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Lenovo X1 Carbon 2 Core Intel Core I5-4xxx 1.6GHz 4GB 180GB SSD 14" Laptop

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2 Intel Core I5-4xxx 1.6GHz 4GB Feb 2014
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10-point multitouch screen improves accuracy, making touch-browsing and selecting more responsive and precise. Give a multimedia presentation on the X1 Carbon without even touching the keyboard!... More
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12 Reasons For

64-Bit Processor Operating Mode

This laptop supports a 64-bit processor operating mode, which is typical of many notebook PCs that are a comparable age to it.

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Lenovo Has Good Portable PC Reviews

Lenovo has good average ratings for its medium processor core notebook PCs as well as across its entire laptop range compared to other manufacturers.

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 a comparable spec and age to it. 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 actually the best supported memory clock speeds supported by processor across all notebook PCs that have been on the market for around the same time as the X1 Carbon.

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

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SSD Storage Medium

The X1 Carbon has an SSD storage medium which is better than most laptops of a comparable age and type to it. Most comparable spec laptops that are a similar age to it 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 across all laptops of this age and spec.

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

If the storage medium of this portable PC is not good enough for you then you might also want to consider the T420s[pl_48433_price] (SSD), or the X1 Carbon[pl_2432329_price] (SSD) both from Lenovo.

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Intel Core I5 Processor Family

This portable PC has an Intel Core i5-4xxx processor family, which is the most commonly found processor family on laptops of a comparable spec and age to it.

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Has a Front Camera

The Lenovo X1 Carbon has a front camera. Most of the other medium processor core notebook PCs that are a comparable age to the X1 Carbon also have a front camera.

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802.11n WiFi Standard

This notebook PC has an 802.11a|802.11ac|802.11b|802.11g|802.11n WiFi standard, which is the most commonly found WiFi standard on notebook PCs of a comparable type and age to it.

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64-Bit Operating System Architecture

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

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Eight Battery Cells

Most laptops of a comparable age and spec to the X1 Carbon have between one and eight battery cells, including the X1 Carbon which has eight battery cells.

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AC Cable Included

This portable PC has an AC cable included, which is typical of many notebook PCs of this spec and age.

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Light

The X1 Carbon is one of the lighter comparable spec laptops that are a similar age to the X1 Carbon (only 1.3 kilograms) amongst comparable spec laptops of this age. Across all the comparable spec laptops that were released more than two years ago the weights range from 300g to 3.8kg.

Alternative portable PCs with a heavier weight that you might want to look at include the X230[pl_1630453_price] (1.3kg), or the X230[pl_1547944_price] (1.3kg) both from Lenovo.

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Narrow

Across all the medium processor core notebook PCs that have been available for a comparable time to the X1 Carbon the widths range from 38mm to 430mm. The X1 Carbon is one of the narrower portable PCs that are a similar age to the X1 Carbon (only 331 millimeters) amongst portable PCs of this age.

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13 Reasons Against

Very Slow On-Board Graphics Adapter Base Frequency

At only 200 megahertz, the X1 Carbon has a quite slow on-board graphics adapter base frequency compared to most of the other portable PCs of a comparable type and age to the X1 Carbon. The average on-board graphics adapter base frequency of notebook PCs of a similar type and age to the X1 Carbon is 370MHz, and the on-board graphics adapter base frequencies range from 200MHz to 650MHz.

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Quite Slow On-Board Graphics Adapter Dynamic Frequency

The average on-board graphics adapter dynamic frequency of comparable spec portable PCs that are a similar age to the X1 Carbon is 1,100MHz. At only 1,000 megahertz, the X1 Carbon has a quite slow on-board graphics adapter dynamic frequency compared to most of the other medium processor core notebook PCs that were released more than two years ago.

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Quite Small Maximum Internal Memory Supported by Processor

At only 16 gigabytes, the X1 Carbon has a quite small maximum internal memory supported by processor compared to most of the other laptops that are a similar age to the X1 Carbon. Across all the similar spec laptops that were released around the same time as the X1 Carbon the maximum internal memory supported by processors range from 4GB to 32GB, and the average maximum internal memory supported by processor is 23GB.

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Very Small Total Storage Capacity

The smallest total storage capacity of medium processor core notebook PCs that were launched more than two years ago is 1GB, the biggest is 1.5TB, and the average total storage capacity is 520GB. With a total storage capacity of only 180 gigabytes, the X1 Carbon has one of the smaller total storage capacity amongst medium processor core notebook PCs of this age.

