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Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon 2 Core Intel Core I5-5xxx 2.3GHz 4GB 180GB SSD 14" Laptop

2 Intel Core I5-5xxx 2.3GHz 4GB Jan 2015
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Starting at just 2.877 lbs, the new X1 Carbon is the lightest 14" Ultrabook on the planet. And at just 0.70" thin, it's the thinnest ThinkPad ever. The new X1 Carbon now features Samsung PCIe SSD... More
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14 Reasons For

64-Bit Processor Operating Mode

This notebook PC supports a 32-bit|64-bit processor operating mode, which is the most frequently supported processor operating mode on medium processor core notebook PCs that have been on the market for a comparable time to it.

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Fairly Big Maximum On-Board Graphics Adapter Memory

With a maximum on-board graphics adapter memory of 16 gigabytes, the ThinkPad X1 Carbon has one of the bigger maximum on-board graphics adapter memories amongst similar spec portable PCs of this age. The average maximum on-board graphics adapter memory of notebook PCs that have been on the market for a similar time to the ThinkPad X1 Carbon is 11GB.

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Good Brand

Lenovo has good average reviews for its medium processor core notebook PCs as well as across its entire portable PC range compared to other brands.

1920 X 1080 Pixels Display Resolution

The Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon has a maximum display resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels. That's 98% more display resolution than a 1366 x 768 pixels laptop, which is the most frequently found display resolution.

A 1920 x 1080 pixels display resolution is actually the best display resolution amongst all portable PCs that were launched around the same time as the ThinkPad X1 Carbon.

Amongst comparable types of portable PC the worst display resolution is 1024 x 768 pixels.

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1,600MHz Processor Memory Clock Speed

The ThinkPad X1 Carbon supports a faster memory clock speeds supported by processor than most medium processor core notebook PCs that have been on the market for around the same time as it. This laptop supports a 1,600MHz processor memory clock speed, whereas most comparable spec notebook PCs that are a similar age to it support a 133MHz processor memory clock speed. In addition, this portable PC supports 1 and 333MHz processor memory clock speeds. Across all medium processor core notebook PCs that have been on the market for around the same time as the ThinkPad X1 Carbon the best memory clock speeds supported by processor is 1,866MHz and the worst is 133MHz.

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SSD Storage Medium

The ThinkPad X1 Carbon has an SSD storage medium which is better than most medium processor core notebook PCs that have been on the market for more than a year. Most notebook PCs of this spec and age have an HDD storage medium. 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.

An SSD storage medium is in fact the best storage medium amongst all medium processor core notebook PCs that are a similar age to the ThinkPad X1 Carbon.

Amongst comparable types of notebook PC the worst storage medium is HDD.

If you are looking for a portable PC with a better storage medium then you might want to consider the Elitebook 820 G2 (£750.00) (SSD), or the EliteBook 820 G2 (£778.63) (SSD) both from HP.

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Fairly Long Battery Life

The shortest battery life of medium processor core notebook PCs that came out around the same time as the ThinkPad X1 Carbon is 2.5h, the longest is 24h, and the average battery life is 8.6h. At 10.9 hours, the Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon has a quite long battery life compared to most of the other medium processor core notebook PCs that are a comparable age to the ThinkPad X1 Carbon.

If this notebook PC battery life is not long enough for you then you might also want to look at the Toshiba Z30 (£1,549.99) (11h) which also has a higher rating.

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Has a Front Camera

The Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon has a front camera, as do most of the other medium processor core notebook PCs that came out more than a year ago.

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L3 Processor Cache

This notebook PC has a L3 processor cache, which is typical of many portable PCs that have been on the market for around the same time as it.

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802.11n WiFi Standard

This portable PC has an 802.11a|802.11ac|802.11b|802.11g|802.11n WiFi standard, which is typical of many laptops of a comparable spec and age to it.

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Eight Battery Cells

The Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon is a eight battery cell count portable PC.

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Fairly Bright Display Brightness

The ThinkPad X1 Carbon has one of the brighter display brightnesss (300 candellas per square meter) amongst medium processor core notebook PCs of this age. Across all the laptops of this spec and age the display brightnesss range from 200 cd/m² to 1,200 cd/m².

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Very Light

The average weight of similar spec portable PCs that have been around for around the same time as the ThinkPad X1 Carbon is 2kg. The Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon is fairly light (only 1.4 kilograms) compared to most of the other medium processor core notebook PCs that were released one year ago.

