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Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon (20FB / 20FC, 4th Gen, 2016)

alaTest has collected and analyzed 19 reviews of Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon (20FB / 20FC, 4th Gen, 2016). The average rating for this product is 4.4/5, compared to an average rating of 4.1/5 for other products in the same category for all reviews. Views about the screen and performance are on the whole positive. The durability and keyboard also get good feedback.

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We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other products in the same category the Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon (20FB / 20FC, 4th Gen, 2016) is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 89/100 = Very good quality.

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Expert review by : Juan Martinez (techradar.com)

Hands on: Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon (2016) review

 

A reboot with loads of potential

11-hour battery life claim ; 16GB of RAM ; WQHD screen

Pricey ; Marginal upgrade to 2015 ; No touchscreen

Jan, 2016

Editor's Choice

Expert review by : Joel Santo Domingo (pcmag.com)

Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon (4th Gen, 2016)

 

Durable and long-lasting, but slick and thin, the Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon is the business laptop to beat.

Lightweight for a 14-inch laptop. 2,560-by-1,440 (WQHD+) IPS display. Dual pointing devices. 10 hours of battery life. Durable. Comfortable keyboard. Three-year warranty.

Lacks USB-C. New docking system. Ethernet requires dongle.

May, 2016

Expert review by : Sandra Vogel (zdnet.com)

Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon (4th Gen) review: More connections, but no touchscreen

 

Lenovo has delivered another impressive ThinkPad X1 Carbon, albeit one that's distinctly evolutionary. Connectivity is improved, but the touchscreen option is gone and battery life could be better.

Lightweight yet solidly built ; Superb keyboard ; High-resolution screen in more expensive models ; Three USB 3.0 ports ; WiGig support ; Mobile broadband support in top-end model

Expensive ; No touchscreen ; Disappointing battery life

Apr, 2016

Expert review by : Eric Grevstad (computershopper.com)

Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon (2016) Review and Ratings

 

Lenovo pares another few grams and millimeters from its lustworthy ThinkPad X1 Carbon, turning the executive status symbol into the best 14-inch business notebook, period.

Remarkably thin and light yet sturdy ; Splendid keyboard ; Crisp 1080p display ; Security and manageability features for IT departments

No USB-C or Ethernet port ; No touch screen ; MicroSD instead of standard SD card slot

After fully recharging the laptop, we set up the machine in power-save mode (as opposed to balanced or high-performance mode) and make a few other battery-conserving tweaks in preparation for our unplugged video rundown test. In this test, we loop a...

May, 2016

Expert review by : Lisa Gade (mobiletechreview.com)

Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon (2016)

 

Fourth time's a charm? Maybe so with the Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon 4th generation. Not that the previous generations were slouches-- quite the opposite, in fact! The new 2016 model is an evolutionary improvement with the better screen we were pining...

Slim, light yet strong. Fantastic keyboard, very good display, good port selection

No touchscreen option, no USB-C or Thunderbolt 3 port

The Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon faces some serious competition, even within Lenovo's own overlapping lineup where the ThinkPad X1 Yoga and ThinkPad T460s beckon. The X1 Yoga brings a 360 degree hinge, touchscreen and a Wacom pen for $300 more. The T460s...

Product Specifications

Audio

Audio system:Dolby Audio Premium / HD / HDA
Built-In Microphone:Y / Yes
Built-in subwoofer:N
Number of built-in speakers:2
Speaker power:1

Battery

Battery capacity (Watt hours):50 / 52 / 57
Battery life (max):11 / 19.3 / 9.9
Battery recharge time:11
Battery technology:Lithium Polymer (LiPo) / Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Number of battery cells:4 / 8
Quick Charge:Y

Camera

Auto Focus:N
Front Camera:Y / Yes
Front camera HD type:HD
Front camera resolution:1280 x 720
Front camera signal format:720p

Certificates

Certification:MIL-STD-810G
Energy Star certified:Y / Yes
EPEAT compliance:Gold
RoHS compliance:Y / Yes
Wi-Fi certified: Yes

Design

Colour of product:Black
Form factor:Clamshell
Intel segment tagging:Enterprise, Small Business
Market positioning:Business
Product colour:Black
Product Type:Notebook / Ultrabook

Display

3D:N / No
Aspect Ratio:16:9
Contrast ratio (typical):700:1
Display brightness:300
Display diagonal:35.6
Display Resolution:1920 x 1080 / 2560 x 1440
Display Surface:Gloss / Matt
HD type:Full HD / Wide Quad HD
LED Backlight:Y / Yes
Panel Type:IPS
Touch screen type:Capacitive
Touch technology:Multi-touch
Touchscreen:N / No
Touchscreen Type:Capacitive