If you are looking for a bigger total storage capacity then you might want to look at the HP 8440p[plb_2912403_price] (250GB) which also has a higher rating.

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Does Not Have a Full-Size Keyboard

The Lenovo X1 Carbon does not have a full-size keyboard, unlike most of the other comparable spec portable PCs that have been around for more than two years which have a full-size keyboard.

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Quite Slow Processor Clock Speed

With a processor clock speed of only 1.6 gigahertz, the X1 Carbon has one of the slower processor clock speeds amongst comparable spec laptops of this age. Across all the similar spec laptops that were launched more than two years ago the processor clock speeds range from 0.8GHz to 3.1GHz.

Laptops with a faster processor clock speed that might be worth considering include the Acer Aspire E5[plb_2690178_price] (1.7GHz), or the Lenovo S510p[plb_2664455_price] (1.7GHz).

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Quite Small Internal Memory

At only 4 gigabytes, the Lenovo X1 Carbon has a quite small internal memory compared to most of the other laptops of this type and age. The smallest internal memory of medium processor core notebook PCs that were released more than two years ago is 1GB, the biggest is 16GB, and the average internal memory is 5.3GB.

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Quite Small Maximum Internal Memory

The X1 Carbon has a very small maximum internal memory (only 4 gigabytes) compared to most of the other medium processor core notebook PCs that have been available for around the same time as the X1 Carbon. The smallest maximum internal memory of similar spec notebook PCs that have been on the market for around the same time as the X1 Carbon is 2GB, the biggest is 32GB, and the average maximum internal memory is 12GB.

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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 laptops that have been available for around the same time as the X1 Carbon also do not have a touch sensitive screen.

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Quite Slow Maximum Turbo Frequency

Medium processor core notebook PCs that have been on the market for around the same time as the X1 Carbon have maximum turbo frequencies of between 1.3GHz and 3.7GHz, and the average maximum turbo frequency is 3GHz. At only 2.6 gigahertz, the Lenovo X1 Carbon has a quite slow maximum turbo frequency compared to most of the other notebook PCs of a comparable age and type to the X1 Carbon.

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Very Low Speaker Power

Across all the medium processor core notebook PCs that have been around for more than two years the speaker power range from 1W to 11W, and the average speaker power is 1.7W. With an speaker power of only 1 Watt, the Lenovo X1 Carbon has one of the lower speaker power amongst notebook PCs of this age.

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Only Windows 8 Recovery Operating System

This notebook PC has a Windows 8.1 Pro recovery operating system, which is typical of many portable PCs of this age and type.

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Only 4 Bluetooth Version

This laptop supports a 4 Bluetooth version, which is the most commonly supported Bluetooth version on medium processor core notebook PCs that have been available for around the same time as it.

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3 Other reasons to consider the Lenovo X1 Carbon

Released Over Two Years Ago

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

Average Battery Life

The X1 Carbon has a pretty typical battery life (9 hours) compared to most of the other similar spec laptops that have been on the market for more than two years.

If you are looking for a longer battery life then you might want to consider the HP 2570p[plb_3229152_price] (9.3h and higher rated).

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Average Screen Size

With a screen size of 14 inches, the X1 Carbon has a pretty average screen size compared to most of the other medium processor core notebook PCs that have been available for more than two years.

If you want a notebook PC with a bigger screen size then you might also want to consider the DELL Inspiron 15 7537[plb_2804323_price] (15.6").

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Specification

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Storage Medium
Integrated Card Reader
Solid-State Drive Capacity
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Display
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Video
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Audio
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Camera
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Networking
4G
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WiFi Standard
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3G Network Access Module
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Mini DisplayPort
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USB Sleep-and-Charge
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Microphone in Port
DVI Port
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Intel Anti-Theft Technology
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Intel My WiFi Technology
Intel Turbo Boost Technology
Intel Identity Protection Technology
Intel Hyper-Threading Technology
Intel Smart Connect Technology
Intel Matrix Storage Technology
Intel HD Audio 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
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Intel Secure Key
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Intel VT-X With Extended Page Tables (EPT)
Intel 64
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Intel Rapid Storage Technology
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3 Awards

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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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Brochures and Manuals

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Product Identifiers

Manufacturer Part Numbers lenovo p232995, lenovo p232995p
Barcodes 00888631263922, 00888631264646, 08886312646462

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