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    Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon (2015, 3rd Gen)

    How does the third iteration compare to the original business Ultrabook?
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    Re: Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon (2015, 3rd Gen)

    So... I lusted after one of these and finally got one. No regrets.

    The price in the US is approx. the same in $ as the UK price in £ (so you can save a third right there). The offers they have State-side also seem to be much better than what we get over here (I bought it with an extra $400 off!). As such, I got 5200 with 8 GB ram, windows 8 pro and the QHD screen for £750. Even factoring in the customs charge that saved me a fair chunk on the UK price. One thing I'd point out before you do this - make sure you are happy with a US layout for the keyboard. Otherwise, win!

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    Re: Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon (2015, 3rd Gen)

    ...also I forgot to mention - I bought a 3-pin version of the power supply/adaptor separately from Lenovo UK for about £25.

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    You can normally pick the UK keyboards up on ebay as well.
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    Re: Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon (2015, 3rd Gen)

    maybe i'll wait for the skylake version if i am going to pay this price.

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    Re: Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon (2015, 3rd Gen)

    Quote Originally Posted by shaithis View Post
    You can normally pick the UK keyboards up on ebay as well.
    Thanks for the tip. I'll definitely get around to this later but I'll probably avoid changing anything that would invalidate the warranty until the year is up.

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    Re: Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon (2015, 3rd Gen)

    Or if you're happy to touch type just set the keymap to UK anyway - there aren't many differences between the US and UK keyboards:

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Britis...ican_keyboards

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    Re: Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon (2015, 3rd Gen)

    Gone are the days when CPU performance would double every 2 to 3 years (for same power budget) eg. <2003. It was also easy to boost performance when the top of the range moved from <6w to >50w and performance doubled <2yrs apart. Now we have to be happy with <10% improvement per year (for similar max power).

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    Re: Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon (2015, 3rd Gen)

    Way to expensive, you could get a lot of XPS 13 for that kind of money and have a serious amount of change.

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    Re: Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon (2015, 3rd Gen)

    Why support a company that thinks it's fine to give it's customers things like the Superfish adware and service engine?

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    Re: Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon (2015, 3rd Gen)

    Quote Originally Posted by Tpyo View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by shaithis View Post
    You can normally pick the UK keyboards up on ebay as well.
    Thanks for the tip. I'll definitely get around to this later but I'll probably avoid changing anything that would invalidate the warranty until the year is up.
    The keyboard shell is part of the top cover on the X1 so that would need changing as well, so not an easy swap (T440s the keyboard is on a tray you can change without opening/changing the case).

    Run Lenovos at work - they don't really care if you've opened the case.. repairs (especially on the X series) involves simply swapping the motherboard out.

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    Re: Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon (2015, 3rd Gen)

    Quote Originally Posted by Tpyo View Post
    So... I lusted after one of these and finally got one. No regrets.

    The price in the US is approx. the same in $ as the UK price in £ (so you can save a third right there). The offers they have State-side also seem to be much better than what we get over here (I bought it with an extra $400 off!). As such, I got 5200 with 8 GB ram, windows 8 pro and the QHD screen for £750. Even factoring in the customs charge that saved me a fair chunk on the UK price. One thing I'd point out before you do this - make sure you are happy with a US layout for the keyboard. Otherwise, win!
    The other thing is to check if it has an international warranty.
    If not they you voided it the moment the machine left the US

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    Re: Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon (2015, 3rd Gen)

    Quote Originally Posted by Plasmastorm View Post
    The other thing is to check if it has an international warranty.
    If not they you voided it the moment the machine left the US
    True that, but to be honest, if it is fine for the first few months (when sale of goods/fit for purpose should cover it), it'll probably be fine thereafter - I've never had to use the warranty on any machine before except shortly after it arrived. I travel US/UK a lot with work, and this being a laptop, it does not seem unreasonable to expect to be allowed to take it with me (expected usage etc. etc.). It came win 8.1 and I've done the *upgrade* to win10. As long as I don't hit any glitches in the next month or so, I think I'm in the clear.

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    Re: Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon (2015, 3rd Gen)

    Together with the T450, these are standard issue at my company, but I have to advise against the QHD display for your day-to-day work. It's just for show as the 2560x1440 resolution becomes impractical when you want to do presentations on projectors or connect a second display to the laptop for additional real-estate. Windows (and probably most OSes) looks completely messed up when you hook up a lower-resolution screen to it. If you need a companion screen, remember to use only an identical resolution. Office 2013 looks normal on 2560x1440 (because it's been adjusted), but looks completely broken at 1920x1080.

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    Re: Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon (2015, 3rd Gen)

    I have one of these issued as my work laptop - excellent overall. Incredibly expensive though

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    Re: Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon (2015, 3rd Gen)

    Quote Originally Posted by tekgun View Post
    Why support a company that thinks it's fine to give it's customers things like the Superfish adware and service engine?
    Such as? There aren't many companies that don't include badly programmed junkware on some of their laptops.

    Quote Originally Posted by LemmingOverlord View Post
    Windows (and probably most OSes) looks completely messed up when you hook up a lower-resolution screen to it.
    Are you using Windows 7? Windows 8.1 and Windows 10 should both support seperate scaling factors for external displays which I guess is your problem. Additional real estate (extended desktop mode) doesn't have a problem with different resolutions.

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