenovo X1 Carbon Touch (SSD), or the HP Pro (SSD).

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Quite Big Screen Size

The Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon has a quite big screen size (14 inches) compared to most of the other portable PCs of this spec and age. The screen sizes of ultrabooks that were released more than two years ago range from 11" to 18".

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L3 Processor Cache

This notebook PC has a L3 processor cache, which is typical of many ultrabooks that have been on the market for more than two years.

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802.11n WiFi Standard

This laptop has an 802.11a|802.11b|802.11g|802.11n WiFi standard, which is typical of many laptops that came out around the same time as it.

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64-Bit Operating System Architecture

This portable PC has a 64-bit operating system architecture, which is the most frequently found operating system architecture on ultrabooks that came out around the same time as it.

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Quite Big Maximum Internal Memory

The smallest maximum internal memory of ultrabooks that were launched more than two years ago is 16GB, the biggest is 33GB, and the average maximum internal memory is 22GB. The ThinkPad X1 Carbon has a fairly big maximum internal memory (32,768 megabytes) compared to most of the other portable PCs that are a similar age to the ThinkPad X1 Carbon.

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Fairly High Speaker Power

The lowest speaker power of ultrabooks that are a comparable age to the ThinkPad X1 Carbon is 1W and the highest is 4W. With an speaker power of 2 Watts, the ThinkPad X1 Carbon has one of the higher speaker power amongst similar spec portable PCs of this age.

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7 Reasons Against

Only One PCI Express Lane (max)

The Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon is a one PCI Express lane (max) portable PC. Most of the other notebook PCs that have been around for around the same time as the ThinkPad X1 Carbon have between 1 and 15 PCI Express lanes (max).

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Only One USB 3.0 (3.1 Gen 1) Type-A Port

Most ultrabooks that were launched around the same time as the ThinkPad X1 Carbon have between one and three USB 3.0 (3.1 Gen 1) Type-A ports, including the ThinkPad X1 Carbon which has one USB 3.0 (3.1 Gen 1) Type-A port.

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Does Not Have a Full-Size Keyboard

The ThinkPad X1 Carbon does not have a full-size keyboard, although this is within the context that most of the other ultrabooks that have been around for a comparable time to the ThinkPad X1 Carbon also do not have a full-size keyboard.

We think you might also be interested in alternative laptops which also have a full-size keyboard including the Lenovo X1 Carbon (£911.53) or the Asus UX301LA (£635.00).

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Does Not Have a Touch Sensitive Screen

The Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon does not have a touch sensitive screen. Most of the other ultrabooks that have been available for more than two years also do not have a touch sensitive screen.

There are a number of other laptops which also have a touch sensitive screen that you might want to consider including the Asus UX301LA (£635.00).

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Quite Slow Memory Clock Speed

Laptops of a similar type and age to the ThinkPad X1 Carbon have memory clock speeds of between 1,000MHz and 1,600MHz, and the average memory clock speed is 1,600MHz. When compared to other laptops of a comparable spec and age to the ThinkPad X1 Carbon that we have assessed the memory clock speed of, the ThinkPad X1 Carbon's memory clock speed of only 1,333 megahertz is one of the slowest.

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Only One USB 3.0 Port

The ThinkPad X1 Carbon is a one USB 3.0 port notebook PC. Most of the other notebook PCs of a similar spec and age to the ThinkPad X1 Carbon have between one and three USB 3.0 ports.

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Only One USB 2.0 Port

The Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon is a one USB 2.0 port portable PC. Most of the other portable PCs that are a comparable age to the ThinkPad X1 Carbon have one USB 2.0 port.

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7 Other reasons to consider the Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon

Released Over Three Years Ago

It was over three years ago when this notebook PC was released.

Average Internal Memory

The ThinkPad X1 Carbon has a pretty standard internal memory (8 gigabytes) compared to most of the other laptops that have been available for more than two years.

Other 8GB internal memory notebook PCs currently available that you might also want to consider include the DELL XPS 13 which is cheaper.

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Intel Core I5-3xxx Processor Family

The ThinkPad X1 Carbon has an Intel Core i5-3xxx processor family which is better than the Intel Core i5 processor family found on most comparable spec notebook PCs that are a similar age to it.

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Average Battery Life

At 8.2 hours, the ThinkPad X1 Carbon has a pretty standard battery life compared to most of the other notebook PCs of this age and spec.

If this portable PC battery life is too short for you then you might also want to look at the X1 Carbon (8.6h), or the X240 (£1,299.89) (8.7h) both from Lenovo or the DELL XPS 13 (8.53h).

