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Lenovo X1 Carbon 2 Core Intel Core I5-4xxx 1.6GHz 8GB 128GB SSD 14" Laptop

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2 Intel Core I5-4xxx 1.6GHz 8GB Feb 2014
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11 Reasons For

Good Brand

On average Lenovo ultrabooks have good reviews as do all portable PCs produced by Lenovo.

Has a Front Camera

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

Alternative portable PCs with a front camera currently available that you might also want to look at include cheaper portable PCs such as the DELL XPS 13.

We think you might also be interested in other notebook PCs which also have a front camera including the Lenovo X1 Carbon, or the DELL Latitude 12 E7240.

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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 the 133MHz processor memory clock speed supported by most ultrabooks that came out around the same time as it. In addition, this Lenovo laptop supports 1 and 333MHz processor memory clock speeds.

A 1,600MHz processor memory clock speed is in fact the best supported memory clock speeds supported by processor across all ultrabooks that were released more than two years ago.

A 133MHz processor memory clock speed is the worst supported memory clock speeds supported by processor amongst comparable types of portable PC.

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SSD Storage Medium

This laptop has an SSD storage medium, which is the most frequently found storage medium on ultrabooks that have been on the market for around the same time as 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.

We think you might also be interested in some of the alternative portable PCs that have an SSD storage media currently available including the XPS 13, or the XPS 13 both from DELL which is cheaper.

If the storage medium of this portable PC is too bad for you then you might want to look at the Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon (SSD), or the DELL Latitude 12 E7240 (SSD).

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Intel Core I5 Processor Family

This portable PC has an Intel Core i5-4xxx processor family, which is typical of many portable PCs that were released around the same time as it.

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Fairly Long Battery Life

With a battery life of 9 hours, the X1 Carbon has one of the longer battery lifes amongst similar spec laptops of this age. Notebook PCs of this age and spec have battery lifes of between 3.1h and 18h, and the average battery life is 8.5h.

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L3 Processor Cache

This portable PC has a L3 processor cache, which is typical of many ultrabooks that are a similar 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 typical of many ultrabooks that have been around for around the same time as it.

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64-Bit Operating System Architecture

This laptop has a 64-bit operating system architecture, which is the most commonly found operating system architecture on notebook PCs of this age and type.

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Eight Battery Cells

The X1 Carbon has more battery cells than most of the ultrabooks that were released more than two years ago. Most of the ultrabooks that are a similar age to the X1 Carbon only have between two and seven battery cells, however this Lenovo portable PC has eight battery cells.

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Light

At only 1.3 kilograms, the X1 Carbon is fairly light compared to most of the other similar spec portable PCs that were released around the same time as the X1 Carbon. The weights of comparable spec notebook PCs that have been around for around the same time as the X1 Carbon range from 870g to 3.3kg.

If you don't mind having a heavier weight then you might also want to consider the DELL XPS 13 (1.4kg and cheaper), or the Acer Aspire V5-122P (1.2kg and cheaper).

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10 Reasons Against

Quite Slow On-Board Graphics Adapter Dynamic Frequency

The X1 Carbon has one of the slower on-board graphics adapter dynamic frequencies (only 1,000 megahertz) amongst ultrabooks of this age. The on-board graphics adapter dynamic frequencies of laptops that came out more than two years ago range from 800MHz to 1,300MHz.

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Does Not Have a Full-Size Keyboard

The Lenovo X1 Carbon does not have a full-size keyboard, although it is worth keeping in mind that most of the other notebook PCs of a comparable spec and age to the X1 Carbon also do not have a full-size keyboard.

There are a number of alternative portable PCs which also have a full-size keyboard which you might also want to consider including the DELL XPS 13 which is also cheaper.

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Very Small Total Storage Capacity

The X1 Carbon has a fairly small total storage capacity (only 128 gigabytes) compared to most of the other notebook PCs of a similar spec and age to the X1 Carbon. The total storage capacity of ultrabooks that were released more than two years ago range from 64GB to 1.1TB.

If this notebook PC total storage capacity is not big enough for you then you might want to look at the X1 Carbon (180GB), or the X240 (500GB) both from Lenovo or the Asus UX301LA-C4187P (256GB).

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Quite Slow Processor Clock Speed

With a processor clock speed of only 1.6 gigahertz, the Lenovo X1 Carbon has a fairly slow processor clock speed compared to most of the other portable PCs of a similar age and spec to the X1 Carbon. The slowest processor clock speed of ultrabooks that are a similar age to the X1 Carbon is 1GHz, the fastest is 2.9GHz, and the average processor clock speed is 1.8GHz.

We compared all the other 1.6GHz processor clock speed laptops to this notebook PC and we think cheaper notebook PCs such as the DELL XPS 13 is also worth considering.

If this ultrabook processor clock speed is too slow for you then you might also want to consider the Asus UX301LA-C4187P (1.8GHz).

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Does Not Have a Touch Sensitive Screen

The X1 Carbon does not have a touch sensitive screen, although it is worth keeping in mind that most of the other similar spec laptops that have been available for more than two years also do not have a touch sensitive screen.

Other notebook PCs which also have a touch sensitive screen that you might also want to consider include the Acer Aspire V5-122P which is also cheaper.

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Only 10 Mbit/s Ethernet LAN Data Rate

This laptop Ethernet LAN data rate, which is the most commonly found Ethernet LAN data rate on laptops of a comparable age and spec to it.

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Quite Small Maximum Internal Memory (64-Bit)

The smallest maximum internal memory (64-bit) of notebook PCs of this spec and age is 4GB and the biggest is 16GB. With a maximum internal memory (64-bit) of only 8 gigabytes, the X1 Carbon has one of the smaller maximum internal memory (64-bit) amongst ultrabooks of this age.

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Quite Low Speaker Power

The average speaker power of ultrabooks that are a similar age to the X1 Carbon is 1.6W. With an speaker power of only 1 Watt, the X1 Carbon has one of the lower speaker power amongst ultrabooks of this age.

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Very Small Maximum Internal Memory

The average maximum internal memory of ultrabooks that were released more than two years ago is 22GB, and the maximum internal memories range from 16GB to 33GB. With a maximum internal memory of only 16,384 megabytes, the X1 Carbon has one of the smaller maximum internal memories amongst ultrabooks of this age.

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Quite Small Cache Memory

With a cache memory of only 3 megabytes, the X1 Carbon has one of the smallest cache memories amongst comparable spec notebook PCs of this age. The cache memories of ultrabooks that were launched more than two years ago range from 2MB to 6MB.

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3 Other reasons to consider the Lenovo X1 Carbon

Released Over Two Years Ago

This Lenovo portable PC was released over two years ago.

Average Internal Memory

At 8 gigabytes, the Lenovo X1 Carbon has a relatively standard internal memory compared to most of the other ultrabooks that have been around for a comparable time to the X1 Carbon.

Alternative 8GB internal memory portable PCs currently available which you might also want to look at include the DELL XPS 13 which is cheaper.

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Average Screen Size

The X1 Carbon has a relatively typical screen size (14 inches) compared to most of the other ultrabooks that are a comparable age to the X1 Carbon.

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Specification

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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® Hyper Threading Technology (Intel® HT Technology)
Intel Smart Connect Technology
Intel® Matrix Storage Technology (Intel® MST)
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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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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