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Lenovo X1 Carbon 2 Core Intel Core I5-3xxx 1.8GHz 4GB 180GB SSD 14" Laptop

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19 Reasons For

64-Bit Processor Operating Mode

This laptop supports a 64-bit processor operating mode, which is typical of many portable PCs of this age and spec.

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Fairly Fast On-Board Graphics Adapter Dynamic Frequency

With an on-board graphics adapter dynamic frequency of 1,150 megahertz, the Lenovo X1 Carbon has one of the faster on-board graphics adapter dynamic frequencies amongst medium processor core notebook PCs of this age. The on-board graphics adapter dynamic frequencies of notebook PCs of a comparable spec and age to the X1 Carbon range from 660MHz to 1,300MHz.

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Lenovo Has Good Reviews for Its Laptops

Lenovo has good average reviews for its medium processor core notebook PCs as well as across its entire laptop range.

1,600MHz Processor Memory Clock Speed

The X1 Carbon supports a 1,600MHz processor memory clock speed which is faster than most medium processor core notebook PCs that have been available for around the same time as it. Most notebook PCs of this age and type support a 133MHz processor memory clock speed. This notebook PC also 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 amongst all medium processor core notebook PCs that came out more than two years ago.

The worst supported memory clock speeds supported by processor amongst similar types of laptop is 133MHz.

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SSD Storage Medium

The X1 Carbon has a better storage medium than most portable PCs that have been available for around the same time as it. This notebook PC has an SSD storage medium, whereas most similar spec laptops that were released more than two years ago 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 in fact the best storage medium amongst all medium processor core notebook PCs that were launched more than two years ago.

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

We compared all the other laptops that have an SSD storage media to this laptop and we think the T420s[pl_48433_price], and the T420s[pl_48433_price] both from Lenovo or the HP EliteBook 850[plb_2356712_price] which is cheaper is also worth considering.

If the storage medium of this notebook PC is not good enough for you then you might want to consider the Lenovo X1 Carbon[plb_2843836_price] (SSD).

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16.78 Million Colours Supported Number of Colours Display

This notebook PC has a 16.78 million colours supported number of colours display, which is the most commonly found supported number of colours display on comparable spec laptops that have been on the market for a similar time to it.

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Has a Full-Size Keyboard

The Lenovo X1 Carbon has a full-size keyboard. Most of the other laptops of a comparable spec and age to the X1 Carbon also have a full-size keyboard.

We think you might also be interested in some of the other notebook PCs with a full-size keyboard currently available including cheaper portable PCs such as the Satellite Z30[pl_2558036_price], or the Tecra Z50[pl_2363535_price] both from Toshiba or the Panasonic Toughbook CF-53[plb_1989792_price].

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Has a Front Camera

The X1 Carbon has a front camera. Most of the other medium processor core notebook PCs that have been around for around the same time as the X1 Carbon also have a front camera.

There are a number of other portable PCs with a front camera currently available that you might also want to consider including the Satellite Z30[pl_2558036_price], or the Tecra Z50[pl_2363535_price] both from Toshiba or the Panasonic Toughbook CF-53[plb_1989792_price] which is cheaper.

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64-Bit Operating System Architecture

This laptop has a 64-bit operating system architecture, which is typical of many medium processor core notebook PCs that are a similar age to it.

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802.11n WiFi Standard

This notebook PC has an 802.11a|802.11g|802.11n WiFi standard, which is typical of many medium processor core notebook PCs that were launched around the same time as it.

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Has a Touch Sensitive Screen

The X1 Carbon has a touch sensitive screen. Most of the other medium processor core notebook PCs that came out more than two years ago do not have a touch sensitive screen.

It may also be worth also looking at one of the other laptops with a touch sensitive screen currently available including the 53[pl_1764915_price], or the Toughbook CF-53[pl_1989792_price] both from Panasonic or the HP EliteBook 820[plb_2353434_price] which is cheaper.

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1.4 HDMI Version

This portable PC has a 1.4a HDMI version, which is the most frequently found HDMI version on medium processor core notebook PCs that are a comparable age to it.

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Fairly Bright Display Brightness

The dimmest display brightness of laptops of this spec and age is 20 cd/m² and the brightest is 1,200 cd/m². At 300 candellas per square meter, the X1 Carbon has a fairly bright display brightness compared to most of the other portable PCs that came out around the same time as the X1 Carbon.

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Very Thin

With a height of only 0.74 inches, the X1 Carbon is one of the thinner notebook PCs of this age and type amongst portable PCs of this age. The average height of notebook PCs of this age and type is 1.2".

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Narrow

The widths of notebook PCs of a comparable type and age to the X1 Carbon range from 9.6" to 17". At only 13.03 inches, the X1 Carbon is quite narrow compared to most of the other portable PCs that were released more than two years ago.

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AC Cable Included

This portable PC has an AC cable included, which is typical of many laptops that came out more than two years ago.

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Shallow

With a depth of only 8.9 inches, the X1 Carbon is one of the shallower notebook PCs of a similar type and age to the X1 Carbon amongst similar spec notebook PCs of this age. The shallowest medium processor core notebook PC that is a comparable age to the X1 Carbon is 8" deep, the deepest is 15", and the average depth is 9.6".

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Light

The X1 Carbon is very light (only 1.3 kilograms) compared to most of the other notebook PCs of a comparable age and type to the X1 Carbon. Across all the notebook PCs that were launched around the same time as the X1 Carbon the weights range from 300g to 3.8kg.

Other 1.3kg heavy laptops currently available that you might want to consider include the Lenovo X220[plb_1473945_price] which is cheaper.

