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Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon 2 Core Intel Core I7-5xxx 2.6GHz 8GB 360GB SSD 14" Laptop

2 Intel Core I7-5xxx 2.6GHz 8GB Jan 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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20 Reasons For

64-Bit Processor Operating Mode

This notebook PC supports a 32-bit|64-bit processor operating mode, which is the most commonly supported processor operating mode on comparable spec laptops that have been available for more than a year.

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Fairly Big Maximum On-Board Graphics Adapter Memory

Similar spec portable PCs that have been around for around the same time as the ThinkPad X1 Carbon have maximum on-board graphics adapter memories of between 1.7GB and 16GB, and the average maximum on-board graphics adapter memory is 10GB. The Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon has a quite big maximum on-board graphics adapter memory (16 gigabytes) compared to most of the other medium processor core laptops that were launched around the same time as the ThinkPad X1 Carbon.

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Lenovo Has Good Portable PC Reviews

Lenovo is one of the better rated notebook PC manufacturers 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 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 laptop, which is the most common display resolution.

This portable PC's display resolution (1920 x 1080 pixels) is in fact the best display resolution across all portable PCs of a similar age and spec to the ThinkPad X1 Carbon.

A 1024 x 768 pixels display resolution is the worst display resolution amongst comparable types of portable PC.

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Quite Fast Processor Clock Speed

The processor clock speeds of comparable spec notebook PCs that are a similar age to the ThinkPad X1 Carbon range from 0.8GHz to 3.3GHz, and the average processor clock speed is 2.2GHz. With a processor clock speed of 2.6 gigahertz, the ThinkPad X1 Carbon has a quite fast processor clock speed compared to most of the other similar spec portable PCs that have been on the market for a comparable time to the ThinkPad X1 Carbon.

We compared all the other 2.6GHz processor clock speed portable PCs to this portable PC and we think cheaper laptops such as the HP EliteBook 820 is also worth considering.

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1,600MHz Processor Memory Clock Speed

The Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon supports a 1,600MHz processor memory clock speed which is faster than most notebook PCs of this type and age. Most laptops that were launched 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. Across all comparable spec notebook PCs that have been on the market for more than a year the best memory clock speeds supported by processor is 1,866MHz and the worst is 133MHz.

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SSD Storage Medium

The ThinkPad X1 Carbon has a better storage medium than most medium processor core laptops that have been available for a similar time to it. This notebook PC has an SSD storage medium, whereas most medium processor core laptops that came out 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.

An SSD storage medium is in fact the best storage medium across all notebook PCs of a comparable spec and age to the ThinkPad X1 Carbon.

An HDD storage medium is the worst storage medium across similar types of notebook PC.

Other notebook PCs that have an SSD storage media currently available which you might want to look at include cheaper notebook PCs such as the EliteBook 820, or the ZBook 15 both from HP or the DELL Latitude 14 5404.

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Intel Core I7-5xxx Processor Family

The ThinkPad X1 Carbon has an Intel Core i7-5xxx processor family which is better than most similar spec portable PCs that have been on the market for around the same time as it. Most laptops that were released one year ago have an Intel Core i5-5xxx processor family. Across all laptops of a comparable age and spec to the ThinkPad X1 Carbon the worst processor family is AMD E and the best is Intel Core i7-3xxx.

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Fairly Long Battery Life

At 10.9 hours, the ThinkPad X1 Carbon has a quite long battery life compared to most of the other portable PCs of this type and age. The average battery life of medium processor core laptops that have been on the market for a similar time to the ThinkPad X1 Carbon is 8.7h, and the battery lifes range from 2.5h to 33h.

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Has a Front Camera

The Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon has a front camera, as do most of the other laptops of this age and spec.

We compared this portable PC to all the other portable PCs with a front camera and we think the DELL Latitude 14 5404, the Lenovo X1 Carbon, and the HP Elitebook 1040 G2 which is cheaper is also worth considering.

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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 typical of many laptops that came out more than a year ago.

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L3 Processor Cache

This notebook PC has a L3 processor cache, which is the most frequently found processor cache on medium processor core laptops that have been on the market for a comparable time to it.

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Fairly Fast Maximum Turbo Frequency

The maximum turbo frequencies of comparable spec laptops that have been around for a similar time to the ThinkPad X1 Carbon range from 1.7GHz to 3.7GHz. At 3.2 gigahertz, the Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon has a fairly fast maximum turbo frequency compared to most of the other medium processor core laptops that have been around for a similar time to the ThinkPad X1 Carbon.

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Has a Touch Sensitive Screen

The ThinkPad X1 Carbon has a touch sensitive screen, unlike most of the other portable PCs of a similar type and age to the ThinkPad X1 Carbon which do not have a touch sensitive screen.

