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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Very Big Maximum Internal Memory Supported by Processor
The maximum internal memory supported by processors of ultrabooks that were launched more than two years ago range from 8GB to 32GB. The X1 Carbon has a very big maximum internal memory supported by processor (32 gigabytes) compared to most of the other similar spec laptops that were released more than two years ago.
Quite Fast On-Board Graphics Adapter Dynamic Frequency
With an on-board graphics adapter dynamic frequency of 1,150 megahertz, the X1 Carbon has a fairly fast on-board graphics adapter dynamic frequency compared to most of the other ultrabooks that are a comparable age to the X1 Carbon. The on-board graphics adapter dynamic frequencies of ultrabooks that have been around for a similar time to the X1 Carbon range from 800MHz to 1,300MHz.
Laptops manufactured by Lenovo generally have good ratings compared to other manufacturers.
Fairly Fast On-Board Graphics Adapter Base Frequency
The Lenovo X1 Carbon has a quite fast on-board graphics adapter base frequency (350 megahertz) compared to most of the other portable PCs of this type and age. The on-board graphics adapter base frequencies of ultrabooks that came out around the same time as the X1 Carbon range from 200MHz to 650MHz, and the average on-board graphics adapter base frequency is 310MHz.
Has a Full-Size Keyboard
The X1 Carbon has a full-size keyboard. Most of the other notebook PCs of this age and spec do not have a full-size keyboard.
Has a Front Camera
Like most of the other ultrabooks that are a comparable age to the X1 Carbon, the X1 Carbon has a front camera.
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1,600MHz Processor Memory Clock Speed
The X1 Carbon supports a 1,600MHz processor memory clock speed which is faster than most comparable spec notebook PCs that were launched around the same time as it. Most laptops of this age and type support a 133MHz processor memory clock speed. This portable PC also supports 1 and 333MHz processor memory clock speeds.
A 1,600MHz processor memory clock speed is in fact the best supported memory clock speeds supported by processor across all notebook PCs of this age and spec.
Across similar types of notebook PC the worst supported memory clock speeds supported by processor is 133MHz.
SSD Storage Medium
This laptop has an SSD storage medium, which is the most frequently found storage medium on laptops of a comparable age and type 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.
SSD Storage Medium
This laptop has an SSD storage medium, which is the most frequently found storage medium on notebook PCs of this spec and age.
802.11n WiFi Standard
This notebook PC has an 802.11a|802.11b|802.11g|802.11n WiFi standard, which is the most frequently found WiFi standard on ultrabooks that were released around the same time as it.
Very Big Maximum Internal Memory
With a maximum internal memory of 32,768 megabytes, the X1 Carbon has a very big maximum internal memory compared to most of the other ultrabooks that have been available for a comparable time to the X1 Carbon. The maximum internal memories of ultrabooks that are a comparable age to the X1 Carbon range from 16GB to 33GB.
Has a Touch Sensitive Screen
The X1 Carbon has a touch sensitive screen. Most of the other ultrabooks that came out more than two years ago do not have a touch sensitive screen.
256 Solid-State Drive Capacity
The Lenovo X1 Carbon is a 256 gigabytes solid-state drive capacity laptop. Most of the other ultrabooks that have been around for around the same time as the X1 Carbon have between 16 and 511 solid-state drive capacity.
8.2GB Internal Memory Size
The biggest internal memory size of the Lenovo X1 Carbon is 8.2GB. That's over two times the internal memory size of the most common internal memory size of 4.1GB.
This notebook PC's internal memory size (8.2GB) is actually the best internal memory size amongst all portable PCs that have been around for around the same time as the X1 Carbon.
The worst internal memory size across comparable types of notebook PC is 4.1GB.
The weights of notebook PCs of a comparable age and spec to the X1 Carbon range from 870g to 3.3kg, and the average weight is 1.6kg. The X1 Carbon is fairly light (only 1.4 kilograms) compared to most of the other ultrabooks that came out around the same time as the X1 Carbon.
10 Reasons Against
Only One PCI Express Lane (max)
Most ultrabooks that are a comparable age to the X1 Carbon have between 1 and 15 PCI Express lanes (max), including the X1 Carbon which has one PCI Express lane (max).
Only One USB 3.0 (3.1 Gen 1) Type-A Port
Most ultrabooks that were launched around the same time as the X1 Carbon have between one and three 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.
Quite Slow Memory Clock Speed
With a memory clock speed of only 1,333 megahertz, the X1 Carbon has one of the slowest memory clock speeds amongst ultrabooks of this age. The average memory clock speed of notebook PCs of this spec and age is 1,600MHz, and the memory clock speeds range from 1,300MHz to 1,600MHz.
Only 10 Mbit/s Ethernet LAN Data Rate
This portable PC Ethernet LAN data rate, which is the most commonly found Ethernet LAN data rate on portable PCs of a similar age and type to it.
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Only One USB 3.0 Port
The Lenovo X1 Carbon is a one USB 3.0 port laptop. Most of the other ultrabooks that were launched around the same time as the X1 Carbon have between one and three USB 3.0 ports.
Quite Small Maximum Internal Memory (64-Bit)
The average maximum internal memory (64-bit) of laptops of a similar spec and age to the X1 Carbon is 9.6GB. With a maximum internal memory (64-bit) of only 8 gigabytes, the X1 Carbon has one of the smaller maximum internal memory (64-bit) amongst ultrabooks of this age.
Only One USB 2.0 Port
Most portable PCs of this age and spec have between one and two USB 2.0 ports, including the X1 Carbon which has one USB 2.0 port.
