The Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Titanium Yoga is the most recent addition to the ThinkPad X1 collection. As a solution to options in excessive demand, I believe with out disturbing the present success of extra traditional computer systems such because the ThinkPad X1 Carbon.

This ultralight has a 13.5” show with a three:2 side ratio, which has been one of many most-requested options for a number of years. As a Lenovo yoga system, it might flip into “pill mode,” together with the opposite Lenovo Multimode positions.

Specs Highlights

Our unit, as examined, has the next configuration: Intel i5-1130G7 CPU, 16GB of RAM, and 512GB (475GB formatted) of SSD storage. It was retailing for $1675 at publishing time.

Patrons would possibly discover different CPU choices, together with the Intel i5-1140G7, i7-1160G7, and i7-1180G7 processors, though I believe most customers can be content material with the CPU SKU we’re testing. In case you can afford extra, there’s nothing incorrect with an improve.

I’ve seen 8GB or 16GB RAM choices on the official web site, and I extremely advocate getting extra RAM when you can. 256GB and 512GB of storage are provided, and I’ve not seen a 1TB SKU in the mean time.

Industrial Design

The Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Titanium doesn’t use the traditional ThinkPad design language and is visually nearer to the Yoga shopper laptops. Nevertheless, the feature-set is business-oriented as you will note.

I discover the design to be very agreeable, with a really slim physique and clear strains. The chassis may be very inflexible and doesn’t flex or bend in any respect when closed. Lenovo mentions that it passes military-grade checks, and we assume they discuss with the MIL-STD-810G checks that different ThinkPads additionally undergo. That stated, the keyboard doesn’t appear to be spill-proof.

The 2.54 Lbs weight and 12.5mm thickness (zero.45”) make it comfy to hold in your hand when going from one assembly to the opposite. It appears like a big journal, and the marginally textured Titanium-color paint offers you a great grip. The underside a part of the chassis is in regards to the thickness of a telephone (~9mm) and appears neat.

The skinny profile additionally makes the pill mode that significantly better, and that is the perfect convertible laptop computer that we just lately had our palms on. 

Utilizing a Lenovo Precision Pen (included within the field, product hyperlink) in pill mode feels significantly better since you’re getting nearer to a perfect pill thickness. This isn’t like an iPad Professional, however that’s just about pretty much as good because it will get for a convertible PC.

Because the identify suggests, there’s some Titanium within the building of the laptop computer. The show cowl is manufactured from Titanium and Carbon Fiber, whereas the remainder of the chassis is a Magnesium/Aluminum alloy. It’s all very high-tech, however not a large block of CNC Titanium as some may think.

Keyboard and Trackpad

The keyboard appears like a typical ThinkPad Keyboard from a distance, however it is best to know that it feels totally different. I point out it as a result of many individuals purchase ThinkPads based mostly on the legendary keyboard alone.

The principle distinction is the shorter key journey. I estimate it to be about 1mm as an alternative of the standard 1.3mm. Aside from that, the keys’ floor does an ideal job at repelling pores and skin oil, and the keyboard’s tactile really feel is superb.

The 90x65mm trackpad may very well be greater, however the elevated peak makes the general floor enough, and I haven’t seen trackpad dimension as a selected friction level for me. In case you use advanced Home windows gestures, it’s one thing to find out about.

The trackpad buttons aren’t as fancy and agreeable to make use of as on the traditional ThinkPad keyboards. They even really feel a bit low-cost, however they’re functionally high-quality and higher than not having bodily buttons in any respect. The brand new chassis might be too skinny to accommodate the usual ThinkPad trackpad.

Ports

Two Thunderbolt four USB-C ports on the left facet

The chassis is simply skinny sufficient to accommodate USB-C connectors, and you’ve got two Thunderbolt four USB-C ports for information and energy. Lenovo has managed to have an antitheft port on the proper facet, and that’s a large plus for company prospects or customers who fear about theft at a restaurant.

Thunderbolt four is wonderful for connectivity as you’ll be able to in a short time develop your choices at your desk with Docks just like the Anker PowerExpand Elite, or the Sabrent Thunderbolt three DS-TH3C. Lenovo has TB docks too, however we haven’t examined one but.

There are tiny Thunderbolt (TB) journey HUBs, however you would possibly nonetheless not have them at a crucial second, which is the primary benefit of getting built-in ports.

Sound

Entrance-firing audio system are most popular over bottom-firing ones.

The ThinkPad X1 Titanium has two 2W stereo audio system situated on both facet of the keyboard. That’s an optimum place as a result of there’s no power loss from bouncing on a floor akin to a desk.

That’s significantly necessary as a result of the audio system’ dimension is minimal because of the small chassis. The result’s an impressive sound expertise for the laptop computer’s weight and dimension.

