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Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Yoga Laptop Review

By: Steven Bassiri | Touchscreen Laptops in Laptops | Posted: Jul 7, 2016 1:15 pm
TweakTown Rating: 91%Manufacturer: Lenovo

Physical Overview

 

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The box is very simple, and none of your money is wasted on overly impressive packaging you will only use once and then store in a closet for as long as the warranty lasts. However, internal packaging ensures the notebook is secure and undamaged upon arrival.

 

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Accessories are limited to a 65W AC/DC power brick and a warranty/setup guide. The power brick is rated at 20v/3.25A. The cord is long, and the notebook uses a proprietary two-contact solution, which looks like a USB header.

 

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The top of the X1 Yoga has a smooth black finish. The top is also flat; I was not able to detect a curve. The letter "I" in ThinkPad lights up red to indicate operating state. The bottom of the device has two slits on either side for speakers, air intake vents, and four rubber feet to ensure the device does not slide around. The bottom is held to the body by nine black Phillips head screws.

 

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The device is remarkably thin for such a powerful device. The monitor is attached to the body by two very strong metal hinges that offer almost 360-degree rotation for tablet mode operation. There are small fan vents at the rear of the device used for exhaust. There is also a flap that hides the microSD card reader and a SIM card slot in case your model has the WWAN modem.

 

On the left side, we have a charging port, Lenovo's OneLink+ dock port, Mini DisplayPort, and a USB 3.0 port with charging support. On the right is a bay for the battery powered stylus, power button, volume, headset, two USB 3.0 ports, HDMI, and a Kensington Lock slot.

 

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The QWERTY keyboard is large enough to be useful and not hamper productivity, and all keys are backlit. My only stipulation was the order of the Ctrl and Fn buttons, I prefer the Ctrl to be furthest out, but there is an option in the BIOS to switch these two keys as many others must feel the same way I do. The backlit keyboard is useful in the dark, but don't expect to see the keys lit up in a bright room.

 

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An isometric pointing stick "nub" is centered above the B-key for those who prefer this method of mouse control. Special keys are enabled by default, so it is easier to mute volume than it is to press F1. I found keyboard layout to be intuitive, and the keyboard was comfortable to type on.

 

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The trackpad has a smooth finish, and you can use either the physical buttons or lower zones on the pad for mouse clicks. I ran into trouble when using the trackpad for simultaneous pointer movement and clicking. It was much easier to use the physical buttons for click and drag. I was very impressed with default palm rejection on both the trackpad and touchscreen monitor. The fingerprint sensor works quickly and effectively. Coupled with the Windows 10 built-in fingerprint login feature, and you won't ever have to enter your Windows password again.

 

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Lenovo has equipped with X1 Yoga with a 720p camera and a dual array microphone. I found camera quality to be decent enough for the web.

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