Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon Gen 11 21HM / 21HN (2023) Premium-Class 14″ Business Laptop

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Brand Lenovo
Laptop Type Standard non-convertible laptop

This laptop features a clamshell-only design, without ability to convert itself into a tablet.

Business laptop

Business-class laptops usually have more advanced security and system manageability features and improved ruggedness than consumer laptops.

Premium-class laptop

It belongs to the laptop maker's premium-class lineup.
Performance Mid-range performance

The mid-range performance of this laptop allows you to easily complete your daily home and office computing tasks. It additionally has some potential for heavier duties like professional photo and video editing. However, if you regularly do these tasks, a high-performance laptop is recommended. More info about performance of the laptop can be found in the CPU, GPU, RAM, and Storage sections below.
Screen Size 14-inch

The 14" laptop screens are a compromise between portability of 13.3" or smaller laptop displays and comfort of the popular 15.6-inchers.
Screen Resolution 1920x1200 pixels Full HD+

This screen resolution provides a decent image sharpness and a lot of space on the display for the user interface and programs. It's similar to the popular Full HD 1920x1080. However, these resolutions aren't as good as the premium-class 4K Ultra HD and similar.
Touchscreen Finger multi-touch input (optional)

The device optionally comes with touchscreen capability.
Other Display Specs IPS type

Displays based on IPS technology provide much wider viewing angles than the budget-class TN screens.

Anti-glare coating

Anti-glare coating reduces ambient light reflections, as opposed to the glare-type displays with more vivid colors.
About Laptop Display Learn about laptop PC displays here.
Processor (CPU) Intel Core i5-1335U 13th Gen

The i5-1335U is a typical mid-range processor, very commonly used in various mainstream laptop models. The CPU is excellent for the usual day-to-day home and office duties. It also delivers a decent speed for heavier tasks like videography. But, if you mainly do heavy computing, a high-performance Core H or P series processor is a better choice than the U series.

Intel Core i5-1345U 13th Gen

The Core i5-1345U is a mid-range laptop processor. It's similar to the i5-1335U, but adds Intel's vPro Enterprise business-class system manageability and security features. The CPU is excellent for the usual day-to-day home and business tasks and decent for heavier tasks like videography. But, if you mainly do heavy computing, a high-performance Core H or P series processor is a better choice than the U series.

Intel Core i7-1355U 13th Gen

The i7-1355U is one of the fastest laptop processors from the mainstream Intel Core U series. But, it isn’t as fast as its high-performance Core H and P series i7 counterparts. On the positive side, the i7-1355U and other U series CPUs have lower power consumption than them, while delivering excellent performance for most tasks, including the heavier ones like multimedia creation.

Intel Core i7-1365U 13th Gen

The Core i7-1365U is one of the fastest laptop processors from the mainstream Intel Core U series. It delivers excellent performance for most tasks, including the heavier ones like multimedia creation. However, it isn’t as fast as the higher-performance (and more power hungry) Core H and P series i7. The i7-1365U is similar to the more widely used i7-1355U, but additionally features Intel vPro Enterprise system management and security technology.

Intel Core i5-1340P 13th Gen

The Core i5-1340P is an upper-mid-range processor for laptops. The CPU is more than capable of smooth everyday home and office computing, with extra performance for heavier duties like media creation. However, it isn’t as good as the Core i7 P-series and Core i5 H-series for the heavier tasks.

Intel Core i7-1360P 13th Gen

The Core i7-1360P is a higher-end processor for laptops. It provides excellent performance for heavier duties like video editing, besides effortless day-to-day computing. The i7-1360P more powerful than the more common Core i7 U series counterparts, but also weaker than the i7 H series.

Intel Core i7-1370P 13th Gen

The i7-1370P is very similar to the i7-1360P, but it additionally provides Intel vPro Enterprise remote manageability and security technology. These Core P series higher-end processors provide excellent performance for heavier duties besides routine daily tasks, but aren’t as fast as the Core i7 H-series.
About Processors The laptop's processor (CPU) is the main chip of the system and a very important computing performance factor.

The multiple CPUs listed above mean you have multiple CPU options at the time of the laptop purchase.
Graphics (GPU) Intel Iris Xe graphics

The Iris Xe graphics of the 11th, 12th and 13th Gen Intel Core processors delivers an improved, yet still basic, 3D gaming performance over the widely used Intel UHD. But, it greatly lags behind the gaming-class GPUs like the Nvidia GeForce GTX / RTX series found in gaming-class laptops. Overall, the Iris Xe is suitable only for light gaming.
About Graphics Processors Graphics processor (GPU) is the main factor for 3D gaming performance. It also affects performance of other graphics intensive tasks like some image and video editing operations.
System Memory (RAM) Size 16GB RAM

16GB and greater RAM sizes are recommended for heavy multitasking, gaming, and specialized programs that require a lot of RAM.

32GB RAM

32GB is recommended for extremely heavy multi-tasking and special applications. For most users, everything above 16GB is an overkill.

64GB RAM

64GB RAM size is the top-tier one. It's used for extremely heavy multi-tasking and special applications. For most users, this size is an overkill.
About RAM System memory (RAM) size determines multi-tasking capability of a laptop - how many tasks and programs you can run at the same time. Some programs and games may require large RAM to run properly.