In idea, there are methods to get glorious sound on tablets (see our Huawei MatePad Professional 12.6 assessment), so it’s not unimaginable. Nevertheless, for a 2.5 Lbs laptop computer, that is glorious, partially due to the preloaded Dolby software program.

Show

The brand new show might be one of many most necessary causes to purchase this laptop computer. Though Lenovo just lately switched to 16:10 in newer ThinkPads, the three:2 ratio of the X1 Titanium considerably expands the vertical display screen actual property, which is most necessary to individuals who work on paperwork, and that’s a number of potential customers.

In consequence, I discover the additional vertical area to vastly enhance my productiveness and total consolation. I don’t should scroll as a lot, and due to this fact this cuts down on pointless distractions.

Picture high quality is great with a 100% sRGB shade gamut and brightness of at the least 450 Nits (measured close to 490 NITs). That’s adequate for Artistic work or any state of affairs the place you must current lovely graphics.

I discover the QHD (2256 x 1504) decision to be a superb tradeoff between picture high quality and battery life for productiveness apps. In case you require 4K, you would possibly wish to examine the ThinkPad X1 Yoga as an alternative.

Design-wise, the highest and backside show bezels may appear a bit thick, and I feel it’s because of the chassis dimension greater than any show know-how limitation. The chassis needed to accommodate the full-size keyboard, and inner parts are unfold onto a bigger floor since they can’t be stacked.

On the prime, there’s a webcam that features a bodily privateness shutter. I discover that super-useful and depart it closed more often than not. It ensures that malware can’t flip the digital camera ON with out your data, and most enterprise customers will recognize this functionality.

The webcam additionally helps Lenovo’s new Human Detection characteristic launched in Feb 2021. The webcam makes use of a low-power mode to detect if you’re approaching and can attempt to (securely) acknowledge you instantly, saving just a few seconds of unlock time.

Alternatively, there’s a fingerprint reader to hurry up safe logins as properly, and when you’re into safety, you may be to study extra about Lenovo’s ThinkShield ecosystem.

Efficiency

In case you have a look at the system specs of the Lenovo ThinkPad Titanium X1 Yoga (2021), you’d anticipate to get comparable efficiency to the ThinkPad X1 X12 and ThinkPad X1 nano, each of which we now have reviewed.

And that’s exactly the case, so all of the benchmark numbers inform us that this ThinkPad shall be nice for workplace productiveness apps and that you may discover higher choices for extra demanding duties akin to gaming or video enhancing (duh).

And understand that you’ll be able to go for the sooner Intel i7-1180G7 when you want the additional CPU velocity. The identical is true for the SSD storage velocity, and there aren’t any surprises right here: that’s proper consistent with what’s anticipated for the sort of configuration and worth level. 

The Titanium X1 Yoga might be not a laptop computer I’d use to edit movies or play video games, though it might, in a pinch. Nevertheless, it’s improbable for vacationers who largely do workplace work.

The efficiency for the load might be extra attention-grabbing to have a look at, and that’s the place we understand that Lenovo has constructed an ideal line-up of ultralight computer systems prior to now yr. Now, the X1 Sequence presents one thing nice at just about each weight, going from a conventional laptop computer right down to the ultralight ThinkPad X12 Home windows pill.

Battery Life

The 44Wh battery capability is nice for the laptop computer’s weight, and our checks present a battery life of roughly 9 hours and 29 minutes when working workplace productiveness functions.

As you’ll be able to see within the charts, when you want greater battery life, you’ll be able to go for a higher-capacity battery, so long as you stay on a comparable CPU platform, just like the ThinkPad X1 nano which re just lately reviewed.

Nevertheless, the ratio between weight and battery life is completely passable and will please customers in search of a really gentle laptop computer with a big show.

The battery cost velocity (29% in 30mn) wasn’t awe-inspiring and lags behind different Lenovo laptops just like the Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon Gen9, which prices 2X sooner. For an ultramobile pc, I’d prefer to see this enhance within the second technology subsequent yr.

Conclusion

The Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Titanium is a wonderful addition that provides two important options to the X-Sequence. First, the three:2 show introduces large adjustments in every day consolation and productiveness, which is the prime cause for selecting this laptop computer.

Nearly anybody will profit from this, and admittedly, I’m unsure why we don’t see extra of those three:2 laptops available on the market, and the X1 Titanium is without doubt one of the most enjoyable. 

Secondly, the pill mode (360-degree clamshell mode) is impeccable and the perfect I’ve seen so far on this dimension class. The thinness of the design makes a giant distinction in that mode and helps writing with the e-Pen as properly.

As we’ve seen, the efficiency and battery life are excellent, and consistent with what we’d anticipate from a laptop computer like this. I extremely advocate contemplating the X1 Titanium when searching for a piece laptop computer.

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