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Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon 2 Core Intel Core I5-5xxx 2.3GHz 8GB 256GB SSD 14" Laptop

2 Intel Core I5-5xxx 2.3GHz 8GB Feb 2015
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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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16 Reasons For

64-Bit Processor Operating Mode

This portable PC supports a 32-bit|64-bit processor operating mode, which is the most frequently supported processor operating mode on medium processor core laptops that are a comparable age to it.

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Fairly Big Maximum On-Board Graphics Adapter Memory

The average maximum on-board graphics adapter memory of portable PCs that have been on the market for a similar time to the ThinkPad X1 Carbon is 10GB, and the maximum on-board graphics adapter memories range from 1.7GB to 16GB. With a maximum on-board graphics adapter memory of 16 gigabytes, the Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon has a fairly big maximum on-board graphics adapter memory compared to most of the other portable PCs that have been on the market for around the same time as the ThinkPad X1 Carbon.

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Lenovo Has Good Laptop Reviews

Lenovo is one of the superior laptop brands according to average reviews from experts and users, and Lenovo also has good ratings for its medium processor core laptops.

1920 X 1080 Pixels Display Resolution

The highest display resolution of the ThinkPad X1 Carbon is 1920 x 1080 pixels. That's 98% more display resolution than the most common display resolution of 1366 x 768 pixels.

A 1920 x 1080 pixels display resolution is in fact the best display resolution across all laptops that have been around for around the same time as the ThinkPad X1 Carbon.

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

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1,600MHz Processor Memory Clock Speed

The ThinkPad X1 Carbon supports a faster memory clock speeds supported by processor than most similar spec laptops that are a comparable age to it. This portable PC supports a 1,600MHz processor memory clock speed, whereas most similar spec laptops that came out 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. Laptops of a comparable spec and age to the ThinkPad X1 Carbon processor memory clock speeds range from 133MHz to 1,866MHz.

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SSD Storage Medium

The Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon has a better storage medium than most medium processor core laptops that were released around the same time as it. This portable PC has an SSD storage medium, whereas most medium processor core laptops that have been around for around the same time as 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 amongst all medium processor core laptops that are a similar age to the ThinkPad X1 Carbon.

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

We compared this portable PC to all the other portable PCs that have an SSD storage media and we think cheaper laptops such as the T450, and the T550 both from Lenovo or the Toshiba Portégé Z30-A is also worth considering.

If the storage medium of this Lenovo portable PC is not good enough for you then you might also want to consider the Toshiba Tecra Z50 (SSD).

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Quite Big Internal Memory

The internal memory of portable PCs of a comparable age and spec to the ThinkPad X1 Carbon range from 2GB to 16GB, and the average internal memory is 6.2GB. At 8 gigabytes, the Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon has a fairly big internal memory compared to most of the other medium processor core laptops that have been available for a similar time to the ThinkPad X1 Carbon.

We think you might also be interested in some of the alternative 8GB internal memory portable PCs currently available including cheaper notebook PCs such as the ThinkPad X250 ($429.00), or the ThinkPad T550 both from Lenovo.

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Quite Long Battery Life

The Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon has a fairly long battery life (10.9 hours) compared to most of the other medium processor core laptops that came out around the same time as the ThinkPad X1 Carbon. The shortest battery life of notebook PCs of this age and type is 2.5h, the longest is 33h, and the average battery life is 8.7h.

If you want a notebook PC with a longer battery life then you might want to look at the Toshiba Portégé Z30-A (12h and cheaper).

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Has a Front Camera

The Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon has a front camera. Most of the other portable PCs of a comparable age and spec to the ThinkPad X1 Carbon also have a front camera.

We compared all the other portable PCs with a front camera to this laptop and we think the Portégé Z30-A, and the Portégé Z30-A both from Toshiba which is cheaper is also worth considering.

We compared this portable PC to all the other notebook PCs with a front camera and we think the Lenovo X240 ($429.99) is also worth considering.

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L3 Processor Cache

This laptop has a L3 processor cache, which is typical of many laptops of this type and age.

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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 frequently found WiFi standard on notebook PCs that have been around for more than a year.

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Eight Battery Cells

The ThinkPad X1 Carbon is a eight battery cell count notebook PC.

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Has a Touch Sensitive Screen

The ThinkPad X1 Carbon has a touch sensitive screen. Most of the other medium processor core laptops that have been available for a similar time to the ThinkPad X1 Carbon do not have a touch sensitive screen.

It may also be worth considering one of the alternative laptops with a touch sensitive screen currently available including cheaper portable PCs such as the ThinkPad X250, or the X250 ($1,600.00) both from Lenovo.

We compared this notebook PC to all the other portable PCs with a touch sensitive screen and we think the Fujitsu Lifebook U745 is also worth considering.

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256 Solid-State Drive Capacity

Most notebook PCs that were released around the same time as the ThinkPad X1 Carbon have between 8 and 767 solid-state drive capacity, including the ThinkPad X1 Carbon which has 256 solid-state drive capacity.

