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Lenovo X1 Carbon 2 Core Intel Core I5-4xxx 1.9GHz 4GB 180GB SSD 14" Laptop

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2 Intel Core I5-4xxx 1.9GHz 4GB Apr 2014
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10-point multitouch screen improves accuracy, making touch-browsing and selecting more responsive and precise. Give a multimedia presentation on the X1 Carbon without even touching the keyboard!... More
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12 Reasons For

Good Brand

On average portable PCs from Lenovo are rated 79 out of 100, which is in the top 64% of all laptop manufacturers that we have analysed.

Has a Front Camera

The X1 Carbon has a front camera, as do most of the other notebook PCs that are a comparable age to the X1 Carbon.

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1,600MHz Processor Memory Clock Speed

The Lenovo X1 Carbon supports a faster memory clock speeds supported by processor than most laptops that have been around for more than a year. This notebook PC supports a 1,600MHz processor memory clock speed, whereas most portable PCs that are a comparable age to it support a 133MHz processor memory clock speed. This Lenovo laptop also supports 1 and 333MHz processor memory clock speeds.

A 1,600MHz processor memory clock speed is actually the best supported memory clock speeds supported by processor amongst all ultrabooks that came out around the same time as the X1 Carbon.

A 133MHz processor memory clock speed is the worst supported memory clock speeds supported by processor amongst similar types of notebook PC.

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SSD Storage Medium

This notebook PC has an SSD storage medium, which is the most commonly found storage medium on portable PCs of this age and type. 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.

We think you might also be interested in some of the other notebook PCs that have an SSD storage media currently available including the DELL Latitude 12 E7240 which has better reviews.

If the storage medium of this portable PC is not good enough for you then you might also want to consider the DELL Latitude 12 E7240 (SSD), or the Lenovo X240 (SSD).

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Quite Long Battery Life

The shortest battery life of ultrabooks that have been on the market for more than a year is 6h and the longest is 17h. The Lenovo X1 Carbon has a fairly long battery life (9 hours) compared to most of the other laptops that have been around for around the same time as the X1 Carbon.

If this notebook PC battery life is too short for you then you might want to consider the Fujitsu LifeBook U904 (10h) which is also higher rated.

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Very Big Screen Size

The Lenovo X1 Carbon has one of the bigger screen sizes (14 inches) amongst ultrabooks of this age. The smallest screen size of portable PCs of a similar age and type to the X1 Carbon is 12", the biggest is 14", and the average screen size is 14".

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Has a Touch Sensitive Screen

The X1 Carbon has a touch sensitive screen. Most of the other ultrabooks that are a comparable age to the X1 Carbon also have a touch sensitive screen.

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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 typical of many laptops of this age and type.

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Eight Battery Cells

Most of the other ultrabooks that were released more than a year ago only have between three and seven battery cells, however the X1 Carbon has eight battery cells.

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Very High Front Camera Resolution

The X1 Carbon has one of the higher front camera resolutions (1.3 megapixels) amongst ultrabooks of this age. The front camera resolutions of similar spec portable PCs that were released around the same time as the X1 Carbon range from 0.92MP to 1.3MP.

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Quite Bright Display Brightness

The display brightnesss of similar spec portable PCs that have been available for a comparable time to the X1 Carbon range from 200 cd/m² to 400 cd/m². The X1 Carbon has one of the brighter display brightnesss (300 candellas per square meter) amongst ultrabooks of this age.

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1x SO-DIMM Memory Slot

This laptop has a 1x SO-DIMM memory slot, which is typical of many portable PCs that were launched more than a year ago.

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5 Reasons Against

Does Not Have a Full-Size Keyboard

The Lenovo X1 Carbon does not have a full-size keyboard, unlike most of the other ultrabooks that have been around for around the same time as the X1 Carbon which have a full-size keyboard.

We compared this portable PC to all the other laptops with a full-size keyboard and we think the DELL Latitude 12 E7240 is also worth considering.

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Very Small Total Storage Capacity

The X1 Carbon has a quite small total storage capacity (only 180 gigabytes) compared to most of the other notebook PCs of a similar type and age to the X1 Carbon. The average total storage capacity of notebook PCs of this age and type is 300GB.

If this portable PC total storage capacity is too small for you then you might want to look at the Asus UX301LA (256GB) which is also higher rated.

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Quite Small Maximum Internal Memory (64-Bit)

The maximum internal memory (64-bit) of the X1 Carbon of only 4 gigabytes is one of the smallest amongst laptops of this type and age. Ultrabooks that have been on the market for a similar time to the X1 Carbon have maximum internal memory (64-bit) of between 4GB and 16GB.

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Quite Small Maximum Internal Memory

The X1 Carbon has one of the smallest maximum internal memory (only 4 gigabytes) amongst similar spec notebook PCs of this age. Across all the ultrabooks that are a similar age to the X1 Carbon the maximum internal memory range from 4GB to 16GB.

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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 comparable type and age to it.

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5 Other reasons to consider the Lenovo X1 Carbon

Released Over a Year Ago

It was over a year ago when Lenovo released the X1 Carbon.

Intel Core I5 Processor Family

This portable PC has an Intel Core i5-4xxx processor family, which is typical of many notebook PCs of this age and spec.

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Average Internal Memory

At 4 gigabytes, the X1 Carbon has a relatively standard internal memory compared to most of the other laptops of a similar type and age to the X1 Carbon.

If you would prefer a bigger internal memory then you might want to look at the DELL Latitude 12 E7240 (8GB) which is also higher rated.

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Average Processor Clock Speed

At 1.9 gigahertz, the Lenovo X1 Carbon has a fairly average processor clock speed compared to most of the other ultrabooks that were released around the same time as the X1 Carbon.

If you would prefer a faster processor clock speed then you might want to consider the DELL Latitude 12 E7240 (2.1GHz) which also has a higher rating.

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Average Weight

At 1.4 kilograms, the X1 Carbon has a pretty standard weight compared to most of the other ultrabooks that have been around for more than a year.

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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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