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Lenovo X1 Carbon 2 Core Intel Core I5-3xxx 1.8GHz 8GB 128GB SSD 14" Laptop

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12 Reasons For

64-Bit Processor Operating Mode

This portable PC supports a 64-bit processor operating mode, which is typical of many medium processor core notebook PCs that came out more than two years ago.

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Fairly Fast On-Board Graphics Adapter Dynamic Frequency

At 1,150 megahertz, the Lenovo X1 Carbon has a quite fast on-board graphics adapter dynamic frequency compared to most of the other medium processor core notebook PCs that have been on the market for a similar time to the X1 Carbon. Across all the laptops of a similar age and spec to the X1 Carbon the on-board graphics adapter dynamic frequencies range from 660MHz to 1,300MHz, and the average on-board graphics adapter dynamic frequency is 1,100MHz.

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Lenovo Has Good Portable PC Reviews

We calculated the average reviews for all Lenovo notebook PCs and also specifically for Lenovo medium processor core notebook PCs and found that in both cases Lenovo had good reviews compared to other brands.

Quite Big Internal Memory

At 8 gigabytes, the X1 Carbon has a quite big internal memory compared to most of the other similar spec laptops that have been available for around the same time as the X1 Carbon. Across all the comparable spec notebook PCs that were launched around the same time as the X1 Carbon the internal memory range from 1GB to 16GB.

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SSD Storage Medium

The Lenovo X1 Carbon has an SSD storage medium which is better than the HDD storage medium found on most laptops of a similar type and age to it. 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 actually the best storage medium amongst all medium processor core notebook PCs that have been available for around the same time as the X1 Carbon.

The worst storage medium amongst comparable types of portable PC is HDD.

If the storage medium of this Lenovo laptop is not good enough for you then you might want to consider the T420s (SSD), or the X1 Carbon (SSD) both from Lenovo.

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802.11n WiFi Standard

This portable PC has an 802.11a|802.11b|802.11g|802.11n WiFi standard, which is typical of many notebook PCs that came out more than two years ago.

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64-Bit Operating System Architecture

This portable PC has a 64-bit operating system architecture, which is typical of many medium processor core notebook PCs that have been available for a comparable time to it.

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Very Thin

The X1 Carbon is quite thin (only 0.74 inches) compared to most of the other laptops of this type and age. Across all the notebook PCs that have been on the market for a comparable time to the X1 Carbon the heights range from 0.74" to 2.9", and the average height is 1.2".

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Narrow

The widths of similar spec laptops that came out more than two years ago range from 9.6" to 17". The X1 Carbon is one of the narrower similar spec notebook PCs that are a comparable age to the X1 Carbon (only 13.03 inches) amongst medium processor core notebook PCs of this age.

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Light

The X1 Carbon is one of the lighter notebook PCs of a similar age and spec to the X1 Carbon (only 1.4 kilograms) amongst comparable spec notebook PCs of this age. Across all the medium processor core notebook PCs that were released around the same time as the X1 Carbon the weights range from 300g to 3.8kg.

Other laptops with a heavier weight that you might want to look at include the Lenovo X1 Carbon (1.4kg).

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Shallow

The shallowest portable PC of this spec and age is 8" deep and the deepest is 15". The X1 Carbon is one of the shallower similar spec portable PCs that were launched more than two years ago (only 8.9 inches) amongst medium processor core notebook PCs of this age.

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Narrow

At only 331 millimeters, the X1 Carbon is quite narrow compared to most of the other portable PCs of a comparable type and age to the X1 Carbon. The narrowest notebook PC of a similar age and spec to the X1 Carbon is 38mm wide and the widest is 430mm.

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10 Reasons Against

Only One PCI Express Lane (max)

Most notebook PCs of a similar age and spec to the X1 Carbon have between 1 and 15 PCI Express lanes (max), including the X1 Carbon which has one PCI Express lane (max).

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Only One USB 3.0 (3.1 Gen 1) Type-A Port

Most similar spec laptops that are a comparable age to the X1 Carbon have between one and four USB 3.0 (3.1 Gen 1) Type-A ports, including the X1 Carbon which has one USB 3.0 (3.1 Gen 1) Type-A port.

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Does Not Have a Front Camera

Most of the other medium processor core notebook PCs that have been around for around the same time as the X1 Carbon have a front camera, however the X1 Carbon does not have a front camera.

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Very Small Total Storage Capacity

At only 128 gigabytes, the X1 Carbon has a fairly small total storage capacity compared to most of the other medium processor core notebook PCs that were released around the same time as the X1 Carbon. The smallest total storage capacity of portable PCs of this age and type is 1GB, the biggest is 1.5TB, and the average total storage capacity is 520GB.

If you want a bigger total storage capacity then you might also want to look at the HP 2570p (320GB) which also has a higher rating.

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Does Not Have a Full-Size Keyboard

Most of the other notebook PCs of this spec and age have a full-size keyboard, however the X1 Carbon does not have a full-size keyboard.

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Quite Slow Memory Clock Speed

With a memory clock speed of only 1,333 megahertz, the X1 Carbon has a fairly slow memory clock speed compared to most of the other medium processor core notebook PCs that were released more than two years ago. Portable PCs that are a comparable age to the X1 Carbon have memory clock speeds of between 1,000MHz and 1,800MHz.

