Starting at just 2.877 lbs, the new X1 Carbon is the lightest 14" Ultrabook on the planet. And at just 0.70" thin, it's the thinnest ThinkPad ever. The new X1 Carbon now features Samsung PCIe SSD...
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We checked 4,358 user and expert reviews for Lenovo portable PCs and found that on average Lenovo has good reviews compared to other manufacturers. We also found that Lenovo has good reviews specifically within its ultrabooks range.
Fairly Fast Processor Clock Speed
Across all the ultrabooks that have been available for around the same time as the X1 Carbon the processor clock speeds range from 1GHz to 2.9GHz. The X1 Carbon has one of the faster processor clock speeds (2.1 gigahertz) amongst comparable spec notebook PCs of this age.
The X1 Carbon has an Intel Core i7 processor family which is better than most laptops of a similar age and spec to it. Most comparable spec laptops that were released around the same time as it have an Intel Core i5 processor family. The best processor family of all ultrabooks that have been on the market for around the same time as the X1 Carbon is Intel Core i7-3xxx and the worst is Intel Core i3-2xxx.
Has a Front Camera
Like most of the other ultrabooks that were released more than two years ago, the X1 Carbon has a front camera.
We compared all the other portable PCs with a front camera to this notebook PC and we think cheaper notebook PCs such as the X1 Carbon, and the X1 Carbon both from Lenovo or the Fujitsu LifeBook U904 is also worth considering.
1,600MHz Processor Memory Clock Speed
The Lenovo X1 Carbon supports a 1,600MHz processor memory clock speed which is faster than the 133MHz processor memory clock speed supported by most ultrabooks that were released around the same time as it. In addition, this notebook PC supports 1 and 333MHz processor memory clock speeds.
This laptop's memory clock speeds supported by processor (1,600MHz) is in fact the best supported memory clock speeds supported by processor across all laptops of a comparable type and age to the X1 Carbon.
Across comparable types of laptop the worst supported memory clock speeds supported by processor is 133MHz.
SSD Storage Medium
This notebook PC has an SSD storage medium, which is typical of many 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.
The X1 Carbon has a quite long battery life (9.9 hours) compared to most of the other comparable spec notebook PCs that were released around the same time as the X1 Carbon. The battery lifes of notebook PCs of a similar age and type to the X1 Carbon range from 3.1h to 18h, and the average battery life is 8.5h.
L3 Processor Cache
This notebook PC has a L3 processor cache, which is the most commonly found processor cache on similar spec portable PCs that have been around for more than two years.
Fairly Fast Maximum Turbo Frequency
The slowest maximum turbo frequency of ultrabooks that have been available for around the same time as the X1 Carbon is 1.3GHz, the fastest is 3.6GHz, and the average maximum turbo frequency is 2.9GHz. At 3.3 gigahertz, the Lenovo X1 Carbon has a fairly fast maximum turbo frequency compared to most of the other comparable spec laptops that have been around for around the same time as the X1 Carbon.
802.11n WiFi Standard
This laptop has an 802.11a|802.11ac|802.11b|802.11g|802.11n WiFi standard, which is typical of many laptops of this age and spec.
64-Bit Operating System Architecture
This notebook PC has a 64-bit operating system architecture, which is typical of many notebook PCs of this age and type.
Eight Battery Cells
Most of the other comparable spec portable PCs that have been on the market for more than two years only have between two and seven battery cells, however the X1 Carbon has eight battery cells.
256 Solid-State Drive Capacity
The X1 Carbon is a 256 gigabytes solid-state drive capacity laptop.
Fairly Big Cache Memory
The cache memories of similar spec notebook PCs that are a comparable age to the X1 Carbon range from 2MB to 6MB, and the average cache memory is 3.3MB. At 4 megabytes, the X1 Carbon has a quite big cache memory compared to most of the other comparable spec laptops that have been available for around the same time as the X1 Carbon.
AC Cable Included
This portable PC has an AC cable included, which is typical of many ultrabooks that have been around for around the same time as it.
7 Reasons Against
Only 11.2/12 On-Board Graphics Adapter DirectX Version
This notebook PC has an 11.2/12 on-board graphics adapter DirectX version, which is the most commonly found on-board graphics adapter DirectX version on ultrabooks that came out around the same time as it.
Does Not Have a Full-Size Keyboard
Most similar spec notebook PCs that are a comparable age to the X1 Carbon do not have a full-size keyboard. The X1 Carbon is no exception to this as it too does not have a full-size keyboard.
This laptop Ethernet LAN data rate, which is the most frequently found Ethernet LAN data rate on comparable spec laptops that are a similar age to it.