Quite Small Processor Cache
When compared to other similar spec portable PCs that have been on the market for around the same time as the X1 Carbon, the Lenovo X1 Carbon's processor cache of only 3 megabytes is one of the smallest. The processor caches of laptops of this spec and age range from 2MB to 6MB.
Quite Small L3 Cache
The average L3 cache of laptops of this age and spec is 3.3MB, and the L3 caches range from 2MB to 6MB. When compared to other comparable spec laptops that are a similar age to the X1 Carbon that we have assessed the L3 cache of, the X1 Carbon's L3 cache of only 3 megabytes is one of the smallest.
Quite Small Megapixel Count
The X1 Carbon has a fairly small megapixel count (only 1 megapixel) compared to most of the other laptops of this spec and age. Ultrabooks that have been on the market for around the same time as the X1 Carbon have megapixels counts of between 0.3MP and 1.3MP.
7 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.
Average Internal Memory
With an internal memory of 8 gigabytes, the X1 Carbon has a pretty average internal memory compared to most of the other similar spec notebook PCs that have been available for more than two years.
If this notebook PC internal memory is too small for you then you might want to look at the Fujitsu LifeBook U904 (10GB).
Intel Core I5-3xxx Processor Family
This laptop has an Intel Core i5-3xxx processor family, which is typical of many laptops of this spec and age.
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Average Battery Life
The Lenovo X1 Carbon has a pretty typical battery life (8.2 hours) compared to most of the other ultrabooks that are a similar age to the X1 Carbon.
Average Screen Size
With a screen size of 14 inches, the Lenovo X1 Carbon has a relatively average screen size compared to most of the other similar spec portable PCs that have been around for more than two years.
Average Processor Clock Speed
With a processor clock speed of 1.8 gigahertz, the Lenovo X1 Carbon has a relatively typical processor clock speed compared to most of the other portable PCs of this type and age.
If this portable PC processor clock speed is too slow for you then you might also want to look at the DELL Latitude 6430u (1.9GHz).
Average Total Storage Capacity
With a total storage capacity of 256 gigabytes, the Lenovo X1 Carbon has a fairly average total storage capacity compared to most of the other portable PCs of this type and age.
If you want a bigger total storage capacity then you might also want to consider the HP Elitebook 840 (500GB).
Aluminium, Carbon fiber, Carbon, Magnesium
Intel Segment Tagging
Enterprise, Small Business
Intel Core i5, Intel Core i5-3xxx
Processor Clock Speed
Intel QS77 Express
System Bus Data Transfer Rate
Maximum Turbo Frequency
Processor Clock Speed
Processor Memory Channel
Maximum Processor Memory Bandwidth
Processor Memory Clock Speed
333, 1333, 133, 1600
Processor Memory Type
DDR3-SDRAM, DDR3L-SDRAM, DDR3L
Maximum Internal Memory Supported by Processor
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
SMP Processor (max)
Maximum Internal Memory (64-Bit)
Maximum Internal Memory
1 x 8192
1 x 8
Memory Clock Speed
Internal Memory Size
Total Storage Capacity
Solid-State Drive Interface
Serial ATA, Serial ATA II, Serial ATA III
Solid-State Drive Capacity
Typical Contrast Ratio
Display Number of Colours
Supported Number of Colours Display
16.78 million colours
On-Board Graphics Adapter Model
Intel HD Graphics, Intel HD Graphics 4000, Intel HD Graphics 400
2560 x 1600
Discrete Graphics Adapter Model
2560 x 1600
On-Board Graphics Adapter ID
Display Supported by On-Board Grap
On-Board Graphics Adapter Dynamic Frequency
On-Board Graphics Adapter
DisplayPort, Embedded DisplayPort (eDP), HDMI, VGA (D-Sub), Serial Digital Video Out (SDVO)
On-Board Graphics Adapter Base Frequency
1280 x 720
Front Camera Resolution
1280 x 720
Front Camera Resolution
IEEE 802.11a, IEEE 802.11g, IEEE 802.11n
HSPA+, HSPA+, CDMA, WCDMA
Ethernet LAN Data Rate
Maximum WiFi Data Rate
802.11a, 802.11g, 802.11n
Ports & Interfaces
USB Sleep-and-Charge Port
CardBus PCMCIA Slot
S/PDIF Out Port
Headphone Out Port
Ethernet LAN Ports
USB 3.0 Port
USB 2.0 Port
USB 3.0 (3.1 Gen 1) Type-A Port
Integrated TV Tuner
Windows 7 Professional
Recovery Operating System
Windows 8, Windows 8 Pro
Operating System Architecture
Processor Special Features
Intel Rapid Start Technology
Intel Smart Response Technology
Intel Smart Connect Technology
Intel Small Business Advantage (SBA)
Intel Matrix Storage Technology
Intel Active Management Technology
Intel HD Audio Technology
Supported Instruction Set
Intel Secure Key Technology Version
CPU Configuration (max)
Processor Package Size
Graphics & IMC Lithography
Intel Identity Protection Technology Version
Processor ARK ID
Battery Cell Count
Lithium Polymer (LiPo), Lithium, Polymer
AC Adapter Output Voltage
AC Adapter Input Voltage
100 - 240
AC Adapter Frequency
50, 60, 50/60
AC Adapter Power
HDD, Power on, Supervisor
Cable Lock Slot
Weight & Dimensions
Height At Front
Height At Rear
0 - 2438
Storage Relative Humidity Range
10 - 90
Operating Relative Humidity Range
10 - 85
Storage Temperature Range
-15 - 60
Operating Temperature Range
5 - 35
Intel Visual Technology
Intel Clear Video HD, Intel Insider, Intel InTru 3D, Intel Quick Sync Video
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