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Average Processor Clock Speed

At 1.8 gigahertz, the Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon has a relatively standard processor clock speed compared to most of the other ultrabooks that were released around the same time as the ThinkPad X1 Carbon.

If you want a faster processor clock speed then you might want to consider the DELL Latitude 12 E7240 (1.9GHz and cheaper).

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Average Total Storage Capacity

At 180 gigabytes, the Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon has a fairly average total storage capacity compared to most of the other laptops that have been available for a similar time to the ThinkPad X1 Carbon.

If you are looking for a bigger total storage capacity then you might want to consider the X240 (256GB), or the X240 (£1,299.89) (256GB) both from Lenovo or the DELL XPS 13 (256GB).

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Average Weight

The ThinkPad X1 Carbon has a relatively typical weight (1.4 kilograms) compared to most of the other notebook PCs that have been on the market for around the same time as the ThinkPad X1 Carbon.

We think you might also be interested in some of the alternative 1.4kg heavy notebook PCs currently available including the DELL XPS 13 which is cheaper.

Alternative notebook PCs with a heavier weight that you might want to look at include the HP Pro (1.4kg), or the Lenovo X1 Carbon Touch (1.4kg).

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Expert Reviews

(4)
8 September 2016

With a hardware platform that is comparable to other laptops in its class, the Lenovo Carbon X1 has a few key differentiators that are remarkable: Durability, OLED display option, Rapid charging....

11 August 2016

It might not get as much attention in the style and powerhouse stakes, but when it comes to sheer reliability, Lenovo's (and formerly IBM's) ThinkPad series belongs to a league of its own.... Read more…

9 March 2015

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22 August 2016

Das Lenovo Thinkpad X1 ist laut Herstelleraussagen das weltweit leichteste 14-Zoll-Ultrabook. Dank starker Hardware und einer hervorragenden Tastatur ist es auch eines der besten Geräte.Seit 2012... Read more…

User Reviews

(3)
Reviewed 29 December 2015 by Peter Andersen
(Verified Purchase)

Bought for staff - initial configuration fine.

Reviewed 26 January 2015 by Reviewer 1234 | 11 Comments

This sorry, soggy piece of black plastic has been foisted upon me by my malevolent work IT department presumably to allow them a bit of amusement as clearly it must be a pretty dull job handing... Read more…

Reviewed 5 October 2014 by Thinker

Lenovo Carbon X1 Laptop i5 256GB SSD 8GB RAM Win 7 pro Not bought from Amazon Lightweight, well made, reliable laptop. For a lightweight, powerful laptop the keyboard is sturdy and doesn't... Read more…

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X240 vs ThinkPad X1 Carbon

Lenovo X240 vs Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon
Lenovo X240
2 core Intel Core i5-4xxx 1.9GHz 8GB 256GB SSD 12.5"
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon
2 core Intel Core i5-3xxx 1.8GHz 8GB 180GB SSD 14"
£ 1,299.89 £896.00
3MB Bigger L3 Cache
Newer Intel Stable Image Platform Program (SIPP) Version
25.6GB/s Faster Maximum Processor Memory Bandwidth
Vastly Bigger Maximum Internal Memory Supported by Processor
Hugely Slower On-Board Graphics Adapter Base Frequency
Lower Speaker Power

X240 vs ThinkPad X1 Carbon

Lenovo X240 vs Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon
Lenovo X240
2 core Intel Core i5-4xxx 1.9GHz 8GB 180GB SSD 12.5"
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon
2 core Intel Core i5-3xxx 1.8GHz 8GB 180GB SSD 14"
£ 1,019.00 £896.00
Eleven More PCI Express Lanes (max)
Significantly Longer Battery Life
Two USB 3.0 Ports
One More USB 3.0 (3.1 Gen 1) Type-A Port
16GB Smaller Maximum Internal Memory Supported by Processor
95% Smaller Battery Capacity

UX301LA vs ThinkPad X1 Carbon

Asus UX301LA vs Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon
Asus UX301LA
2 core Intel Core i7-4xxx 1.8GHz 8GB 256GB SSD 13.3"
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon
2 core Intel Core i5-3xxx 1.8GHz 8GB 180GB SSD 14"
£ 635.00 £896.00
12 PCI Express Lanes (max)
Two USB 3.0 (3.1 Gen 1) Type-A Ports
One More Installed SSD
One More USB 3.0 Port
16GB Smaller Maximum Internal Memory Supported by Processor
75% Slower On-Board Graphics Adapter Base Frequency
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