Parading an attractively slim profile, 3rd generation Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon is a high-end Windows notebook targeted at professionals looking for a smarter way to get things done. It is the third production of the highly-rated Carbon Series and improves on the failings or weaknesses of the first two in areas such as design, processor and ports.
Lenovo’s Carbon Series machines are not known to be really cheap – the design and build of the ThinkPad X1 Carbon (3rd Gen) give an idea of why that is so. It is constructed using premium carbon fibre polymer and magnesium alloy, giving a rugged and sturdy look, while showing off a matte finish.
In spite of the type of materials used for its construction, it weighs just slightly over 1 kg and is interestingly slim. It packs a six-row, LED-backlit keyboard to facilitate typing in dark settings.
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon features a 14-inch display with both touch and non-touch configurations. Buyers get to choose from three display options, including Full HD TN (1920 x 1080 pixels) and Quad HD (2560 x 1440 pixels).
The anti-glare display makes for brighter images and clearer texts to ensure using the ultrabook is less tasking on the eye. It also has optional multi-touch technology.
The ultrabook is decked out to deliver performance level somewhat commensurate with the price it commands. You get 5th-gen Intel Core processor (up to Core i7) with up to 3.2 GHz processing speed on the ThinkPad X1 Carbon (3rd Gen).
The CPU is backed by either 4 GB or 8 GB of RAM for a significantly responsive laptop and seamless multitasking. Graphics is taken care of by onboard Intel HD Graphics 5500, which offers performance improvement over the Intel HD Graphics 4400 GPU.
Zippy solid-state drives of up to 512GB capacity are supplied for storage on the ultrabook. The operating system used is Windows 8.1 (64 bit), with Windows 7 Professional available through downgrade rights from Windows 8.1 Pro (64 bit).
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon features an HD webcam, dual-array microphone, two USB 3.0 ports, a Mini DP port and a 50Wh battery rated to deliver almost 11 hours of use.
Pricing and availability
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon laptops are not yet available in Nigeria. When available, you can buy the laptops at leading online stores in the country. Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon Price in Nigeria is expected to range from N200,000 to N420,000 depending on your location in Nigeria and the configuration of the laptop.
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon (3rd Gen) Specs
Here are a few specs of the Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon Laptop:
- OS: Windows 8.1 64 (Free upgrade to Windows 10)
- Processor: Intel Core i3, Core i5, or Core i7 Processor (5th Generation)
- GPU: Intel HD Graphics 5500
- Memory: 4GB or 8GB, up to 8GB RAM
- Colours: Black
- Dimension: XX x XX x 17.78 mm
- Weight: 1.3 kg
Display & Keyboard
- Display: 14-inch FHD, 1920 x 1080 pixels or 2560 x 1440 pixels (Touch or Non-Touch), with anti-glare
- Keyboard: Full Size Keyboard
- Pointing Device: Touchpad
- Built-in Storage: 128GB, 180GB, 256GB, or 512GB SDD
- Optical Storage: No
- Bundled Cloud Storage: –
Ports & Connectivity
- Webcam: Yes, HD Camera
- USB 3.0: Yes, 2 Ports
- USB 2.0: No
- HDMI: Yes
- DisplayPort: Yes (Mini)
- VGA: Yes
- Ethernet (RJ-45): Yes
- SD Slot: –
- Mic/Headphone: Yes
- WLAN: Yes, WiFi 802.11 b/g/n/ac
- Bluetooth: Yes Bluetooth 4.0
- NFC: No
- Docking Connector: No
- Mobile Broadband: No
- Dual Speakers with Dolby Home Theatre
- Dual Noise-canceling HD Microphones
- Battery: 50 WHr Battery
- Use Time: up to 10.9 hours