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Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon 2 Core Intel Core I7-5xxx 2.6GHz 8GB 512GB SSD 14" Laptop

2 Intel Core I7-5xxx 2.6GHz 8GB Dec 2014
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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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20 Reasons For

64-Bit Processor Operating Mode

This portable PC supports a 32-bit|64-bit processor operating mode, which is typical of many medium processor core notebook PCs that were released more than a year ago.

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Quite Big Maximum On-Board Graphics Adapter Memory

At 16 gigabytes, the ThinkPad X1 Carbon has a quite big maximum on-board graphics adapter memory compared to most of the other comparable spec laptops that have been around for more than a year. Across all the notebook PCs that have been around for around the same time as the ThinkPad X1 Carbon the maximum on-board graphics adapter memories range from 1.7GB to 16GB, and the average maximum on-board graphics adapter memory is 11GB.

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Good Brand

Lenovo has good average ratings for its medium processor core notebook PCs as well as across its entire portable PC range.

Fairly Fast Processor Clock Speed

The processor clock speeds of similar spec notebook PCs that are a comparable age to the ThinkPad X1 Carbon range from 0.8GHz to 3.3GHz. At 2.6 gigahertz, the ThinkPad X1 Carbon has a fairly fast processor clock speed compared to most of the other comparable spec portable PCs that were launched around the same time as the ThinkPad X1 Carbon.

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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 the 133MHz processor memory clock speed supported by most medium processor core notebook PCs that were launched more than a year ago. In addition, this portable PC supports 1 and 333MHz processor memory clock speeds. Medium processor core notebook PCs that have been on the market for around the same time as the ThinkPad X1 Carbon processor memory clock speeds range from 133MHz to 1,866MHz.

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Quite Big Internal Memory

The smallest internal memory of notebook PCs of a similar type and age to the ThinkPad X1 Carbon is 2GB, the biggest is 16GB, and the average internal memory is 6.3GB. With an internal memory of 8 gigabytes, the Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon has one of the bigger internal memory amongst similar spec notebook PCs of this age.

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

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SSD Storage Medium

The ThinkPad X1 Carbon has a better storage medium than most portable PCs of a similar spec and age to it. This Lenovo laptop has an SSD storage medium, whereas most notebook PCs of this type and age 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 notebook PC's storage medium (SSD) is actually the best storage medium amongst all portable PCs of a comparable age and spec to the ThinkPad X1 Carbon.

An HDD storage medium is the worst storage medium amongst comparable types of notebook PC.

Notebook PCs with a better storage medium that might be worth considering include the Elitebook 820 G2 (SSD), or the EliteBook 820 G2 (SSD) both from HP.

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Intel Core I7-5xxx Processor Family

The ThinkPad X1 Carbon has a better processor family than most similar spec portable PCs that have been available for a comparable time to it. This notebook PC has an Intel Core i7-5xxx processor family, whereas most medium processor core notebook PCs that were released one year ago have an Intel Core i5-5xxx processor family. Across all comparable spec portable PCs that have been available for more than a year the processor family ranges from AMD E to Intel Core i7-4xxx.

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Has a Front Camera

Like most of the other similar spec notebook PCs that have been available for more than a year, the Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon has a front camera.

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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 of a comparable type and age to it.

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512 Solid-State Drive Capacity

Most notebook PCs of a similar type and age to the ThinkPad X1 Carbon have between 8 and 999 solid-state drive capacity, including the ThinkPad X1 Carbon which has 512 solid-state drive capacity.

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Quite Fast Maximum Turbo Frequency

The Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon has one of the faster maximum turbo frequencies (3.2 gigahertz) amongst comparable spec portable PCs of this age. The average maximum turbo frequency of portable PCs that have been around for around the same time as the ThinkPad X1 Carbon is 2.9GHz.

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L3 Processor Cache

This portable PC has a L3 processor cache, which is typical of many laptops of this type and age.

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Has a Touch Sensitive Screen

The ThinkPad X1 Carbon has a touch sensitive screen, which is unusual. Most of the other comparable spec notebook PCs that were launched around the same time as the ThinkPad X1 Carbon do not have a touch sensitive screen.

