Lenovo Thinkpad X1 Carbon

Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon Review

The internet plays a very important role in modern society​.

It’s what allows people to communicate with each other without having to be physically next to each other.

It can be used to make you some cash via building a website, starting an online store, social marketing, writing an eBook and so much more.

It is very commonly used for entertainment via YouTube and Netflix, and also for playing an assortment of online games via Steam.

Not to mention shopping, you can buy nearly anything imaginable online via Amazon and eBay.

Instead of making a list of what the internet can do, I think it would be easier to make a list of things it can’t do.

There are plenty of ways to access the internet, I’m sure the thing in your pocket can do just that.

However, if you are looking to use it to its full potential, it would be advised to use it on a desktop or laptop.

Desktops can’t be brought around with you (at ease), so it would benefit you to pick up a laptop.

But laptops can be really expensive, even most of the ones I have previously looked at have cost around $1,000.

If you are on a tight budget and really want to get a laptop that will supply you with everything that you need, no matter what the task, then I think the Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon is perfect for you.

Specs

Screen: 14″ WQHD LED backlight Touchscreen with 2560 x 1440 Resolution, 260 nits, 16:9 aspect ratio.

Processor:  Intel Dual-Core i5-4300U 1.9GHz (3MB Smart Cache, Turbo up to 2.9GHz).

RAM:  8GB DDR3 (on-board).Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon

Graphics: Intel HD Graphics 4400.

Storage: 256GB Solid State Drive.

Operating System: Windows 10 Professional (64-bit).

Camera: 1.3MP – 720P with mute function.

Battery Life: 10.9 hours.

Weight: 2.96 lbs.

Dimensions: 13.03 x 8.93 x 0.71 inches.

Laptop Performance

This laptops performance is truly spectacular.

First things first, the screen.  This screen looks incredible, the resolution is 2560 x 1440, which is way more than full HD, not to mention it’s completely touch screen.

Next up is the CPU, which is equally as great.  The processor in this bad boy is a dual-core Intel Core i7, which works great. and will handle nearly any task you throw at it.

The amount of RAM included (8GB) is a great amount for doing most things and should be just fine for basic use.

I have one gripe with this laptop and that is the GPU.  There is no dedicated graphics card included, what you do get the Intel HD Graphics 4400 which is a mediocre integrated graphics card.

This is not that impressive for a $600 laptop, but even most $1,000 laptops are like this.  Unless you buy one specifically for gaming, odds are it won’t play games all that well.

That being said, this thing doesn’t have the worst graphics card, it should be fine for some light gaming, but if you are looking for a gaming laptop, anything made by AlienWare would be a great option.

Back to this laptop, the storage within this thing is exceptional.  You get 256GB, which is nothing special, but it is a 256GB Solid State Drive (SSD).

For those of you who don’t know what makes an SSD better than an HDD (Hard Disk Drive), an SSD had no moving parts within, rather the information is stored via microchip.

Conversely, an HDD uses a mechanical arm with a read/write head to move around and read information from the right location on a storage platter.

This difference is what makes SSD so much faster than an HDD.  Here is a clip to show off the speed difference:

Moving on from that, the operating system included is Windows 10 professional.  The facecam included is HD 720p, which is decent and should work fine for Skype.

The battery life is really amazing, Lenovo claims that it’s just shy of 11 hours, which will last you the whole day, and they stated that 1 hour of charging can bring it to 80% full.

The keyboard is an adaptive keyboard with a dynamically changing row providing additional functionality based on the type of the application active, which I find to be pretty neat.

The keyboard is also spill-resistant, except the adaptive keys, and is LED backlit.

The trackpad is fine, it has a glass surface, 5 integrated buttons, and is multi-touch.

Features

  • 802.11ac Wireless.Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon
  • Bluetooth.
  • 4-in-1 Media Card Reader.
  • Stereo Speakers.
  • Finger Print Reader.
  • Mini DisplayPort.
  • HDMI Port.
  • 2 USB 3.0 Ports.
  • Combo Headphone/Mic Jack.
  • OneLink Dock Connector.

Accessories

When it comes to a laptop like this, there aren’t really too many accessories that seem to be a necessity.

The most obvious one is obviously a case, because if you are going to be traveling with this, you don’t want it to get damaged and for you to lose your files.

The case I would strongly recommend that you pick up would be the Tomtoc 14 Inch Laptop Shoulder Bag.

This thing is the perfect bag for your Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon and is my top recommendation.

It looks very professional and is extremely protective.  There is also some extra pockets that could be used to store some more accessories.

The last accessory I will recommend to you is a mouse.  I am not saying that the trackpad is bad, I just prefer a mouse, and uf you plan on using this laptop a lot, then getting one would be ideal.

A really great mouse that I have promoted before is the Harbor Wireless Mouse, because it is a really great mouse, has no wire, is not very expensive, has 5 adjustable DPI levels, and 6 customizable buttons.

The Verdict

Name: Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon

Lenovo’s Price: $1,367.10

Best Place to Buy: Amazon.com

BuildYourOnlineEnterprise.com Rating: 96%

Pros:

+ Nice ScreenLenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon

+ Solid State Drive

+ Great CPU

+ Solid Battery Life

+ Very Slim

+ Tons of Ports

+ Touch Screen Display

Cons:

GPU isn’t great

Overall, I believe that this would be a solid laptop for whatever it is you are looking to do.

This is definitely one of the best laptops out there, and very few solid laptops can beat the price that this has on Amazon, a whopping $600 if you are to buy it refurbished, as I would recommend.

Sure, there are some flaws with it, but even laptops around $1,000 have the same problems this one has.  In my opinion, this laptop is a complete steal and I would highly recommend that you get your hands on it.

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4 thoughts on “Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon Review

  1. Hey Jeremy!

    Thank you for writing such an informative and unbiased review!

    Although it’s kind of sad that the GPU isn’t so great, but I wonder if it’s possible to replace integrated Intel HD Graphics 4400 with a better quality graphics card, so you can game on this laptop?

    Although I’m aware that games such as GTA IV, V probably won’t run (I love these, in fact), but I also like playing some old games from late 1990s.

    Overall, thank you a lot for the information provided! Keep up the great work! 🙂

    Cheers!

    German.

    1. Hi!
      I’m glad you enjoyed this review!
      I’m sure there is some way to upgrade the GPU, but I really don’t know how.
      GTA IV should work fine and at low resolution GTA V is still playable.
      Here is a link to a video I found where someone tests GTA V out on it.
      Thank you very much for reading!

  2. When I first started using portable computers back in the early 90s (they were like a small suitcase then!), I remember a couple of German visitors brought out two laptops. One was Compaq and the other a Thinkpad. Of course, they were pretty hefty compared to today’s models. Thinkpads have been around along time and remain one of my favorite tools.

    I do a lot of video processing and a minimum of i5 is needed, as the video editor I used just eats up processor power. The static drive also helps with transfer speed. One thing I’ve noticed is that more and more laptops are being produced with a fixed battery pack – does the Thinkpad X1 have a fixed battery, or can it be removed?

    1. It’s crazy to see how far laptops have come over just a few short years.
      This laptop will prove to be great for video editing and for many other tasks.
      Having an SSD is essential to having an efficient and smooth running laptop.
      To answer your question, yes the battery can be removed and replaced if necessary.
      Thank you for reading!

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