The X1 Carbon brings a new level of quality to the ThinkPad legacy of high standards and innovation. It starts with the durable, carbon fiber-reinforced roll cage, making for the best Ultrabook...
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We checked 2,530 expert and owner reviews for Lenovo portable PCs and found that on average Lenovo has good reviews compared to other manufacturers. We also found that Lenovo has good reviews specifically within its medium processor core laptops range.
1,600MHz Processor Memory Clock Speed
The X1 Carbon supports a 1,600MHz processor memory clock speed which is faster than the 133MHz processor memory clock speed supported by most laptops of this age and type.
A 1,600MHz processor memory clock speed is actually the best supported memory clock speeds supported by processor amongst all laptops that were launched more than two years ago.
A 133MHz processor memory clock speed is the worst supported memory clock speeds supported by processor across similar types of laptop.
SSD Storage Medium
The Lenovo X1 Carbon has an SSD storage medium which is better than the HDD storage medium found on most medium processor core laptops that came out more than two years ago. 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 portable PC's storage medium (SSD) is in fact the best storage medium amongst all medium processor core laptops that have been available for a similar time to the X1 Carbon.
The worst storage medium across similar types of portable PC is HDD.
If the storage medium of this notebook PC is too bad for you then you might also want to consider the DELL XPS 13 ($1,652.41) (SSD).
Has a Full-Size Keyboard
The X1 Carbon has a full-size keyboard, as do most of the other portable PCs of a similar age and type to the X1 Carbon.
Has a Front Camera
Like most of the other similar spec portable PCs that came out around the same time as the X1 Carbon, the X1 Carbon has a front camera.
AC Cable Included
This notebook PC has an AC cable included, which is typical of many similar spec portable PCs that were launched more than two years ago.
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64-Bit Operating System Architecture
This notebook PC has a 64-bit operating system architecture, which is typical of many medium processor core laptops that were released more than two years ago.
802.11g WiFi Standard
The Lenovo X1 Carbon has an 802.11g WiFi standard which is better than most portable PCs of this age and spec. Most medium processor core laptops that were released more than two years ago have an 802.11n WiFi standard. Across all medium processor core laptops that have been available for around the same time as the X1 Carbon the worst Wi-Fi standard is 802.11a and the best is 802.11n.
Quite Bright Display Brightness
The dimmest display brightness of portable PCs that have been available for around the same time as the X1 Carbon is 20 cd/m² and the brightest is 1,200 cd/m². The X1 Carbon has one of the brighter display brightnesss (300 candellas per square meter) amongst medium processor core laptops of this age.
Notebook PCs of this age and spec have weights of between 300g and 3.8kg. At only 1.4 kilograms, the X1 Carbon is quite light compared to most of the other similar spec portable PCs that were released more than two years ago.
Across all the notebook PCs that were launched around the same time as the X1 Carbon the widths range from 28mm to 430mm, and the average width is 360mm. With a width of only 331 millimeters, the Lenovo X1 Carbon is fairly narrow compared to most of the other laptops of a similar spec and age to the X1 Carbon.
11 Reasons Against
Only One PCI Express Lane (max)
Most medium processor core laptops that were launched more than two years ago have between 1 and 15 PCI Express lanes (max), including the Lenovo X1 Carbon which has one PCI Express lane (max).
Only One USB 3.0 (3.1 Gen 1) Type-A Port
The Lenovo X1 Carbon is a one USB 3.0 (3.1 Gen 1) Type-A port notebook PC. Most of the other notebook PCs that are a comparable age to the X1 Carbon have between one and four USB 3.0 (3.1 Gen 1) Type-A ports.
Very Small Total Storage Capacity
With a total storage capacity of only 180 gigabytes, the X1 Carbon has a fairly small total storage capacity compared to most of the other notebook PCs of a comparable age and spec to the X1 Carbon. The average total storage capacity of laptops of this age and type is 500GB.
Quite Slow Processor Clock Speed
The Lenovo X1 Carbon has one of the slower processor clock speeds (only 1.7 gigahertz) amongst portable PCs of this age. Laptops of a comparable age and spec to the X1 Carbon have processor clock speeds of between 0.8GHz and 3.1GHz.
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Quite Small Maximum Internal Memory (64-Bit)
When compared to other laptops that were launched around the same time as the X1 Carbon that we have assessed the maximum internal memory (64-bit) of, the X1 Carbon's maximum internal memory (64-bit) of only 4 gigabytes is one of the smallest. Medium processor core laptops that were released more than two years ago have maximum internal memory (64-bit) of between 4GB and 32GB, and the average maximum internal memory (64-bit) is 13GB.
Quite Slow Memory Clock Speed
The average memory clock speed of medium processor core laptops that have been on the market for more than two years is 1,600MHz, and the memory clock speeds range from 800MHz to 1,800MHz. With a memory clock speed of only 1,333 megahertz, the X1 Carbon has a quite slow memory clock speed compared to most of the other similar spec portable PCs that were released more than two years ago.
Does Not Have a Touch Sensitive Screen
Most portable PCs of a comparable age and type to the X1 Carbon do not have a touch sensitive screen. The X1 Carbon is no exception to this as it too does not have a touch sensitive screen.
Only One USB 3.0 Port
The X1 Carbon is a one USB 3.0 port laptop. Most of the other portable PCs that are a comparable age to the X1 Carbon have between one and four USB 3.0 ports.
