Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Yoga Gen 6, fingers on: A premium 14-inch 2-in-1 for enterprise


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The 14-inch ThinkPad X1 Yoga Gen 6 is on the market with an FHD+ (1920 x 1200) or UHD+ (3840 x 2400) display, Eleventh-generation Intel Core i5 or i7 processors, 8, 16 or 32GB of RAM and SSD storage as much as 2TB.

Photographs: Lenovo

Lenovo’s ThinkPad X1 laptops are proper up there with the very best available on the market. Normally effectively constructed with top-end parts and nice usability, they are often laborious to beat. The most recent within the 2-in-1 ThinkPad X1 Yoga collection, now in its sixth technology, is inexpensive solely to these with deep pockets, even at its beginning worth of £1,849.99 (inc. VAT; £1,541.66 ex. VAT) within the UK — though fashions are at the moment out there from $1,393.84 within the US. However splash out, and you will get a wonderfully transportable, highly effective and usable laptop computer. 

The design of the ThinkPad X1 Yoga is effectively established and continues to impress. The chassis is compact contemplating it homes a 14-inch display, measuring 313mm large by 223mm deep by 14.9mm thick (12.32in. x 8.77in. x 0.59in.). It did not bother even the smallest of my carry baggage. The ‘beginning at’ weight is quoted very exactly on Lenovo’s UK web site at 1.399kg, though the US website simply settles for 3lbs, which converts to 1.36kg. It is not as mild as some 2-in-1s, however the exceptionally strong construct – the X1 Yoga passes MIL-STD-810H testing — justifies each gram or ounce. Neither the lid nor the bottom present any flex, so there is not any mechanical want for a protecting sleeve. Nonetheless, if this have been my on a regular basis laptop computer I might in all probability need to defend the scratchable steel outer shell. 

Professionals

  • Nice display
  • Glorious audio system
  • Included stylus with on-device housing
  • Loads of ports and connectors
  • A number of configurable choices

The deep gray chassis color is kind of engaging, and Lenovo’s acquainted ThinkPad X1 emblem on the lid is distinctive. That is repeated on the underside proper nook of the wrist relaxation — considerably unnecessarily, in my opinion, because the silver, purple and black color scheme is a bit distracting. 

As with all Lenovo Yoga units, the 360-degree display hinges assist pill in addition to laptop computer mode, and factors in between equivalent to ‘tent’ and ‘presentation’ mode. All fashions have a contact display, and Lenovo supplies a stylus which is housed on the chassis. The AAAA-powered ThinkPad Pen Professional is strain delicate, providing management over line thickness. It has two buttons, which may be configured to launch apps or carry out features within the on-board Lenovo Pen Settings app. The stylus expenses whereas in its housing, and battery life may be displayed within the settings app and on the taskbar. The inclusion of the stylus and its on-device housing are large plus factors. Though the pen is kind of small and light-weight, I discovered it tremendous for hand-written enter.  

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The backlit keyboard supplies a cushty typing platform and incorporates Lenovo’s trademark TrackPoint. The ability button (between keyboard and display, proper) homes an built-in fingerprint reader.

Picture: Sandra Vogel / ZDNet

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The bundled Lenovo Pen Professional stylus has an on-device housing, the place it recharges.

Picture: Sandra Vogel / ZDNet  

The keyboard could be very snug to make use of. There’s not a variety of resistance on the downward stroke, and keys bounce again with vigour, making typing really feel easy. The ‘click-clack’ sound that accompanies typing is just not distracting. The principle keys all have Lenovo’s normal pot-bellied design, whereas the Fn key row and arrow keys are squared off. The Enter secret’s tall and large. I had no bother touch-typing at my regular velocity. 

Lenovo’s trademark purple TrackPoint sits between the G, H and B keys, with three buttons above the trackpad to be used with it. The TrackPoint is responsive and straightforward to make use of, however these buttons do imply much less room for the touchpad. It is usable sufficient, however Lenovo cannot observe the development for big touchpads right here. 

Biometric authentication is catered for by a fingerprint sensor built-in into the lozenge-shaped energy button that sits on the precise facet of the hole between keyboard and display. The 720p webcam above the display has a sliding privateness cowl, and IR assist is on the market as an possibility if you wish to use Home windows Hiya face authentication. 

