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Lenovo X1 Carbon

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

2 Intel Core I5-3xxx 1.8GHz 8GB Nov 2013
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24 Reasons For

Three Industry Awards

Two expert review sites both endorsed this laptop. This portable PC received a "Recommended Product" award from Digitaltrends.com, confirming their endorsement and it received an "Editor's Choice" award from Good Gear Guide.com.au.

This laptop received a "Worth Buying" award from Kitguru.net.

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Expert Reviews Are Average

Based on twenty-five expert reviews from sites including CNET.com, Trusted Reviews, PC Mag and PC Advisor.co.uk the average expert rating of this ultrabook is 77 out of 100. This means that experts are not that keen on this Lenovo notebook PC.

Owner Reviews Are Average

Owners have rated this Lenovo notebook PC on average 78 out of 100.

Robust

A few Lenovo X1 Carbon owners who reviewed this laptop reckoned that it was well made. This year Slashgear.com said “Solid keyboard and touch pad”. Good Gear Guide.com.au rated this laptop 4 stars and wrote “It remains one of the best Ultrabooks on the market due to its overall build quality and an excellent keyboard” in their Lenovo X1 Carbon review. Pc Advisor.co.uk rated this laptop 80 out of 100 and mentioned on expert website PC Advisor.co.uk “A touchscreen to the already impressive mix of stylish design, quality build and solid performance” in their Lenovo X1 Carbon review.

A number of customers said in their reviews that this laptop was strong and durable. Expert review site Digitaltrends.com said three years ago “Not only is it rugged enough for the rigors of the road-warrior life”. In the same month expert review site V3.co.uk wrote in their review “It is rugged and light” but despite that they only rated this laptop 3 stars. Slashgear.com wrote “Don't have to remember key or combination, durable enough to handle most environments, ability to grant” in their Lenovo X1 Carbon review.

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Nice Design

A number of Lenovo X1 Carbon reviewers who reviewed it concluded that it was good looking. Amazon Customer said in their review of this laptop on Amazon “Beautiful design”. Three years ago expert website Trusted Reviews wrote “What is the Lenovo Thinkpad X1 Carbon Touch? Lenovo's Thinkpad X1 Carbon Touch is a stylish ultrabook pushing the top end for business users” in their review and scored the Lenovo X1 Carbon 4 stars. In the same month expert website Laptopmag.com said in their Lenovo X1 Carbon review “It sounds like a pretty sweet combo for road warriors”.

A number of Lenovo X1 Carbon owners thought the product was a good design. Cnet.com.au said in their review of this laptop on CNET.com.au “It was a premium product, very lightweight for a 14-inch laptop, with a carbon fibre body and Lenovo's typically excellent keyboard design”.

One customer said in their reviews that this laptop was luxurious. Slashgear.com mentioned “Plush, scratchproof pockets” in their Lenovo X1 Carbon review.

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Good Size

Some customers who purchased this laptop wrote that it was lightweight. Thinker wrote on Amazon “For a lightweight, powerful laptop the keyboard is sturdy”. Thinker also mentioned “Apparently well tested for sturdiness) gives good peace of mind along with being very lightweight”. Expert review site Cnet.com mentioned “It was a premium product, very lightweight for a 14-inch laptop, with a carbon fiber body”.

Several customers wrote in their reviews that the Lenovo X1 Carbon was thin. Pc Mag wrote in their review “It's slim, has a lovely carbon fiber construction” . Notebookcheck.net scored it 4 stars and said in their review of the Lenovo X1 Carbon three years ago “The perfect plaything for the CEO? Light and slim, equipped with excellent ThinkPad input devices”. Notebookcheck.net also said “The competition has failed to release an equal, mobile slim device to date”.

A few people said in their reviews that the product was compact. Kiril Georgiev gave it a rating of 80 out of 100 and said “I like how compact and small the X1 Carbon v3 is” in their review. Two years ago Thinker said “I nearly always plug in a mouse! Connections are fine, for such a compact design.”.

One person considered that this laptop was a good weight. A few weeks ago expert website Slashgear.com wrote “A lighter weight”. One Lenovo X1 Carbon owner said in their reviews that the product was heavy and bulky. In December this year Slashgear.com said “Not good for bulky items” in their Lenovo X1 Carbon review.

One Lenovo X1 Carbon owner who reviewed the product concluded that it was thick. Slashgear.com said this month “GPU throttling under maximum load, short battery runtimes, only one M.2 slot, base unit is pretty thick” in their review of this laptop.