Graphics

Discrete graphics adapter:N / No
Discrete graphics adapter model:No / Not available
Graphics adapter Open GL support: Yes
Maximum on-board graphics adapter memory:1.7 / 1.74 / 32
Number of displays supported (on-board graphics):3
Number of displays supported by on-board graphics adapter:3
On-board graphics adapter:Y / Yes
On-board graphics adapter base frequency:200 / 300 / 350
On-board graphics adapter DirectX version:12 / 12.0
On-board graphics adapter dynamic frequency (max):1000 / 1050 / 1150
On-board graphics adapter family:Intel® HD Graphics / Intel® UHD Graphics
On-board graphics adapter ID:0x5917 / 0xA16 / 1916
On-board graphics adapter maximum resolution (DisplayPort):4096 x 2304
On-board graphics adapter maximum resolution (eDP - Integrated Flat Panel):4096 x 2304
On-board graphics adapter maximum resolution (HDMI):4096 x 2304
On-board graphics adapter model:Intel HD Graphics 4400 / Intel HD Graphics 520 / Intel® UHD Graphics 620
On-board graphics adapter OpenGL version:4.4
On-board graphics adapter outputs supported:DisplayPort, Embedded DisplayPort (eDP), DVI, HDMI / DisplayPort, Embedded DisplayPort (eDP), HDMI / DVI, Embedded DisplayPort (eDP), DisplayPort, HDMI
On-board graphics adapter refresh rate at maximum resolution (DisplayPort):60
On-board graphics adapter refresh rate at maximum resolution (eDP - Integrated Flat Panel):60
On-board graphics adapter refresh rate at maximum resolution (HDMI):24

Keyboard

Keyboard backlit:Y / Yes
Keyboard language:Japanese / Swiss
Keyboard layout:QWERTY / QWERTZ
Numeric keypad:N / No
Pointing device:ThinkPad UltraNav
Spill resistant keyboard:Y / Yes
Windows keys:Y / Yes

Memory

Internal Memory:16 / 4 / 8
Internal memory type:DDR3-SDRAM / DDR3L-SDRAM / LPDDR3-SDRAM
Maximum internal memory:16 / 4 / 8
Maximum internal memory (64-bit):16
Memory clock speed:1600 / 1866 / 2133
Memory form factor:On-board

Networking

2G standards:EDGE, GPRS, GSM
3G:No / Y / Yes
3G standards:DC-HSPA+, HSPA, HSPA+, UMTS / HSPA / HSPA+ / HSPA, HSPA+, UMTS / HSPA, WCDMA
4G:No / Y / Yes
4G standard:LTE
4G standards:LTE
Bluetooth:Y / Yes
Bluetooth version:4.0 / 4.1
Ethernet LAN:N / No / Yes
Near Field Communication (NFC):Y
SIM card support:No / Yes
Top Wi-Fi standard:IEEE 802.11ac / Wi-Fi 5 (802.11ac)
Wi-Fi:Y / Yes
Wi-Fi standards:802.11a, 802.11ac, 802.11b, 802.11g, 802.11n / 802.11ac, 802.11b, 802.11g, 802.11n / IEEE 802.11a, IEEE 802.11ac, IEEE 802.11b, IEEE 802.11g / IEEE 802.11a, IEEE 802.11ac, IEEE 802.11b, IEEE 802.11g, IEEE 802.11n / IEEE 802.11ac
WWAN:Y / Yes

Operational conditions

Operating altitude:0 - 2438
Operating relative humidity (H-H):8 - 95
Operating temperature (T-T):5 - 35
Storage relative humidity (H-H):5 - 95
Storage temperature (T-T):5 - 43

Optical Drive

LightScribe:N / No
Optical Drive Type:N / No

Other features

Audio system:HD / HDA

Packaging Content

AC adapter included:Y
Cables included:LAN (RJ-45)
Manual:Y
Mouse included:N
Power cord included:Y
Warranty card:Y

Packaging Data

AC adapter included: Yes
Cables included:LAN (RJ-45)
Manual: Yes
Power cord included: Yes

