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Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon
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Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon 2 Core Intel Core I5-5xxx 2.3GHz 8GB 256GB SSD 14" Laptop

2 Intel Core I5-5xxx 2.3GHz 8GB Feb 2015
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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... More
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17 Reasons For

64-Bit Processor Operating Mode

This notebook PC supports a 32-bit|64-bit processor operating mode, which is the most frequently supported processor operating mode on medium processor core notebook PCs that are a similar age to it.

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Fairly Big Maximum On-Board Graphics Adapter Memory

At 16 gigabytes, the ThinkPad X1 Carbon has a fairly big maximum on-board graphics adapter memory compared to most of the other notebook PCs of a comparable age and type to the ThinkPad X1 Carbon. The maximum on-board graphics adapter memories of laptops of a similar age and spec to the ThinkPad X1 Carbon range from 1.7GB to 16GB.

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Lenovo Has Good Reviews for Its Portable PCs

On average Lenovo medium processor core notebook PCs have good ratings compared to other brands as do all laptops built by Lenovo.

1920 X 1080 Pixels Display Resolution

The highest display resolution of the ThinkPad X1 Carbon is 1920 x 1080 pixels. That's 98% more display resolution than a 1366 x 768 pixels notebook PC, which is the most common display resolution.

This portable PC's display resolution (1920 x 1080 pixels) is actually the best display resolution across all notebook PCs of a similar spec and age to the ThinkPad X1 Carbon.

Across similar types of portable PC the worst display resolution is 1024 x 768 pixels.

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1,600MHz Processor Memory Clock Speed

The Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon supports a 1,600MHz processor memory clock speed which is faster than most notebook PCs that came out around the same time as it. Most similar spec laptops that have been on the market for a comparable time to it support a 133MHz processor memory clock speed. This notebook PC also supports 1 and 333MHz processor memory clock speeds. The worst memory clock speeds supported by processor of all portable PCs that have been available for more than a year is 133MHz and the best is 1,866MHz.

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SSD Storage Medium

The ThinkPad X1 Carbon has a better storage medium than most similar spec portable PCs that have been around for more than a year. This notebook PC has an SSD storage medium, whereas most laptops of a comparable type and age to it have an HDD storage medium. 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.

This portable PC's storage medium (SSD) is actually the best storage medium amongst all laptops of this age and type.

An HDD storage medium is the worst storage medium amongst similar types of portable PC.

We compared this portable PC to all the other portable PCs that have an SSD storage media and we think cheaper laptops such as the Lenovo T450, and the Toshiba Z30 is also worth considering.

If you are looking for a laptop with a better storage medium then you might also want to look at the Samsung ATIV Book 9 (SSD), the Lenovo T450s (SSD), or the Fujitsu Lifebook U745 (SSD).

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Quite Big Internal Memory

At 8 gigabytes, the ThinkPad X1 Carbon has a fairly big internal memory compared to most of the other medium processor core notebook PCs that have been available for around the same time as the ThinkPad X1 Carbon. The average internal memory of medium processor core notebook PCs that were released one year ago is 6.3GB.

We think you might also be interested in some of the alternative 8GB internal memory laptops currently available including cheaper laptops such as the Latitude 14 E5450, or the XPS 13 9343 both from DELL or the Lenovo ThinkPad T450.

If this Lenovo notebook PC internal memory is too small for you then you might also want to consider the Lenovo T450s (12GB and cheaper).

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Quite Long Battery Life

The ThinkPad X1 Carbon has a quite long battery life (10.9 hours) compared to most of the other notebook PCs that were released around the same time as the ThinkPad X1 Carbon. Medium processor core notebook PCs that have been available for a comparable time to the ThinkPad X1 Carbon have battery lifes of between 2.5h and 24h, and the average battery life is 8.6h.

Laptops with a longer battery life that might also be worth considering include the Toshiba Z30 (11h and higher rated), or the Fujitsu Lifebook U745 (14h and higher rated).

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Has a Front Camera

The ThinkPad X1 Carbon has a front camera. Most of the other laptops of this age and type also have a front camera.

It is worth considering alternative portable PCs which also have a front camera including the T450s, or the X250 both from Lenovo or the HP EliteBook 820.

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L3 Processor Cache

This notebook PC has a L3 processor cache, which is the most frequently found processor cache on portable PCs of a comparable spec and age to it.

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802.11n WiFi Standard

This laptop has an 802.11a|802.11ac|802.11b|802.11g|802.11n WiFi standard, which is the most commonly found WiFi standard on laptops that have been around for a similar time to it.

