ThinkPad X1 Carbon

ThinkPad X1 Carbon Ultrabook Laptop

ThinkPad X1 Carbon

Ultrathin. Ultralight. Ultratough. For the average Ultrabook™ these attributes may sound like a contradiction. But the new X1 Carbon is far above average. It features a carbon-fiber reinforced chassis and passes durability tests in extreme environments. Plus, it delivers more than all-day battery life, includes faster, more powerful storage performance, and has innovative docking options available, including wireless.

As Configured
Intel 6th Gen

Packs plenty of oomph" —LAPTOP, January 3, 2016

ThinkPad X1 Carbon: World's Lightest 14" Business Ultrabook™

  • Features

    ThinkPad X1 CarbonFeatures

    Uncompromisingly Thin & Light...

    Starting at just 1.18 kg/2.6 lbs, the new X1 Carbon is the lightest 14-inch business Ultrabook™ on the planet. And at just 16.5 mm / 0.65 inch thin, it's extremely portable.

    Lightest 14-incher Yet” — LAPTOP,January 3, 2016

    But MIL-SPEC Tough

    ©Constructed™ with satellite-grade carbon fiber, the new X1 Carbon is the toughest ThinkPad ever made. In fact, we perform nearly a dozen separate military-grade specification tests—all under extreme conditions with dust, vibration, heat, cold, altitude, humidity, solar radiation, and fungus. You can rely on ThinkPad despite what life throws your way.

    And of course, the full-sized, backlit keyboard is spill-resistant, as you’d expect from a ThinkPad X1 Carbon.

    The military specification tests are not intended to be a guarantee of performance under these environmental conditions.

    Starting just over two and a half pounds / 1.18 kg, the X1 Carbon is ultralight.
    X1 Carbon Is Ultrathin, Ultralight, & Ultratough

    Connect Anywhere, Anytime...

    With 4G LTE-A, you get the fastest, most advanced mobile broadband technology.

    But Stay Unplugged

    With the X1 Carbon, you can stay connected, yet go unplugged more than all day, as the battery lasts up to 11 hours*.

    * Based on testing three different product configurations with MobileMark 2014. Battery life varies significantly with settings, usage, and other factors.


    Connect anywhere, anytime, with 4G LTE-A, yet stay unplugged for up to 11 hours
    Stay Unplugged With Up to 11 Hours of Battery Life

    Powerful Performance

    The new X1 Carbon features a Windows 10 Pro operating system and up to 6th generation Intel® 7-6600U with vPro—that means lots of manageability features and enhanced security.  And of course the X1 Carbon is Skype for Business-certified, includes integrated speakers with Dolby® audio, and an HD webcam, so conference calls and video chats are a snap.

    Ultrafast Storage Options

    With ultrafast Samsung PCIe NVMe SSD storage, you can open files and applications more than two times faster than SATA SSD*

    * Results represent the overall performance in the Storage Access test, which evaluates storage read / write performance in 10 applications. PCIe NVME SSD is an optional configuration. Products can also be configured with regular PCIe SSD or SATA SSD.

    ThinkPad X1 Carbon delivers on business features, like Skype for Busines certification
    X1 Carbon Is Skype for Business Certified

    Stunning Display

    A 2K (2560 x 1440) display and antiglare screen mean text is crisper, images are brighter, and colors are truer. And with IPS technology you can view the screen from nearly 180-degrees. Plus it’s anti-smudge. Also available with FHD IPS (1920 x 1080) display.

    A convenient, wireless desktop docking beast"Tom's Hardware, January 3, 2016

    Extra Security

    Because your data is critical, we’ve enhanced security to keep you safer than ever. The X1 Carbon includes the Touch Sensor Fingerprint Reader, which is more reliable and accurate than typical swipe readers. Plus, this Ultrabook® also includes Trusted Platform Module (TPM), which is a specialized chip designed to secure hardware.

    The Lenovo X1 line-up has always been a bastion of durable design and advanced internals” — GottaBeMobile, January 4, 2016

    ThinkPad X1 Carbon features a  2K (2560 x 1440) display and antiglare screen
    The 2K Display Features Brighter Images & Truer Colors
  • Ratings & Reviews

    ThinkPad X1 CarbonRatings & Reviews

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    Scores 8.6 out of 10 based on 319 reviews
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    4 out of 10


    London GB Business user
    I like that is so light. The fingerprint reader is good.
    4G SIM does not work, no explanation why and is one of the major reasons for buying this laptop.

