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Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon 2 Core Intel Core I5-5xxx 2.2GHz 4GB 128GB SSD 14" Laptop

2 Intel Core I5-5xxx 2.2GHz 4GB Dec 2014
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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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11 Reasons For

64-Bit Processor Operating Modes

This notebook PC supports a 32-bit|64-bit processor operating modes, which is typical of many notebook PCs that have been around for around the same time as it.

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Very Big Maximum On-Board Graphics Adapter Memory

The maximum on-board graphics adapter memorys of portable PCs of this age and type range from 1.7GB to 16GB, and the average maximum on-board graphics adapter memory is 2.7GB. The ThinkPad X1 Carbon has one of the biggest maximum on-board graphics adapter memorys (16 gigabytes) amongst medium processor cores notebook PCs of this age.

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Lenovo Has Good Reviews for Its Portable PCs

On average Lenovo medium processor cores notebook PCs have good reviews compared to other brands as do all portable PCs built by Lenovo.

SSD Storage Media

The ThinkPad X1 Carbon has a better storage medium than most portable PCs of this spec and age. This portable PC has an SSD storage media, whereas most medium processor cores notebook PCs that were released more than two years ago have an HDD storage media. 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.

An SSD storage media is actually the best storage medium amongst all portable PCs of a comparable spec and age to the ThinkPad X1 Carbon.

The worst storage medium amongst similar types of notebook PC is HDD.

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1920 X 1080 Pixels Display Resolution

The Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon has a maximum display resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels. That's 98% more display resolution than a 1366 x 768 pixels portable PC, which is the most common display resolution.

A 1920 x 1080 pixels display resolution is in fact the best display resolution across all portable PCs of this age and type.

A 1024 x 768 pixels display resolution is the worst display resolution across comparable types of laptop.

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Quite Long Battery Life (max)

With a battery life (max) of 10.9 hours, the ThinkPad X1 Carbon has one of the longer battery life (max)s amongst similar spec laptops of this age. Across all the laptops of a comparable age and spec to the ThinkPad X1 Carbon the battery life (max)s range from 2h to 5,200h, and the average battery life (max) is 31h.

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Has a Front Camera

The ThinkPad X1 Carbon has a front camera, as do most of the other notebook PCs that are a comparable age to the ThinkPad X1 Carbon.

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802.11n Wi-Fi Standards

This portable PC has an 802.11a|802.11ac|802.11b|802.11g|802.11n wi-Fi standards, which is typical of many medium processor cores notebook PCs that were launched around the same time as it.

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64-Bit Operating System Architecture

This notebook PC has a 64-bit operating system architecture, which is the most commonly found operating system architecture on comparable spec laptops that came out more than two years ago.

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Eight Number of Battery Cellss

The ThinkPad X1 Carbon is a eight number of battery cells portable PC.

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Light

The ThinkPad X1 Carbon is quite light (only 1.4 kilograms) compared to most of the other laptops of a similar type and age to the ThinkPad X1 Carbon. The lightest medium processor cores notebook PC that was released around the same time as the ThinkPad X1 Carbon is 300g heavy, the heaviest is 3.8kg, and the average weight is 2.1kg.

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10 Reasons Against

Quite Slow On-Board Graphics Adapter Dynamic Frequency (max)

The Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon has a quite slow on-board graphics adapter dynamic frequency (max) (only 900 megahertz) compared to most of the other notebook PCs that are a similar age to the ThinkPad X1 Carbon. The slowest on-board graphics adapter dynamic frequency (max) of comparable spec laptops that were released more than two years ago is 660MHz and the fastest is 1,300MHz.

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Very Small Total Storage Capacity

The average total storage capacity of similar spec laptops that came out around the same time as the ThinkPad X1 Carbon is 510GB, and the total storage capacitys range from 1GB to 1.5TB. At only 128 gigabytes, the Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon has a quite small total storage capacity compared to most of the other notebook PCs that were released more than two years ago.

If you would prefer a bigger total storage capacity then you might also want to consider the Lenovo X230[plb_2862187_price] (180GB and higher rated).