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Eight Battery Cells

The ThinkPad X1 Carbon is a eight battery cell count portable PC.

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Has a Touch Sensitive Screen

The ThinkPad X1 Carbon has a touch sensitive screen. Most of the other portable PCs of this age and spec do not have a touch sensitive screen.

There are a number of alternative portable PCs which also have a touch sensitive screen that you might want to look at including the Lifebook U745, or the Lifebook U745 both from Fujitsu or the Lenovo X250.

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256 Solid-State Drive Capacity

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

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Quite Bright Display Brightness

The display brightnesss of laptops of a similar spec and age to the ThinkPad X1 Carbon range from 200 cd/m² to 1,200 cd/m². With a display brightness of 300 candellas per square meter, the ThinkPad X1 Carbon has one of the brighter display brightnesss amongst similar spec notebook PCs of this age.

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Very Light

The weights of laptops of this spec and age range from 940g to 3.8kg. The ThinkPad X1 Carbon is one of the lighter medium processor core notebook PCs that have been around for a similar time to the ThinkPad X1 Carbon (only 1.4 kilograms) amongst medium processor core notebook PCs of this age.

Alternative notebook PCs with a heavier weight that you might want to look at include the DELL XPS 13 9343 (1.3kg), or the HP EliteBook 820 (1.3kg) which is also cheaper.

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Narrow

With a width of only 331 millimeters, the ThinkPad X1 Carbon is quite narrow compared to most of the other laptops that have been available for a similar time to the ThinkPad X1 Carbon. Medium processor core notebook PCs that were released one year ago have widths of between 28mm and 430mm, and the average width is 360mm.

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6 Reasons Against

Does Not Have a Full-Size Keyboard

The ThinkPad X1 Carbon does not have a full-size keyboard, unlike most of the other laptops of a comparable spec and age to the ThinkPad X1 Carbon which have a full-size keyboard.

We think you might also be interested in alternative portable PCs which also have a full-size keyboard including the T450s, or the X250 both from Lenovo or the Toshiba Portégé Z30-A.

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Only Two USB 3.0 (3.1 Gen 1) Type-A Ports

The Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon is a two USB 3.0 (3.1 Gen 1) Type-A port portable PC.

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Quite Small Maximum Internal Memory (64-Bit)

The smallest maximum internal memory (64-bit) of medium processor core notebook PCs that were released more than a year ago is 2GB and the biggest is 32GB. At only 8 gigabytes, the ThinkPad X1 Carbon has a fairly small maximum internal memory (64-bit) compared to most of the other notebook PCs that were released one year ago.

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Quite Small Maximum Internal Memory

The ThinkPad X1 Carbon has one of the smaller maximum internal memory (only 8 gigabytes) amongst medium processor core notebook PCs of this age. The smallest maximum internal memory of comparable spec laptops that have been available for more than a year is 2GB and the biggest is 32GB.

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Very Low Speaker Power

With an speaker power of only 1 Watt, the ThinkPad X1 Carbon has one of the lower speaker power amongst medium processor core notebook PCs of this age. Across all the notebook PCs that are a similar age to the ThinkPad X1 Carbon the speaker power range from 1W to 4W.

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Only 4 Bluetooth Version

This notebook PC supports a 4 Bluetooth version, which is the most frequently supported Bluetooth version on medium processor core notebook PCs that were released around the same time as it.

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5 Other reasons to consider the Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon

Released Over a Year Ago

This portable PC was released over a year ago.

Average Processor Clock Speed

With a processor clock speed of 2.3 gigahertz, the ThinkPad X1 Carbon has a pretty typical processor clock speed compared to most of the other portable PCs that are a comparable age to the ThinkPad X1 Carbon.

We compared all the other 2.3GHz processor clock speed portable PCs to this notebook PC and we think cheaper notebook PCs such as the ThinkPad W550, and the ThinkPad T550 both from Lenovo is also worth considering.

Portable PCs with a faster processor clock speed that might also be worth considering include the Acer Travelmate TMP645-S (2.4GHz), the HP EliteBook 850 G2 (2.4GHz), or the Lenovo X1 Carbon (2.4GHz) which is also cheaper.

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Intel Core I5-5xxx Processor Family

This notebook PC has an Intel Core i5-5xxx processor family, which is typical of many medium processor core notebook PCs that have been available for more than a year.

