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Lenovo X1 Carbon 2 Core Intel Core I5-3xxx 1.7GHz 8GB 180GB SSD 14" Laptop

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2 Intel Core I5-3xxx 1.7GHz 8GB Feb 2013
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11 Reasons For

64-Bit Processor Operating Mode

This portable PC supports a 64-bit processor operating mode, which is the most frequently supported processor operating mode on medium processor core notebook PCs that were launched more than two years ago.

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Lenovo Has Good Laptop Reviews

Lenovo is one of the better rated portable PC brands according to average user and expert reviews, and Lenovo also has good ratings for its medium processor core notebook PCs.

1,600MHz Processor Memory Clock Speed

The Lenovo X1 Carbon supports a faster memory clock speeds supported by processor than most comparable spec laptops that have been on the market for more than two years. This portable PC supports a 1,600MHz processor memory clock speed, whereas most medium processor core notebook PCs that were released more than two years ago support a 133MHz processor memory clock speed. This Lenovo laptop 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 similar spec portable PCs that have been on the market for around the same time as the X1 Carbon.

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

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Fairly Big Internal Memory

Across all the similar spec laptops that are a comparable age to the X1 Carbon the internal memory range from 1GB to 16GB. The X1 Carbon has one of the bigger internal memory (8 gigabytes) amongst medium processor core notebook PCs of this age.

We think you might also be interested in some of the other 8GB internal memory laptops currently available including cheaper laptops such as the X1 Carbon[pl_1414755_price], or the X1[pl_1610908_price] both from Lenovo or the Asus X550CA[plb_1598926_price].

Portable PCs with a bigger internal memory that might be worth looking at include the Toshiba Satellite Z30[plb_2558036_price] (16GB).

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SSD Storage Medium

The X1 Carbon has an SSD storage medium which is better than most medium processor core notebook PCs that have been available for around the same time as it. Most notebook PCs that were released more than two years ago 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.

This laptop's storage medium (SSD) is actually the best storage medium amongst all notebook PCs of this spec and age.

The worst storage medium amongst comparable types of laptop is HDD.

We compared this notebook PC to all the other notebook PCs that have an SSD storage media and we think cheaper laptops such as the T420s[pl_48433_price], and the X1 Carbon[pl_2907060_price] both from Lenovo or the HP EliteBook 850[plb_2356712_price] is also worth considering.

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802.11n WiFi Standard

This laptop has an 802.11a|802.11g|802.11n WiFi standard, which is typical of many similar spec notebook PCs that were launched more than two years ago.

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64-Bit Operating System Architecture

This laptop has a 64-bit operating system architecture, which is typical of many notebook PCs of this age and spec.

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Quite Bright Display Brightness

The Lenovo X1 Carbon has one of the brighter display brightnesss (300 candellas per square meter) amongst similar spec laptops of this age. The display brightnesss of laptops of a comparable age and spec to the X1 Carbon range from 20 cd/m² to 1,200 cd/m².

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AC Cable Included

This notebook PC has an AC cable included, which is typical of many laptops of this type and age.

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Light

At only 1.4 kilograms, the X1 Carbon is fairly light compared to most of the other similar spec portable PCs that are a comparable age to the X1 Carbon. The lightest laptop of a similar spec and age to the X1 Carbon is 300g heavy, the heaviest is 3.8kg, and the average weight is 2.2kg.

Alternative notebook PCs with a heavier weight that you might want to look at include the T420s[pl_48433_price] (1.7kg and cheaper), the X220[pl_1473945_price] (1.3kg and cheaper), or the X1 Carbon[pl_1414755_price] (1.4kg and cheaper) all from Lenovo.

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Narrow

The average width of notebook PCs of this type and age is 360mm, and the widths range from 38mm to 430mm. The X1 Carbon is fairly narrow (only 331 millimeters) compared to most of the other portable PCs that have been around for a similar time to the X1 Carbon.

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6 Reasons Against

Does Not Have a Front Camera

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

We compared this notebook PC to all the other notebook PCs with a front camera and we think the Toshiba Tecra Z50[plb_2363535_price], or the Panasonic Toughbook CF-53[plb_1989792_price] which is also cheaper is also worth considering.

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Very Small Total Storage Capacity

The X1 Carbon has one of the smaller total storage capacity (only 180 gigabytes) amongst medium processor core notebook PCs of this age. Medium processor core notebook PCs that were launched around the same time as the X1 Carbon have total storage capacity of between 1GB and 1.5TB, and the average total storage capacity is 520GB.

