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Lenovo X1 Carbon 2 Core Intel Core I5-5xxx 2.2GHz 8GB 256GB SSD 14" Laptop

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Starting at just 2.877 lbs, the new X1 Carbon is the lightest 14" Ultrabook on the planet. And at just 0.70" thin, it's the thinnest ThinkPad ever. The new X1 Carbon now features Samsung PCIe SSD... More
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13 Reasons For

64-Bit Processor Operating Mode

This notebook PC supports a 32-bit|64-bit processor operating mode, which is typical of many portable PCs that have been on the market for the last year.

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Only Released Eight Months Ago

This Lenovo notebook PC was only released eight months ago, so it is likely to have better features than some of the older portable PCs.

Good Brand

Lenovo has good average reviews for its medium processor core notebook PCs as well as across its entire portable PC range.

Has a Full-Size Keyboard

The Lenovo X1 Carbon has a full-size keyboard. Most of the other medium processor core notebook PCs that are a comparable age to the X1 Carbon also have a full-size keyboard.

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Has a Front Camera

Like most of the other latest comparable spec portable PCs, the Lenovo 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 portable PCs that are a similar age to it. This portable PC supports a 1,600MHz processor memory clock speed, whereas most portable PCs that have been on the market for around the same time as it support a 133MHz processor memory clock speed. In addition, this notebook PC 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 across all recently released notebook PCs.

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

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SSD Storage Medium

This portable PC has an SSD storage medium, which is typical of many notebook PCs that were released in the last 12 months. 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 are looking for a portable PC with a better storage medium then you might want to look at the DELL XPS 13[plb_2791702_price] (SSD).

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802.11n WiFi Standard

The X1 Carbon has an 802.11n WiFi standard which is better than most new medium processor core notebook PCs. Most laptops that have been around for a similar time to it have an 802.11b WiFi standard. In addition, this portable PC have 802.11a and 802.11ac and 802.11g WiFi standards.

This notebook PC's Wi-Fi standard (802.11n) is in fact the best Wi-Fi standard amongst all medium processor core notebook PCs that were released in the last year.

The worst Wi-Fi standard amongst similar types of notebook PC is 802.11a.

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Eight Battery Cells

The Lenovo X1 Carbon has more battery cells than most of the latest notebook PCs. Most of the latest medium processor core notebook PCs only have between two and seven battery cells, however this Lenovo laptop has eight battery cells.

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Quite Big Battery Capacity

At 50 watt-hours, the X1 Carbon has a quite big battery capacity compared to most of the other latest medium processor core notebook PCs. Newly released laptops have battery capacities of between 30Wh and 52Wh.

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Very Short Battery Recharge Time

The average battery recharge time of similar spec laptops that have been available for a comparable time to the X1 Carbon is 3.2h. The X1 Carbon has one of the shorter battery recharge times (only 2.3 hours) amongst notebook PCs of this age.

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Very Light

The X1 Carbon is quite light (only 1.3 kilograms) compared to most of the other medium processor core notebook PCs that came out in the last 12 months. The average weight of latest notebook PCs is 1.9kg, and the weights range from 1.1kg to 3kg.

If you would consider a notebook PC with a heavier weight then you might want to look at the DELL XPS 13[plb_2791702_price] (1.2kg).

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Very Thin

At only 17.72 millimeters, the X1 Carbon is quite thin compared to most of the other notebook PCs that were released in the last year. Across all the portable PCs that were released around the same time as the X1 Carbon the heights range from 17mm to 26mm, and the average height is 22mm.

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6 Reasons Against

Very Small Total Storage Capacity

At only 256 gigabytes, the X1 Carbon has a fairly small total storage capacity compared to most of the other medium processor core notebook PCs that have been around for the last year. The average total storage capacity of notebook PCs that are a comparable age to the X1 Carbon is 500GB.

If you would prefer a portable PC with a bigger total storage capacity then you might also want to look at the HP EliteBook 820 G2[plb_3492689_price] (500GB).

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Does Not Have a Touch Sensitive Screen

The Lenovo X1 Carbon does not have a touch sensitive screen, although this is within the context that most of the other similar spec portable PCs that have been on the market for the last year also do not have a touch sensitive screen.

We compared this laptop to all the other notebook PCs with a touch sensitive screen and we think the DELL XPS 13[plb_2791702_price], or the Lenovo X1 Carbon[plb_3818141_price] is also worth considering.

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Very Small Maximum Internal Memory (64-Bit)

The smallest maximum internal memory (64-bit) of medium processor core notebook PCs that are a similar age to the X1 Carbon is 8GB and the biggest is 16GB. At only 8 gigabytes, the X1 Carbon has a fairly small maximum internal memory (64-bit) compared to most of the other recently released medium processor core notebook PCs.

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Very Small Maximum Internal Memory

The maximum internal memory of latest laptops range from 8GB to 16GB. The Lenovo X1 Carbon has one of the smaller maximum internal memory (only 8 gigabytes) amongst similar spec laptops of this age.

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Very Slow Maximum Turbo Frequency

Similar spec notebook PCs that came out in the last year have maximum turbo frequencies of between 2.7GHz and 3GHz, and the average maximum turbo frequency is 2.8GHz. At only 2.7 gigahertz, the X1 Carbon has a fairly slow maximum turbo frequency compared to most of the other medium processor core notebook PCs that have been around for a comparable time to the X1 Carbon.