If you would consider a laptop with a heavier weight then you might want to look at the Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon (1.4kg).

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Narrow

At only 331 millimeters, the ThinkPad X1 Carbon is quite narrow compared to most of the other medium processor core notebook PCs that have been available for a comparable time to the ThinkPad X1 Carbon. The average width of similar spec portable PCs that came out around the same time as the ThinkPad X1 Carbon is 360mm.

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7 Reasons Against

Does Not Have a Full-Size Keyboard

The ThinkPad X1 Carbon does not have a full-size keyboard, unlike most of the other notebook PCs of a comparable spec and age to the ThinkPad X1 Carbon which have a full-size keyboard.

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Very Small Total Storage Capacity

The smallest total storage capacity of portable PCs of a comparable type and age to the ThinkPad X1 Carbon is 16GB, the biggest is 2TB, and the average total storage capacity is 550GB. With a total storage capacity of only 180 gigabytes, the ThinkPad X1 Carbon has one of the smaller total storage capacity amongst medium processor core notebook PCs of this age.

If this notebook PC total storage capacity is too small for you then you might also want to look at the Lenovo L450 (£709.20) (192GB).

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Quite Small Maximum Internal Memory (64-Bit)

The smallest maximum internal memory (64-bit) of comparable spec portable PCs that have been around for a similar time to the ThinkPad X1 Carbon is 2GB, the biggest is 32GB, and the average maximum internal memory (64-bit) is 13GB. When compared to other medium processor core notebook PCs that have been around for around the same time as the ThinkPad X1 Carbon, the Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon's maximum internal memory (64-bit) of only 4 gigabytes is one of the smallest.

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Quite Small Maximum Internal Memory

At only 4 gigabytes, the ThinkPad X1 Carbon has a very small maximum internal memory compared to most of the other medium processor core notebook PCs that are a similar age to the ThinkPad X1 Carbon. The smallest maximum internal memory of similar spec portable PCs that have been on the market for around the same time as the ThinkPad X1 Carbon is 2GB and the biggest is 32GB.

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Does Not Have a Touch Sensitive Screen

The ThinkPad X1 Carbon does not have a touch sensitive screen. Most of the other laptops of this age and spec also do not have a touch sensitive screen.

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Quite Low Speaker Power

Across all the medium processor core notebook PCs that came out around the same time as the ThinkPad X1 Carbon the speaker power range from 1W to 4W, and the average speaker power is 1.7W. At only 1 Watt, the ThinkPad X1 Carbon has a quite low speaker power compared to most of the other notebook PCs of a similar spec and age to the ThinkPad X1 Carbon.

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Only 4 Bluetooth Version

This laptop supports a 4 Bluetooth version, which is typical of many comparable spec portable PCs that are a similar age to it.

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5 Other reasons to consider the Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon

Released Over Two Years Ago

This portable PC has been on the market for over two years.

Average Processor Clock Speed

With a processor clock speed of 2.3 gigahertz, the ThinkPad X1 Carbon has a relatively average processor clock speed compared to most of the other laptops of this type and age.

If you would prefer a portable PC with a faster processor clock speed then you might also want to consider the HP EliteBook 850 G2 (£1,305.30) (2.4GHz).

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Intel Core I5-5xxx Processor Family

This portable PC has an Intel Core i5-5xxx processor family, which is the most commonly found processor family on notebook PCs of a comparable spec and age to it.

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Average Internal Memory

With an internal memory of 4 gigabytes, the ThinkPad X1 Carbon has a pretty standard internal memory compared to most of the other medium processor core notebook PCs that were released around the same time as the ThinkPad X1 Carbon.

If you are looking for a bigger internal memory then you might want to look at the HP Pavilion 14-ab166us (6GB).

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Average Screen Size

With a screen size of 14 inches, the ThinkPad X1 Carbon has a fairly average screen size compared to most of the other laptops of a similar age and type to the ThinkPad X1 Carbon.

If this Lenovo portable PC screen size is not big enough for you then you might also want to consider the Lenovo ThinkPad T550 (15.5").

