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Lenovo X1 Carbon 2 Core Intel Core I5-3xxx 1.7GHz 128GB SSD 14" Laptop

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12 Reasons For

Quite Big Maximum Internal Memory Supported by Processor

With a maximum internal memory supported by processor of 32 gigabytes, the X1 Carbon has one of the bigger maximum internal memory supported by processors amongst portable PCs of this age. The smallest maximum internal memory supported by processor of ultrabooks that were released more than two years ago is 8GB, the biggest is 32GB, and the average maximum internal memory supported by processor is 23GB.

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Good Brand

On average Lenovo ultrabooks have good ratings as do all portable PCs produced by Lenovo.

Quite Fast On-Board Graphics Adapter Base Frequency

The slowest on-board graphics adapter base frequency of portable PCs of this type and age is 200MHz, the fastest is 650MHz, and the average on-board graphics adapter base frequency is 290MHz. With an on-board graphics adapter base frequency of 350 megahertz, the X1 Carbon has one of the faster on-board graphics adapter base frequencies amongst comparable spec laptops of this age.

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1,600MHz Processor Memory Clock Speed

The X1 Carbon supports a 1,600MHz processor memory clock speed which is faster than most ultrabooks that are a similar age to it. Most portable PCs of a similar age and spec to it support a 133MHz processor memory clock speed. This notebook 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 amongst all portable PCs that are a similar age to the X1 Carbon.

A 133MHz processor memory clock speed is the worst supported memory clock speeds supported by processor amongst similar types of notebook PC.

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SSD Storage Medium

This laptop has an SSD storage medium, which is typical of many portable PCs of a similar age and spec 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.

If you want a notebook PC with a better storage medium then you might also want to consider the Lenovo X1 Carbon (£697.00) (SSD).

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Fairly Big Screen Size

The average screen size of similar spec portable PCs that have been on the market for more than two years is 14", and the screen sizes range from 11" to 18". With a screen size of 14 inches, the X1 Carbon has one of the bigger screen sizes amongst ultrabooks of this age.

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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|802.11g|802.11n WiFi standard, which is the most frequently found WiFi standard on notebook PCs of a comparable type and age to it.

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64-Bit Operating System Architecture

This notebook PC has a 64-bit operating system architecture, which is the most frequently found operating system architecture on ultrabooks that have been around for a comparable time to it.

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Very Big Maximum Internal Memory

Ultrabooks that were released around the same time as the X1 Carbon have maximum internal memories of between 16GB and 33GB, and the average maximum internal memory is 22GB. At 32,768 megabytes, the X1 Carbon has a very big maximum internal memory compared to most of the other laptops that were released more than two years ago.

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Four Battery Cells

The X1 Carbon is a four battery cell count portable PC. Most of the other ultrabooks that have been available for more than two years have between two and seven battery cells.

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AC Cable Included

This portable PC has an AC cable included, which is the most commonly found cable included on notebook PCs that are a comparable age to it.

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14 Reasons Against

Only One PCI Express Lane (max)

The Lenovo X1 Carbon is a one PCI Express lane (max) portable PC. Most of the other laptops that were released more than two years ago 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

The Lenovo X1 Carbon is a one USB 3.0 (3.1 Gen 1) Type-A port notebook PC. Most of the other laptops of a similar age and spec to the X1 Carbon have between one and three USB 3.0 (3.1 Gen 1) Type-A ports.

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Quite Slow On-Board Graphics Adapter Dynamic Frequency

The slowest on-board graphics adapter dynamic frequency of ultrabooks that have been available for a similar time to the X1 Carbon is 800MHz, the fastest is 1,300MHz, and the average on-board graphics adapter dynamic frequency is 1,100MHz. At only 1,050 megahertz, the X1 Carbon has a quite slow on-board graphics adapter dynamic frequency compared to most of the other ultrabooks that are a similar age to the X1 Carbon.

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Does Not Have a Front Camera

The X1 Carbon does not have a front camera. Most of the other portable PCs of this age and type do have a front camera.

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Does Not Have a Full-Size Keyboard

Most portable PCs of a comparable age and type to the X1 Carbon do not have a full-size keyboard. The X1 Carbon is no exception to this as it too does not have a full-size keyboard.

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Very Small Total Storage Capacity

The Lenovo X1 Carbon has a fairly small total storage capacity (only 128 gigabytes) compared to most of the other notebook PCs of a comparable spec and age to the X1 Carbon. Notebook PCs of this type and age have total storage capacity of between 64GB and 1.1TB.

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Quite Short Battery Life

With a battery life of only 6.3 hours, the Lenovo X1 Carbon has a fairly short battery life compared to most of the other portable PCs that have been available for a similar time to the X1 Carbon. Across all the ultrabooks that are a comparable age to the X1 Carbon the battery lifes range from 3.1h to 18h, and the average battery life is 8.5h.

If you would prefer a longer battery life then you might want to look at the Asus UX301LA (£635.00) (7h).

