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Lenovo X1 Carbon 2 Core Intel Core I5-4xxx 1.6GHz 4GB 128GB SSD 14" Laptop

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16 Reasons For

Lenovo Has Good Laptop Reviews

Lenovo ultrabooks have good ratings on average and across all portable PCs Lenovo is one of the better rated manufacturers.

12 PCI Express Lanes (max)

Most laptops of a comparable spec and age to the X1 Carbon have between 1 and 15 PCI Express lanes (max), including the X1 Carbon which has 12 PCI Express lanes (max).

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Has a Front Camera

The X1 Carbon has a front camera. Most of the other laptops that have been available for around the same time as the X1 Carbon also have a front camera.

We think you might also be interested in some of the other notebook PCs with a front camera currently available including the DELL XPS 13[plb_1474903_price] which is cheaper.

We compared all the other laptops which also have a front camera to this laptop and we think the Lenovo X1 Carbon[plb_2189879_price], or the DELL Latitude 12 E7240[plb_1623520_price] is also worth considering.

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1,600MHz Processor Memory Clock Speed

The Lenovo X1 Carbon supports a 1,600MHz processor memory clock speed which is faster than the 133MHz processor memory clock speed supported by most portable PCs of this spec and age. In addition, this portable PC supports 1 and 333MHz processor memory clock speeds.

This notebook PC's memory clock speeds supported by processor (1,600MHz) is in fact the best supported memory clock speeds supported by processor amongst all notebook PCs of this age and spec.

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

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SSD Storage Medium

This notebook PC has an SSD storage medium, which is the most frequently found storage medium on laptops that are a similar age 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 compared this laptop to all the other notebook PCs that have an SSD storage media and we think the XPS 13[pl_1474903_price], and the XPS 13[pl_1474903_price] both from DELL which is cheaper is also worth considering.

If you want a laptop with a better storage medium then you might also want to look at the Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon[plb_1611730_price] (SSD), or the DELL Latitude 12 E7240[plb_1623520_price] (SSD).

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Intel Core I5 Processor Family

This laptop has an Intel Core i5-4xxx processor family, which is the most frequently found processor family on laptops of this age and type.

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Quite Long Battery Life

With a battery life of 9 hours, the Lenovo X1 Carbon has a quite long battery life compared to most of the other portable PCs of this age and spec. Across all the ultrabooks that were released more than two years ago the battery lifes range from 3.1h to 18h, and the average battery life is 8.5h.

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Quite Big Screen Size

Across all the portable PCs of this age and spec the screen sizes range from 11" to 18". The X1 Carbon has one of the bigger screen sizes (14 inches) 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 are a comparable age to it.

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802.11n WiFi Standard

This laptop has an 802.11a|802.11ac|802.11b|802.11g|802.11n WiFi standard, which is the most commonly found WiFi standard on ultrabooks that were launched more than two years ago.

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64-Bit Operating System Architecture

This portable PC has a 64-bit operating system architecture, which is the most commonly found operating system architecture on notebook PCs of this spec and age.

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Has a Touch Sensitive Screen

Unlike most of the other notebook PCs of this type and age which do not have a touch sensitive screen, the X1 Carbon has a touch sensitive screen.

We think you might also be interested in some of the alternative portable PCs with a touch sensitive screen currently available including the Acer Aspire V5-122P[plb_1569271_price], or the DELL XPS 13[plb_2111443_price] which is cheaper.

We compared this laptop to all the other portable PCs with a touch sensitive screen and we think the DELL Latitude 12 E7240[plb_2037345_price] is also worth considering.

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Eight Battery Cells

The Lenovo X1 Carbon is a eight battery cell count laptop. Most of the other portable PCs of this spec and age only have between two and seven battery cells.

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Fairly High Front Camera Resolution

With a front camera resolution of 1.3 megapixels, the Lenovo X1 Carbon has one of the highest front camera resolutions amongst ultrabooks of this age. Comparable spec notebook PCs that have been on the market for more than two years have front camera resolutions of between 0.3MP and 1,300MP.

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AC Cable Included

This notebook PC has an AC cable included, which is typical of many ultrabooks that have been available for around the same time as it.

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Light

The average weight of portable PCs of a comparable age and spec to the X1 Carbon is 1.6kg. The Lenovo X1 Carbon is one of the lighter laptops of this type and age (only 1.3 kilograms) amongst comparable spec notebook PCs of this age.

If you would consider a notebook PC with a heavier weight then you might want to look at the DELL XPS 13[plb_1474903_price] (1.4kg and cheaper).

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13 Reasons Against

Quite Slow On-Board Graphics Adapter Base Frequency

When compared to other notebook PCs of a comparable age and type to the X1 Carbon, the on-board graphics adapter base frequency of the X1 Carbon of only 200 megahertz is one of the slowest. Notebook PCs of a similar age and spec to the X1 Carbon have on-board graphics adapter base frequencies of between 200MHz and 650MHz.

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Quite Slow On-Board Graphics Adapter Dynamic Frequency

At only 1,000 megahertz, the Lenovo X1 Carbon has a very slow on-board graphics adapter dynamic frequency compared to most of the other laptops of this spec and age. Across all the notebook PCs that were released more than two years ago the on-board graphics adapter dynamic frequencies range from 800MHz to 1,300MHz, and the average on-board graphics adapter dynamic frequency is 1,100MHz.