Other notebook PCs with a touch sensitive screen currently available that you might want to look at include cheaper laptops such as the DELL Latitude 14 5404, or the Lenovo X1 Carbon.

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Eight Battery Cells

Most laptops that have been available for more than a year have between two and eight battery cells, including the Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon which has eight battery cells.

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360 Solid-State Drive Capacity

Most medium processor core laptops that have been around for a similar time to the ThinkPad X1 Carbon have between 8 and 767 solid-state drive capacity, including the ThinkPad X1 Carbon which has 360 solid-state drive capacity.

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Fairly Big Cache Memory

Across all the medium processor core laptops that have been available for more than a year the cache memories range from 1MB to 4MB. At 4 megabytes, the ThinkPad X1 Carbon has a quite big cache memory compared to most of the other medium processor core laptops that were released one year ago.

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Quite Big Processor Cache

When compared to other medium processor core laptops that are a comparable age to the ThinkPad X1 Carbon that we have checked, the Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon's processor cache of 4 megabytes is one of the biggest. The processor caches of similar spec laptops that were released one year ago range from 1MB to 6MB.

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Very Light

The average weight of laptops of this age and spec is 2kg. With a weight of only 1.4 kilograms, the Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon is one of the lighter similar spec laptops that are a comparable age to the ThinkPad X1 Carbon amongst similar spec portable PCs of this age.

Laptops with a heavier weight that might be worth looking at include the DELL Latitude 14 5404 (3kg and cheaper).

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Narrow

The ThinkPad X1 Carbon is one of the narrower medium processor core laptops that have been on the market for around the same time as the ThinkPad X1 Carbon (only 331 millimeters) amongst medium processor core laptops of this age. The narrowest comparable spec notebook PC that has been on the market for more than a year is 210mm wide and the widest is 430mm.

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5 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 portable PCs of this spec and age.

There are a number of alternative portable PCs which also have a full-size keyboard which you might also want to look at including the ZBook 15u G2, or the 15 ($2,073.19) both from HP or the Toshiba Tecra Z40 which is also cheaper.

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Quite Small Maximum Internal Memory (64-Bit)

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 were released around the same time as the ThinkPad X1 Carbon. Across all the comparable spec portable PCs that came out around the same time as the ThinkPad X1 Carbon the maximum internal memory (64-bit) range from 2GB to 32GB.

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Quite Small Maximum Internal Memory

At only 8 gigabytes, the Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon has a fairly small maximum internal memory compared to most of the other comparable spec notebook PCs that came out around the same time as the ThinkPad X1 Carbon. The maximum internal memory of similar spec portable PCs that have been around for a comparable time to the ThinkPad X1 Carbon range from 2GB to 32GB, and the average maximum internal memory is 13GB.

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Quite Low Speaker Power

At only 1 Watt, the Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon has a very low speaker power compared to most of the other comparable spec laptops that have been on the market for around the same time as the ThinkPad X1 Carbon. The average speaker power of comparable spec laptops that have been around for a similar time to the ThinkPad X1 Carbon is 1.7W, and the speaker power range from 1W to 4W.

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Only 4 Bluetooth Version

This portable PC supports a 4 Bluetooth version, which is typical of many portable PCs that have been on the market for around the same time as it.

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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 this portable PC was released.

Average Internal Memory

With an internal memory of 8 gigabytes, the ThinkPad X1 Carbon has a fairly average internal memory compared to most of the other notebook PCs of a comparable type and age to the ThinkPad X1 Carbon.

We compared all the other 8GB internal memory laptops to this notebook PC and we think the DELL Latitude 14 5404 which is cheaper is also worth considering.

If you would prefer a laptop with a bigger internal memory then you might want to look at the 15 ($2,073.19) (16GB), or the ZBook 15u G2 (16GB) both from HP which is also cheaper.

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Average Screen Size

The Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon has a relatively standard screen size (14 inches) compared to most of the other notebook PCs that were launched around the same time as the ThinkPad X1 Carbon.

We think you might also be interested in some of the alternative 14" laptops currently available including the DELL Latitude 14 5404 which is cheaper.

If this Lenovo notebook PC screen size is too small for you then you might want to look at the ZBook 15 (15.6"), the 15 ($2,073.19) (15.6"), or the ZBook 15u G2 (15.6") all from HP which is also cheaper.

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Average Total Storage Capacity

At 360 gigabytes, the ThinkPad X1 Carbon has a pretty average total storage capacity compared to most of the other portable PCs of this age and spec.

Laptops with a bigger total storage capacity that might be worth considering include the 15 ($2,073.19) (512GB and cheaper), or the ZBook 15u G2 (512GB and cheaper) both from HP or the Lenovo X1 Carbon (512GB and 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

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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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