Laptops with a bigger total storage capacity that might also be worth looking at include the EliteBook 850[pl_2356712_price] (256GB and cheaper), or the EliteBook 820 G1[pl_1632540_price] (256GB and cheaper) both from HP or the Lenovo X1 Carbon[plb_2907060_price] (256GB and cheaper).

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Does Not Have a Full-Size Keyboard

The Lenovo X1 Carbon does not have a full-size keyboard. Most of the other portable PCs of a comparable age and type to the X1 Carbon do have a full-size keyboard.

It is worth also looking at other notebook PCs which also have a full-size keyboard including the Toshiba Tecra Z50[plb_2363535_price], or the Panasonic Toughbook CF-53[plb_1989792_price] which is also cheaper.

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Quite Slow Memory Clock Speed

With a memory clock speed of only 1,333 megahertz, the Lenovo X1 Carbon has one of the slowest memory clock speeds amongst comparable spec portable PCs of this age. The memory clock speeds of laptops of this age and type range from 1,000MHz to 1,800MHz, and the average memory clock speed is 1,600MHz.

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Does Not Have a Touch Sensitive Screen

The X1 Carbon does not have a touch sensitive screen. Most of the other portable PCs that have been available for around the same time as the X1 Carbon also do not have a touch sensitive screen.

We compared all the other notebook PCs which also have a touch sensitive screen to this notebook PC and we think the Toughbook 53[pl_1764915_price], or the Toughbook CF-53[pl_1989792_price] both from Panasonic which is also cheaper is also worth considering.

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Quite Slow Maximum Turbo Frequency

The maximum turbo frequencies of medium processor core notebook PCs that were launched more than two years ago range from 1.3GHz to 3.7GHz. With a maximum turbo frequency of only 2.6 gigahertz, the X1 Carbon has one of the slower maximum turbo frequencies amongst laptops of this age.

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5 Other reasons to consider the Lenovo X1 Carbon

Released Over Three Years Ago

This notebook PC was released over three years ago.

Intel Core I5-3xxx Processor Family

The Lenovo X1 Carbon has a better processor family than most comparable spec notebook PCs that are a similar age to it. This Lenovo notebook PC has an Intel Core i5-3xxx processor family, whereas most medium processor core notebook PCs that are a similar age to it have an Intel Core i5 processor family.

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Average Screen Size

With a screen size of 14 inches, the Lenovo X1 Carbon has a pretty average screen size compared to most of the other laptops of a comparable age and spec to the X1 Carbon.

We compared all the other 14" notebook PCs to this laptop and we think cheaper laptops such as the T420s[pl_48433_price], the X1 Carbon[pl_1414755_price], and the T430[pl_1534067_price] all from Lenovo is also worth considering.

If you want a bigger screen size then you might want to look at the X550CA[pl_1598926_price] (15.6"), or the X550CA[pl_2051508_price] (15.6") both from Asus or the HP EliteBook 850[plb_2356712_price] (15.6") which is also cheaper.

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Average Battery Life

The X1 Carbon has a fairly typical battery life (6.3 hours) compared to most of the other notebook PCs of a similar spec and age to the X1 Carbon.

If this portable PC battery life is too short for you then you might also want to look at the Toshiba Tecra Z50[plb_2363535_price] (8h), or the DELL XPS 13[plb_2601999_price] (8.53h) which is also cheaper.

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Average Processor Clock Speed

The X1 Carbon has a fairly typical processor clock speed (1.7 gigahertz) compared to most of the other laptops of a similar spec and age to the X1 Carbon.

If this Lenovo portable PC processor clock speed is too slow for you then you might also want to consider the Asus X550CA[plb_2051508_price] (1.8GHz and cheaper), or the HP EliteBook 820 G1[plb_2186278_price] (1.8GHz and cheaper).

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Specification

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Networking
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SmartCard Slot
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Intel Anti-Theft Technology
Intel VPro Technology
Intel My WiFi Technology
Intel Turbo Boost Technology
Intel Identity Protection Technology
Intel Hyper-Threading Technology
Intel Wireless Display (WiDi) Technology
Enhanced Intel SpeedStep Technology
Intel InTru 3D Technology
Intel Insider
Intel Quick Sync Video Technology
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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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Manufacturer Part Numbers lenovo 20a7, lenovo i54210, lenovo p180156, lenovo i54210u, lenovo 20a7008, lenovo 20a7008m, lenovo p180156p, lenovo 20a7008mu, lenovo 20a7008muk
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