Should I Consider Anything Else before Ordering This X1 Carbon?

Hi all, I'm a teacher looking to spend up to around $2000 on a solid thin and light for school. From my research the x1 carbon seems pretty good for my needs. My partner has an XPS and swears by it, but the new ones lacking ports bother me (I plug into a different hdmi port up to 6 times a day and lots of usb type a, so needing a dongle for those is a big drawback).

I've just found that lenovo has an education discount section, and I can get a gen 7 x1, but with 10th gen processor, 16gb ram and 512gb ssd for $2044.

Good deal? (AUD) https://imgur.com/a/QruXiTJ

I don't need a dedicated gpu and long battery life is a must, 1080p screen is fine.

The gen 8 doesn't seem to offer much more than the 7 and comes at a $600 price premium.

Just checking if there are any other models with similar stats that I should be considering before I jump? Thanks!

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    Get the X1. Great laptops. Thin and lightweight, the best keyboard you can get and reliable. I paid $650 for mine (Graysonline deal), used it everyday for the past 4 years and very happy with it.

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    The x1 carbon was the best work laptop I've ever had.

    Changed jobs and had to downgrade :/

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    Honestly I don't think you'd notice difference with office work. Ultrabooks have been overpowered for years if doing that. But I don't think the older X1 is worth that price. ~$2000 I expect a true 10th gen Intel chip at least.

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      This one does have a 10th gen, check the screenshot I included

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        I think he's saying that the 10th gen intel chip for this computer is a comet lake CPU and has the same design architecture as an 8th gen. It's basically just 8th gen re-badged as 10th gen.

        The 10th gen chips are Ice Lake as they have the new 10nm architecture. They'll generally end in G7.

        But if you're using it for officework, it's really not going to matter much.

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    I have a Lenovo Yoga at the moment, best laptop I have ever had (have had Asus, Dell HP, Microsoft previously). So I'd say go for it if the X1 is the model of choice for your needs.

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    As others have, I highly recommend the x1, I got a gen 6 on special over a year ago and its solid, good battery, not even thinking of getting a new laptop unlike the previous laptops, still feels like new! That price is reasonable imo.. hope you enjoy it your x1 as much as the rest of us who own one!

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    Wait. DDR3? What?

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    It looks like your model doesn't come with a touchscreen?

    My only advice would be to get the model with touchscreen. I didn't think I would really use it but since I bought a laptop with touchscreen, I'll never go back to a non-touchscreen one.

    It's not like something you always use like you would with a phone or tablet but occasionally, and you kind of have to "remember" to use the screen at first but once you get used to it, it just allows you to navigate and do things much quicker.

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      Hrm there is a $130 option to make it a touch screen

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        ah yeah, definitely worth it to add the touchscreen

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    I had a lenovo Yoga 14" who's motherboard died and i gave up on it. Bought an x1 carbon gen 3 off gumtree for $300 (can be had on ebay for $500ish) honestly best thing to happen. Was made redundant recently and decided to repair the Yoga's motherboard which turned out to be not that hard. Was left with 2 working ultrabooks and to be honest the x1 carbon won out. Ended up selling the yoga.

    Honestly you won't be dissapointed, but do look at the used/refurbished market, many of these are ex professional consultant laptops and can be had for a fraction of the price, and as they are commercial grade they're pretty much indestructible, not to mention the absolutely INCREDIBLE keyboard. Oh and i don't miss the touchscreen, never really used it as a tablet.

    Do it, you won't regret it.

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      I had a thinkpad yoga that also had a failed motherboard. Wonder if it was a widespread issue. I called lenovo and they sent a dude around to me house within a couple of days who replaced it for free.

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    I brought a Lenovo x1 Carbon last year. Within 2 months I started having issues. Over a span of 6 months, everything was changed except I think the battery and the chassis. They eventually refunded the money back.
    I then brought a Surface pro and have never been happier. Microsoft also offers an Educational discount.
    Just my 2 cents.

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      I had the same experience with my X1, 2-3 years ago, ended up with a Macbook Pro and pretty happy now.

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      It's $70 to have 2 years in-house repair warranty so I might grab that for peace of mind in case I end up with a lemon