Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Yoga
Hello Friends! Today I’m going to take a look at the Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Yoga Review. It is the 3rd Generation version versus the Carbon which is now in its 6th generation. And these are sister devices. And what’s cool here is, years ago when convertibles came out, there is a significant choice you had to make. You could get the convertible but you had to sacrifice a lot of performance and features, or you could get the non-convertible and get all the cool stuff. That’s changed now, 2018 you can get the same laptop but one that’s a convertible and one that’s not. So, the choice is up to you. And that’s kind of what we have here. Now, there are some subtle differences, and I’ll go over those the end of the discussion if you have to choose between the Carbon and the Yoga. Let’s get into the Yoga’s features and see what’s new.
The Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Yoga is a premium business Ultrabook that’s also convertible and also have a Pen. And so it’s for a specific group of users out there, but there’s a lot to like here.
First of all let’s talk about the Display, so like all Lenovo stuff you get a lot of options. You can do full HD and of course, go up to WQHD, and now you can also get the Adobe HDR version just like you can on the Carbon. This HDR display can do all sorts of neat things including go up to 500 nits of brightness and colour accuracy is superb. Just like on a Carbon, we’re getting 100% sRGB and 100% Adobe RGB, which I’ve never really seen on any laptop before. So, this is a very colour accurate screen. It’s great for people who work in video or want to do photo editing or really want something that looks great for movies.
Now, unlike the Carbon, there are two differences here with this display.
First of all, you can get it with touch, and that makes sense since this uses a pen. Also, it’s non-gloss. It is a little bit glossy but compared to the Carbon; this one is much better. So those are 2-core differences with this display that makes it a bit different.
Now, the other thing is the bezel. It has apparently got a massive bezel compared to the Carbon, and that’s fine. This is meant to be a tablet too, and that’s the reason for it.
Coming to the exterior of the device, you will get a deep black colour that Lenovo’s known for, the ThinkPad line. New Logo, the system looks excellent here. Now, if you don’t like this colour and you want to be young and brash, you can go for the new silver version. I would prefer the silver because the black one does pick up a lot of fingerprints and grease.
On the left side, we have two USB type-C, Thunderbolt 3, Full 4 PCIe lanes that means you can use an external GPU with this. Wouldn’t necessarily use this laptop for gaming but you totally can. Most games today are GPU dependent so you can plug this into a Razor Core with a GeForce 1080 Ti and you’d do well, it’d be super expensive. Also, USB type-A on this side here.
Flipping around to the right-hand side, you still have a Full HDMI jack here. Now, you don’t get the full port replicator that’s found on a Carbon, that’s the difference. You also have another standard USB 3.1 port here. And you do have little Ethernet port that doesn’t look like an Ethernet one because there’s a dongle that Lenovo will sell you. You also have the 3.5mm Headphone Jack and the power button on this side. After all, this turns into a tablet so you’ll want to make sure that power button is always accessible.
Turn to the bottom nothing unique here. You do have your Intake Vents as well as a bunch of screws. You can remove this panel and swap out the SSD if you want to, but you probably don’t want to. It’s an excellent SSD.
You also have your speakers here on the bottom. You can see some on the bottom, some on edge, better speaker system than the Carbon though and that’s a big difference between the two of these.
Let’s talk about what makes this laptop unique. This is the pen, pulls right out of the chassis. And this is an inherently cool thing. This makes a lot of difference for me; it’s an active pen so when you put it into the system here, it charges it up. In fact, that’s about 15 seconds of being in there. It’ll be charged for; I believe it’s 100 minutes, which is kinda weird. It is a Wacom AES system, so it is different than what Surface uses. That means you can’t take a Surface Pen and use it on this device, but it’s own system. Wacom AES is very popular; it’s a perfect system. It has a great response time. It has 2048 levels of pressure that fits in between what HP uses at 1028 levels and of course, what the new Surface Pro and Surface Book use which is over 4000 levels. So, it’s an excellent pen though.