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Eight Battery Cells

The ThinkPad X1 Carbon is a eight battery cell count laptop.

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Very Big Cache Memory

Across all the medium processor core notebook PCs that are a similar age to the ThinkPad X1 Carbon the cache memories range from 1MB to 4MB, and the average cache memory is 3.1MB. With a cache memory of 4 megabytes, the ThinkPad X1 Carbon's cache memory is one of the biggest amongst medium processor core notebook PCs that are a comparable age to the ThinkPad X1 Carbon.

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Fairly Big Processor Cache

At 4 megabytes, the ThinkPad X1 Carbon has a fairly big processor cache compared to most of the other medium processor core notebook PCs that have been around for around the same time as the ThinkPad X1 Carbon. The average processor cache of similar spec portable PCs that were released one year ago is 3.1MB.

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Very Light

The weights of portable PCs that have been available for more than a year range from 940g to 3.8kg. At only 1.4 kilograms, the ThinkPad X1 Carbon is fairly light compared to most of the other laptops that have been on the market for around the same time as the ThinkPad X1 Carbon.

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Narrow

At only 331 millimeters, the ThinkPad X1 Carbon is quite narrow compared to most of the other similar spec portable PCs that have been available for around the same time as the ThinkPad X1 Carbon. Laptops that are a similar age to the ThinkPad X1 Carbon have widths of between 28mm and 430mm.

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Very Thin

The thinnest notebook PC of this age and spec is 11mm thick, the thickest is 2,400mm, and the average height is 27mm. At only 18.46 millimeters, the ThinkPad X1 Carbon is quite thin compared to most of the other comparable spec laptops that have been available for around the same time as the ThinkPad X1 Carbon.

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5 Reasons Against

Does Not Have a Full-Size Keyboard

The Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon does not have a full-size keyboard, unlike most of the other comparable spec notebook PCs that are a similar age to the ThinkPad X1 Carbon which have a full-size keyboard.

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Quite Small Maximum Internal Memory (64-Bit)

At only 8 gigabytes, the Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon has a fairly small maximum internal memory (64-bit) compared to most of the other notebook PCs of a comparable age and spec to the ThinkPad X1 Carbon. The average maximum internal memory (64-bit) of medium processor core notebook PCs that were released one year ago is 13GB.

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Quite Small Maximum Internal Memory

The smallest maximum internal memory of medium processor core notebook PCs that have been available for more than a year is 2GB, the biggest is 32GB, and the average maximum internal memory is 14GB. The Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon has a quite small maximum internal memory (only 8 gigabytes) compared to most of the other comparable spec portable PCs that are a similar age to the ThinkPad X1 Carbon.

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Quite Low Speaker Power

The ThinkPad X1 Carbon has a fairly low speaker power (only 1 Watt) compared to most of the other medium processor core notebook PCs that have been available for more than a year. Notebook PCs that came out around the same time as the ThinkPad X1 Carbon have speaker power of between 1W and 4W, and the average speaker power is 1.7W.

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Only 4 Bluetooth Version

This notebook PC supports a 4 Bluetooth version, which is typical of many medium processor core notebook PCs that have been available for around the same time as it.

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4 Other reasons to consider the Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon

Released Over Two Years Ago

It was over two years ago when Lenovo released the ThinkPad X1 Carbon.

Average Battery Life

With a battery life of 9.9 hours, the ThinkPad X1 Carbon has a fairly average battery life compared to most of the other medium processor core notebook PCs that are a similar age to the ThinkPad X1 Carbon.

If you want a longer battery life then you might also want to consider the Toshiba Z40 (10h).

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Average Total Storage Capacity

With a total storage capacity of 512 gigabytes, the ThinkPad X1 Carbon has a fairly average 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.

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Average Screen Size

With a screen size of 14 inches, the ThinkPad X1 Carbon has a fairly typical screen size 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.

If this laptop screen size is not big enough for you then you might want to look at the Lenovo ThinkPad T550 (15.5").