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Does Not Have a Touch Sensitive Screen

The Lenovo X1 Carbon does not have a touch sensitive screen, although it is worth keeping in mind that most of the other medium processor core notebook PCs that have been on the market for a similar time to the X1 Carbon also do not have a touch sensitive screen.

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Only 128 Solid-State Drive Capacity

Most medium processor core notebook PCs that have been on the market for a comparable time to the X1 Carbon have between 8 and 511 solid-state drive capacity, including the X1 Carbon which has 128 solid-state drive capacity.

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Only One USB 2.0 Port

The X1 Carbon is a one USB 2.0 port laptop. Most of the other medium processor core notebook PCs that were released more than two years ago have between one and eight USB 2.0 ports.

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Only 4 Bluetooth Version

This laptop supports a 4 Bluetooth version, which is the most frequently supported Bluetooth version on similar spec laptops that were launched more than two years ago.

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5 Other reasons to consider the Lenovo X1 Carbon

Released Over Four Years Ago

It was over four years ago when Lenovo released the X1 Carbon.

Intel Core I5-3xxx Processor Family

The X1 Carbon has a better processor family than most medium processor core notebook PCs that have been available for more than two years. This laptop has an Intel Core i5-3xxx processor family, whereas most portable PCs of this age and spec have an Intel Core i5 processor family.

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Average Screen Size

The Lenovo X1 Carbon has a relatively standard screen size (14 inches) compared to most of the other medium processor core notebook PCs that were launched more than two years ago.

If this Lenovo laptop screen size is too small for you then you might want to look at the B50-45 (15.6"), or the G70-70 (17.3") both from Lenovo.

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Average Battery Life

At 6.3 hours, the X1 Carbon has a fairly average battery life compared to most of the other similar spec laptops that were released around the same time as the X1 Carbon.

If you want a laptop with a longer battery life then you might also want to consider the Lenovo X1 Carbon (8.2h).

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Average Processor Clock Speed

With a processor clock speed of 1.8 gigahertz, the Lenovo X1 Carbon has a fairly typical processor clock speed compared to most of the other medium processor core notebook PCs that came out around the same time as the X1 Carbon.

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Specification

Features
Design
Form Factor
Market Positioning
Housing Material
Colour
Product Type
Intel Segment Tagging
Docking Station
Processor
Processor Core
Processor Family
Processor Clock Speed
Motherboard Chipset
Processor Socket
Processor Cache
System Bus Data Transfer Rate
Processor Thread
Maximum Turbo Frequency
Processor Model
Conflict Free Processor
Integrated 4G WiMAX
Processor Lithography
PCI Express Lane (max)
Processor Operating Mode
PCI Express Slot Version
Bus Type
Processor Codename
Processor Series
Thermal Design Power (TDP)
Stepping
PCI Express Configuration
CPU Multiplier (bus/core Ratio)
Tjunction
Processor Cache Type
Memory
Internal Memory
Memory
Maximum Internal Memory (64-Bit)
Maximum Internal Memory
Memory Layout
Memory Clock Speed
Internal Memory
Hard Drive
Storage
Total Storage Capacity
Storage Medium
Memory Card
Integrated Card Reader
Solid-State Drive Interface
Solid-State Drive Capacity
Installed SSD
Display
Screen Size
Display Resolution
Typical Contrast Ratio
Display Brightness
Aspect Ratio
LED Backlight
Display Surface
HD Type
Video
Graphics
On-Board Graphics Adapter Model
Maximum Resolution
Discrete Graphics Adapter Model
On-Board Graphics Adapter ID
Display Supported by On-Board Grap
On-Board Graphics Adapter Dynamic Frequency
On-Board Graphics Adapter Base Frequency
On-Board Graphics Adapter
Optical Drive
LghtScribe Feature
Audio
Built-In Microphone
Speaker Power
Built-In Speaker
Audio System
Camera
Front Camera Resolution
Front Camera
Networking
Bluetooth Version
Ethernet LAN Connection
WiFi Standard
Wireless LAN Connection
3G Network Access Module
Bluetooth
Ports & Interfaces
Mini DisplayPort
USB Sleep-and-Charge Port
USB Sleep-and-Charge
SmartCard Slot
ExpressCard Slot
DC-In Jack
Combo Headphone/mic Port
S/PDIF Out Port
Microphone in Port
DVI Port
USB 2.0 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
Operating System
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 Wireless Display (WiDi) Technology
Enhanced Intel SpeedStep Technology
Intel InTru 3D Technology
Intel Insider
Intel Quick Sync Video Technology
Intel Clear Video HD Technology
Intel Trusted Execution Technology
Supported Instruction Set
Processor Code
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
Intel 64
Processor Package Size
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
Processor ARK ID
Battery
Battery Life
Battery Capacity
Battery Cell Count
Battery
Power
AC Adapter Input Voltage
AC Adapter Frequency
AC Adapter Power
Security
Password Protection
Password Protection
Trusted Platform Module (TPM)
Fingerprint Reader
Cable Lock Slot
Cable Lock Slot
Special Features
Weight & Dimensions
Weight
Height At Front
Depth
Height At Rear
Width
Packaging Data
AC Adapter Included
Power Cord Included
Manual
Operational Conditions
Certificates
RoHS Compliance
EPEAT Compliance
Energy Star Certified
Technical Details
Other Features
Intel Virtualization Technology

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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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Product Identifiers

Manufacturer Part Numbers lenovo i53427, lenovo 20bs003, lenovo i53427u, lenovo 20bs003a, lenovo 20bs003au, lenovo 20bs003aus
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