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Very Low Speaker Power

The Lenovo X1 Carbon has one of the lower speaker power (only 1 Watt) amongst similar spec portable PCs of this age. The lowest speaker power of medium processor core notebook PCs that are a comparable age to the X1 Carbon is 1W, the highest is 2.5W, and the average speaker power is 1.7W.

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5 Other reasons to consider the Lenovo X1 Carbon

Average Processor Clock Speed

At 2.2 gigahertz, the Lenovo X1 Carbon has a pretty typical processor clock speed compared to most of the other medium processor core notebook PCs that have been around for a similar time to the X1 Carbon.

If you are looking for a laptop with a faster processor clock speed then you might also want to consider the Lenovo X1 Carbon[plb_3818141_price] (2.3GHz).

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Average Internal Memory

The Lenovo X1 Carbon has a fairly standard internal memory (8 gigabytes) compared to most of the other medium processor core notebook PCs that have been available for the last year.

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Intel Core I5-5xxx Processor Family

This notebook PC has an Intel Core i5-5xxx processor family, which is typical of many portable PCs that came out in the last year.

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Average Battery Life

At 9.9 hours, the Lenovo X1 Carbon has a fairly average battery life compared to most of the other latest medium processor core notebook PCs.

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Average Screen Size

With a screen size of 14 inches, the Lenovo X1 Carbon has a relatively average screen size compared to most of the other recently released comparable spec notebook PCs.

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Specification

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Processor Family
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System Bus Data Transfer Rate
Processor Thread
Maximum Turbo Frequency
Processor Model
Conflict Free Processor
Processor Lithography
PCI Express Lane (max)
Configurable TDP-Down
Processor Operating Mode
PCI Express Slot Version
Bus Type
Processor Codename
Processor Series
Thermal Design Power (TDP)
Configurable TDP-Down Frequency
Stepping
PCI Express Configuration
Tjunction
Processor Cache Type
Memory
Internal Memory
Memory
Maximum Internal Memory
Memory Clock Speed
Internal Memory
Hard Drive
Storage
Total Storage Capacity
Storage Medium
Integrated Card Reader
Solid-State Drive Capacity
Installed SSD
Display
Screen Size
Display Resolution
Touch Sensitive Screen
LED Backlight
Display Surface
HD Type
Video
Graphics
On-Board Graphics Adapter Model
Open GL Graphics Adapter
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On-Board Graphics Adapter OpenGL Version
On-Board Graphics Adapter ID
Display Supported by On-Board Grap
Maximum On-Board Graphics Adapter Memory
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On-Board Graphics Adapter
Optical Drive
LghtScribe Feature
Audio
Built-In Microphone
Speaker Power
Built-In Speaker
Audio System
Camera
Front Camera
Networking
Bluetooth Version
Ethernet LAN Connection
WiFi Standard
Wireless LAN Connection
Bluetooth
Ports & Interfaces
Mini DisplayPort
USB Sleep-and-Charge Port
USB Sleep-and-Charge
SmartCard Slot
ExpressCard Slot
DC-In Jack
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Combo Headphone/mic Port
S/PDIF Out Port
Microphone in Port
DVI Port
HDMI Port
USB 3.0 (3.1 Gen 1) Type-A Port
Performance
Keyboard
Spill Resistant Keyboard
Backlit Keyboard
Numeric Keypad
Windows Key
Pointing Device
Operating System/software
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Operating System Architecture
Processor Special Features
Intel Turbo Boost Technology
Intel Identity Protection Technology
Intel Smart Response Technology
Intel Hyper-Threading Technology
Intel Small Business Advantage (SBA)
Intel Wireless Display (WiDi) Technology
Enhanced Intel SpeedStep Technology
Intel InTru 3D Technology
Intel Insider
Intel Clear Video Technology
Intel HD Graphics
Intel Quick Sync Video Technology
Intel Built-In Visuals Technology
Intel Clear Video HD Technology
Supported Instruction Set
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Intel FDI Technology
Intel Fast Memory Access
Intel Secure Key
Execute Disable Bit
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OS Guard
Thermal Monitoring Technology
CPU Configuration (max)
Intel Smart Response Technology Version
Intel Clear Video Technology for MID
Intel VT-X With Extended Page Tables (EPT)
Intel 64
Processor Package Size
Intel Small Business Advantage (SBA) Version
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
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Password Protection
Fingerprint Reader
Cable Lock Slot
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Operational Conditions
Certificates
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Other Features

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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 win7, lenovo win7p, lenovo win10, lenovo i56200, lenovo i54300, lenovo 20bs00, lenovo i56300, lenovo win10p, lenovo p222986, lenovo p229285, lenovo 20bs006, lenovo p230659, lenovo 20fb002, lenovo p230660, lenovo i56200u, lenovo p233602, lenovo i54300u, lenovo 20bs00a, lenovo 20fb003, lenovo p233599, lenovo i56300u, lenovo 20fb004, lenovo 20fb002u, lenovo p230660p, lenovo p233602p, lenovo 20bs00ad, lenovo 20fb003x, lenovo p233599p, lenovo 20fb002r, lenovo 20fb004j
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