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Good Product Quality

Seven customers who purchased it concluded that it was good quality. Kiril Georgiev mentioned in their Lenovo X1 Carbon review on Amazon in December “A very light and well made ultrabook from Lenovo's professional range”. Mark Twain he said in his Lenovo X1 Carbon review in the same month “Stellar build quality, great Ultrabook!”. Thinker wrote “Lenovo Carbon X1 Laptop i5 256GB SSD 8GB RAM Win 7 pro Not bought from Amazon Lightweight, well made, reliable laptop” in their review.

Easy to Use

Some Lenovo X1 Carbon reviewers mentioned in their reviews that the product was comfortable and easy to hold. Kiril Georgiev wrote in their review of the Lenovo X1 Carbon on Amazon in December “Keyboard is comfortable.”. Thinker said on Amazon “Easy and comfortable to type quickly” in their review of the Lenovo X1 Carbon. In December this year Slashgear.com mentioned in their review “Comfortable for shorter sessions, virtual 7.1channel sound adds helpful directionality to ingame sounds, detachable boom mic works well, extralong cable, sleek look, decent passive noise blocking”.

Three Lenovo X1 Carbon reviewers said in their reviews that the Lenovo X1 Carbon was easy to use. Amazon Customer wrote in their review of the Lenovo X1 Carbon “It's a pleasure to use the X1”. In December Slashgear.com wrote “GTX 1070 very efficient, good maintainability, excellent performance, illuminated keyboard, decent sound, handy tools, good IPS display”. Expert website Pcworld.com_techhive.com said in their review of the Lenovo X1 Carbon two years ago “This quietly elegant executive notebook is small, slim, sturdy and a dream to use” .

One person who reviewed it wrote that it had a good experience.

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Good for Gaming

Several Lenovo X1 Carbon owners thought the Lenovo X1 Carbon was good for gaming. This year Slashgear.com said “Very good gaming for a notebook that is still portable” in their Lenovo X1 Carbon review. Slashgear.com also said “Outstanding gaming performance, with new GTX 1070”.

Acceptable Noise Level

A number of Lenovo X1 Carbon owners said in their reviews that it was quiet. The Laughing Mole wrote in their review in December “Quiet too - fan hardly seems to come on” . One Lenovo X1 Carbon reviewer who reviewed the Lenovo X1 Carbon thought it was noisy.

Good Battery Life

Some people who reviewed this laptop said that it had a good battery life. A few weeks ago The Laughing Mole said in their review “It's everything I'd hoped for - light, fast and with excellent battery”. The Laughing Mole also wrote “I upgraded to Windows 10 and resume from hybernate is much faster than W7 and battery is much better too”. Thinker wrote on Amazon “It's also a good talking point! It runs cool enough and battery life is fine from my experience of office/email/web use” in their review of the Lenovo X1 Carbon.

Reasonably Priced

A few Lenovo X1 Carbon reviewers who bought it thought it was good value for money. The Laughing Mole said “Saw this on Amazon at a great price so snapped it up before it went” in their review of this laptop and scored it very highly. Thinker wrote “Also I feel the X1 could feel a bit more special for the money outlay” in their review of this laptop. Slashgear.com mentioned in December this year “Very reasonably priced” in their review of the Lenovo X1 Carbon.

One Lenovo X1 Carbon owner wrote in their reviews that it was cheap.

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Fairly Fast On-Board Graphics Adapter Dynamic Frequency

The slowest on-board graphics adapter dynamic frequency of ultrabooks that were launched more than two years ago is 800MHz, the fastest is 1,300MHz, and the average on-board graphics adapter dynamic frequency is 1,100MHz. The X1 Carbon has a quite fast on-board graphics adapter dynamic frequency (1,150 megahertz) compared to most of the other similar spec laptops that were launched around the same time as the X1 Carbon.

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Good Brand

Lenovo has good average reviews for its ultrabooks as well as across its entire laptop range compared to other manufacturers.

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Has a Full-Size Keyboard

The Lenovo X1 Carbon has a full-size keyboard. Most of the other ultrabooks that have been on the market for more than two years do not have a full-size keyboard.

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Has a Front Camera

Like most of the other laptops of this type and age, the X1 Carbon has a front camera.