Performance

GPS (satellite): Yes

Ports & interfaces

CardBus PCMCIA slot type: No
Charging port type:DC-in jack
Combo headphone/mic port:Y / Yes
DC-in jack: Yes
Docking connector:Y / Yes
DVI port: No
ExpressCard slot: No
HDMI ports quantity:1
HDMI Version:1.4b
Headphone outputs:1
LAN/VGA combo port: No
Microphone in:No / Yes
Mini DisplayPort/Thunderbolt combo port: No
Mini DisplayPorts quantity:1
Number of SATA III connectors:4
S/PDIF out port: No
SmartCard slot: No
Total number of SATA connectors:4
TV Out:N
TV out port: No
USB 3.0 (3.1 Gen 1) Type-A ports quantity:2 / 3
USB 3.1 (3.1 Gen 2) Type-C ports quantity:2
USB Sleep-and-Charge:Y / Yes
USB Sleep-and-Charge ports:1

Power

AC adapter frequency:50/60
AC adapter input voltage:100 - 240
AC adapter power:45 / 65

Processor

Bus type:DMI2 / OPI / QPI
Configurable TDP-down:7.5
Configurable TDP-down frequency:800
Conflict Free processor: Yes
ECC supported by processor:N / No
FSB Parity: No
Maximum internal memory supported by processor:16 / 32 / 64
Maximum number of PCI Express lanes:12
Memory bandwidth supported by processor (max):25.6 / 34.1
Memory channels supported by processor:Dual
Memory clock speeds supported by processor:1333,1600 / 1333,1600,1866,2133 / 1600,1866,2133 / 1866,2133,1600
Memory types supported by processor:DDR3L-SDRAM, DDR4-SDRAM / DDR3L-SDRAM, LPDDR3-SDRAM / DDR3L-SDRAM, LPDDR3-SDRAM, DDR4-SDRAM
Memory voltage supported by processor:1.35
PCI Express configurations:1x2+2x1, 1x4, 2x2, 4x1 / 1x2+2x1,1x4,2x2,4x1 / 1x4, 4x1 / 1x8+2x4, 1x16, 2x8 / 4x1, 2x4
PCI Express slots version:2.0 / 3.0
Processor boost frequency:2.7 / 2.8 / 3.1 / 3.4 / 4.00
Processor cache:3 / 4 / 8
Processor cache type:Smart Cache / SmartCache
Processor codename:Haswell / Kaby Lake R / Skylake
Processor Cores:2 / 4
Processor family:4th gen Intel® Core™ i5 / 6th gen Intel® Core™ i5 / 6th gen Intel® Core™ i7 / 8th gen Intel® Core™ i7
Processor frequency:1.7 / 1.80 / 2.3 / 2.5 / 2.6
Processor lithography:14 / 22
Processor Model:I5-4210U / I5-6200U / I7-6500U / I7-6600U / i7-8550U
Processor operating modes:64-bit
Processor Series:Intel Core i5-4200 Mobile series / Intel Core i5-6200 series / Intel Core i7-6500 Mobile series / Intel Core i7-6600 Mobile series
Processor Socket:BGA 1356 / BGA1168 / BGA1356
Processor threads:4 / 8
Stepping:D0 / D1 / Y0
System bus rate:4 / 5
Thermal Design Power (TDP):15 / 65
Tjunction:100

