ThinkPad X1 Titanium Yoga

“The ThinkPad X1 Titanium Yoga is the perfect convertible 2-in-1 round if you wish to use it as a pill.”

Enticing and modern chassis

Insanely skinny and lightweight

Stable efficiency

Wonderful battery life

Nice show for productiveness customers

Touchpad is just too small

Costly

Keep in mind when Lenovo’s ThinkPad line was the outdated standby, a set of well-built and extremely useful however usually boring laptops? Nicely, no extra.

That’s factor, as a result of what’s changed it’s a way more dynamic lineup that by no means ceases to shock. The newest instance is the ThinkPad X1 Titanium Yoga, an thrilling new entry within the convertible 2-in-1 class that — on paper not less than — guarantees to compete with a few of the highest laptops you should buy.

I obtained a midrange model of the laptop computer, with a Core i5-1130G7, 16GB of RAM, a 512GB PCIe solid-state drive (SSD), and a 13.5-inch show within the productivity-friendly three:2 facet ratio and with a excessive QHD (2,256 x 1,504) decision. That’s the one show choice obtainable, a possible weak point that we’ll talk about later. The value for this configuration is $1,685 after e-coupon (the checklist worth is an insane $three,369), making it a really premium 2-in-1 certainly. Let’s discover out if the ThinkPad X1 Titanium Yoga has what it takes to tackle the perfect?

Design

Let’s begin with this: Titanium is a extremely cool steel utilized in airplanes, amongst different issues. Utilizing it in a laptop computer is even cooler, and so what if it’s solely used within the ThinkPad X1 Titanium Yoga’s lid? It’s there, and though it offers the laptop computer a cumbersome title, I prefer it. It has a pleasant texture that’s a play on the ThinkPad’s common soft-touch materials. At the very least, I assume that’s the titanium I’m touching, provided that the lid is manufactured from each titanium and carbon fiber.

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The remainder of the chassis is a magnesium-aluminum alloy meant to make it each mild and sturdy, and whereas it succeeds in being very mild at simply 2.54 kilos, there’s a tiny little bit of give within the lid and keyboard deck when some strain is utilized.

The HP Spectre x360 14, probably the most direct competitor to the ThinkPad, weighs in at 2.95 kilos and feels extra strong — and each variations are noticeable. Additionally noticeable is the distinction in thickness, with the ThinkPad X1 Titanium Yoga at simply zero.45 inches thick in comparison with the comparatively chunky Spectre’s zero.67 inches. The Spectre x360 14 is smaller than the ThinkPad X1 Titanium Yoga — particularly, it’s not as deep whereas being nearly precisely as large — due to smaller prime and backside bezels. The Dell XPS 13, the perfect clamshell competitors, is available in at 2.eight kilos and zero.58 inches thick. It additionally feels extra strong than the ThinkPad. 

The ThinkPad would have benefitted from smaller bezels throughout, though the highest bezel wants its further dimension for some further parts (particulars could be discovered within the safety part that follows). The XPS 13 is the smallest of the bunch, nevertheless it doesn’t need to take care of a extra advanced 2-in-1 hinge. Talking of the hinge, the ThinkPad X1 Titanium Yoga’s is a bit stiff, requiring two arms to open however preserving the lid the place it belongs in clamshell, tent, media, and pill modes. Notice that pill mode is extra snug on the ThinkPad X1 Titanium Yoga than many different convertibles, due to its skinny chassis and three:2 facet ratio that’s nearer to a chunk of paper in dimensions.

So, how does this skinny and lightweight laptop computer look? Nicely, to start with, it barely resembles its all-black ThinkPad siblings. It’s a nice silver-gray colour that eschews all adornment besides the logos. Even these are completely different than common, with the ThinkPad emblem on the lid being a silver embossed model somewhat than the norma; white, though the “i” dot stays a blinking LED that conveys details about the laptop computer’s standing. Straight beneath that could be a extra pronounced X1 emblem that’s a mixture of crimson and black, and it seems to be sharp in opposition to the ThinkPad emblem. On the rear is an inset Lenovo emblem that’s barely seen.

Open the lid and also you’ll discover a comparable emblem on the keyboard deck, the same old crimson TrackPoint nubbin, and the recognizable ThinkPad keyboard. The TrackPoint buttons above the touchpad skip the crimson accents, which I feel works right here. General, it is a very fashionable but conservative design that I like so much, nearly as a lot as I just like the Spectre x360 14’s gem-cut design and the XPS 13’s extra streamlined look.

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Unsurprisingly with such a skinny machine, connectivity is at a minimal. You get two USB-C ports with Thunderbolt four help, one in all which is used to energy the ThinkPad X1 Titanium Yoga, a Kensington lock port, and a three.5mm audio jack. Meaning you’ll want dongles for any legacy units and a docking station if you should join a couple of machine at a time. Wi-fi connectivity is cutting-edge, with Wi-Fi 6 and Bluetooth 5.1, and there’s an choice for 5G or 4G LTE WWAN.