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1,600MHz Processor Memory Clock Speed

The X1 Carbon supports a faster memory clock speeds supported by processor than most similar spec portable PCs that have been around for around the same time as it. This notebook PC supports a 1,600MHz processor memory clock speed, whereas most ultrabooks that have been on the market for around the same time as it support a 133MHz processor memory clock speed. This portable PC also supports 1 and 333MHz processor memory clock speeds.

A 1,600MHz processor memory clock speed is actually the best supported memory clock speeds supported by processor amongst all notebook PCs of this spec and age.

Amongst comparable types of laptop the worst supported memory clock speeds supported by processor is 133MHz.

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SSD Storage Medium

This notebook PC has an SSD storage medium, which is typical of many ultrabooks that have been available for around the same time as 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.

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802.11n WiFi Standard

This portable PC has an 802.11a|802.11g|802.11n WiFi standard, which is the most commonly found WiFi standard on laptops that were released more than two years ago.

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Fairly Big Maximum Internal Memory

The smallest maximum internal memory of similar spec notebook PCs that came out more than two years ago is 16GB and the biggest is 33GB. With a maximum internal memory of 32,768 megabytes, the X1 Carbon has a quite big maximum internal memory compared to most of the other portable PCs that have been available for a comparable time to the X1 Carbon.

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L3 Processor Cache

This portable PC has a L3 processor cache, which is the most commonly found processor cache on comparable spec notebook PCs that were released more than two years ago.

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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 portable PCs of a comparable age and type to it.

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Has a Touch Sensitive Screen

Unlike most of the other ultrabooks that have been around for around the same time as the X1 Carbon which do not have a touch sensitive screen, the X1 Carbon has a touch sensitive screen.

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AC Cable Included

This laptop has an AC cable included, which is typical of many portable PCs of this age and type.

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9 Reasons Against

Poor Connectivity

One person who bought the product thought it was not good in terms of USB connections. Slashgear.com said in their Lenovo X1 Carbon review “USB adapter overheats, not great for music” .

One Lenovo X1 Carbon reviewer mentioned in their reviews that this laptop was not ethernet compatible. Expert review site Theinquirer.net said in their Lenovo X1 Carbon review “The first Thinkpad X1 Carbon's enterprise appeal was hampered by a few issues, primarily its lack of an Ethernet port and slightly poor non-removable battery”.

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Only One PCI Express Lane (max)

The Lenovo X1 Carbon is a one PCI Express lane (max) laptop.

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

Most portable PCs of this type and age have between one and three USB 3.0 (3.1 Gen 1) Type-A ports, including the X1 Carbon which has one USB 3.0 (3.1 Gen 1) Type-A port.

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Quite Slow Memory Clock Speed

At only 1,333 megahertz, the Lenovo X1 Carbon has a quite slow memory clock speed compared to most of the other portable PCs that were released more than two years ago. The slowest memory clock speed of portable PCs that are a comparable age to the X1 Carbon is 1,000MHz and the fastest is 1,600MHz.

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Only 10 Mbit/s Ethernet LAN Data Rate

This laptop Ethernet LAN data rate, which is typical of many ultrabooks that have been on the market for a comparable time to it.

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Only One USB 3.0 Port

The X1 Carbon is a one USB 3.0 port notebook PC. Most of the other laptops that have been on the market for more than two years have between one and three USB 3.0 ports.

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Quite Small Maximum Internal Memory (64-Bit)

With a maximum internal memory (64-bit) of only 8 gigabytes, the X1 Carbon has a fairly small maximum internal memory (64-bit) compared to most of the other ultrabooks that came out more than two years ago. Laptops of a comparable age and type to the X1 Carbon have maximum internal memory (64-bit) of between 4GB and 16GB.

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Only One USB 2.0 Port

Most ultrabooks that are a similar age to the X1 Carbon have one USB 2.0 port, including the X1 Carbon which has one USB 2.0 port.

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Quite Small Cache Memory

At only 3 megabytes, the Lenovo X1 Carbon has a fairly small cache memory compared to most of the other notebook PCs of this type and age. The average cache memory of portable PCs of a comparable age and type to the X1 Carbon is 3.3MB, and the cache memories range from 2MB to 6MB.

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8 Other reasons to consider the Lenovo X1 Carbon

Released Over Four Years Ago

This Lenovo portable PC was released over four years ago.

Average Internal Memory

At 8 gigabytes, the X1 Carbon has a relatively standard internal memory compared to most of the other ultrabooks that have been on the market for around the same time as the X1 Carbon.

