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Lenovo X1 Carbon 2 Core Intel Core I7-3xxx 2GHz 8GB 256GB HDD 14" Laptop

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Get introduced to the world's lightest 14 ultrabook the ThinkPad X1 Carbon is power-packed with innovation and inspiration to do business. This ultrabook weighs only 3lbs and is just 18mm thin.... More
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Quite Big Maximum Internal Memory Supported by Processor

The smallest maximum internal memory supported by processor of laptops of this type and age is 8GB and the biggest is 32GB. The X1 Carbon has a quite big maximum internal memory supported by processor (32 gigabytes) compared to most of the other ultrabooks that have been on the market for around the same time as the X1 Carbon.

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16 PCI Express Lanes (max)

The Lenovo X1 Carbon is a 16 PCI Express lane (max) notebook PC.

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Quite Fast On-Board Graphics Adapter Dynamic Frequency

Across all the ultrabooks that have been on the market for a similar time to the X1 Carbon the on-board graphics adapter dynamic frequencies range from 800MHz to 1,300MHz. With an on-board graphics adapter dynamic frequency of 1,150 megahertz, the X1 Carbon has one of the faster on-board graphics adapter dynamic frequencies amongst ultrabooks of this age.

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Lenovo Notebook PCs Have Good Reviews

Laptops produced by Lenovo are some of the better laptops according to average reviews from experts and users.

Quite Fast On-Board Graphics Adapter Base Frequency

The on-board graphics adapter base frequencies of portable PCs that have been around for around the same time as the X1 Carbon range from 200MHz to 650MHz. At 350 megahertz, the Lenovo X1 Carbon has a fairly fast on-board graphics adapter base frequency compared to most of the other comparable spec portable PCs that came out around the same time as the X1 Carbon.

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Quite Fast Processor Clock Speed

Across all the ultrabooks that came out around the same time as the X1 Carbon the processor clock speeds range from 1GHz to 2.9GHz. At 2 gigahertz, the X1 Carbon has a fairly fast processor clock speed compared to most of the other ultrabooks that have been available for around the same time as the X1 Carbon.

If you would prefer a laptop with a faster processor clock speed then you might want to consider the Latitude 14 E7440[pl_1619978_price] (2.1GHz and cheaper), or the Latitude 14 E7240[pl_1620017_price] (2.1GHz and cheaper) both from DELL or the Fujitsu LifeBook U904[plb_2039480_price] (2.1GHz and cheaper).

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Has a Full-Size Keyboard

The Lenovo X1 Carbon has a full-size keyboard, which is unusual. Most of the other ultrabooks that have been around for around the same time as the X1 Carbon do not have a full-size keyboard.

We compared all the other notebook PCs with a full-size keyboard to this notebook PC and we think the Fujitsu LifeBook U904[plb_2039480_price], the Asus S56CA[plb_1566686_price], and the Toshiba Z930[plb_1453489_price] which is cheaper is also worth considering.

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Has a Front Camera

The X1 Carbon has a front camera, as do most of the other ultrabooks that are a similar age to the X1 Carbon.

We think you might also be interested in some of the alternative laptops with a front camera currently available including the Latitude 14 E7440[pl_1619978_price], or the Latitude 14 E7240[pl_1620017_price] both from DELL or the Fujitsu LifeBook U904[plb_2039480_price] which is cheaper.

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Intel Core I7 Processor Family

The Lenovo X1 Carbon has a better processor family than most notebook PCs of a similar age and spec to it. This notebook PC has an Intel Core i7 processor family, whereas most laptops that have been around for around the same time as it have an Intel Core i5-3xxx processor family. Across all ultrabooks that have been on the market for around the same time as the X1 Carbon the best processor family is Intel Core i7-3xxx and the worst is Intel Core i3-2xxx.