Processor special features

Conflict Free processor:Y
CPU configuration (max):1
Embedded options available:N / No / Yes
Enhanced Intel SpeedStep Technology:Y / Yes
Execute Disable Bit:Y / Yes
Graphics & IMC lithography:14
Idle States:Y / Yes
Intel 64:Y / Yes
Intel AES New Instructions: Yes
Intel Anti-Theft Technology:No / Yes
Intel Built-in Visuals Technology: Yes
Intel Clear Video HD Technology: Yes
Intel Clear Video Technology:No / Y / Yes
Intel Clear Video Technology for MID:No / Yes
Intel Demand Based Switching: No
Intel Dual Display Capable Technology: No
Intel Enhanced Halt State:Y / Yes
Intel Fast Memory Access: No
Intel FDI Technology: No
Intel Flex Memory Access:No / Y / Yes
Intel HD Audio Technology: Yes
Intel HD Graphics: Yes
Intel Hyper-Threading Technology: Yes
Intel Identity Protection Technology: Yes
Intel Identity Protection Technology version:1.00
Intel Insider: Yes
Intel InTru 3D Technology: Yes
Intel Iris Pro Graphics: No
Intel Matrix Storage Technology: No
Intel ME Firmware Version:9.5
Intel My WiFi Technology:No / Yes
Intel Quick Sync Video Technology: Yes
Intel Rapid Storage Technology:No / Yes
Intel Secure Key: Yes
Intel Secure Key Technology version:1.00
Intel Small Business Advantage (SBA): Yes
Intel Small Business Advantage (SBA) version:1.00
Intel Smart Cache: Yes
Intel Smart Connect Technology: Yes
Intel Smart Connect Technology version:1.00
Intel Smart Response Technology: Yes
Intel Smart Response Technology version:1.00
Intel Software Guard Extensions (Intel SGX):1 / Y / Yes
Intel Stable Image Platform Program (SIPP):No / Yes
Intel Stable Image Platform Program (SIPP) version:0.00 / 1.00
Intel Trusted Execution Technology:N / No / Yes
Intel TSX-NI:No / Y / Yes
Intel TSX-NI version:0.00 / 1.00
Intel Turbo Boost Technology:2.0
Intel Virtualization Technology (VT-x):Y / Yes
Intel Virtualization Technology for Directed I/O (VT-d):No / Y / Yes
Intel vPro Technology:No / Yes
Intel VT-x with Extended Page Tables (EPT):Y / Yes
Intel Wireless Display (WiDi) Technology: Yes
Intel® AES New Instructions (Intel® AES-NI):Y / Yes
Intel® Anti-Theft Technology (Intel® AT):No / Yes
Intel® Built-in Visuals Technology: Yes
Intel® Clear Video HD Technology (Intel® CVT HD):Y / Yes
Intel® Clear Video Technology for Mobile Internet Devices (Intel CVT for MID):No / Y / Yes
Intel® High Definition Audio (Intel® HD Audio): Yes
Intel® Hyper Threading Technology (Intel® HT Technology):Y / Yes
Intel® Identity Protection Technology (Intel® IPT):Y / Yes
Intel® Insider™: Yes
Intel® InTru™ 3D Technology:Y
Intel® Iris Pro Graphics: No
Intel® Matrix Storage Technology (Intel® MST): No
Intel® My WiFi Technology (Intel® MWT):No / Y / Yes
Intel® OS Guard:Y / Yes
Intel® Quick Sync Video Technology:Y / Yes
Intel® Secure Key: Yes
Intel® Small Business Advantage (Intel® SBA): Yes
Intel® Smart Cache: Yes
Intel® Smart Response Technology: Yes
Intel® Turbo Boost Technology:2.0
Intel® vPro™ Technology:No / Yes
Intel® Wireless Display (Intel® WiDi): Yes
InTru™ 3D Technology: Yes
OS Guard: Yes
Processor ARK ID:122589 / 88193
Processor code:SR1EF / SR2EY / SR2EZ / SR2F1
Processor package size:40 / 42 / 42 x 24
Scalability:1S
Supported instruction sets:AVX 2.0, SSE4.1, SSE4.2 / AVX 2.0,SSE4.1,SSE4.2 / SSE4.1, SSE4.2, AVX 2.0
Thermal Monitoring Technologies:Y / Yes
Thermal solution specification:PCG 2015C
UART: Yes

Security

Cable lock slot:Y / Yes
Cable lock slot type:Kensington
Fingerprint Reader:Y / Yes
Password protection:Y / Yes
Password protection type:HDD, Power on, Supervisor
Trusted Platform Module (TPM):Y / Yes

Software

Operating System Architecture:64-bit
Operating system installed:FreeDOS / No / WINDOWS 10 HOME / WINDOWS 10 PRO / Windows 7 Professional / Windows 8.1 Pro
Recovery operating system:WINDOWS 10 PRO

Storage

Card reader integrated:No / Y / Yes
Compatible memory cards:MicroSD (TransFlash)
Number of SSDs installed:1
Solid-state drive capacity:128 / 192 / 256 / 512
Solid-state drive interface:M.2 / PCI Express / Serial ATA III
SSD capacity:128 / 192 / 256 / 512
SSD form factor:2.5" / M.2
SSD interface:M.2 / PCI Express / Serial ATA III
Storage Media:SSD
Total Storage Capacity:128 / 192 / 256 / 512

Weight & Dimensions

Depth:217.1 / 22.7 / 22.9
Height :1.65 / 1.85 / 15.9
Height (front):1.5
Height (rear):1.65
Weight:1.11 / 1.13 / 1.17 / 1.44
Width:323.5 / 33.1 / 33.3