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Promoted 04-21-2015 by Discombobulated at 06:38 AM View Original Post
Lenovo.com has their Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon Ultrabook (3rd Generation) on sale for $725.40. Shipping is free. Thanks noret

Note, you may add additional configurations to your ultrabook at additional cost (ex: upgrade memory, IPS w/ WWAN & more). Please refer to the forum thread or Wiki for additional details.

Specs
  • Intel Core i5-5200U 2.70GHz Processor
  • 14.0" 1920x1080 FHD w/ WWAN
  • 128GB Solid State Drive SSD
  • 4GB Memory
  • Intel HD Graphics 5500
  • WiFi + Bluetooth 4.0
  • Windows 8.1 (64 Bit)
Featured User Comment: This really is a great deal. I scour the outlet and don't even get prices like this on refurbished units. I would opt for the ips screen on this though... Will make it a better overall experience. If I didn't already have a Thinkpad yoga 14 I'd be all over this. - Corrosive

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Edited November 23, 2015 at 11:05 AM by noret
This thinnest and lightest [lenovo.com] business laptop in the world.
Best price for today and for all time.

Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon Ultrabook (3rd Gen) [lenovo.com] (Part number: 20BSCTO1WW)

$1,209.00 - $483.60 (40% savings) = $725.40

Shipping is free.

Specs for start price (you may customize for your choice):
  • Intel Core i5-5200U Processor (3MB Cache, up to 2.70GHz)
  • 4GB PC3-12800L Memory on MB
  • 128GB Solid State Drive, Serial ATA
  • 14.0" FHD (1920 x 1080) with WWAN
  • Intel HD Graphics 5500
  • Intel 7265 AC/B/G/N Dual Band Wireless
  • Bluetooth Version 4.0
  • Windows 8.1 64-Bit
  • Rapid Charge, Integrated Battery

Notes:
You may extend the configuration: "8GB PC3-12800L Memory on MB" or "QHD (2560x1440) IPS Display" and see that 40% savings applies to all added parts.

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Expired: April 21, 2015.

Updated 06.11.2015:
Now $1,209.00 - $362.70 (30% savings) = $846.30 until June 16th.
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Last Edited by noret July 16, 2015 at 06:07 PM
If you see a message: "your session has expired", please try different web browser or clear cookies and re-open product page [lenovo.com] (pick this model: in cart you will see part number 20BSCTO1WW).

Now not required CPU upgrade for upgrade memory to "8GB PC3-12800L on MB" for $60, not $100.
$100 - $40 (40% savings) = $60 for soldered memory on MB

"14.0" QHD (2560x1440) IPS with WWAN" for $90, not $150.
$150 - $60 (40% savings) = $90

Clearing up some things:
X1 (old original non-Carbon)
X1 Carbon 1st Gen (great, Memory soldered, SSD not)
X1 Carbon 2nd Gen (blah, Memory soldered, SSD not, funky keyboard, trackpoint clickers incorporated into trackpad)
X1 Carbon 3rd Gen - this model (great, normal keyboard, and trackpoint clickers are back)

Memory is soldered on.
SSD can be replaced, it's an M2. (someone above said that drives need to be whitelisted in BIOS)
FHD screen is matte and non-touchscreen and NOT IPS.
QHD non-touchscreen is matte
QHD touchscreen is glass and glossy (never really liked glossy screens yuck)

QHD on Win 8.1 is great as Win 8.1 scales really well for high res screens. On Win 7 it can be better but not a deal breaker.

I currently have Win 10 on my X1 Carbon 1st Gen and love it. Still can't stand Win 8.1 on a laptop. I do have Win 8.1 on my Thinkpad Tablet 10 which runs really well. It's made for touch.

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this is one hot deal for those who understand X1
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Beat me to it by 15 minutes. Excellent deal. Best price I've seen on a 3rd gen Carbon. You can't buy them on ebay for this price, and you can barely get a scratch & dent 1st or 2nd gen from the outlet for this much.

I had a 2nd gen that I returned because the keyboard was so terrible. They fixed that with the 3rd gen. I'm definitely picking one of these up. No idea who gave this thread a TD - you get a TU from me.
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Quote from benjie View Post :
Beat me to it by 15 minutes. Excellent deal. Best price I've seen on a 3rd gen Carbon. You can't buy them on ebay for this price, and you can barely get a scratch & dent 1st or 2nd gen from the outlet for this much.

