Pros

Premium construction và tough shellSliding cover for webcam lensImpressive performance & battery life

Our Verdict

Tough, fast, & generous with battery life, the Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Yoga has a lot going for it, but a bargain price isn’t one of them.


Tough, fast, & generous with battery life, the Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Yoga has a lot going for it, but a bargain price isn’t one of them. We certainly admire the ThinkPad’s top-notch construction, impressive performance và clever touches, like its retractable keys, built-in pen charger và privacy-minded webcam shutter. That said, expect to lớn pay up for the ThinkPad X1 Yoga’s premium features.

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Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Yoga price & specifications

We tested the ThinkPad X1 Yoga mã sản phẩm 20LD0015US ($1,673.10 from Lenovo), which packs in an quad-core 8th-gen i5-8250U processor, 8GB of LPDDR3 RAM, a 14-inch 1920-by-1080 cảm biến display, a 512GB solid-state drive, integrated hãng intel UHD 620 graphics, and a Bluetooth-enabled ThinkPad Pen Pro.


One of the first things we should flag about the X1 Yoga’s specs is its $1,673 price tag (as of this writing, anyway). For comparison’s sake, our current editor’s choice for 2-in-1 laptops, the HP Spectre x360, packs in a more powerful i7-8550U CPU, a 13.3-inch cảm ứng display, 8GB of RAM & a 256GB SSD for $1,270, while a version with a roomier 512GB drive goes for $1,430—still $200 less than the X1 Yoga. Granted, specs don’t tell the whole story & prices change, but for now, this particular ThinkPad comes with a somewhat hefty price tag.


There are other available SKUs for the ThinkPad X1 Yoga, of course, including a $1,484 version with a smaller 256GB SSD and no pen. On the other over of the spectrum, the top-of-the-line $2,465 model of the ThinkPad boasts an i7-8650U CPU, 16GB of RAM, 1 TB of solid-state storage, and a 14-inch 2560-by-1440 display with Dolby Vision HDR support.

Measuring 13.1 by 9 by 0.7 inches and weighing a little over three pounds (or three pounds and 12 ounces once you toss in the AC charging brick), the ThinkPad X1 Yoga is a tad thicker và heavier than some of the recent 2-in-1 laptops we’ve tested, and lượt thích ThinkPads of yore, it lacks the snazzy thiết kế details you’ll see in systems like the asus ZenBook 13 (with its shiny, eye-popping shell) or Lenovo’s own Yoga 920 (with its elegant watchband hinge).

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Adam Patrick Murray

As with other 2-in-1 laptops, the Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Yoga’s display can swivel all the way back for tablet use, or you can tent it in a “V” shape.

Particularly impressive is the fact that whenever you close the lid or swivel its display more than 180 degrees, the ThinkPad automatically retracts its keyboard keys và locks them securely into place.

Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Yoga display

The 14-inch 1920-by-1080 cảm ứng display on the ThinkPad X1 Yoga looks about as vivid và sharp as the screens on competing laptops we’ve tested. Measuring about 270 nits (or calendas) with its brightness setting turned all the way up, the X1 Yoga’s screen exceeds our 250-nit minimum standard for comfortable indoor viewing by a decent margin, although it’s a tad dimmer than the 300-nit displays we’ve seen on other systems.


Viewing angles on the ThinkPad’s IPS display are quite good. The screen dims slightly when viewed from from the sides, above or below, yet on-screen text remains perfectly readable even at more extreme angles.


The ThinkPad X1 Yoga’s touch display responded gamely khổng lồ taps and swipes from my fingers và the included “active” bluetooth pen, which sits in a slot on the right edge of the laptop. In a particularly thoughtful kiến thiết touch, the slot charges the pen in addition khổng lồ securely storing it.

Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Yoga keyboard, speakers, extras

The ThinkPad X1 Yoga’s snappy, slightly concave keys make for a pleasurable typing experience, complete with hotkeys for such functions as Bluetooth, airplane mode, settings (the actual Windows settings, not Lenovo’s), & even the native Snipping Tool app. There’s no dedicated numeric keypad, but the extra room leaves plenty of space for the main keys to spread out, making discovery a breeze. My one complaint was that I kept accidentally striking Page Up/Page Down keys, which flank the up-arrow key và sit just above the left và right arrow keys.


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Adam Patrick Murray

The right side of the ThinkPad X1 Yoga boasts a full HDMI port, a USB 3.0 port and an ethernet extension port, while a pair of Thunderbolt 3 ports và another USB 3.0 port sit on the left side.

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On the right side, you’ll find a full-size HDMI port, an ethernet extension connector (you’ll have to supply your own ethernet dongle), a bộ combo audio jack, và a second USB 3.0 port, along with the nguồn button.


All well and good, but there’s a catch when it comes lớn the twin Thunderbolt 3 ports—namely, you’ll have to use one of them for charging the ThinkPad, given that there’s no dedicated barrel-shaped charging port.

Even more annoying is the Micro SD memory thẻ slot, which sits in back of the máy vi tính (next khổng lồ a nano-SIM slot) behind a long, thin plastic flap that’s effectively blocked whenever the ThinkPad’s lid is xuất hiện more than a crack. It’s better than no memory card slot at all, but placement-wise, it’s a royal pain.

Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Yoga performance

Pricey though it is, the quad-core Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Yoga earns its keep when it comes lớn performance, scoring some of the best benchmark results we’ve seen from a 8th-generation 2-in-1 laptop, along with exceptional battery life.


PCMark 8 Work Conventional

To thử nghiệm a laptop’s agility when it comes lớn everyday computing chores, we use PCMark 8 Work Conventional, a benchmark that simulates website browsing, video conferencing, spreadsheet tinkering, & other day-in-day-out desktop duties.

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Melissa Riofrio/IDG

The Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Yoga handled our Handbrake chạy thử well, but brings up the rear versus the competition. Its chip core i5 processor isn’t as fast as the vi xử lý core i7 models found in some rivals, và the X1 Yoga obviously throttles performance during sustained tasks more heavily than other laptops with a bộ vi xử lý core i5-8250U inside.

Cinebench

Another torture test for laptops, our Cinebench benchmark measures a laptop’s performance as it renders a 3d image in real-time. While the Handbrake kiểm tra generally takes more than an hour to lớn perform, a Cinebench trial is usually over within a few minutes, making it a good thử nghiệm of how a system handles short bursts of stress.

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Melissa Riofrio/IDG

With its integrated intel UHD 620 graphics core, the ThinkPad X1 Yoga isn’t intended khổng lồ be much of a gaming machine, & its so-so 3DMark Sky Diver results bear that out. For those looking to lớn play anything beyond, say, Chess or Minecraft on their laptops, consider a system that packs in discrete graphics, lượt thích the hãng asus ZenBook 13 or a (typically thicker & heavier) gaming-oriented portable.

Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Yoga battery life

We thử nghiệm battery life on a máy tính xách tay by looping a 10-minute 4K video video using the stock Windows video clip player. We perform the thử nghiệm with screen brightness phối between 250 and 260 nits (which, for the ThinkPad, turned out lớn be a setting of 98 percent) with the volume cranked about halfway with headphones on.

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Melissa Riofrio/IDG

Again, the ThinkPad X1 Yoga và its 54Whr battery garnered an impressive result, clocking nearly 10 hours of battery life, a mark beaten only by 8th-gen convertibles with considerably larger batteries.


Bottom line

The Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Yoga is pricey compared khổng lồ its peers, and its tough-to-access memory card slot sticks out like a sore thumb. Still, this new ThinkPad has a rugged design, speedy performance, impressive battery life và an array of high-end features, lượt thích its webcam shutter and retractable keys. If you can get over its lofty price tag—or perhaps, even better, wait for a price cut—the ThinkPad X1 makes for one of the stronger 8th-generation 2-in-1s we’ve seen yet.