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Very Light

Across all the comparable spec portable PCs that have been around for around the same time as the ThinkPad X1 Carbon the weights range from 940g to 3.8kg, and the average weight is 2kg. With a weight of only 1.4 kilograms, the ThinkPad X1 Carbon is fairly light compared to most of the other medium processor core laptops that have been available for a similar time to the ThinkPad X1 Carbon.

If you don't mind having a heavier weight then you might also want to look at the HP EliteBook 820 (1.3kg) which is also cheaper.

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Narrow

The ThinkPad X1 Carbon is fairly narrow (only 331 millimeters) compared to most of the other laptops of this age and spec. Across all the comparable spec notebook PCs that were released around the same time as the ThinkPad X1 Carbon the widths range from 210mm to 430mm, and the average width is 360mm.

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8 Reasons Against

Does Not Have a Full-Size Keyboard

The ThinkPad X1 Carbon does not have a full-size keyboard, unlike most of the other medium processor core laptops that came out around the same time as the ThinkPad X1 Carbon.

Other portable PCs which also have a full-size keyboard that you might also want to look at include the Portégé Z30-A, or the Portégé Z30-A both from Toshiba.

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Very Small Total Storage Capacity

The total storage capacity of notebook PCs of this spec and age range from 16GB to 2TB. The ThinkPad X1 Carbon has one of the smaller total storage capacity (only 256 gigabytes) amongst comparable spec portable PCs of this age.

We compared this laptop to all the other 256GB total storage capacity laptops and we think cheaper portable PCs such as the ThinkPad X250, and the ThinkPad T450 ($999.00) both from Lenovo is also worth considering.

If this laptop total storage capacity is not big enough for you then you might also want to consider the EliteBook 820 (500GB), or the EliteBook 840 G2 ($350.99) (500GB) both from HP or the Lenovo ThinkPad E450 (500GB) which is also cheaper.

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Very Low Front Camera Resolution

At only 0.92 megapixels, the Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon has a fairly low front camera resolution compared to most of the other medium processor core laptops that have been available for around the same time as the ThinkPad X1 Carbon. The average front camera resolution of medium processor core laptops that are a similar age to the ThinkPad X1 Carbon is 4.3MP, and the front camera resolutions range from 0.3MP to 1,300MP.

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Quite Small Maximum Internal Memory (64-Bit)

Across all the notebook PCs that have been on the market for more than a year the maximum internal memory (64-bit) range from 2GB to 32GB. At only 8 gigabytes, the ThinkPad X1 Carbon has a quite small maximum internal memory (64-bit) compared to most of the other medium processor core laptops that are a comparable age to the ThinkPad X1 Carbon.

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Quite Small Maximum Internal Memory

The average maximum internal memory of similar spec portable PCs that came out around the same time as the ThinkPad X1 Carbon is 13GB, and the maximum internal memory range from 2GB to 32GB. At only 8 gigabytes, the Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon has a quite small maximum internal memory compared to most of the other medium processor core laptops that are a similar age to the ThinkPad X1 Carbon.

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Quite Low Speaker Power

With an speaker power of only 1 Watt, the ThinkPad X1 Carbon's speaker power is one of the lowest amongst similar spec notebook PCs that came out more than a year ago. The lowest speaker power of laptops of this type and age is 1W, the highest is 4W, and the average speaker power is 1.7W.

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Quite Small Maximum Internal Memory

The ThinkPad X1 Carbon has one of the smaller maximum internal memories (only 16,384 megabytes) amongst comparable spec laptops of this age. Portable PCs of a comparable spec and age to the ThinkPad X1 Carbon have maximum internal memories of between 8.1GB and 33GB, and the average maximum internal memory is 20GB.

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Only 4 Bluetooth Version

This portable PC supports a 4 Bluetooth version, which is typical of many similar spec laptops that have been around for more than a year.

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4 Other reasons to consider the Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon

Released Over a Year Ago

It was over a year ago when Lenovo released the ThinkPad X1 Carbon.

Average Processor Clock Speed

The ThinkPad X1 Carbon has a fairly typical processor clock speed (2.3 gigahertz) compared to most of the other similar spec portable PCs that have been around for around the same time as the ThinkPad X1 Carbon.

There are a number of alternative 2.3GHz processor clock speed laptops currently available which you might also want to consider including cheaper laptops such as the ThinkPad W550, or the ThinkPad T550 both from Lenovo.

If this medium processor core notebook PC processor clock speed is too slow for you then you might want to look at the HP ZBook 14 G2 (2.4GHz and cheaper).

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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 medium processor core laptops that have been available for a comparable time to it.

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Average Screen Size

The ThinkPad X1 Carbon has a pretty typical screen size (14 inches) compared to most of the other medium processor core laptops that were launched more than a year ago.

We think you might also be interested in some of the other 14" notebook PCs currently available including the HP EliteBook 840, or the Lenovo ThinkPad T450 ($999.00) which is cheaper.

If this medium processor core notebook PC screen size is too small for you then you might want to consider the HP ProBook 650 ($927.22) (15.6"), or the Lenovo T550 (15.6") which is also cheaper.

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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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