    It's surprisingly slow considering how much power I paid for.

    The worst thing is the keyboard - the control key is not in the bottom left corner which means a decade of learned actions have to be relearned in a more complicated way. There is a pointless function key instead which means it now takes two stokes to press a function key - very bad for people like me who work on Excel a lot. Such simple things to get right that destroy so much value for the customer. What a disgrace.

    The track pad is low quality and poor accuracy. I really miss my Dell : (
    Confirmed purchase: 27 September 2016
    Published on: 20 October 2016

    ThinkPad X1 Carbon

    4 out of 10


    London GB General home user
    compact size, high speed
    connectivity, lack of connectivity ports
    Confirmed purchase: 21 September 2016
    Published on: 18 October 2016

    ThinkPad X1 Carbon

    9 out of 10


    Oxford GB Developing scientific sofware
    Very good hardware, light and powerful
    Lenovo could provide support for using Linux on this machine.
    Confirmed purchase: 18 August 2016
    Published on: 15 October 2016

    ThinkPad X1 Carbon

    10 out of 10


    London GB Student
    Brilliantly fast. Incredibly light. Seamless usage
    Confirmed purchase: 03 September 2016
    Published on: 30 September 2016

    ThinkPad X1 Carbon

    7 out of 10


    Reading, UK GB Business user
    Reviewer left no comment
    Jumpy trackpad even after installing new driver - not what you would expect from a very expensive laptop.
    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
    Confirmed purchase: 27 August 2016
    Published on: 24 September 2016

    ThinkPad X1 Carbon

    Hi Toby,

    Please can you send me an email with your serial number and I'll help in resolving the problem you are having with your trackpad.

    Thank you for taking the time to leave your review, we appreciate your feedback.

    Best wishes

    Email: jingram1@lenovo.com

  • Ask an Owner

    ThinkPad X1 CarbonAsk an Owner

    Here's a list of the questions other shoppers have asked owners of the X1 Carbon

    1. Michael asked on
      Hi, I just want to know can I choose the USA keyboard for the thinkpad X1 Carbon? thanks
      1. Dmitrii replied on
        What do you mean by "choosing" a keyboard? I imagine you can buy a model with US keyboard layout - but this should be addressed to Lenovo. As well, you can switch to a layout you like in any modern OS you'd install on it.
      2. VIET replied on
        it a little bit thing. I think. Anyway. you can select UK keyboard or US keyboard
    2. Jen asked on
      Hi, my partner just bought one of these laptops, he wants to swap the hard drive for a bigger one, it came with a 256GB can this be changed for a 500Gb one or bigger?
      1. Dave, The Emerald Isle replied on
        Don't know, I'm afraid. I would suggest contacting Lenovo directly for an answer.
        If they will do it, I expect it would cost quite a bit over the odds.
        Why not use an external hard drive, which is what I do, to store all my documents, etc.?
    3. Ross asked on
      My partner is looking at purchasing this laptop, is it capable of running photoshop, lightroom and premier as she is a designer
      1. peter replied on
        Mine has i7 and 16GB of RAM so it is certainly powerful enough. I don't know about the scope of the colour calibration controls that I imagine a professional designer would need since my use of Photoshop is at a much simpler level.
      2. Colin replied on
        I purchased it to run Autocad and Sketchup and it runs them with no issues. I recently installed the Adobe suite and it runs photoshop and all of the other programs in the full suite so yes it will do exactly what you want. It is also incredibly light with a long lasting battery. A truly excellent computer.
    4. Samm asked on
      Is it easy to open it to clean it? With my current Sony Vaio, I can easily swap HDD, CDROM, RAM. It's very easy to clean the Fan and replace the CPU paste. Can I easily access all these with the X1? I travel a lot, and work in dusty environment and need to clean every 3-4 months - many thanks!
      1. Imran replied on
        Yes, only 9 screws to remove on the base gives you access to all the internal parts !
      2. JEAN replied on

        Well I don't think so, and it's not recommended.
    5. Dominic asked on

      Can any tell me if your configuration comes with 1TB HDD and 16GB RAM?
      1. peter replied on
        Mine came with no HDD but 256MB SSD and yes, 16GB RAM.

