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Lenovo X1 Carbon 2 Core Intel Core I7-4xxx 1.5GHz 8GB 256GB SSD 14" Laptop

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2 Intel Core I7-4xxx 1.5GHz 8GB Nov 2014
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18 Reasons For

64-Bit Processor Operating Mode

This notebook PC supports a 64-bit processor operating mode, which is the most commonly supported processor operating mode on comparable spec laptops that came out more than a year ago.

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Good Brand

Lenovo is one of the better rated portable PC manufacturers according to average reviews from experts and users, and Lenovo also has good ratings for its medium processor core laptops.

Fairly Fast On-Board Graphics Adapter Dynamic Frequency

The Lenovo X1 Carbon has a fairly fast on-board graphics adapter dynamic frequency (1,100 megahertz) compared to most of the other similar spec laptops that were released around the same time as the X1 Carbon. The slowest on-board graphics adapter dynamic frequency of notebook PCs of this type and age is 750MHz and the fastest is 1,300MHz.

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Intel Core I7 Processor Family

The X1 Carbon has an Intel Core i7 processor family which is better than the Intel Core i5-5xxx processor family found on most similar spec portable PCs that have been around for more than a year. Across all portable PCs of this type and age the best processor family is Intel Core i7-3xxx and the worst is AMD E.

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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 laptops of a similar age and type to it. Most medium processor core laptops that were launched around the same time as it support a 133MHz processor memory clock speed. In addition, this notebook PC supports 1 and 333MHz processor memory clock speeds. Across all notebook PCs that were released more than a year ago the memory clock speeds supported by processor ranges from 133MHz to 1,866MHz.

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SSD Storage Medium

The X1 Carbon has an SSD storage medium which is better than the HDD storage medium found on most notebook PCs 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.

An SSD storage medium is actually the best storage medium across all comparable spec notebook PCs that have been available for around the same time as the X1 Carbon.

The worst storage medium amongst similar types of notebook PC is HDD.

If the storage medium of this Lenovo portable PC is too bad for you then you might also want to look at the DELL Latitude 12 E7250 (SSD).

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Has a Front Camera

Like most of the other medium processor core laptops that are a comparable age to the X1 Carbon, the Lenovo X1 Carbon has a front camera.

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L3 Processor Cache

This portable PC has a L3 processor cache, which is typical of many comparable spec laptops that came out more than a year ago.

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802.11n WiFi Standard

This notebook PC has an 802.11a|802.11ac|802.11b|802.11g|802.11n WiFi standard, which is the most frequently found WiFi standard on notebook PCs that are a comparable age to it.

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Has a Touch Sensitive Screen

The X1 Carbon has a touch sensitive screen, unlike most of the other medium processor core laptops that were released more than a year ago which do not have a touch sensitive screen.

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Eight Battery Cells

Most notebook PCs that have been around for more than a year have between two and eight battery cells, including the X1 Carbon which has eight battery cells.

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Fairly Big Cache Memory

The cache memories of medium processor core laptops that have been around for more than a year range from 1MB to 4MB. At 4 megabytes, the Lenovo X1 Carbon has a fairly big cache memory compared to most of the other notebook PCs that came out around the same time as the X1 Carbon.

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Quite Big Processor Cache

At 4 megabytes, the X1 Carbon has a quite big processor cache compared to most of the other portable PCs of this type and age. Medium processor core laptops that were released one year ago have processor caches of between 1MB and 6MB.

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Fairly High Front Camera Resolution

At 1.3 megapixels, the X1 Carbon has a fairly high front camera resolution compared to most of the other portable PCs of this type and age. The lowest front camera resolution of laptops of this spec and age is 0.3MP, the highest is 1,300MP, and the average front camera resolution is 4.3MP.

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Quite Bright Display Brightness

With a display brightness of 300 candellas per square meter, the X1 Carbon has one of the brighter display brightnesss amongst medium processor core laptops of this age. The display brightnesss of notebook PCs that have been available for a similar time to the X1 Carbon range from 200 cd/m² to 1,200 cd/m².

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Very Light

At only 1.4 kilograms, the X1 Carbon is fairly light compared to most of the other similar spec laptops that have been on the market for around the same time as the X1 Carbon. Comparable spec portable PCs that are a similar age to the X1 Carbon have weights of between 940g and 3.8kg, and the average weight is 2kg.

If you would consider a laptop with a heavier weight then you might want to look at the ThinkPad X240 (1.4kg), or the X250 ($431.00) (1.4kg) both from Lenovo.