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Intel Core I5-3xxx Processor Family

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

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Average Battery Life

At 8.2 hours, the X1 Carbon has a pretty average battery life compared to most of the other notebook PCs that have been around for more than two years.

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Average Screen Size

The X1 Carbon has a relatively typical screen size (14 inches) compared to most of the other similar spec notebook PCs that were launched more than two years ago.

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Average Processor Clock Speed

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

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Average Total Storage Capacity

With a total storage capacity of 180 gigabytes, the X1 Carbon has a fairly standard total storage capacity compared to most of the other notebook PCs that have been available for around the same time as the X1 Carbon.

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Average Weight

With a weight of 1.4 kilograms, the X1 Carbon has a fairly standard weight compared to most of the other notebook PCs that have been available for around the same time as the X1 Carbon.

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Specification

Features
Design
Form Factor
Colour
Product Type
Intel Segment Tagging
Docking Station
Processor
Processor Core
Processor Family
Processor Clock Speed
Motherboard Chipset
Processor Socket
Processor Cache
System Bus Data Transfer Rate
Processor Thread
Maximum Turbo Frequency
Processor Model
Conflict Free Processor
Integrated 4G WiMAX
Processor Lithography
PCI Express Lane (max)
Processor Operating Mode
PCI Express Slot Version
Bus Type
Processor Codename
Processor Series
Thermal Design Power (TDP)
Stepping
PCI Express Configuration
CPU Multiplier (bus/core Ratio)
Tjunction
Processor Cache Type
Memory
Internal Memory
Maximum Internal Memory (64-Bit)
Maximum Internal Memory
Memory Layout
Memory Clock Speed
Internal Memory
Hard Drive
Storage
Total Storage Capacity
Storage Medium
Memory Card
Integrated Card Reader
Solid-State Drive Capacity
Installed SSD
Display
Screen Size
Display Resolution
Typical Contrast Ratio
Display Brightness
Aspect Ratio
LED Backlight
HD Type
Video
Graphics
On-Board Graphics Adapter Model
Discrete Graphics Adapter Model
On-Board Graphics Adapter ID
Display Supported by On-Board Grap
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 Resolution
Front Camera
Networking
Bluetooth Version
Ethernet LAN Connection
WiFi Standard
Wireless LAN Connection
3G Network Access Module
Bluetooth
Ports & Interfaces
Mini DisplayPort
SmartCard Slot
ExpressCard Slot
DC-In Jack
Combo Headphone/mic Port
S/PDIF Out Port
Microphone in Port
DVI Port
USB 2.0 Port
USB 3.0 (3.1 Gen 1) Type-A Port
Performance
Keyboard
Spill Resistant Keyboard
Numeric Keypad
Windows Key
Pointing Device
Operating System/software
Operating System
Recovery Operating System
Operating System Architecture
Processor Special Features
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
Intel Clear Video HD Technology
Intel Trusted Execution Technology
Supported Instruction Set
Processor Code
Intel FDI Technology
Intel Dual Display Capable Technology
Intel Fast Memory Access
Intel Secure Key
Execute Disable Bit
Intel Secure Key Technology Version
Thermal Monitoring Technology
CPU Configuration (max)
Intel VT-X With Extended Page Tables (EPT)
Intel Smart Cache
Intel 64
Processor Package Size
Intel Flex Memory Access
Intel Virtualization Technology (VT-X)
Idle States
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 Cell Count
Battery
Power
AC Adapter Input Voltage
AC Adapter Frequency
Security
Trusted Platform Module (TPM)
Fingerprint Reader
Cable Lock Slot
Cable Lock Slot
Special Features
Weight & Dimensions
Weight
Height
Depth
Width
Packaging Data
AC Adapter Included
Power Cord Included
Manual
Operational Conditions
Certificates
RoHS Compliance
EPEAT Compliance
Energy Star Certified
Technical Details
Other Features

User Reviews

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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 20a7, lenovo i53427, lenovo i54210, lenovo p180156, lenovo i54210u, lenovo 20a7008, lenovo i53427u, lenovo p180156p, lenovo 20a7008m, lenovo 20a7008mu, lenovo thinkpadx1, lenovo 20a7008muk, lenovo thinkpadx1c, lenovo thinkpadx1ca, lenovo thinkpadx1car, lenovo thinkpadx1carb, lenovo thinkpadx1carbo, lenovo thinkpadx1carbon
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