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.

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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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    9 out of 10


    GB General home user
    weight, screen, keyboard, power input on left.
    not really a bad point, but do not like audio jack on right side
    Confirmed purchase: 12 December 2016
    Published on: 17 January 2017

    ThinkPad X1 Carbon

    10 out of 10


    GB Often on the move
    light, noiseless, great display
    Reviewer left no comment
    Confirmed purchase: 20 December 2016
    Published on: 14 January 2017

    ThinkPad X1 Carbon

    10 out of 10


    Buntingford GB Business user
    Well built, very light for such a powerful machine. Nice keyboard and screen. Wigig is very impressive. No need to connect by cable but get within range and all plugged in devices on Wigig appear. A clever solution. Overall, extremely pleased with the laptop and Wigig
    Only minor. Would be nice to have backlight on keyboard come on when you touch the keyboard and go off 10-15 seconds after typing finishes, or would be nice for the system to retain your setting and keep it. It always defaults to off (haven't found any way of retaining the setting).
    Confirmed purchase: 30 November 2016
    Published on: 11 January 2017

    ThinkPad X1 Carbon

    10 out of 10


    GB Business user
    nothing yet
    Confirmed purchase: 14 November 2016
    Published on: 05 December 2016

    ThinkPad X1 Carbon

    10 out of 10


    Oxford GB Business user
    Light weight. Screen is not of the glossy massive resolution rather it emulates print on paper it is very easy on the eye. Weight is best in class. Startup with windows 10 and solid state drive is very fast certainly no excuse to make coffee while booting.
    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
    Confirmed purchase: 08 November 2016
    Published on: 03 December 2016

    ThinkPad X1 Carbon

  • 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. Kyle asked on
      In the base model of the X1 carbon, it specifies "Pointing device - nil", while in other models it has "UltraNav (TrackPoint and ClickPad)"
      Does this mean that it doesn't have the nipple (trackpoint) and the trackpad? This seems absurd, but is unclear.
      1. Rob replied on
        You'd need to check with Lenovo...but it seems hard to believe there is neither option. Mine has a trackpad with click buttons it's an i7 model
    2. Fred asked on
      Hi there
      I want to know
      1) is this laptop totally silent? I've been told it has no fan so you never even hear a hum, is this true?
      2) sometimes 'antiglare matte' can mean many things. When a black screen can you see your own reflection or just a faint outline?
      3) Obviously along with no Ethernet it has no CD drive. Does anyone know how easy it is to plug in an external CD/DVD drive? Is it compatable?

      Is the touchpad also a button in itself? Or just a touchpad? Does it have buttons below the touchpad or just the 3 above?

      Huge thanks
      1. Andy Morse replied on
        Hi Fred,
        Hope this helps.
        1) It's mostly silent. But there is a small fan-like sound when the processor is being stretched. If there's no fan then I don't know what that it is but it's not annoying or intrusive.
        2)The screen is very non-reflective. Because I've only had mine in winter months I haven't given this a year-round test but I've never been conscious of reflections at all.
        3) Very easy. Just get a USB connected drive. No problem. I prefer to use Windows 7 so if you are using Windows 10 then make sure the drive is Windows 10 compatible.
        4) The touchpad is a button itself (double-tap for select, two fingers for scroll etc.). No buttons below, just the three buttons above. The buttons are much improved from earlier versions of the X1 but I have to say that wherever possible I do use a mouse, my own preference.
        Best wishes,
    3. Danny asked on
      how does it handle autocad
      1. Yang replied on
        I'm sorry, I don't use AutoCAD. However, it did perform smoothly while I'm using PowerDirector and Photoshop. Most importantly, It is super light so I can carry it everywhere I go. So I think it have done a pretty good job so far. I'm very happy about it ;) hope this would help
      2. Greg replied on
        I have used some 3d programmes such as sketch up with no problems whatsoever. Haven't used autocad specifically though.
    4. P. asked on
      does this model seriously come without an ethernet port?
      SO disappointing if it's the case, for a laptop that otherwise meets all my needs.
      (how could they even do such a mistake...)
      1. Dan replied on
        Nope... no ethernet cable but if you get the docking port I think there is one on that...
      2. Francesc replied on
        No but you can buy it with the cheap one link ethernet adaptor.
      3. Lee replied on
        The case is so thin, an ethernet port would have changed the footprint of the laptop (so it is by design). Wi-fi is your only option without adaptors or other kit, as mentioned in other answers. A USB adapter that plugs into the laptop and gives an RJ-45 ethernet port, sounds like the way forward.
    5. 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
    6. 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.?
    7. 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.
    8. 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.
  • 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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