    6. Colin asked on
      I purchased a wigi dock to go with my 20FB model but it wont link. Is this just a minor issue or is this incompatible.
      1. Jimmy replied on
        Hi, I think for the Wigig dock to work you actually needed to have config'd the Wigig Carbon X1. I have to keep reminding myself of this fact when I periodically think about purchasing the Wigig dock.

        More specifically, I think Wigig requires:
        Intel WiGig18260AC 2x2+BT 4.1

        On mine it's:
        Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC(2x2) 8260, Bluetooth Version 4.1 No vPro

        Hope that helps.
      2. Francesc replied on
        I think should work because it is compatible (the Lenovo dock). Sorry but I don't have the dock.
    7. Dino asked on
      When ordering the new X1 carbon, we have two keyboard options - difference between the keyboard layouts - English UK & English Euro?
      1. Kathryn replied on
        I don't know much about Euro keyboards, but I'd assume they're talking about the usual layout changes you get between the European regions and England. So on the Euro one, the "y" and "z" places are swapped, there are buttons that give you accented letters, etc. If you work in French, German, Spanish etc, I'd go for the Euro one - if you work primarily in English, I'd go for that.
    8. Ewan asked on
      I purchased an X1 Carbon a couple of weeks ago and I also purchased a WiGig Dock to use with it. The WiGig documentation states if the software cannot be found on the Thinkpad then it does not support the WiGig. Can you please advise where the software can be found on the X1 Carbon as it does not appear to be there.
      1. Damel replied on
        I personally haven't used the WiGig dock, but http://lmgtfy.com/?q=wigig+dock+lenovo+software+download
        5th one down
  • Tech Specs

    ThinkPad X1 CarbonTech Specs

    ThinkPad X1 Carbon Specs


    DescriptionThinkPad X1 Carbon
    • Intel® Core™ i5-6200U Processor
    • (3M Cache, up to 2.80 GHz) + 4GB DDR3 RAM
    • Intel® Core™ i5-6200U Processor
    • (3M Cache, up to 2.80 GHz) + 8GB DDR3 RAM
    • Intel® Core™ i5-6300U Processor
    • (3M Cache, up to 3.00 GHz) vPRO + 4GB DDR3 RAM
    • Intel® Core™ i5-6300U Processor
    • (3M Cache, up to 3.00 GHz) vPRO + 8GB DDR3 RAM
    • Intel® Core™ i7-6500U Processor
    • (4M Cache, up to 3.10 GHz) + 8GB DDR3 RAM
    • Intel® Core™ i7-6600U Processor
    • (4M Cache, up to 3.40 GHz) vPRO + 8GB DDR3 RAM
    • Intel® Core™ i7-6600U Processor
    • (4M Cache, up to 3.40 GHz) vPRO + 16GB DDR3 RAM
    Operating System
    Windows 10 Pro 64-bit
    Intel® HD Graphics 520
    Up to 16 GB DDR3
    • Up to 1 TB PCIe NVMe SSD
    • 128GB SSD SATA3
    • 180GB SSD SATA3 OPAL2
    • 192GB SSD SATA3
    • 240GB SSD SATA3 OPAL2
    • 256GB SSD PCIe-NVMe OPAL2
    • 256GB SSD SATA3 OPAL2
    • 512GB SSD PCIe-NVMe
    • 512GB SSD SATA3
    Camera / Microphone
    720p / Digital Array Microphone
    Dimensions (W x D x H)
    • (mm) : 333 x 229 x 16.45
    • (inches) : 13.11" x 9.01" x 0.65"
    Starting at 2.6 lbs (1107 g)
    Up to 11 Hours (52 WHr)
    Security and Manageability
    • TPM
    • Kensington® Lock
    • Touch Fingerprint Reader
    • Intel® vPro™ Technology
    I/O (Input/Output) Ports
    • WiGig 2
    • OneLink+
    • Mini DisplayPort™
    • HDMI™
    • 3 x USB 3.0
    • microSD™
    • Broadcom Wireless (2x2)AC, Bluetooth Version 4.1
    • Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC(2x2) 8260, Bluetooth Version 4.1 No vPro
    • Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC(2x2) 8260, Bluetooth Version 4.1 vPro
    • Intel WiGig18260AC 2x2+BT 4.1
    • Sierra Wireless EM7455 Qualcomm
    • Snapdragon X7 LTE-A
    • Huawei ME906s LTE
    Bluetooth® 4.1

    Specifications may vary depending upon region.

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