Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon

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For everyone that knows me, knows that Lenovo is my favorite business computer. I love the black and ruff design that looks like a futuristic stealth plane. The Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon 4th generation is no exception; it looks though, its lightweight at only 2.6 lbs (1209 g) and its very slim at 0.65inches (16.5mm).

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The X1 Carbon works well as an ”office” computer but perhaps better for the travelling worker such as the traditional salesperson. The reason this is an excellent portable computer is obviously its size and weight but perhaps more important is the battery capacity of 11 hours.

The X1 Carbon is going to be released with an i5 and i7 CPU (skylake), up to 16GB DDR3 Ram and a PCIe SSD storage. So we are talking about a proper powerful laptop. There are 2 areas where I wouldn’t recommend this computer and that is graphic work (rendering, animation) and gaming, since it lacks a graphic card strong enough to handle it.

The screen is math and not glossy which is obviously as it should be to avoid glare and reflextion it also makes it harder for your neighbor see the content on you Lenovo on the bus or train on the commute to work. You can choose between 2 different display resolutions 2560 x 1440 and 1920 x 1080, which should be enough to do your work.

 

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The Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon can be docked in 2 ways. Firstly with the One Link+ dock, which is basically, a hub with screen connections (DP and VGA), Ethernet, MiniJack and USB, this connects to the computer through a OneLink cable. Secondly is the new WiGig dock which is basically a IEEE 802.11ad wireless docking, that connects on the 60GHz net. So it will not interfere with the 2.4GHz and 5GHz band. But please read more about it here What is WiGig?

If I am to critize the PC for something then it must be the lack of cable connections. It has connections for 1x Mini DisplayPort, 1x HDMI and 3x USB 3.0, which usually is not enough, so you should expect to carry some adaptors around. But I guess that is the price you pay for such a slim and light laptop.

But all in all a great computer I think.

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Pros: Cons:
– Low weight – Could have had better graphic card
– Great batterytime – Cable connections
– Power
– Docking alternatives

 

Product Specifications:

Processor
  • Intel® Core™ i5-6200U Processor (3M Cache, 2.3 GHz), Turbo Boost 2.0 (2.8 GHz)
  • Intel Core i5-6300U Processor (3M Cache, 2.4 GHz), Turbo Boost 2.0 (3.0 GHz)
  • Intel Core i7-6500U Processor (4M Cache, 2.5 GHz), Turbo Boost 2.0 (3.1 GHz)
  • Intel Core i7-6600U Processor (4M Cache, 2.6 GHz), Turbo Boost 2.0 (3.4 GHz)
Operating System
  • Windows 10 Home 64-bit
  • Windows 10 Pro 64-bit
  • Windows 7 Professional 64-bit preinstalled through downgrade rights in Windows 10 Pro 64-bit
Display
  • 14.0″ FHD (1920×1080), anti-glare, IPS, 300 nits, non-touch
  • 14.0″ WQHD (2560×1440), anti-glare, IPS, 300 nits, non-touch
Graphics Intel HD Graphics
Memory Up to 16GB, soldered to systemboard, no socket
Webcam Integrated 720p HD Camera
Storage1
  • SSD, SATA M.2: 128GB / 192GB / 256GB OPAL 2.0 / 512GB
  • SSD, PCIe-NVMe Gen3x4 M.2: 512GB3
Optical drive None
Dimensions (W x D x H) 333 x 229 x 16.45 mm
Weight Starting at 1.18 kg
Battery Integrated Lithium Polymer 4-cell (52Wh) RapidCharge battery
Battery life2 Up to 11 hours (MobileMark 2014)
AC adaptor 45W
Keyboard ThinkPad Precision Backlit Keyboard
UltraNav™ TrackPoint® pointing device and buttonless glass surface touchpad, multi-touch
Fingerprint reader Yes
Audio support HD Audio, digital array microphone, combo audio/microphone jack
Ethernet Gigabit Ethernet via optional Ethernet (RJ-45) adapter
Wireless LAN Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 8260 (2×2 Wi-Fi, 11ac) with Bluetooth® 4.2
Wireless WAN (optional) Integrated Mobile Broadband 4G LTE (Huawei ME906S)
Sim card slot Micro-SIM card slot
NFC None
Ports
  • 3 x USB 3.0
  • Combo audio/microphone jack
  • microSD™
  • OneLink+
  • Mini DisplayPort™
  • HDMI™
  • Optional WiGig (available to 2K display model only)3
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