Quite Small Maximum Internal Memory
The average maximum internal memory of portable PCs of a comparable age and type to the X1 Carbon is 12GB. With a maximum internal memory of only 8 gigabytes, the Lenovo X1 Carbon has one of the smaller maximum internal memory amongst comparable spec portable PCs of this age.
Very Slow Maximum Turbo Frequency
Across all the laptops of a similar age and spec to the X1 Carbon the maximum turbo frequencies range from 1.3GHz to 3,300GHz, and the average maximum turbo frequency is 6.5GHz. With a maximum turbo frequency of only 2.6 gigahertz, the X1 Carbon has a fairly slow maximum turbo frequency compared to most of the other similar spec notebook PCs that were released more than two years ago.
Only 4 Bluetooth Version
This laptop supports a 4 Bluetooth version, which is the most commonly supported Bluetooth version on medium processor core laptops that have been on the market for a similar time to it.
5 Other reasons to consider the Lenovo X1 Carbon
Released Over Three Years Ago
It was over three years ago when this medium processor core portable PC was released.
Intel Core I5-3xxx Processor Family
The X1 Carbon has an Intel Core i5-3xxx processor family which is better than the Intel Core i5 processor family found on most medium processor core laptops that were released more than two years ago.
Average Internal Memory
With an internal memory of 4 gigabytes, the X1 Carbon has a relatively average internal memory compared to most of the other comparable spec portable PCs that were launched more than two years ago.
Notebook PCs with a bigger internal memory that might be worth considering include the Asus X550CA (6GB).
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Average Screen Size
The Lenovo X1 Carbon has a pretty average screen size (14 inches) compared to most of the other laptops that were launched more than two years ago.
Average Battery Life
At 6.3 hours, the Lenovo X1 Carbon has a fairly typical battery life compared to most of the other portable PCs of this spec and age.
Intel Segment Tagging
Enterprise, Small Business
Intel Core i5, Intel Core i5-3xxx
Processor Clock Speed
System Bus Data Transfer Rate
Maximum Turbo Frequency
Processor Memory Channel
Maximum Processor Memory Bandwidth
Processor Memory Clock Speed
333, 1333, 133, 1600
Processor Memory Type
DDR3-SDRAM, DDR3L-SDRAM, DDR3L
Conflict Free Processor
Maximum Internal Memory Supported by Processor
Integrated 4G WiMAX
PCI Express Lane (max)
Processor Operating Mode
PCI Express Slot Version
Thermal Design Power (TDP)
PCI Express Configuration
1x16, 1x1, 2x8, 1x8, 1x8+2x4, 2x4
CPU Multiplier (bus/core Ratio)
Processor Cache Type
Smart Cache, L3
SMP Processor (max)
Maximum Internal Memory (64-Bit)
Maximum Internal Memory
1 x 4
Memory Clock Speed
Total Storage Capacity
Integrated Card Reader
Solid-State Drive Interface
Serial ATA, Serial ATA II, Serial ATA III
Solid-State Drive Capacity
On-Board Graphics Adapter Model
Intel HD Graphics, Intel HD Graphics 4000, Intel HD Graphics 400
On-Board Graphics Adapter ID
Display Supported by On-Board Grap
On-Board Graphics Adapter Dynamic Frequency
On-Board Graphics Adapter
DisplayPort, DisplayPort, Embedded DisplayPort (eDP), HDMI, Serial Digital Video Out (SDVO), VGA (D-Sub)
On-Board Graphics Adapter Base Frequency
On-Board Graphics Adapter
Front Camera Resolution
1280 x 720
IEEE 802.11a, IEEE 802.11g, IEEE 802.11n
Ethernet LAN Connection
802.11a, 802.11g, 802.11n
Wireless LAN Connection
Ports & Interfaces
Combo Headphone/mic Port
S/PDIF Out Port
Microphone in Port
USB 3.0 Port
USB 2.0 Port
USB 3.0 (3.1 Gen 1) Type-A Port
Integrated TV Tuner
Windows 8, Windows 8 Pro
Operating System Architecture
Processor Special Features
Intel Anti-Theft Technology
Intel VPro Technology
Intel My WiFi Technology
Intel Turbo Boost Technology
Intel Identity Protection Technology
Intel Hyper-Threading Technology
Intel Small Business Advantage (SBA)
Intel Wireless Display (WiDi) Technology
Enhanced Intel SpeedStep Technology
Intel InTru 3D Technology
Intel Quick Sync Video Technology
Intel Clear Video HD Technology
Supported Instruction Set
Intel FDI Technology
Intel Dual Display Capable Technology
Intel Fast Memory Access
Intel Secure Key
Execute Disable Bit
Intel Secure Key Technology Version
Thermal Monitoring Technology
CPU Configuration (max)
Intel VT-X With Extended Page Tables (EPT)
Intel Smart Cache
Processor Package Size
Intel Flex Memory Access
Intel Virtualization Technology (VT-X)
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
Processor ARK ID
Battery Cell Count
Lithium Polymer (LiPo), Lithium, Polymer
AC Adapter Input Voltage
100 - 240
AC Adapter Frequency
50, 60, 50/60
Cable Lock Slot
Weight & Dimensions
AC Adapter Included
Quick Start Guide
0 - 2438
Storage Relative Humidity Range
5 - 95
Operating Relative Humidity Range
5 - 85
Storage Temperature Range
5 - 43
Operating Temperature Range
5 - 35
Intel Visual Technology
Intel Clear Video HD, Intel Insider, Intel InTru 3D, Intel Quick Sync Video