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Average Screen Size

The Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon has a relatively average screen size (14 inches) compared to most of the other laptops of a comparable age and spec to the ThinkPad X1 Carbon.

There are a number of alternative 14" portable PCs currently available that you might also want to look at including cheaper laptops such as the DELL Latitude 14 E5450, the Lenovo L450, or the Fujitsu Lifebook U745.

If you want a notebook PC with a bigger screen size then you might also want to consider the HP ProBook 650 (15.6" and cheaper), or the Lenovo T550 (15.6" and cheaper).

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Average Total Storage Capacity

At 256 gigabytes, the ThinkPad X1 Carbon has a fairly standard total storage capacity compared to most of the other medium processor core notebook PCs that were launched around the same time as the ThinkPad X1 Carbon.

There are a number of alternative 256GB total storage capacity laptops currently available which you might also want to consider including the DELL XPS 13 9343 which is cheaper.

If you want a notebook PC with a bigger total storage capacity then you might want to consider the Lenovo T550 (500GB) which is also cheaper.

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Specification

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Conflict Free Processor
Processor Lithography
Maximum Number of PCI Express Lanes
Processor Operating Modes
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Processor Series
Thermal Design Power (TDP)
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PCI Express Configurations
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FSB Parity
Memory
Internal Memory
Memory Form Factor
Maximum Internal Memory (64-Bit)
Maximum Internal Memory
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Storage
Total Storage Capacity
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Card Reader Integrated
Solid-State Drive Interface
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Number of SSDs Installed
Display
Display Diagonal
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Touchscreen
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Display Brightness
Aspect Ratio
LED Backlight
Display Number of Colours
HD Type
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Number of Displays Supported (on-Board Graphics)
Maximum On-Board Graphics Adapter Memory
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LightScribe
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Intel® Anti-Theft Technology (Intel® AT)
Intel® Rapid Start Technology
Intel® VPro™ Technology
Intel® My WiFi Technology (Intel® MWT)
Intel® Turbo Boost Technology
Intel® Identity Protection Technology (Intel® IPT)
Intel® Smart Response Technology
Intel® Hyper Threading Technology (Intel® HT Technology)
Intel Smart Connect Technology
Intel® Small Business Advantage (Intel® SBA)
Intel® Matrix Storage Technology (Intel® MST)
Intel® Active Management Technology (Intel® AMT)
Intel® High Definition Audio (Intel® HD Audio)
Intel® Wireless Display (Intel® WiDi)
Enhanced Intel SpeedStep Technology
InTru™ 3D Technology
Intel® Insider™
Intel Clear Video Technology
Intel® Quick Sync Video Technology
Intel® Clear Video HD Technology (Intel® CVT HD)
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Intel Stable Image Platform Program (SIPP)
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Intel Smart Response Technology Version
Intel® Clear Video Technology for Mobile Internet Devices (Intel CVT for MID)
Intel Stable Image Platform Program (SIPP) Version
Intel VT-X With Extended Page Tables (EPT)
Intel® Smart Cache
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Intel Rapid Storage Technology
Intel Demand Based Switching
Intel Flex Memory Access
Intel Virtualization Technology (VT-X)
Graphics & IMC Lithography
Intel Enhanced Halt State
Intel® AES New Instructions (Intel® AES-NI)
Intel Virtualization Technology for Directed I/O (VT-D)
Intel Identity Protection Technology Version
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Battery
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Fingerprint Reader
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RoHS Compliance
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Energy Star Certified
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Intel® Virtualization Technology (Intel® VT)

Expert Reviews

(4)
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…

9 March 2015

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22 August 2016

Das Lenovo Thinkpad X1 ist laut Herstelleraussagen das weltweit leichteste 14-Zoll-Ultrabook. Dank starker Hardware und einer hervorragenden Tastatur ist es auch eines der besten Geräte.Seit 2012... Read more…

User Reviews

(3)
Reviewed 29 December 2015 by Peter Andersen
(Verified Purchase)

Bought for staff - initial configuration fine.

Reviewed 26 January 2015 by Reviewer 1234 | 11 Comments

This sorry, soggy piece of black plastic has been foisted upon me by my malevolent work IT department presumably to allow them a bit of amusement as clearly it must be a pretty dull job handing... Read more…

Reviewed 5 October 2014 by Thinker

Lenovo Carbon X1 Laptop i5 256GB SSD 8GB RAM Win 7 pro Not bought from Amazon Lightweight, well made, reliable laptop. For a lightweight, powerful laptop the keyboard is sturdy and doesn't... Read more…

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