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X1 Carbon Gen 4 or Gen 5?

I've decided to pull the trigger on an X1 Carbon and can't decide which to get. I would rather get the Gen5, but have serious privacy concerns using Windows 10 with all of its telemetry running. The only solution to this that I can see is to pay monthly for Windows 10 Enterprise to have control over this. The other option is to get the Gen4 and run Windows 7 Ultimate (which I already have a license for) until support stops in 2020. That gives me 2.5 years to decide on my next move. If I understand correctly, what I will be gaining by getting the Gen5 over the Gen4 is: Slightly faster processor, USB-C and thinner bezel around display. I would like to have these, but can live without them if it means not being forced to Windows 10. Anything else significant that I will be missing if I get the Gen4? Thanks.

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Re: X1 Carbon Gen 4 or Gen 5?

Hello TenderTandon,


here´s a X1 Carbon compendium and history blog post.


Perhaps a good idea to look at, before hitting the buy button. :-)




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Re: X1 Carbon Gen 4 or Gen 5?

Thanks for that link. I was looking for a comparison like that. That page pretty much sums up what my research has produced, but the side by side pics show something I had never considered. That is, how much smaller the Gen5 is than the previous 4 versions. This really puts a twist to things and makes my decision even harder. I have until tomorrow to decide, as that is when my quote for a Gen5 at 20% off expires. Looks like I may be learning Windows 10 Enterprise management...  Smiley Happy

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Re: X1 Carbon Gen 4 or Gen 5?

The X1C5 (Geneneration 7 = 2017) is so new that there are very other users are using this model yet!


X1C5 may not support Windows 7 (Kaby Lake + Microsoft = no more Windows Update from Microsoft going forward).

For above reason, we are using X1C4 and X1C3 (X1 Carbon Gen4 and X1 Carbon Gen3 respectively),
most of these are running under Windows 7 Pro 64-bit; we purposely chose this OS...


(We also wish that we have Win7 Ultimate 64-bit, but guess when the year 2020 comes around it won't matter anymore...

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