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Does Not Have a Full-Size Keyboard

The ThinkPad X1 Carbon does not have a full-size keyboard, although it is worth keeping in mind that most of the other medium processor cores notebook PCs that have been available for around the same time as the ThinkPad X1 Carbon also do not have a full-size keyboard.

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Quite Small Internal Memory

With an internal memory of only 4 gigabytes, the Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon has one of the smaller internal memorys amongst notebook PCs of this age. Across all the similar spec laptops that have been available for around the same time as the ThinkPad X1 Carbon the internal memorys range from 1GB to 16GB.

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Quite Small Maximum Internal Memory (64-Bit)

When compared to other comparable spec laptops that came out around the same time as the ThinkPad X1 Carbon that we have assessed, the Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon's maximum internal memory (64-bit) of only 4 gigabytes is one of the smallest. The maximum internal memory (64-bit)s of medium processor cores notebook PCs that are a similar age to the ThinkPad X1 Carbon range from 2GB to 32GB.

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Very Small Maximum Internal Memory

The ThinkPad X1 Carbon has a quite small maximum internal memory (only 4 gigabytes) compared to most of the other portable PCs that have been on the market for around the same time as the ThinkPad X1 Carbon. Across all the medium processor cores notebook PCs that were released more than two years ago the maximum internal memorys range from 2GB to 32GB.

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Does Not Have a Touchscreen

The ThinkPad X1 Carbon does not have a touchscreen, although this is within the context that most of the other similar spec portable PCs that have been around for a comparable time to the ThinkPad X1 Carbon also do not have a touchscreen.

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Quite Slow Processor Boost Frequency

The average processor boost frequency of portable PCs of a comparable spec and age to the ThinkPad X1 Carbon is 3GHz, and the processor boost frequencys range from 1.3GHz to 3.7GHz. With a processor boost frequency of only 2.7 gigahertz, the Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon has one of the slower processor boost frequencys amongst medium processor cores notebook PCs of this age.

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Very Low Speaker Power

At only 1 Watt, the ThinkPad X1 Carbon has a fairly low speaker power compared to most of the other medium processor cores notebook PCs that have been available for around the same time as the ThinkPad X1 Carbon. The lowest speaker power of medium processor cores notebook PCs that were released more than two years ago is 1W and the highest is 11W.

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Only 4 Bluetooth Version

This notebook PC supports a 4 bluetooth version, which is typical of many portable PCs of this age and spec.

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4 Other reasons to consider the Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon

Released Over Two Years Ago

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

Average Processor Frequency

With a processor frequency of 2.2 gigahertz, the Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon has a relatively average processor frequency compared to most of the other comparable spec portable PCs that have been around for a similar time to the ThinkPad X1 Carbon.

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Intel Core I5-5xxx Processor Family

The ThinkPad X1 Carbon has a better processor family than most notebook PCs that have been around for a comparable time to it. This notebook PC has an Intel Core i5-5xxx processor family, whereas most laptops of a comparable age and spec to it have an Intel Core i5 processor family.

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Average Display Diagonal

With a display diagonal of 14 inches, the Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon has a relatively standard display diagonal compared to most of the other laptops that have been on the market for more than two years.

We compared all the other 14" portable PCs to this portable PC and we think the Acer TravelMate TMP645-M[plb_1875252_price] which has better reviews is also worth considering.

If you want a portable PC with a bigger display diagonal then you might want to look at the HP ProBook 650 G1[plb_2949828_price] (15.6" and higher rated).

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Intel® Smart Response Technology
Intel® Hyper Threading Technology (Intel® HT Technology)
Intel® Small Business Advantage (Intel® SBA)
Intel® Wireless Display (Intel® WiDi)
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Expert Reviews

(4)
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…

9 March 2015

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22 August 2016

Das Lenovo Thinkpad X1 ist laut Herstelleraussagen das weltweit leichteste 14-Zoll-Ultrabook. Dank starker Hardware und einer hervorragenden Tastatur ist es auch eines der besten Geräte.Seit 2012... Read more…

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 20bs003, lenovo 20bs003a, lenovo 20bs003au, lenovo 20bs003aus
Barcodes 00888965668080, 00888965670793, 08889656680802, 08889656707936

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