My evaluation unit had a top-end UHD+ (3,840 x 2,400, 323.5ppi) IPS contact panel whose brightness (500 nits), sharpness and readability have been all glorious. It additionally helps 90% of the DCI-P3 color gamut. A decrease decision FHD+ (1,920 x 1,200, 161.7ppi) IPS contact panel can be out there, with both 400 nits or 500 nits brightness (the latter additionally comes with a PrivacyGuard filter). A lower-resolution display will make sense if you wish to maximise battery life. 

An excellent display deserves nice audio system, and that is exactly what Lenovo supplies right here. There’s a number of quantity, bass is punchy, classical music is well-defined, and voice is obvious and sharp. Lenovo supplies two methods of tweaking audio. Its personal Lenovo Commerical Vantage utility supplies Dolby Audio settings for various situations: dynamic, film, music, sport and voice, and permits customers to robotically optimise audio voice calling. The Dolby Entry app supplies finer-grained controls for these 5 situations, plus three presets. It is fairly an expansive vary of settings in case you prefer to fiddle and tweak. 

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Lenovo’s Business Vantage utility supplies Dolby Audio settings for various situations, which you’ll be able to modify additional within the Dolby Entry app. 

Picture: Sandra Vogel / ZDNet    

There are at the moment eight ThinkPad X1 Yoga Gen 6 fashions on Lenovo’s UK web site — three ‘construct your personal’ and 5 ‘able to ship’. The beginning worth is £1,849.99 (inc. VAT; £1,541.66 ex. VAT), for which you get an Intel Core i5-1145G7 processor, built-in Iris Xe Graphics, 8GB of RAM, a 256GB SSD and a 14-inch FHD+ (1920 x 1200) IPS contact display with 400 nits brightness. Configurable choices go as much as a Core i7-1185G7 CPU (+£210), 32GB of RAM (+£180), a 2TB SSD (+£410) and a UHD+ (3,840 x 2,400) IPS contact display with 500 nits brightness (+£150). 

Cellular broadband is included with a few of the preconfigured fashions and is on the market as a customisation possibility: 4G LTE will add £140 to the worth, whereas 5G is a £400 addition. 

Within the US, as famous above, costs begin at $1,393.84, which buys you a Core i5-1135G7, 8GB of RAM, a 256GB SSD and an FHD+ display. The highest-end preconfigured mannequin within the US (Core i7, 16GB RAM, 1TB SSD, UHD+ display) prices $2,393.40. 

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Proper facet (above, left): pen slot, 3.5mm combo audio in/out, USB-A 3.2, Kensington Nano Safety Slot. Left facet (above, proper): 2x USB-C Thunderbolt 4, USB-A 3.2, HDMI 2.0.

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Lenovo, and different producers, may be stingy with ports and connectors on their high-end laptops, however not right here. It is nice to see a pair of USB-A ports along with two Thunderbolt 4 USB-C ports, full-size HDMI and a 3.5mm combo audio in/out slot. One of many USB-C ports is used for charging, leaving only one free for a peripheral or hub when the battery is being replenished. Even so, Lenovo reveals that it is attainable to offer a very good array of ports on a compact laptop computer chassis.

Lenovo claims as much as 15 hours of life for the 57Wh battery on its web site, though the information sheet has estimates starting from 16.1h to 23.9h. My evaluation unit’s UHD+ (3840 x 2400) display could also be liable for a considerably poorer exhibiting, which noticed the absolutely charged battery fall to simply 49% throughout a three-hour session working mainstream workloads — writing into net apps, net browsing and media streaming. That works out at round 6 hours on a linear extrapolation, and I might hoped for higher. It is attainable there was a problem with my evaluation unit, as a result of on the primary try at a rundown take a look at the battery reached 82% after one hour after which crashed proper down to six% within the subsequent half hour. If I get a second evaluation unit from Lenovo, I’ll retest the battery.

Speedy charging (which requires a 65W energy provide or greater) labored tremendous, although. With the battery at 6% a 15-minute cost noticed it rise to 27%, an additional quarter-hour took it to 44% and after a complete of 45 minutes it had risen to 62%.

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Conclusions 

The Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Yoga Gen 6 is a gem of a 2-in-1 laptop computer, albeit an costly one. It is compact and well-made, with an excellent keyboard, a high-resolution display and a very good audio subsystem. The bundled, garaged stylus and good vary of ports are further plus factors, and the power to configure the laptop computer to satisfy your exact wants, together with as much as 2TB of SSD storage, is welcome.

There is a query mark over battery life, however this can be a glitch with my evaluation unit. If my battery drawback proves to be a one-off, then the ThinkPad X1 Yoga Gen 6 is a premium 14-inch 2-in-1 to be reckoned with.

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