Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon review

A high end Ultrabook that only scrimps on performance

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Despite packing a middle-of-the-road Intel Core i5 processor, the Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon stormed our benchmark tests. The score of 9601 in our Cinebench test puts it on par with many Intel Core i7 laptops we've seen, which shows that Lenovo has chosen the very best chip on offer.

In real terms this means that any modern program is fair game for the Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon, and you could multitask even the most demanding software - be it bespoke business packages or classic applications such as Photoshop or Microsoft Office.

Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon review

Graphics capability isn't so hot, since the responsibility for 3D is left to the onboard Intel HD 4000 core, which is built into the processor.

Onboard graphics aren't as woeful as they used to be, and there's plenty enough power to keep Windows fast and responsive, and enable picture and video editing, but if you're working professionally with HD video rendering, or looking to play the odd game in your spare time, the Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon will come up short.

Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon review

If there's one triumph of the Lenovo X1 Carbon, it's the excellent power management, which comes via some nifty Lenovo technology. We turned the Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon up to maximum performance and looped HD video to kill the battery within a respectable 164 minutes.

However, if you use the built-in software, accessible via the taskbar, you can dynamically alter the power usage to achieve around six hours of use. This is predominantly achieved by dimming the ferociously bright LED display, which makes a huge difference in the Ultrabook's stamina.

Cinebench: 9601
3D Mark: 5237
Battery Eater: 164 mins

Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon review

Tech Specs

Product TypeUltrabook
Processor ManufacturerIntel
Optical Drive TypeNo
Solid State Drive Capacity256 GB
Product FamilyThinkPad
Processor Modeli5-3427U
Operating SystemWindows 7 Professional
Brand NameLenovo
Processor Speed1.80 GHz
Processor TypeCore i5
Screen Size35.6 cm (14")
Standard Memory8 GB
Cache3 MB
Processor CoreDual-core (2 Core)
64-bit ProcessingYes
Display Screen TypeActive Matrix TFT Colour LCD
WWAN SupportedYes
ManufacturerLenovo Group Limited
Product NameThinkPad X1 Carbon Ultrabook
Product LineThinkPad
Manufacturer Part NumberN3N2SUK
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.lenovo.com/uk/en/

You're never tethered with an X Series. With their lightweight, slim design and long battery life, they travel easily - whether to another meeting or another country - but with their legendary ThinkPad performance, you sacrifice nothing in return.

Package Contents
  • ThinkPad X1 Carbon Ultrabook
  • Standard Battery
  • AC Adapter