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Lenovo X1 Carbon 2 Core Intel Core I5-4xxx 1.7GHz 8GB 256GB SSD 14" Laptop

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2 Intel Core I5-4xxx 1.7GHz 8GB Oct 2014
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13 Reasons For

64-Bit Processor Operating Mode

This portable PC supports a 64-bit processor operating mode, which is the most commonly supported processor operating mode on laptops of this age and type.

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Lenovo Has Good Reviews for Its Notebook PCs

Lenovo is one of the superior laptop manufacturers according to average reviews from experts and owners, and Lenovo also has good reviews for its medium processor core notebook PCs.

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 medium processor core notebook PCs that came out more than two years ago. This portable PC also supports 1 and 333MHz processor memory clock speeds.

This notebook PC's memory clock speeds supported by processor (1,600MHz) is actually the best supported memory clock speeds supported by processor amongst all portable PCs of this age and type.

Amongst comparable types of notebook PC the worst supported memory clock speeds supported by processor is 133MHz.

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Quite Big Internal Memory

At 8 gigabytes, the X1 Carbon has a quite big internal memory compared to most of the other medium processor core notebook PCs that have been available for more than two years. Across all the medium processor core notebook PCs that were released more than two years ago the internal memory range from 1GB to 16GB.

We compared all the other 8GB internal memory laptops to this portable PC and we think cheaper notebook PCs such as the DELL Latitude 12 7000[plb_2855453_price] is also worth considering.

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SSD Storage Medium

The X1 Carbon has an SSD storage medium which is better than most notebook PCs of a comparable spec and age to it. Most similar spec portable PCs that are a comparable 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 in fact the best storage medium across all medium processor core notebook PCs that came out more than two years ago.

The worst storage medium amongst comparable types of portable PC is HDD.

It may also be worth also looking at one of the alternative portable PCs that have an SSD storage media currently available including the Latitude 12 7000[pl_2855453_price], or the Latitude 12 7000[pl_2855453_price] both from DELL or the Toshiba Satellite Z30[plb_2363540_price] which is cheaper.

If the storage medium of this portable PC is not good enough for you then you might also want to consider the Lenovo T420s[plb_48433_price] (SSD), or the Toshiba Portégé Z30-A[plb_2379667_price] (SSD).

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Intel Core I5 Processor Family

This laptop has an Intel Core i5-4xxx processor family, which is the most commonly found processor family on portable PCs of a comparable age and type to it.

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Has a Front Camera

The Lenovo X1 Carbon has a front camera, as do most of the other comparable spec portable PCs that have been available for more than two years.

There are a number of alternative laptops which also have a front camera that you might also want to consider including the Portégé Z30-A[pl_2379667_price], the Portégé Z30-A[pl_2450897_price], or the Satellite Z30[pl_2059334_price] all from Toshiba.

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802.11n WiFi Standard

This notebook PC has an 802.11b|802.11g|802.11n WiFi standard, which is the most frequently found WiFi standard on similar spec laptops that have been around for more than two years.

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64-Bit Operating System Architecture

This portable PC has a 64-bit operating system architecture, which is the most commonly found operating system architecture on comparable spec portable PCs that have been on the market for a similar time to it.

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Eight Battery Cells

Most medium processor core notebook PCs that have been around for around the same time as the X1 Carbon have between one and eight battery cells, including the X1 Carbon which has eight battery cells.

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Has a Touch Sensitive Screen

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

We think you might also be interested in some of the alternative laptops with a touch sensitive screen currently available including cheaper portable PCs such as the Lenovo ThinkPad T440[plb_2397170_price].

We think you might also be interested in alternative laptops which also have a touch sensitive screen including the EliteBook 850[pl_2421956_price], or the EliteBook 820[pl_2353434_price] both from HP.

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Narrow

The average width of notebook PCs of a similar spec and age to the X1 Carbon is 360mm. At only 331 millimeters, the X1 Carbon is fairly narrow compared to most of the other medium processor core notebook PCs that have been on the market for a similar time to the X1 Carbon.

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Light

At only 1.3 kilograms, the X1 Carbon is very light compared to most of the other portable PCs that were launched more than two years ago. Across all the portable PCs of this age and type the weights range from 300g to 3.8kg, and the average weight is 2.2kg.

Notebook PCs with a heavier weight that might be worth considering include the HP EliteBook 820 G1[plb_2161809_price] (1.3kg) which is also cheaper.

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6 Reasons Against

Does Not Have a Full-Size Keyboard

The X1 Carbon does not have a full-size keyboard, unlike most of the other laptops of this type and age.

There are a number of other laptops which also have a full-size keyboard which you might also want to consider including the Portégé Z30-A[pl_2450897_price], or the Portégé Z30-A[pl_2379667_price] both from Toshiba or the Lenovo ThinkPad X240[plb_2594839_price].

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Very Small Total Storage Capacity

The average total storage capacity of laptops that came out around the same time as the X1 Carbon is 520GB, and the total storage capacity range from 1GB to 1.5TB. With a total storage capacity of only 256 gigabytes, the X1 Carbon has a quite small total storage capacity compared to most of the other medium processor core notebook PCs that were released more than two years ago.

We think you might also be interested in some of the alternative 256GB total storage capacity portable PCs currently available including the DELL Latitude 12 7000[plb_2855453_price], the Toshiba TECRA Z40[plb_2223029_price], or the Lenovo X1 Carbon[plb_1414755_price] which is cheaper.