I had a 2nd gen that I returned because the keyboard was so terrible. They fixed that with the 3rd gen. I'm definitely picking one of these up. No idea who gave this thread a TD - you get a TU from me.
mind explaining and sharing your wealth of knowledge about this computer? seems to be good, I was some feedback.
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Wow. This or the Surface Pro 3 from the other deal?
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Quote from XxadminxX View Post :
mind explaining and sharing your wealth of knowledge about this computer? seems to be good, I was some feedback.
Not a wealth, but I've got some. It's basically as good a balance as you can get between price, performance, size, and ruggedness. I travel a lot, so this is exactly what I'm looking for.

It's super slim and lightweight - I believe the specs are something like .7" thick and 2.8 lbs. The power adapter is also lightweight, and although the computer has a 14" screen, it fits into a case I have that's made specifically for (and snugly fits on) a 13.3" Samsung.

It's also made to take a beating - it passes 8 of the 9 MilSpec tests (I don't know off the top of my head which one it doesn't - I'd guess something like full submersion in water). http://www.lenovo.com/government/...book.shtml

It also has a battery that can last up to 10 hours (so realistically 7+). It's also capable of charging 80% in an hour. These two make it perfect for travelling - it'll run for an entire international plane ride, and recharge on a layover before you get on the next plane.

Those are just my impressions, of course - it may work better or worse for you, depending on your needs.
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We 'upgraded' to these (gen 3) at work about 3 weeks ago.

One of _the lightest_ portables that I've worked with (but that doesn't mean much since I'm used to lugging around my older Thinkpad T71). I think my extended battery feels heaver than this whole portable.

It feels very nice to hold in your hand and sometimes I even forget I'm actually holding a computer. Cool to touch at all times. Don't recall it ever getting warm at all. I'm using this to type an average of 6 hours in a 8 hour day.

Battery has been pretty good but I'm also next to a power source so I plug it very frequently. I remember not plugging it in about 4 to 5 hours of continuous use once and it did not go below 50% battery life. Screen is mid-high brightness (office environment) and wifi is on at all times.

Keyboard is decent but this will depend on the person. I think this is called the 'chiclet' keyboard style. Haven't really decided about the mouse click on the touch pad yet (it sinks down to register a click), feels weird but I could tolerate it.

Our screen is the 1600 x 900, avoid that if possible and upgrade the screen.

The 4th gen is supposed to bring back the physical mouse button that the 3rd gen did not have.

Hope that helps.
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Quote from benjie View Post :
Beat me to it by 15 minutes. Excellent deal. Best price I've seen on a 3rd gen Carbon. You can't buy them on ebay for this price, and you can barely get a scratch & dent 1st or 2nd gen from the outlet for this much.

I had a 2nd gen that I returned because the keyboard was so terrible. They fixed that with the 3rd gen. I'm definitely picking one of these up. No idea who gave this thread a TD - you get a TU from me.
Thank You for understanding that.
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We 'upgraded' to these (gen 3) at work about 3 weeks ago.

One of _the lightest_ portables that I've worked with (but that doesn't mean much since I'm used to lugging around my older Thinkpad T71). I think my extended battery feels heaver than this whole portable.

It feels very nice to hold in your hand and sometimes I even forget I'm actually holding a computer. Cool to touch at all times. Don't recall it ever getting warm at all. I'm using this to type an average of 6 hours in a 8 hour day.

Battery has been pretty good but I'm also next to a power source so I plug it very frequently. I remember not plugging it in about 4 to 5 hours of continuous use once and it did not go below 50% battery life. Screen is mid-high brightness (office environment) and wifi is on at all times.

Keyboard is decent but this will depend on the person. I think this is called the 'chiclet' keyboard style. Haven't really decided about the mouse click on the touch pad yet (it sinks down to register a click), feels weird but I could tolerate it.

Our screen is the 1600 x 900, avoid that if possible and upgrade the screen.

The 4th gen is supposed to bring back the physical mouse button that the 3rd gen did not have.

Hope that helps.

Thank you for the information. How would you compare this to a Surface Pro? I think they are two different animals, but I already have a laptop and need another pc for travel once/twice a month or so. Thank for any insight you can offer.
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I don't suppose anybody has found a coupon that works on these corporate perks deals, have they? I've found a few that look like they could work (including a discount for signing up for Lenovo emails), but they're all "not valid for this cart".
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I don't suppose anybody has found a coupon that works on these corporate perks deals, have they? I've found a few that look like they could work (including a discount for signing up for Lenovo emails), but they're all "not valid for this cart".
Coupon code not required.
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In general,40% saving is great.
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How "hot" is this deal?
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