Dealmaster: Get Lenovo’s ThinkPad X1 Carbon laptop for just $849

Greetings, Arsians! The Dealmaster is back with another round of deals today. Topping our list is a pre-Memorial Day doorbuster from Lenovo for a very popular ThinkPad machine. Now you can get the 5th-gen ThinkPad X1 Carbon, featuring an Intel Core i7-6200U processor, 8GB of RAM, and 512GB SSD for just $849.

The X1 Carbon is a favorite of many, including a few Ars staffers, for its no-nonsense, yet sleek design as well as its power and practicality. Its carbon fiber chassis keeps it lightweight, and at about 16mm thick, it’s quite thin as well. Its keyboard stands out as one of the most comfortable we’ve ever used on a laptop, and TrackPoint ball users will appreciate that Lenovo retained that beloved trackpad alternative. Every model also comes standard with a fingerprint sensor on the palm rest area as well as a versatile array of ports that includes two Thunderbolt 3 ports, 2 USB-A ports, and a full-sized HDMI port.

The 5th-gen ThinkPad X1 Carbon isn’t the newest model—it debuted in 2017 and was updated in 2018 with newer processors and small changes including a new physical camera shutter over the webcam and an optional IR camera. Lenovo is also gearing up to debut the 7th-gen ThinkPad X1 Carbon later this year, which will include Whiskey Lake chips, an optional 4K display panel, and the high starting price of $1,709.

While the 5th-gen laptop won’t have the latest Intel processors, it does have all of the mainstays of the X1 Carbon line because those have not changed much over the past few years. If you’ve been lusting after an X1 Carbon, you won’t be disappointed with this deal.

The forthcoming Memorial Day holiday is shaping up to be great for those who want new laptops, desktops, and TVs. Lenovo, Dell, and other OEMs are beginning to offer deep discounts on many machines ahead of the holiday weekend. If the X1 Carbon isn’t your style, you can get the 2019 Dell XPS 13 laptop, featuring a Core i5 CPU, 8GB of RAM, and 256GB SDD for just $979.

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