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Does Not Have a Touch Sensitive Screen

Most portable PCs that were launched more than two years ago do not have a touch sensitive screen. The X1 Carbon is no exception to this as it too does not have a touch sensitive screen.

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Quite Slow Memory Clock Speed

With a memory clock speed of only 1,333 megahertz, the X1 Carbon has a very slow memory clock speed compared to most of the other ultrabooks that are a comparable age to the X1 Carbon. The memory clock speeds of ultrabooks that were released more than two years ago range from 1,000MHz to 1,600MHz, and the average memory clock speed is 1,600MHz.

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Only One USB 3.0 Port

The Lenovo X1 Carbon is a one USB 3.0 port notebook PC.

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Quite Slow Maximum Turbo Frequency

Notebook PCs of a similar type and age to the X1 Carbon have maximum turbo frequencies of between 1.3GHz and 3.6GHz, and the average maximum turbo frequency is 2.9GHz. The X1 Carbon has one of the slower maximum turbo frequencies (only 2.6 gigahertz) amongst ultrabooks of this age.

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Only One USB 2.0 Port

Most comparable spec notebook PCs that are a similar age to the X1 Carbon have one USB 2.0 port, including the Lenovo X1 Carbon which has one USB 2.0 port.

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Quite Small Processor Cache

The processor caches of comparable spec notebook PCs that are a similar age to the X1 Carbon range from 1MB to 6MB. With a processor cache of only 3 megabytes, the X1 Carbon has one of the smaller processor caches amongst laptops of this age.

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Quite Small L3 Cache

With a L3 cache of only 3 megabytes, the Lenovo X1 Carbon has a very small L3 cache compared to most of the other ultrabooks that came out more than two years ago. Ultrabooks that were launched around the same time as the X1 Carbon have L3 caches of between 2MB and 6MB.

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4 Other reasons to consider the Lenovo X1 Carbon

Released Over Three Years Ago

It was over three years ago when Lenovo released the X1 Carbon.

Intel Core I5-3xxx Processor Family

The X1 Carbon has an Intel Core i5-3xxx processor family which is better than most similar spec portable PCs that have been around for around the same time as it. Most ultrabooks that have been around for around the same time as it have an Intel Core i5 processor family.

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Average Processor Clock Speed

With a processor clock speed of 1.7 gigahertz, the X1 Carbon has a fairly typical processor clock speed compared to most of the other notebook PCs that were launched more than two years ago.

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Average Weight

With a weight of 1.4 kilograms, the Lenovo X1 Carbon has a pretty typical weight compared to most of the other ultrabooks that came out around the same time as the X1 Carbon.

Other portable PCs with a heavier weight that you might want to look at include the Lenovo X1 Carbon (£1,642.25) (1.4kg).

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64-Bit Computing Architecture

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Expert Reviews

(34)
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…

28 April 2016

The Lenovo X1 Carbon keeps getting better, and the fourth generation is no exception. The laptop is lighter and thinner than ever, but it doesn't alienate its fanbase, sticking to the same general...

Very good gaming for a notebook that is still portable
Good battery life with productivity apps for a gaming notebook
Healthy 16GB of memory
Reasonably light 2.73kg for 17in chassis
USB 3.1 Type C port
Faster 17in notebooks are available
Singlechannel memory
No SSD for booting and main applications
Much more expensive than traditional mechanical locks, only suited for lowtomedium security use, entirely dependent upon your phone to open the lock
Plasticky build
17 January 2014

The X1 Carbon Touch is among the best Windows 8 Ultrabooks around, with a comfortable keyboard, fast performance and a lightweight build. Still, it's pricey, even for a high-end ultraportable.

9 January 2014

But despite being lightweight and ultra powerful, the first Thinkpad X1 Carbon's enterprise appeal was hampered by a few issues, primarily its lack of an Ethernet port and slightly poor... Read more…

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User Reviews

(8)
Reviewed 27 May 2016 by Stkrup
(Verified Purchase)

Very good laptop, 14" at such small fingerprint, touchpad is fantastic and keyboard is marvellous, highly recommended...

(Verified Purchase)

A very light and well made ultrabook from Lenovo's professional range. I like how compact and small the X1 Carbon v3 is. Keyboard is comfortable, but lacks num-pad which some people may not like,... Read more…

Reviewed 1 March 2016 by The Laughing Mole
(Verified Purchase)

Fantastic machine. Have had a long line of Thinkpads from the early 1990s and really missed the red Trackpoint button when I bought a Yoga a couple of years back. Saw this on Amazon at a great... Read more…

Reviewed 26 February 2016 by Mark Twain | 11 Comments
(Verified Purchase)

There are different sellers but model shipped from Amazon itself is the Thinkpad Carbon X1 Gen 3 Model number 20BS-00ADUK. Specifications = i5-5300u, 8Gb RAM (Soldered, not upgradable), 256Gb SSD... Read more…

Reviewed 26 February 2016 by Amazon Customer
(Verified Purchase)

It's a pleasure to use the X1. Beautiful design... almost like a carbon fibre sculpture. Very happy with the product and specs.

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