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Specification

Features
Design
Form Factor
Market Positioning
Housing Material
Colour
Product Type
Intel Segment Tagging
Docking Station
Processor
Processor Core
Processor Family
Processor Clock Speed
Processor Socket
Processor Cache
System Bus Data Transfer Rate
Processor Thread
Maximum Turbo Frequency
Processor Model
Conflict Free Processor
Processor Lithography
PCI Express Lane (max)
Processor Operating Mode
PCI Express Slot Version
Bus Type
Processor Codename
Processor Series
Thermal Design Power (TDP)
Configurable TDP-Down Frequency
Stepping
PCI Express Configuration
Tjunction
Processor Cache Type
Memory
Internal Memory
Memory
Maximum Internal Memory (64-Bit)
Maximum Internal Memory
Memory Clock Speed
Internal Memory
Hard Drive
Storage
Total Storage Capacity
Storage Medium
Integrated Card Reader
Solid-State Drive Interface
Solid-State Drive Capacity
Installed SSD
Display
Screen Size
Display Resolution
Touch Sensitive Screen
Typical Contrast Ratio
Display Brightness
Aspect Ratio
LED Backlight
HD Type
Video
Graphics
On-Board Graphics Adapter Model
Open GL Graphics Adapter
Maximum Resolution
Discrete Graphics Adapter Model
On-Board Graphics Adapter DirectX Version
On-Board Graphics Adapter ID
Display Supported by On-Board Grap
Maximum On-Board Graphics Adapter Memory
On-Board Graphics Adapter Dynamic Frequency
On-Board Graphics Adapter Base Frequency
On-Board Graphics Adapter
Optical Drive
LghtScribe Feature
Audio
Built-In Microphone
Speaker Power
Built-In Speaker
Audio System
Camera
Front Camera
Networking
4G
Bluetooth Version
Ethernet LAN Connection
WiFi Standard
Wireless LAN Connection
3G Network Access Module
Bluetooth
Ports & Interfaces
Mini DisplayPort
USB Sleep-and-Charge Port
USB Sleep-and-Charge
SmartCard Slot
ExpressCard Slot
DC-In Jack
Docking Connector
Combo Headphone/mic Port
S/PDIF Out Port
Microphone in Port
DVI Port
HDMI Port
USB 3.0 (3.1 Gen 1) Type-A Port
Performance
Keyboard
Spill Resistant Keyboard
Island-Style Keyboard
Backlit Keyboard
Numeric Keypad
Windows Key
Pointing Device
Operating System/software
Operating System
Operating System Architecture
Processor Special Features
Intel VPro Technology
Intel Turbo Boost Technology
Intel Identity Protection Technology
Intel Smart Response Technology
Intel Hyper-Threading Technology
Intel Small Business Advantage (SBA)
Intel Wireless Display (WiDi) Technology
Enhanced Intel SpeedStep Technology
Intel InTru 3D Technology
Intel Insider
Intel Clear Video Technology
Intel Quick Sync Video Technology
Intel Clear Video HD Technology
Intel Trusted Execution Technology
Supported Instruction Set
Processor Code
Intel FDI Technology
Intel Fast Memory Access
Intel TSX-NI Version
Intel Secure Key
Execute Disable Bit
Intel Secure Key Technology Version
OS Guard
Thermal Monitoring Technology
Intel Stable Image Platform Program (SIPP)
CPU Configuration (max)
Intel Smart Response Technology Version
Intel Clear Video Technology for MID
Intel Stable Image Platform Program (SIPP) Version
Intel VT-X With Extended Page Tables (EPT)
Intel Smart Cache
Intel 64
Processor Package Size
Intel Small Business Advantage (SBA) Version
Intel Flex Memory Access
Intel Virtualization Technology (VT-X)
Graphics & IMC Lithography
Intel Enhanced Halt State
Intel AES New Instructions
Intel Virtualization Technology for Directed I/O (VT-D)
Intel Identity Protection Technology Version
Processor ARK ID
Battery
Battery Life
Battery Capacity
Battery Cell Count
Battery
Power
AC Adapter Power
Security
Password Protection
Password Protection
Trusted Platform Module (TPM)
Fingerprint Reader
Cable Lock Slot
Special Features
Weight & Dimensions
Weight
Height
Depth
Width
Packaging Data
AC Adapter Included
Power Cord Included
Operational Conditions
Certificates
RoHS Compliance
EPEAT Compliance
Energy Star Certified
Technical Details
Other Features
Intel Virtualization Technology

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…

Brochures and Manuals

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Product Identifiers

Manufacturer Part Numbers lenovo p232995, lenovo p232995p
Barcodes 00888965666154, 00888965677440, 00888965677501, 08889656661542

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