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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

Here are key points about the ThinkPad X1 Yoga.


What's Hot


Huge Performance in a Small Package: Super thin and light, yet exceptionally fast. The ThinkPad X1 Yoga's i7-6600U, 16GB RAM, and 256GB M.2 SSD offer high-performance computing in a low-power package. Intel's latest CPUs offer high-performance at TDPs not imaginable just a few years ago, and M.2 offers blazing fast storage speeds in the slimmest form factor. The combination of speed and size is now possible because of those two advancements, and Lenovo has executed them to their fullest in the ThinkPad X1 Yoga.



Beautiful Screen: The brand new 14" 300 nits WQHD (2560 x 1440) OLED screen with touch capabilities offers excellent detail, vivid color, and surprising utility. In many cases I found myself touching the screen instead of using the mouse, which increased my productivity.


Tablet Mode and Stylus: The first time I turned the monitor 360 degrees on a 2 in 1, I cringed, and to this day I still hesitate when attempting to turn a 2 in 1 into a tablet. However, I did find instances where the tablet mode was more useful than the notebook mode. When I was on the move or trying to take notes, I found that the tablet mode was a useful addition. I also really liked the features of the stylus and the palm rejection on the screen was impressive.


Great for Travel: The long battery life is a huge plus for anyone who needs a notebook that will last longer than a few hours. I also was very happy to see the Airplane mode for charging, since I have had bad experiences with the protection built into airline AC outlets. The ability to use the different input devices is also a great benefit when space is at a premium.


Solid Security: Lenovo's ThinkPad lineup is well known in the business world as the go to for secure and reliable computing, and it's nice to have all the security features you can get these days, even as a consumer. The device is ready for Bitlocker encryption and with the WWAN card you could get the most out of Intel's Anti-Theft Technology. I also found the fingerprint reader to be useful.


What's Not


Not Much Storage Expansion: Apart from replacing the included M.2 drive with a higher density model, you won't be able to add extra internal storage.


High Cost: While our configuration cost roughly $2000, the ThinkPad X1 Yoga can be had for much less. Even so, the high price tag will be prohibitive for some.



Final Thoughts


Honestly, I found the ThinkPad X1 Yoga to be a refreshing Windows-based notebook experience. If anything, the notebook itself gives Windows 10 a good reputation. The two worked together seamlessly to provide an easy to use, yet fully equipped experience. Where Windows 10 did not have an easy to use solution, Lenovo offered support through their super simple configuration application. I have to be honest; I am not a tablet guy. I actually gave away my last tablet, but I found myself using the tablet mode just because it was there and I required a more compact device. At first, the idea of a 2 in 1 seems like a gimmick, but there are situations where the design is warranted, and Lenovo has done an excellent job with the form factor.




As someone who uses Windows shortcuts a lot (copy and paste), there was one thing that really bugged me at first about the ThinkPad X1 Yoga; the "Ctrl" key was not the leftmost key on the bottom row. After a few days I figured I would retrain myself, but then I entered the BIOS. In the BIOS I found a setting I didn't expect, "Fn and Ctrl Key swap", and then the notebook became almost perfect.


Lenovo has used their experience and feedback to build an all-around winner. The device is designed to increase productivity. The high-resolution display allows you to put two windows side by side on a 14-inch monitor and still read the data, and the touch capabilities increase mouse efficiency to that of a desktop.


I have to say I am very impressed by the Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Yoga, and I would definitely recommend it to anyone who is looking for a lightweight, high-performance machine.

Product Summary Breakdown

TweakTown award
Quality including Design and Build94%
General Features96%
Bundle and Packaging85%
Value for Money89%
Overall TweakTown Rating91%

The Bottom Line: Lenovo's ThinkPad X1 Yoga might be a super slim power house, but it's also loaded to the brim with an exceedingly high amount of features designed to impress.

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