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Specification

Design
Form Factor
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Product Type
Intel Segment Tagging
Processor
Processor Cores
Processor Family
Processor Frequency
Processor Socket
Processor Cache
System Bus Rate
Processor Threads
Processor Boost Frequency
Processor Model
Conflict Free Processor
Processor Lithography
Maximum Number of PCI Express Lanes
Processor Operating Modes
PCI Express Slots Version
Bus Type
Processor Codename
Processor Series
Thermal Design Power (TDP)
Configurable TDP-Down Frequency
Stepping
PCI Express Configurations
Tjunction
Processor Cache Type
ECC Supported by Processor
FSB Parity
Memory
Internal Memory
Memory Form Factor
Maximum Internal Memory (64-Bit)
Maximum Internal Memory
Memory Clock Speed
Internal Memory Type
Storage
Total Storage Capacity
Storage Media
Card Reader Integrated
Solid-State Drive Interface
Solid-State Drive Capacity
Number of SSDs Installed
Display
Display Diagonal
Display Resolution
Touchscreen
Touchscreen Type
Touch Technology
Contrast Ratio (typical)
Panel Type
Display Brightness
Aspect Ratio
LED Backlight
HD Type
Graphics
On-Board Graphics Adapter Model
Graphics Adapter Open GL Support
Maximum Resolution
Discrete Graphics Adapter Model
On-Board Graphics Adapter DirectX Version
On-Board Graphics Adapter ID
Number of Displays Supported (on-Board Graphics)
Maximum On-Board Graphics Adapter Memory
On-Board Graphics Adapter Dynamic Frequency (max)
On-Board Graphics Adapter Base Frequency
On-Board Graphics Adapter
Discrete Graphics Adapter
Optical Drive
LightScribe
Audio
Built-In Microphone
Speaker Power
Number of Built-In Speakers
Audio System
Camera
Front Camera
Networking
4G
Bluetooth Version
Ethernet LAN
Wi-Fi Standards
Wi-Fi
3G
Bluetooth
Ports & Interfaces
Mini DisplayPorts Quantity
USB Sleep-and-Charge Ports
USB Sleep-and-Charge
SmartCard Slot
ExpressCard Slot
DC-In Jack
Docking Connector
Combo Headphone/mic Port
S/PDIF Out Port
Microphone in
DVI Port
HDMI Ports Quantity
USB 3.0 (3.1 Gen 1) Type-A Ports Quantity
Keyboard
Spill Resistant Keyboard
Island-Style Keyboard
Keyboard Backlit
Numeric Keypad
Windows Keys
Pointing Device
Software
Operating System Installed
Operating System Architecture
Processor Special Features
Intel® Anti-Theft Technology (Intel® AT)
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® Small Business Advantage (Intel® SBA)
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)
Intel Trusted Execution Technology
Supported Instruction Sets
Processor Code
Intel FDI Technology
Intel Dual Display Capable Technology
Intel Fast Memory Access
Embedded Options Available
Intel TSX-NI Version
Intel® Secure Key
Execute Disable Bit
Intel Secure Key Technology Version
Intel® OS Guard
Thermal Monitoring Technologies
Intel Stable Image Platform Program (SIPP)
CPU Configuration (max)
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
Intel 64
Processor Package Size
Intel Small Business Advantage (SBA) Version
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
Processor ARK ID
Battery
Battery Life (max)
Battery Capacity (Watt Hours)
Number of Battery Cells
Battery Technology
Power
AC Adapter Power
Security
Password Protection Type
Password Protection
Trusted Platform Module (TPM)
Fingerprint Reader
Cable Lock Slot
Weight & Dimensions
Weight
Height
Depth
Width
Packaging Data
AC Adapter Included
Power Cord Included
Certificates
RoHS Compliance
EPEAT Compliance
Energy Star Certified
Other Features
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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Product Identifiers

Manufacturer Part Numbers lenovo p234770, lenovo 20bs00a5, lenovo p234770p, lenovo 20bs00a5u, lenovo 20bs00a5uk
Barcodes 00888965670540, 00888965670731, 00888965675484, 00888965675590, 00888965676283, 00888965677389, 08889656705406, 08889656707318
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