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Lenovo Thinkpad X1 Carbon

alaTest has collected and analyzed 53 reviews of Lenovo Thinkpad X1 Carbon. The average rating for this product is 4.0/5, compared to an average rating of 4.1/5 for other products in the same category for all reviews. Reviewers really like the portability and screen. The durability and performance also get good views, but reviews are divided on the touchpad. Some have doubts about the size and sound.

battery, performance, durability, screen, portability

price, sound, size

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other products in the same category the Lenovo Thinkpad X1 Carbon is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 93/100 = Excellent quality.

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Expert review by : Chris Smith (

Lenovo X1 Hybrid ThinkPad review: Hands-on


Battery-saving Instant Media Mode perfect for movie and music hounds

Jan, 2012

Expert review by : Spencer Dalziel (

Lenovo ThinkPad X1 review


The Lenovo ThinkPad X1 is being pitched as a classy and super-slim business machine to match Apple's svelte MacBook Air range of laptops. It's only a shame the poor battery life lets it down...

Ultra sturdy ; Great performance ; Screen

Terrible battery life ; Iffy usability ; Tight storage

The ThinkPad X1 is a tantalising combination of power and ruggedness that should appeal to anyone after a regular travel companion. It’s just a massive shame that the battery dies so fast, and usability isn’t as strong as we hoped.

Sep, 2011

Expert review by : Andrew Harrison & Ben Camm-Jones (

Lenovo ThinkPad X1 review


Lenovo is aiming for a touch of style with its Lenovo ThinkPad X1 ultraportable, a laptop to take on the Apple MacBook Air - UPDATED 5 MARCH 2012

For corporate customers, familiar Lenovo fare such as spill-resistant keyboard, fingerprint reader and integrated 3G broadband may be useful. And ThinkPad old-timers will value the trackpoint mouse steerer. Against the best of the competition though,...

Mar, 2012

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Lenovo Thinkpad X1 review


It's not often that we get excited about a laptop aimed primarily at business users, but Lenovo's ThinkPad X1 is an exception; the 13.3in ultra-portable might be less than 2cm thick, but it still squeezes in some clever features and plenty of high...

There are very few business-oriented ultra-portables with this much power and style, but the X1's battery life is disappointing and it's hugely expensive compared to the competition

Jul, 2011

Expert review by : Hugo Brand (

Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Review


A robust business-class laptop

The recommended retail price of the X1 is R15,000 – likely to raise a few eyebrows for a device with no optical drive, very limited hardware customisability and a touchpad from hell.

Apr, 2012

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Lenovo ThinkPad X1 review


Sterling build and stunning performance, but the ThinkPad X1 is far from perfection

Yet, for a laptop that promises so much, it's impossible not to walk away from this laptop disappointed – with strong build tempered by poor design decisions, the ThinkPad X1 is a long way from perfection. Those with a soft spot for ThinkPad brand may...

Jun, 2011

Expert review by : Loyd Case (

Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon Review: Exotic Case, Ho-Hum Screen


Lenovo is justifiably proud of its ThinkPad X1 Carbon ultraportable laptop. The machine is incredibly thin—just 0.7 inch at its thickest point—and the chassis is built with carbon fiber, resulting in an Ultrabook that ships with a 1600-by-900-pixel LCD...

Good keyboard and choice of pointing options ; Integrated 3G cellular broadband

LCD panel seems dim and a little washed out ; Limited port selection

Lenovo's X1 Carbon offers an understated look and exotic chassis material, but the LCD panel display quality could be better.

Aug, 2012

Expert review by : Jason Cross (

Lenovo ThinkPad X1


The technology press has lumped Lenovo's ThinkPad X1 into a growing category of Macbook Air competitors, but now that I've used one for awhile, I can tell you it doesn't really belong there. Though the X1 is the thinnest ThinkPad ever, it is still...

Very solid construction ; Thin and relatively light

poor battery life ; glossy screen

If the battery only lasted a couple hours longer, this would be the must-have business traveler's laptop.

May, 2011

Expert review by : Gordon Mah Ung (

Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Extreme Review: Thin, fast and all business


Give the ThinkPad six cores and a GeForce GPU and you get the Lenovo ThinkPad Extreme X1, a 15-inch laptop that's large and in charge.

Relatively fast, yet light at 4 lbs. ; Upgrades options galore

Painfully expensive ; 4K battery life is average at best

Overall, the ThinkPad X1 Extreme is an impressive laptop, but is it a Dell XPS 15 killer? That depends. On the performance front, it tracks closely. But where it really shines is weight. While you may scoff at an 8-ounce difference (when similarly...

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Lenovo Thinkpad X1


Its slightly thickened frame allowed for a 2.5-inch spinning hard drive—a 320GB, 7200rpm capacity, in this case. This brings down the cost of the laptop significantly; the solid-state drives found in the Air 13-inch and Series 9 are the primary reasons...

Sturdy construction. Gorilla glass is scratch-proof. Backlit keyboard. Great typing experience. HDMI and DisplayPort. Fast 2.5-inch HDD. Standard Voltage processors only. An excellent mix of wireless technologies. Dolby sound is worthy of entertainment...

No Anti-glare screen available. Standard battery alone doesn't crank out enough battery life. Hefty for an ultraportable without an optical drive

The Lenovo ThinkPad X1 has a backlit keyboard, edge-to-edge gorilla glass screen, the infamous click touchpad, and high-fidelity Dolby sound, and it has some serious processing chops. Its standard battery, however, is unimpressive.