If you are looking for a laptop with a bigger total storage capacity then you might want to look at the Lenovo X240[plb_3003449_price] (500GB).

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Quite Slow Processor Clock Speed

The slowest processor clock speed of laptops of a comparable age and spec to the X1 Carbon is 0.8GHz, the fastest is 3.1GHz, and the average processor clock speed is 2.1GHz. With a processor clock speed of only 1.7 gigahertz, the X1 Carbon has one of the slower processor clock speeds amongst laptops of this age.

We compared this portable PC to all the other 1.7GHz processor clock speed laptops and we think a cheaper notebook PC such as the HP EliteBook Folio 1040[plb_2546146_price], and the Toshiba Z30[plb_2502971_price] or you might consider a higher scoring notebook PC such as the DELL XPS 13[plb_2556381_price] are also worth considering.

If you would prefer a faster processor clock speed then you might want to look at the Lenovo X1 Carbon[plb_3085960_price] (2GHz) which is also cheaper.

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Very Small Maximum Internal Memory (64-Bit)

Across all the laptops of a similar spec and age to the X1 Carbon the maximum internal memory (64-bit) range from 4GB to 32GB, and the average maximum internal memory (64-bit) is 12GB. The X1 Carbon has a fairly small maximum internal memory (64-bit) (only 8 gigabytes) compared to most of the other comparable spec notebook PCs that have been around for around the same time as the X1 Carbon.

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Very Low Speaker Power

Notebook PCs of this type and age have speaker power of between 1W and 11W. With an speaker power of only 1 Watt, the X1 Carbon has one of the lower speaker power amongst laptops of this age.

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Only 4 Bluetooth Version

This notebook PC supports a 4 Bluetooth version, which is the most commonly supported Bluetooth version on laptops of a similar type and age to it.

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3 Other reasons to consider the Lenovo X1 Carbon

Released Over Two Years Ago

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

Average Battery Life

With a battery life of 9 hours, the Lenovo X1 Carbon has a fairly standard battery life compared to most of the other laptops of a comparable age and spec to the X1 Carbon.

It may also be worth also looking at one of the other 9h battery life laptops currently available including cheaper portable PCs such as the Tecra Z40[pl_2435195_price], the Tecra Z40[pl_2197427_price], or the TECRA Z40[pl_2223029_price] all from Toshiba.

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Average Screen Size

The X1 Carbon has a pretty average screen size (14 inches) compared to most of the other medium processor core notebook PCs that are a comparable age to the X1 Carbon.

Other 14" portable PCs currently available which you might want to look at include cheaper portable PCs such as the Toshiba Tecra Z40[plb_2197427_price], or the HP EliteBook Folio 1040[plb_2673423_price].

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Processor Socket
Processor Cache
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Processor Threads
Processor Boost Frequency
Processor Model
Conflict Free Processor
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Maximum Number of PCI Express Lanes
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Processor Codename
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
Memory Slots
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Memory Clock Speed
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Storage
Total Storage Capacity
Storage Media
Compatible Memory Cards
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
Display Surface
HD Type
Graphics
On-Board Graphics Adapter Model
Graphics Adapter Open GL Support
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On-Board Graphics Adapter OpenGL 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
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Audio System
Camera
Front Camera Resolution
Front Camera Resolution (numeric)
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
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SmartCard Slot
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DC-In Jack
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Combo Headphone/mic Port
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DVI Port
HDMI Ports Quantity
Number of SATA III Connectors
Total Number of SATA Connectors
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Keyboard
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Island-Style Keyboard
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Windows Keys
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Software
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Operating System Architecture
Processor Special Features
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 HD Graphics
Intel® Quick Sync Video Technology
Intel® Built-In Visuals Technology
Intel® Clear Video HD Technology (Intel® CVT HD)
Intel Trusted Execution Technology
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Intel FDI Technology
Intel Dual Display Capable Technology
Intel Fast Memory Access
Intel TSX-NI
Intel ME Firmware Version
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Execute Disable Bit
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CPU Configuration (max)
UART
Intel® Clear Video Technology for Mobile Internet Devices (Intel CVT for MID)
Intel VT-X With Extended Page Tables (EPT)
Intel® Smart Cache
Intel 64
Processor Package Size
Intel Rapid Storage Technology
Intel Demand Based Switching
Intel Flex Memory Access
Intel Virtualization Technology (VT-X)
Idle States
Intel Enhanced Halt State
Intel Smart Connect Technology Version
Intel® AES New Instructions (Intel® AES-NI)
Intel Virtualization Technology for Directed I/O (VT-D)
Intel Identity Protection Technology Version
Intel® Iris Pro Graphics
Processor ARK ID
Battery
Battery Life (max)
Battery Capacity (Watt Hours)
Number of Battery Cells
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Power
AC Adapter Input Voltage
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Security
Password Protection Type
Password Protection
Trusted Platform Module (TPM)
Fingerprint Reader
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Cable Lock Slot
Weight & Dimensions
Weight
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Packaging Data
AC Adapter Included
Power Cord Included
Manual
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RoHS Compliance
EPEAT Compliance
Energy Star Certified
Other Features
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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Product Identifiers

Manufacturer Part Numbers lenovo i54300, lenovo i56300, lenovo i56200, lenovo i56200u, lenovo 20fb002, lenovo i54300u, lenovo i56300u, lenovo 20fb004, lenovo 20fb004j, lenovo 20fb002r, lenovo 1920x1080, lenovo 20fb002ru, lenovo 20fb004ju, lenovo 20fb002rus, lenovo 20fb004jus
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