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1,600MHz Processor Memory Clock Speed

The X1 Carbon supports a faster memory clock speeds supported by processor than most laptops of a comparable spec and age to it. This notebook PC supports a 1,600MHz processor memory clock speed, whereas most similar spec notebook PCs that have been around for around the same time as it support a 133MHz processor memory clock speed. This laptop also supports 1 and 333MHz processor memory clock speeds.

This portable PC's memory clock speeds supported by processor (1,600MHz) is actually the best supported memory clock speeds supported by processor across all portable PCs of this age and type.

Across similar types of portable PC the worst supported memory clock speeds supported by processor is 133MHz.

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Fairly Big Internal Memory

Ultrabooks that have been around for around the same time as the X1 Carbon have internal memory of between 4GB and 16GB. With an internal memory of 8 gigabytes, the X1 Carbon has a quite big internal memory compared to most of the other laptops that came out around the same time as the X1 Carbon.

We think you might also be interested in some of the other 8GB internal memory laptops currently available including the Latitude 14 E7440[pl_1619978_price], or the Latitude 14 E7240[pl_1620017_price] both from DELL or the Lenovo X240[plb_2034034_price] which is cheaper.

If this portable PC internal memory is not big enough for you then you might also want to look at the Fujitsu LifeBook U904[plb_2039480_price] (10GB), or the Lenovo T440s[plb_2061457_price] (12GB) which is also cheaper.

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Quite Big Maximum Internal Memory

Portable PCs of this spec and age have maximum internal memories of between 16GB and 33GB. The Lenovo X1 Carbon has one of the bigger maximum internal memories (32,768 megabytes) amongst ultrabooks of this 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 typical of many portable PCs that were launched more than two years ago.

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Very Fast Hard Drive Speed

The X1 Carbon has a very fast hard drive speed (7,200 revolutions per minute) compared to most of the other notebook PCs of this type and age. The hard drive speeds of ultrabooks that were released more than two years ago range from 5,400 RPM to 7,200 RPM, and the average hard drive speed is 6,000 RPM.

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Fairly Fast Maximum Turbo Frequency

The X1 Carbon has one of the faster maximum turbo frequencies (3.2 gigahertz) amongst ultrabooks of this age. Across all the ultrabooks that have been around for a comparable time to the X1 Carbon the maximum turbo frequencies range from 2.2GHz to 3.6GHz.

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Has a Touch Sensitive Screen

Unlike most of the other ultrabooks that were launched around the same time as the X1 Carbon which do not have a touch sensitive screen, the X1 Carbon has a touch sensitive screen.

There are a number of alternative portable PCs with a touch sensitive screen currently available that you might also want to consider including cheaper laptops such as the Fujitsu LifeBook U904[plb_2039480_price], or the Lenovo X240[plb_2034034_price].

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256 Solid-State Drive Capacity

The X1 Carbon is a 256 gigabytes solid-state drive capacity portable PC.

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Fairly Big L3 Cache

The X1 Carbon has one of the bigger L3 caches (4 megabytes) amongst similar spec portable PCs of this age. The average L3 cache of portable PCs of a comparable spec and age to the X1 Carbon is 3.3MB.

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Quite Big Cache Memory

The smallest cache memory of notebook PCs of this age and type is 2MB and the biggest is 6MB. The X1 Carbon has one of the bigger cache memories (4 megabytes) amongst ultrabooks of this age.

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Fairly Big Processor Cache

At 4 megabytes, the X1 Carbon has a fairly big processor cache compared to most of the other portable PCs of this age and spec. The processor caches of ultrabooks that were released more than two years ago range from 2MB to 6MB, and the average processor cache is 3.3MB.

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Light

The Lenovo X1 Carbon is one of the lighter comparable spec notebook PCs that have been available for a similar time to the X1 Carbon (only 1.4 kilograms) amongst similar spec portable PCs of this age. Portable PCs that have been available for around the same time as the X1 Carbon have weights of between 870g and 3.3kg, and the average weight is 1.6kg.