Let’s talk about the Yoga’s deck. So you got the standard Lenovo keyboard, although this is called the Wave keyboard and I’ll tell you why when it converts to a tablet later on. But it’s the same layout as the Carbon and the response time is very good on this. Feels very much like the Carbon but it is slightly softer. That’s not good or bad it somewhat different, but I really like typing on this as much as I do on the Carbon.
Coming down to the trackpad area, you do have a slightly larger trackpad compared to the Carbon, and that’s because it’s just got a more extensive footprint here. You also have the buttons here for the TrackPoint system. This is a full precision touchpad, so it’s excellent.
Finally, we do have the Standard Fingerprint Reader, but I’m not a fan of this fingerprint reader. You get a cool LED there. It’s kind of a pain to use. You get to put your finger on there, and it takes a few seconds to read.
Processor and Memory: –
You are getting an Intel Core i5 processor here, that is the 8th generation. It is Quad-Core but again 15 watts here. And you’re going to get all sorts of cool benefits with that, especially for multi-core performance. You go up to a Core i7, and just like the Carbon, you’re going to get two options there. You can get the 8550U, which is pretty standard, or you can go for an 8650U which is the more powerful one. That’s also found in the Surface Book 2. That thing can clock up to 4.2GHz, and it’s an outstanding processor. That’s also the one that comes with vPro, and if you had to choose one, it would be that.
For RAM, we will get 8 or 16 gigabytes configurations. Nothing unique there, DDR3, 2133 megahertz so pretty good RAM. That is the low power one, so it helps the battery life.
Now, when it comes to storage you get 256, 512, or up to 1TB if you want to, SSD PCIe. This one is using the Samsung PM981 chip in there. That’s an excellent SSD.
Now, when it comes to Wireless options, you’re going to get an Intel 8265 chip in here, that’s an excellent one for Wi-Fi and a Bluetooth.
So, The Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Yoga has 54 Whr battery. That’s slightly smaller than the Carbon, but that’s okay. It’s not a big deal here. Now, it’ll give you around 8 hours of battery life, that’s with the Core i7 and Full HDR display. Now, that’s going to vary depending what you’re doing and whether or not you’re ramping that display up to 500 nits, which would drain the battery much quicker. But for regular office usage and productivity stuff, you’re getting around 8 hours. This does have USB fast charge as well, and it’s a 65-watt charger which is nice. So, it’s not big, and it’ll allow you to charge this up pretty quickly.
If you had to buy one, the Carbon or the Yoga, which would it be?
Surprisingly, I’m going to go with the Yoga, and the reason I say surprisingly is I’m never really into convertible devices. They’re crisp, neat but I’m lovely with the standard laptop. Even Surface Book 2, which I love, is something I keep a laptop almost all the time.
There are some real benefits to the Yoga over the Carbon. For instance, the display is more anti-glare, and to me, that’s a big deal. It also of course touch and you can’t get the HDR version in touch for some reason in the Carbon.
Now, I’m not a vast pen user myself but having this little thing built into the side of the device; it’s super cool. When I want to sign a document quickly or highlight something or even just draw, it’s nice to have. And I don’t feel like you’re compromising anything by having a built-in.
The keyboard deck is also more massive. You get a little bit more room here for your palms. I find typing on this just a little bit better because I have more place on my wrists. You also get a slightly larger trackpad, and it’s a subtle difference to have. I would rather have a larger trackpad than not. Now I would be fine getting rid of the TrackPoint system and making it even more significant without those buttons, but I won’t touch that one.
Overall, the Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Yoga is a better device. It is heavier, and it is slightly more expensive, so this starts around $1484.10. That’s for the Core i5 and 256GB. For the HDR display, it’s an extra $180, but I think if you had to choose one, you’d get much more longevity out of this device. And I had to pick one myself, I’d probably configure it as the silver with the Core i7, and I’d wait for that LTE model.
|Indian Buyers||Buy Now||Price|
|Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Yoga||Coming Soon||Rs 98,000|
|The USA Buyers|
|Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Yoga||Coming Soon||$ 1484.10|