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AC Cable Included

This laptop has an AC cable included, which is typical of many medium processor core laptops that are a similar age to it.

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Narrow

Across all the portable PCs of a comparable age and spec to the X1 Carbon the widths range from 210mm to 430mm. With a width of only 331 millimeters, the Lenovo X1 Carbon is one of the narrower medium processor core laptops that have been available for a similar time to the X1 Carbon amongst laptops of this age.

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7 Reasons Against

Quite Slow On-Board Graphics Adapter Base Frequency

Across all the notebook PCs of a comparable age and type to the X1 Carbon the on-board graphics adapter base frequencies range from 100MHz to 650MHz, and the average on-board graphics adapter base frequency is 290MHz. The X1 Carbon has a fairly slow on-board graphics adapter base frequency (only 200 megahertz) compared to most of the other comparable spec portable PCs that have been on the market for around the same time as the X1 Carbon.

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Quite Small Maximum On-Board Graphics Adapter Memory

The average maximum on-board graphics adapter memory of medium processor core laptops that are a comparable age to the X1 Carbon is 10GB, and the maximum on-board graphics adapter memories range from 1.7GB to 16GB. With a maximum on-board graphics adapter memory of only 1.74 gigabytes, the X1 Carbon's maximum on-board graphics adapter memory is one of the smallest amongst laptops that are a comparable age to the X1 Carbon.

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Does Not Have a Full-Size Keyboard

The X1 Carbon does not have a full-size keyboard, unlike most of the other laptops that were launched around the same time as the X1 Carbon.

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Quite Slow Processor Clock Speed

The slowest processor clock speed of medium processor core laptops that came out around the same time as the X1 Carbon is 0.8GHz, the fastest is 3.3GHz, and the average processor clock speed is 2.2GHz. With a processor clock speed of only 1.5 gigahertz, the X1 Carbon's processor clock speed is one of the slowest amongst medium processor core laptops that have been available for around the same time as the X1 Carbon.

If you would prefer a portable PC with a faster processor clock speed then you might also want to consider the Z50-70 (1.7GHz), or the B50-80 ($429.99) (1.7GHz) both from Lenovo.

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Quite Small Maximum Internal Memory (64-Bit)

At only 8 gigabytes, the X1 Carbon has a quite small maximum internal memory (64-bit) compared to most of the other medium processor core laptops that were launched more than a year ago. Across all the medium processor core laptops that were launched around the same time as the X1 Carbon the maximum internal memory (64-bit) range from 2GB to 32GB, and the average maximum internal memory (64-bit) is 13GB.

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Very Low Speaker Power

The speaker power of portable PCs that have been on the market for a comparable time to the X1 Carbon range from 1W to 4W, and the average speaker power is 1.7W. At only 1 Watt, the X1 Carbon has a fairly low speaker power compared to most of the other medium processor core laptops that have been on the market for around the same time as the X1 Carbon.

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Only 4 Bluetooth Version

This portable PC supports a 4 Bluetooth version, which is the most frequently supported Bluetooth version on notebook PCs that have been around for a similar time to it.

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5 Other reasons to consider the Lenovo X1 Carbon

Released Over Two Years Ago

It was over two years ago when this notebook PC was released.

Average Internal Memory

At 8 gigabytes, the X1 Carbon has a relatively average internal memory compared to most of the other notebook PCs of this age and spec.

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Average Battery Life

The X1 Carbon has a pretty average battery life (9 hours) compared to most of the other laptops that have been available for more than a year.

If this medium processor core notebook PC battery life is too short for you then you might also want to look at the X1 Carbon (9.9h), or the T450s ($1,299.99) (10.16h) both from Lenovo.

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Average Screen Size

The X1 Carbon has a fairly average screen size (14 inches) compared to most of the other medium processor core laptops that are a similar age to the X1 Carbon.

If you would prefer a portable PC with a bigger screen size then you might want to look at the Z50-70 (15.6"), or the B50-30 ($410.07) (15.6") both from Lenovo.

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Average Total Storage Capacity

With a total storage capacity of 256 gigabytes, the X1 Carbon has a pretty standard total storage capacity compared to most of the other similar spec portable PCs that are a comparable age to the X1 Carbon.

If you want a portable PC with a bigger total storage capacity then you might want to consider the Lenovo G50-80 (500GB).

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Specification

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Intel Smart Response Technology
Intel Small Business Advantage (SBA)
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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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