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Lenovo X1 Carbon 2 Core Intel Core I5-3xxx 1.8GHz 8GB 256GB SSD 14" Laptop

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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... More
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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.

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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.

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Good Brand

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Light

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.

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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).

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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).

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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.

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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.

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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).

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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).

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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

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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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