Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon 4th Generation 20FB002LUS 14 inch Ultrabook Review

Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon 20FB002LUS

Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon 20FB002LUS


Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon 20FB002LUS is the new 2016 model high end / premium 14 inch ultrabook as part of the 4th generation of X1 Carbon's with an impressive WQHD resolution display, a sixth generation ultra low voltage mid-range Intel i7 processor, very large amounts of Solid State Drive and memory for multitasking but without a dedicated graphics card as this is not really designed as a gaming machine. Technical specs include the 4th generation dual core Intel i7-6600U processor (4MB L3 cache) at 2.6GHz up to 3.4GHz with turbo boost and hyper-threading for two cores to handle four threads in parallel for a boost in performance and with a Passmark benchmark score of 4760 at the moment, 16GB LPDDR3 SDRAM at 1866MHz for super multitasking capability so you get to run the most demanding software, apps and browsers simultaneously, 512GB SSD storage (not a slow mechanical drive) for both generous size and speed and English Windows 7 Pro which is considered to be the best of all Professional Windows operating systems and you have the freedom to upgrade it to the latest Windows 10 Pro.

14 inch WQHD non-touch screen has the 2560 x 1440 pixel resolution (twice the resolution of high definition but things may look a little small and you can change the resolution when you want) and an IPS panel with up to 178 degree viewing angles, 16:9 image aspect ratio, super clear images with very vivid colours. And it has the built-in Intel HD 520 graphics card that performs more or less like the dedicated GeForce 820M so it is not a strong GPU - just OK for general multimedia stuff but not so much the fluent operation of the games of 2015 and 2016 as you can only play a few of them at reduced settings. There is also a 720p resolution high definition webcam that will be adequate for general live Skype chats etc. This is a compact ultrabook that doesn't include a DVD Optical Drive but a good range of ports and options for connectivity including the latest Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 8260 (802.11ac WiFi for better coverage and Bluetooth 4.1), M.2 card, Ethernet and RJ-45 connector, an HDMI output, 3 x USB 3.0 ports with faster transfer of data and to connect peripherals, Mini DisplayPort as your secondary video output and a Headphone/Microphone Combo port.

Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon 20FB002LUS

Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon has a very solid chassis, a beautiful design and looks good in black, weighs only 2.6 pounds and measures 13.11 x 9.02 x 0.65 inches- is very slim and lightweight. Non-interchangeable type 4-cell 52Wh lithium polymer battery is designed to give you up to 9 hours of battery life on average in theory and you can expect up to 7-8 hours at reduced lighting and for general use in practice. Photo and video editing and running other complex software will not be a problem with the i7-6600U, 16GB memory (you can't add more but really, who would need more?) and 512GB SSD that is attached to the M.2 slot so you get both the great size to save all your files and speed and helps start the Windows 7 in just 7-8 seconds. This is quite a pricey machine but overall we think it is very much worthy of the price tag as it appears to be a very high quality and a very capable one with some high end technical specs and features and connectivity options, very solid build (premium looking and feeling) and long battery life. Warranty included is three years Lenovo Depot for labor (depot means carry-in or mail-in and shipping is paid by Lenovo) and you get a year warranty on the battery.

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Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon 4th Generation 20FB002LUS 14 inch Ultrabook Review, 3.0 out of 5 based on 2 ratings