The 14-inch ThinkPad X1 Yoga (starts at $1,377; $2,592 as tested) is Lenovo’s flagship 2-in-1 hybrid laptop for business, the convertible cousin of the multiple-award-winning ThinkPad X1 Carbon. Like its corporate rivals the Dell Latitude 9410 2-in-1 and the HP EliteBook x360 1040 G7, it features impeccable engineering and design, plus all the manageability an IT department could desire. Also like them, it’s painfully expensive compared with consumer convertibles—next to the X1 Yoga, the HP Spectre x360 14 that just won our Editors’ Choice honors among premium 2-in-1s offers a richer OLED display with a more eye-pleasing 3:2 aspect ratio, a faster processor, and twice the storage for almost $900 less.
Compared to the Gen 4 model we reviewed in September 2019, the ThinkPad X1 Yoga Gen 5 seen here upgrades from 8th to 10th Generation Intel silicon and from Wi-Fi 5 to 6. The $1,377 base model has a Core i5 processor, 8GB of RAM, a 256GB solid-state drive, and a touch screen with full HD resolution.
ThinkPad X1 Carbon clamshell. It measures 0.59 by 12 by 8.5 inches, giving or taking half an inch to the Latitude 9410 2-in-1 (0.59 by 12.6 by 7.9 inches).
ThinkPad X1 Fold, ThinkPads have the finest keyboards in portable computing, and the X1 Yoga is no exception. The backlit keyboard has a snappy typing feel, with cursor arrow keys in the proper inverted T and dedicated Home, End, Page Up, and Page Down keys, as well as handy top-row keys for controlling brightness, volume, microphone mute, and placing and ending Skype for Business and Microsoft Teams calls. You might prefer to swap the placement of the Fn and Control keys at lower left, which the supplied Lenovo Vantage utility lets you do.
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PCMark 10 and 8 are holistic performance suites developed by the PC benchmark specialists at UL (formerly Futuremark). The PCMark 10 test we run simulates different real-world productivity and content-creation workflows. We use it to assess overall system performance for office-centric tasks such as word processing, spreadsheet work, web browsing, and videoconferencing. PCMark 8, meanwhile, has a storage subtest that we use to assess the speed of the system’s boot drive. Both yield a proprietary numeric score; higher numbers are better.
Tears of Steel—with screen brightness set at 50 percent and volume at 100 percent until the system quits.
January 21, 2021