Product Specifications


Audio system:Dolby Audio Premium
Built-In Microphone:Y
Built-in subwoofer:N
Number of built-in speakers:2
Speaker power:1 / 2
Speakers manufacturer:Conexant


Battery capacity (Watt hours):57
Battery life (max):15.5 / 19.3
Battery technology:Lithium Polymer (LiPo) / Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Number of battery cells:3
Quick Charge:Y


Auto Focus:N
Front Camera:Y
Front camera HD type:HD
Front camera resolution:1280 x 720
Front camera resolution (numeric):1
Front camera signal format:720p


Energy Star certified:Y
EPEAT compliance:Gold
RoHS compliance:Y


Form factor:Clamshell
Market positioning:Business
Product colour:Black
Product Type:Notebook


Aspect Ratio:16:9
Contrast ratio (typical):700:1
Display brightness:300
Display diagonal:35.6
Display Resolution:1920 x 1080
HD type:Full HD
LED Backlight:Y
Panel Type:IPS
Touchscreen:N / Y


Discrete graphics adapter:N
Discrete graphics adapter model:Not available
Maximum on-board graphics adapter memory:32
On-board graphics adapter:Y
On-board graphics adapter base frequency:300
On-board graphics adapter DirectX version:12.0
On-board graphics adapter dynamic frequency (max):1100 / 1150
On-board graphics adapter family:Intel® UHD Graphics
On-board graphics adapter ID:0x5916 / 0x5917
On-board graphics adapter model:Intel® HD Graphics 620 / Intel® UHD Graphics 620
On-board graphics adapter OpenGL version:4.4


Keyboard backlit:Y
Numeric keypad:N
Pointing device:ThinkPad UltraNav
Spill resistant keyboard:Y
Windows keys:Y


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


Antenna type:2X2
Bluetooth version:4.1
Ethernet LAN:N
Near Field Communication (NFC):Y
Top Wi-Fi standard:IEEE 802.11ac
Wi-Fi standards:IEEE 802.11ac

Optical Drive

Optical Drive Type:N

Packaging Content

AC adapter included:Y
Power cord included:Y
Warranty card:Y

Ports & interfaces

Charging port type:DC-in jack
Combo headphone/mic port:Y
Docking connector:Y
HDMI ports quantity:1
HDMI Version:1.4b
Headphone outputs:1
Microphone in:Y
Thunderbolt 3 ports quantity:2
USB 3.0 (3.1 Gen 1) Type-A ports quantity:2
USB 3.1 (3.1 Gen 2) Type-C ports quantity:2
USB Sleep-and-Charge:Y
USB Sleep-and-Charge ports:1


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


Bus type:OPI
Configurable TDP-down frequency:800
ECC supported by processor:N
Maximum number of PCI Express lanes:12
Motherboard chipset:Intel SoC
PCI Express configurations:1x2+2x1,1x4,2x2,4x1
PCI Express slots version:3.0
Processor boost frequency:3.50 / 3.60 / 4 / 4.00 / 4.20
Processor cache:3 / 6 / 8
Processor cache type:Smart Cache
Processor codename:Kaby Lake / Kaby Lake R
Processor Cores:2 / 4
Processor family:7th gen Intel® Core™ i5 / 8th gen Intel® Core™ i5 / 8th gen Intel® Core™ i7
Processor frequency:1.70 / 1.8 / 1.80 / 1.90 / 2.60
Processor lithography:14
Processor Model:i5-7300U / i5-8350U / i7-8550U / i7-8650U
Processor operating modes:64-bit
Processor Series:Intel Core i5-7300 Mobile Series
Processor Socket:BGA 1356
Processor threads:4 / 8
Stepping:H0 / Y0
System bus rate:4
Thermal Design Power (TDP):15

Processor special features

Conflict Free processor:Y
CPU configuration (max):1
Embedded options available:N / Y
Enhanced Intel SpeedStep Technology:Y
Execute Disable Bit:Y
Idle States:Y
Intel 64:Y
Intel Clear Video Technology:Y
Intel Enhanced Halt State:Y
Intel Flex Memory Access:Y
Intel Software Guard Extensions (Intel SGX):Y
Intel Stable Image Platform Program (SIPP):Y
Intel Trusted Execution Technology:N / Y
Intel TSX-NI:Y
Intel Virtualization Technology (VT-x):Y
Intel Virtualization Technology for Directed I/O (VT-d):Y
Intel VT-x with Extended Page Tables (EPT):Y
Intel® AES New Instructions (Intel® AES-NI):Y
Intel® Clear Video HD Technology (Intel® CVT HD):Y
Intel® Clear Video Technology for Mobile Internet Devices (Intel CVT for MID):Y
Intel® Hyper Threading Technology (Intel® HT Technology):Y
Intel® Identity Protection Technology (Intel® IPT):Y
Intel® InTru™ 3D Technology:Y
Intel® My WiFi Technology (Intel® MWT):Y
Intel® OS Guard:Y
Intel® Quick Sync Video Technology:Y
Intel® Secure Key:Y
Intel® Smart Response Technology:Y
Intel® Turbo Boost Technology:2.0
Processor ARK ID:122589 / 124968 / 124969 / 97472
Processor code:SR340 / SR3L8 / SR3L9
Processor package size:42 x 24
Supported instruction sets:AVX 2.0,SSE4.1,SSE4.2
Thermal Monitoring Technologies:Y


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


Operating System Architecture:64-bit
Operating system installed:WINDOWS 10 HOME / WINDOWS 10 PRO


Card reader integrated:Y
Compatible memory cards:MicroSD (TransFlash) / MMC,SD,SDHC,SDXC
Number of SSDs installed:1
Solid-state drive capacity:512
SSD capacity:512
SSD form factor:M.2
SSD interface:NVMe,PCI Express
Storage Media:SSD
Total SSDs capacity:512
Total Storage Capacity:1000 / 256 / 512

Weight & Dimensions

Height :15.9