+4 More reasons against
Quite Small Maximum Internal Memory (64-Bit)
The Lenovo X1 Carbon has a fairly small maximum internal memory (64-bit) (only 8 gigabytes) compared to most of the other laptops of a comparable age and type to the X1 Carbon. The maximum internal memory (64-bit) of comparable spec portable PCs that were released more than two years ago range from 4GB to 16GB, and the average maximum internal memory (64-bit) is 9.6GB.
Very Low Speaker Power
Notebook PCs of this age and type have speaker power of between 1W and 4W, and the average speaker power is 1.6W. With an speaker power of only 1 Watt, the Lenovo X1 Carbon has a fairly low speaker power compared to most of the other similar spec notebook PCs that have been available for around the same time as the X1 Carbon.
Only One USB 2.0 Port
The X1 Carbon is a one USB 2.0 port notebook PC.
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
With an internal memory of 8 gigabytes, the Lenovo X1 Carbon has a relatively average internal memory compared to most of the other laptops that were launched more than two years ago.
We compared all the other 8GB internal memory portable PCs to this portable PC and we think cheaper portable PCs such as the X1 Carbon, and the X1 Carbon both from Lenovo or the DELL Latitude 14 E7440 is also worth considering.
Average Screen Size
The X1 Carbon has a fairly average screen size (14 inches) compared to most of the other laptops that have been available for a similar time to the X1 Carbon.
With a total storage capacity of 256 gigabytes, the Lenovo X1 Carbon has a fairly typical total storage capacity compared to most of the other ultrabooks that came out around the same time as the X1 Carbon.
At 1.4 kilograms, the Lenovo X1 Carbon has a relatively typical weight compared to most of the other comparable spec laptops that have been around for around the same time as the X1 Carbon.
Notebook PCs with a heavier weight that might be worth looking at include the X1 Carbon (1.3kg and cheaper), or the X1 Carbon (1.4kg and cheaper) both from Lenovo or the Fujitsu LifeBook U904 (1.4kg and cheaper).
Intel Segment Tagging
Enterprise, Small Business
Intel Core i7, Intel Core i7-4xxx
Processor Clock Speed
System Bus Data Transfer Rate
Maximum Turbo Frequency
Conflict Free Processor
PCI Express Lane (max)
Processor Operating Mode
PCI Express Slot Version
Thermal Design Power (TDP)
PCI Express Configuration
Processor Cache Type
Maximum Internal Memory
Memory Clock Speed
Total Storage Capacity
Integrated Card Reader
Solid-State Drive Capacity
Touch Sensitive Screen
Typical Contrast Ratio
On-Board Graphics Adapter Model
Intel HD Graphics, Intel HD Graphics 4400
Discrete Graphics Adapter Model
On-Board Graphics Adapter DirectX Version
11, 11.2, 11.2/12
On-Board Graphics Adapter OpenGL Version
On-Board Graphics Adapter ID
Display Supported by On-Board Grap
Maximum On-Board Graphics Adapter Memory
On-Board Graphics Adapter Dynamic Frequency
On-Board Graphics Adapter Base Frequency
On-Board Graphics Adapter
Wireless Wide Area Network (WWAN)
Ethernet LAN Connection
Wireless LAN Connection
3G Network Access Module
Ports & Interfaces
Combo Headphone/mic Port
S/PDIF Out Port
Microphone in Port
SATA III Connector
USB 3.0 (3.1 Gen 1) Type-A Port
Windows 8, Windows 8.1, Windows 8.1 Pro
Operating System Architecture
Processor Special Features
Intel Anti-Theft Technology
Intel VPro Technology
Intel My WiFi Technology
Intel Turbo Boost Technology
Intel Identity Protection Technology
Intel Smart Response Technology
Intel Hyper-Threading Technology
Intel Smart Connect Technology
Intel Small Business Advantage (SBA)
Intel HD Audio Technology
Intel Wireless Display (WiDi) Technology
Enhanced Intel SpeedStep Technology
Intel InTru 3D Technology
Intel Quick Sync Video Technology
Intel Clear Video HD Technology
Intel Trusted Execution Technology
Supported Instruction Set
AVX, AVX 2.0, SSE, SSE4.1, SSE, SSE4.2
Intel FDI Technology
Intel ME Firmware Version
Intel Secure Key
Execute Disable Bit
Intel Secure Key Technology Version
Thermal Monitoring Technology
Intel Stable Image Platform Program (SIPP)
CPU Configuration (max)
Intel Smart Response Technology Version
Intel Stable Image Platform Program (SIPP) Version
Intel VT-X With Extended Page Tables (EPT)
Intel Smart Cache
Processor Package Size
Intel Small Business Advantage (SBA) Version
Intel Rapid Storage Technology
Intel Virtualization Technology (VT-X)
Intel Enhanced Halt State
Intel Smart Connect Technology Version
Intel AES New Instructions
Intel Virtualization Technology for Directed I/O (VT-D)
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