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Does Not Have a Full-Size Keyboard

The X1 Carbon does not have a full-size keyboard. Most of the other ultrabooks that were released more than two years ago also do not have a full-size keyboard.

We compared all the other notebook PCs which also have a full-size keyboard to this portable PC and we think the DELL XPS 13[plb_1474903_price] is also worth considering.

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Quite Small Maximum Internal Memory Supported by Processor

The average maximum internal memory supported by processor of notebook PCs of a comparable spec and age to the X1 Carbon is 23GB, and the maximum internal memory supported by processors range from 8GB to 32GB. With a maximum internal memory supported by processor of only 16 gigabytes, the Lenovo X1 Carbon's maximum internal memory supported by processor is one of the smallest amongst ultrabooks that were released more than two years ago.

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Quite Small Total Storage Capacity

With a total storage capacity of only 128 gigabytes, the Lenovo X1 Carbon's total storage capacity is one of the smallest amongst notebook PCs of this type and age. Laptops of a similar age and type to the X1 Carbon have total storage capacity of between 64GB and 1.1TB, and the average total storage capacity is 360GB.

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Quite Slow Processor Clock Speed

Across all the ultrabooks that are a comparable age to the X1 Carbon the processor clock speeds range from 1GHz to 2.9GHz, and the average processor clock speed is 1.8GHz. With a processor clock speed of only 1.6 gigahertz, the X1 Carbon has one of the slower processor clock speeds amongst ultrabooks of this age.

We compared this laptop to all the other 1.6GHz processor clock speed portable PCs and we think the DELL XPS 13[plb_2111443_price] which is cheaper is also worth considering.

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Quite Small Internal Memory

When compared to other ultrabooks that have been around for more than two years that we have checked the internal memory of, the X1 Carbon's internal memory of only 4 gigabytes is one of the smallest. The smallest internal memory of portable PCs that came out around the same time as the X1 Carbon is 4GB, the biggest is 16GB, and the average internal memory is 5.9GB.

We think you might also be interested in some of the other 4GB internal memory portable PCs currently available including cheaper portable PCs such as the Acer Aspire V5-122P[plb_1569271_price].

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Quite Small Maximum Internal Memory (64-Bit)

When compared to other portable PCs that have been on the market for a comparable time to the X1 Carbon that we have assessed the maximum internal memory (64-bit) of, the Lenovo X1 Carbon's maximum internal memory (64-bit) of only 4 gigabytes is one of the smallest. The average maximum internal memory (64-bit) of laptops of a similar age and spec to the X1 Carbon is 9.6GB.

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Quite Small Maximum Internal Memory

At only 4 gigabytes, the Lenovo X1 Carbon has a very small maximum internal memory compared to most of the other ultrabooks that have been available for around the same time as the X1 Carbon. Across all the laptops of a similar age and spec to the X1 Carbon the maximum internal memory range from 4GB to 16GB, and the average maximum internal memory is 9GB.

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Quite Slow Maximum Turbo Frequency

The X1 Carbon has one of the slower maximum turbo frequencies (only 2.6 gigahertz) amongst portable PCs of this age. The slowest maximum turbo frequency of notebook PCs of this age and type is 1.3GHz, the fastest is 3.6GHz, and the average maximum turbo frequency is 2.9GHz.

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Only 128 Solid-State Drive Capacity

The Lenovo X1 Carbon is a 128 gigabytes solid-state drive capacity portable PC.

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Quite Low Speaker Power

The X1 Carbon has one of the lowest speaker power (only 1 Watt) amongst ultrabooks of this age. The lowest speaker power of laptops of this spec and age is 1W, the highest is 4W, and the average speaker power is 1.6W.

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Quite Small Maximum Internal Memory

The smallest maximum internal memory of notebook PCs that came out around the same time as the X1 Carbon is 16GB and the biggest is 33GB. When compared to other ultrabooks that came out around the same time as the X1 Carbon that we have assessed, the X1 Carbon's maximum internal memory of only 16,384 megabytes is one of the smallest.

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1 Other reason to consider the Lenovo X1 Carbon

Released Over Two Years Ago

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

Specification

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Intel Matrix Storage 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 i54200, lenovo i54200u, lenovo 20bs003, lenovo 20bs003a, lenovo 20a70027, lenovo 20a70027u, lenovo 20bs003au, lenovo 20a70027uk, lenovo 20bs003aus, lenovo 16ghz4gb128, lenovo 16ghz4gb128g, lenovo 16ghz4gb128gb
Barcodes 00700600011443, 00888440142494, 00888440143262, 00888440143378, 00888440145242, 00888440145518, 00888440145860, 00888440146089, 00888440146119, 00888440146348, 00888440821788, 00888631865683, 00888965668080, 08884401432620, 08886318656830

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2 core Intel Core i5-4xxx 1.6GHz 4GB 128GB SSD 14"
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2 core Intel Core i5-4xxx 1.6GHz 4GB 128GB SSD 14"
£ 549.41
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Two USB 2.0 Ports
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2 core Intel Core i5-4xxx 1.6GHz 4GB 128GB SSD 14"
£ 629.00
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