Notebook PCs with a heavier weight that might also be worth looking at include the Asus S56CA[plb_1566686_price] (2.3kg), or the Toshiba Z930[plb_1453489_price] (1.1kg) which is also cheaper.

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5 Reasons Against

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

The X1 Carbon is a one USB 3.0 (3.1 Gen 1) Type-A port laptop. Most of the other similar spec laptops that have been available for more than two years have between one and three USB 3.0 (3.1 Gen 1) Type-A ports.

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Quite Small Hard Drive Capacity

With a hard drive capacity of only 256 gigabytes, the X1 Carbon's hard drive capacity is one of the smallest amongst laptops of a similar age and spec to the X1 Carbon. The average hard drive capacity of portable PCs that were released more than two years ago is 550GB, and the hard drive capacity range from 120GB to 1TB.

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Quite Slow Memory Clock Speed

The slowest memory clock speed of portable PCs of this age and spec is 1,300MHz, the fastest is 1,600MHz, and the average memory clock speed is 1,600MHz. At only 1,333 megahertz, the X1 Carbon has a fairly slow memory clock speed compared to most of the other ultrabooks that have been on the market for a comparable time to the X1 Carbon.

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Only One USB 3.0 Port

Most portable PCs that have been on the market for a similar time to the X1 Carbon have between one and three USB 3.0 ports, including the X1 Carbon which has one USB 3.0 port.

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Very Slow Processor Front Side Bus

The slowest processor front side bus of ultrabooks that are a similar age to the X1 Carbon is 1,300MHz, the fastest is 1,600MHz, and the average processor front side bus is 1,500MHz. At only 1,333 megahertz, the X1 Carbon has a quite slow processor front side bus compared to most of the other notebook PCs that have been available for around the same time as the X1 Carbon.

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5 Other reasons to consider the Lenovo X1 Carbon

Released Over Three Years Ago

Lenovo released the X1 Carbon over three years ago.

Average Battery Life

The X1 Carbon has a pretty standard battery life (8.2 hours) compared to most of the other ultrabooks that have been on the market for a similar time to the X1 Carbon.

If this laptop battery life is too short for you then you might want to consider the Lenovo X240[plb_2625151_price] (8.7h), the Fujitsu LifeBook U904[plb_2039480_price] (10h), or the Toshiba Z30[plb_2086845_price] (12.8h) which is also cheaper.

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Average Screen Size

The X1 Carbon has a pretty typical screen size (14 inches) compared to most of the other notebook PCs of a similar age and type to the X1 Carbon.

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HDD Storage Medium

The Lenovo X1 Carbon has an HDD storage medium which is better than most laptops of a similar type and age to it. Most similar spec laptops that were released around the same time as it have an SSD storage medium. HDD is a traditional storage drive which stores the information on magnetic disks. HDD drives are slower than other forms of storage such as solid state drives (SSD) and flash drives.

We compared all the other portable PCs that have an HDD storage media to this portable PC and we think cheaper laptops such as the Lenovo X240[plb_2625151_price] is also worth considering.

If the storage medium of this Lenovo notebook PC is not good enough for you then you might want to look at the Latitude 14 E7440[pl_1619978_price] (SSD), or the Latitude 14 E7240[pl_1620017_price] (SSD) both from DELL or the Toshiba Z930[plb_1453489_price] (SSD) which is also cheaper.

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Average Total Storage Capacity

With a total storage capacity of 256 gigabytes, the Lenovo X1 Carbon has a fairly standard total storage capacity compared to most of the other ultrabooks that have been on the market for a comparable time to the X1 Carbon.

If this portable PC total storage capacity is not big enough for you then you might also want to consider the Lenovo X240[plb_2625151_price] (500GB and cheaper).

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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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Manufacturer Part Numbers lenovo 20bs006, lenovo 20bs006g, lenovo 20bs006gu, lenovo 20bs006guk
Barcodes 00887619438345, 00887619553987, 00889233207277
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