The multiple options above mean there are multiple laptop configurations with different RAM choices.

Learn about RAM of laptop PCs here.
Data Storage 256GB SSD

256GB is a decent capacity. If you tend to download and store a lot of large files like movies and install many programs, 512GB or more is a better choice.

512GB SSD

512GB storage capacity is recommended if you store a lot of large files and install many programs.

1000GB (1TB) SSD

1TB is an excellent storage capacity. The sizes above 512GB, including 1TB, are recommended for those who store a lot of large files.

2000GB (2TB) SSD

2TB is a huge storage capacity and rarely used in laptops. The size is for those who store a lot of large files.
About Data Storage Storage capacity determines how much data you can store locally on your laptop. SSD storage is much faster than HDD storage.

The multiple storage options above mean there are multiple laptop configurations with different storage choices.

Learn about laptop PC data storage here.
Keyboard & Input Keyboard without dedicated number pad

The laptop has no separate numeric pad you can typically find on the right side of the keyboard on many laptop models.

Keyboard backlight

Keyboard backlight makes typing in dark environments easier.

Touchpad with click buttons built into the surface

The left and right click buttons are built into the surface of the touchpad, as opposed to separate physical buttons.

Pointing stick with accompanying click buttons

In the middle of the keyboard there's a pointing stick as an alternative to touchpad-based pointer navigation. The pointing stick is accompanied by left and right click buttons located between the keyboard and touchpad areas.
Speakers & Audio Stereo speakers

As usual, the device features a pair of built-in stereo speakers.

Combo microphone and headphones audio jack

This laptop has the ordinary 3.5mm combo audio jack that supports both headphone output and microphone input simultaneously.
Camera Front-facing web camera

Laptops usually feature a frontal webcam located on the display bezel. This laptop is no exception.

HD 720p resolution

This is the most common web camera resolution in laptops. However, it's low in comparison to camera resolutions of modern smartphones, so it can't produce as sharp picture.

Full HD 1080p resolution

This is a high laptop web camera resolution in comparison to the common 720p. But, 1080p is low in comparison to resolutions of modern smartphone front cameras.

Face-recognition camera (optional)

The dedicated infra-red face recognition cameras in laptops are used for Windows Hello log-ins, without password typing. The feature is optional on this laptop.
Wireless & Networking Wi-Fi 6 802.11AX wireless

The 802.11AX is currently the most used Wi-Fi wireless networking standard in laptops. It’s also known as Wi-Fi 6. When connected to 802.11AX-compatible routers, the 802.11AX modules in laptops bring improvements over the older standards in terms of data transfer speeds and multi-device connectivity. In some of the latest 2024 laptops, 802.11AX is being replaced by 802.11BE.

4G LTE connectivity (optional)

This laptop optionally comes with support for 4G LTE mobile broadband connectivity.

Bluetooth

This laptop has a built-in Bluetooth module. It enables you to wirelessly connect the computer to Bluetooth peripherals like Bluetooth mice and keyboards, as well as to smartphones, and other compatible devices.
USB Ports 2 x USB Type A

A pair of full-size USB ports.

2 x USB-C

A pair of compact Type-C USB ports.
Video Output Ports 1 x HDMI

HDMI is a widely used digital video output port. You can find HDMI-in ports on most computer monitors and TVs.

Video out via USB-C

The laptop can deliver digital video output via USB-C.
Media Card Reader None

The laptop has no SD card slots. For reading from and writing to SD and microSD memory cards, you'll have to use a separately sold memory card reader via a USB cable.
Other Features Ruggedized chassis

The chassis of the laptop has an improved build to better withstand physical shocks.

Fingerprint reader

This laptop has a built-in fingerprint reader. It improves security and enables easier system log-ins, without password typing.

Thunderbolt 4

Thunderbolt 4 is a high-speed peripheral connectivity technology for compatible devices. The Thunderbolt connection goes via USB-C interface.

Intel vPro (optional)

Intel vPro technology is used for remote system management, improved security, and other business-centric tasks. On this laptop model, vPro is optional. On laptops with newer Intel Core processors, the full Intel vPro feature set is called vPro Enterprise, as opposed to basic vPro Essentials.

Near Field Communication (NFC) (optional)

Near Field Communication (NFC) is a short-range wireless connectivity technology. It is used to pair devices that afterwards communicate via other wireless technologies like Bluetooth. On this laptop model NFC is an optional feature.
Battery 57 WHr capacity
About Battery The battery capacity is excellent for powering mid-range notebooks like this.

The battery life varies depending on usage, settings, and other factors.
Weight 2.5 pounds
Height 0.6"
Width 12.4"
Depth 8.8"
Casing Material Aluminum alloy base

Carbon-fiber display lid
Casing Color Black
Windows Version Windows 11 Home

Windows 11 Home is aimed at the regular home and office computer users. Only select business users need the Professional edition.

Windows 11 Pro

Windows 11 Pro version adds some business-specific features in comparison to the standard Windows 11 Home.
Warranty 1-year

A typical laptop warranty.

3-year

This is an extended warranty period, as opposed to the typical 1 year.
Year of Release 2023
Country / Region Worldwide

The listed specs are general / worldwide specs of the model. Some of its specs may vary depending on the particular configuration and region.

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