Laptops with a heavier weight that might be worth looking at include the Lenovo X1 Carbon[plb_2907060_price] (1.3kg and cheaper).

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Narrow

Comparable spec laptops that have been around for a similar time to the X1 Carbon have widths of between 38mm and 430mm, and the average width is 360mm. With a width of only 331 millimeters, the X1 Carbon is quite narrow compared to most of the other medium processor core notebook PCs that were released more than two years ago.

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10 Reasons Against

Only One PCI Express Lane (max)

The X1 Carbon is a one PCI Express lane (max) laptop.

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

The Lenovo X1 Carbon is a one USB 3.0 (3.1 Gen 1) Type-A port notebook PC. Most of the other portable PCs that have been around for around the same time as the X1 Carbon have between one and four USB 3.0 (3.1 Gen 1) Type-A ports.

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Very Small Total Storage Capacity

Notebook PCs of a comparable spec and age to the X1 Carbon have total storage capacity of between 1GB and 1.5TB. With a total storage capacity of only 180 gigabytes, the X1 Carbon has one of the smaller total storage capacity amongst comparable spec notebook PCs of this age.

We compared this portable PC to all the other 180GB total storage capacity portable PCs and we think cheaper portable PCs such as the HP EliteBook 820[plb_2697094_price] is also worth considering.

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Quite Slow Memory Clock Speed

At only 1,333 megahertz, the X1 Carbon has a quite slow memory clock speed compared to most of the other medium processor core notebook PCs that were launched more than two years ago. Medium processor core notebook PCs that were released more than two years ago have memory clock speeds of between 1,000MHz and 1,800MHz.

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Only 10 Mbit/s Ethernet LAN Data Rate

This notebook PC Ethernet LAN data rate, which is typical of many medium processor core notebook PCs that have been on the market for more than two years.

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Only One USB 3.0 Port

The Lenovo X1 Carbon is a one USB 3.0 port portable PC. Most of the other laptops of this type and age have between one and four USB 3.0 ports.

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Very Small Maximum Internal Memory (64-Bit)

At only 8 gigabytes, the X1 Carbon has a fairly small maximum internal memory (64-bit) compared to most of the other medium processor core notebook PCs that are a comparable age to the X1 Carbon. Similar spec portable PCs that were released more than two years ago have maximum internal memory (64-bit) of between 4GB and 32GB.

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Only One USB 2.0 Port

Most medium processor core notebook PCs that have been on the market for around the same time as the X1 Carbon have between one and eight USB 2.0 ports, including the X1 Carbon which has one USB 2.0 port.

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Only Windows 8 Recovery Operating System

This portable PC has a Windows 8 Pro recovery operating system, which is the most frequently found recovery operating system on notebook PCs of a comparable age and type to it.

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Only 4 Bluetooth Version

This laptop supports a 4 Bluetooth version, which is the most commonly supported Bluetooth version on portable PCs that came out more than two years ago.

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6 Other reasons to consider the Lenovo X1 Carbon

Released Over Two Years Ago

This portable PC was released over two years ago.

Intel Core I5-3xxx Processor Family

The Lenovo X1 Carbon has an Intel Core i5-3xxx processor family which is better than most portable PCs that were released more than two years ago. Most portable PCs of a comparable type and age to it have an Intel Core i5 processor family.

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Average Battery Life

With a battery life of 8.2 hours, the Lenovo X1 Carbon has a relatively typical battery life compared to most of the other notebook PCs of a comparable age and type to the X1 Carbon.

We compared this notebook PC to all the other 8.2h battery life notebook PCs and we think cheaper portable PCs such as the Lenovo X1 Carbon[plb_1414755_price] is also worth considering.

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Average Internal Memory

With an internal memory of 4 gigabytes, the X1 Carbon has a pretty average internal memory compared to most of the other portable PCs of this spec and age.

There are a number of alternative 4GB internal memory portable PCs currently available that you might also want to consider including cheaper notebook PCs such as the T420s[pl_48433_price], or the X240[pl_2708337_price] both from Lenovo or the HP EliteBook 820 G1[plb_1871315_price].

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Average Screen Size

With a screen size of 14 inches, the X1 Carbon has a relatively typical screen size compared to most of the other notebook PCs of this age and spec.

There are a number of other 14" laptops currently available which you might want to consider including cheaper portable PCs such as the T420s[pl_48433_price], or the X1 Carbon[pl_2907060_price] both from Lenovo or the Panasonic 53[plb_1764915_price].

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Average Processor Clock Speed

The X1 Carbon has a pretty average processor clock speed (1.8 gigahertz) compared to most of the other similar spec portable PCs that have been around for around the same time as the X1 Carbon.

We think you might also be interested in some of the other 1.8GHz processor clock speed portable PCs currently available including the Lenovo X1 Carbon[plb_1414755_price], the HP EliteBook 820 G1[plb_2186278_price], or the Asus X550CA[plb_2051508_price] which is cheaper.

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Intel® Turbo Boost Technology
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Intel® Smart Response Technology
Intel® Hyper Threading Technology (Intel® HT Technology)
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Intel® Matrix Storage Technology (Intel® MST)
Intel® Active Management Technology (Intel® AMT)
Intel® High Definition Audio (Intel® HD Audio)
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InTru™ 3D Technology
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Intel Clear Video Technology
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RoHS Compliance
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64-Bit Computing
Intel® Virtualization Technology (Intel® VT)

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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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Manufacturer Part Numbers lenovo n3nd2, lenovo i53337, lenovo n3nd2u, lenovo p232995, lenovo n3nd2uk, lenovo i53337u, lenovo p232995p
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