Safety

The ThinkPad X1 Titanium Yoga has the same old ThinkPad security measures, such because the ThinkShutter privateness change for the webcam and the match-on-sensor fingerprint reader. But it surely additionally contains the human presence machine (HPD) expertise and software program that I examined on the ThinkPad X1 Nano and located to be quick and dependable.

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Mainly, HPD, which is configured within the “Clever Safety” part of Lenovo’s Industrial Vantage utility, makes use of radar to acknowledge when a person is in entrance of the laptop computer and when that person walks away. Within the latter case, the expertise first dims the show after which finally — how briskly is user-configurable — places the laptop computer to sleep (particularly, into Fashionable Standby). As soon as the person returns to inside a 60-degree arc from the entrance of the laptop computer, the machine wakes up and makes use of Home windows Good day to log the person again in. If the infrared digital camera and facial recognition are arrange, then the method is seamless. Stroll away, the laptop computer goes to sleep; return, and it scans your face and also you’re again to work.

The characteristic works nicely, and it’s nice besides once you’re working a protracted course of that shouldn’t be interrupted. For instance, I needed to flip HPD off throughout my longer benchmarks and battery assessments until I needed to remain locked in entrance of the laptop computer. In any other case, my assessments can be interrupted — think about a protracted video-rendering session, and also you’ll get the thought. I examined the identical sort of expertise on Dell’s Latitude 7400 2-in-1, and I’ve discovered Lenovo’s answer to be extra dependable and seamless.

Efficiency

My evaluation unit used the Core i5-1130G7, a model of the 11th-gen Tiger Lake Core i5 with a decrease thermal design energy (TDP) of seven to 15 watts somewhat than the same old 12 to 28 watts discovered within the Core i5-1135G7, in addition to a max turbo frequency of four.0GHz versus four.2GHz. It contains Intel Iris Xe graphics with the total 80 execution models however at a slower clock pace of 1.1 GHz versus 1.three GHz. All that is to level out that Lenovo opted for a slower and cooler CPU for the Thinkpad X1 Titanium Yoga, which is smart given the laptop computer’s skinny chassis. Notice that this identical CPU outfitted the ThinkPad X12 Removable pill that I reviewed, which, as you’ll be able to see from the chart under, was barely slower than the ThinkPad X1 Titanium Yoga in most of our assessments.

As it’s also possible to see within the chart, the ThinkPad retains up in Geekbench 5 however falls behind within the different benchmarks. Notably, it outperformed the Lenovo Yoga 7i and its quicker Core i5 within the 3DMark Time Spy GPU take a look at, however that didn’t translate to real-life gaming. In any other case, the ThinkPad X1 Titanium Yoga carried out proper according to what you may count on given its CPU.

Notice that the place a machine provided switchable efficiency modes, I recorded outcomes from the “regular” setting. Typically — together with with the ThinkPad X1 Titanium Yoga — there’s solely a marginal distinction between “regular” and “efficiency” modes. One outlier is the HP Spectre x360 14, which led the sector in efficiency mode whereas its regular mode is sort of a bit slower.

Geekbench
(single/multi)

Handbrake
(seconds)
Cinebench R23
(single/multi)
PCMark 10
3DMark Time Spy
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Titanium Yoga (Core i5-1130G7)
1353/4852
251
1274/3705
4498
1339
Lenovo ThinkPad X12 Removable 
(Core i5-1130G7)
1352/4796
185
1125/3663
4443
926
HP Spectre x360 14 (Core i7-1165G7)
1214/4117
236
1389/3941
4728
1457
Dell XPS 13 (Core i7-1165G7)
1540/5432
201
1449/4267
N/A
1589
Lenovo Yoga 7i (Core i5-1135G7)
1357/4246
207
N/A
4565
913
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Nano 
(Core i7-1160G7)
1466/5139
180
1377/4550
4600
1549

The ThinkPad X1 Titanium Yoga’s PCMark 10 scores had been notably attention-grabbing. It was barely behind on the primary rating as listed within the chart, however extra importantly, it was notably gradual within the Content material Creation portion of the benchmark. This carried over to our Handbrake take a look at, which encodes a 420MB video as H.265, the place the ThinkPad X1 Titanium Yoga was even slower than the ThinkPad X12 Removable by a good margin. General, this laptop computer performs nicely sufficient for typical productiveness apps, net shopping, media consumption, and the like, however you received’t wish to use it for enhancing video. I didn’t embrace Apple laptops with its quick M1 chip or any current AMD Ryzen machines — these would have considerably outperformed the ThinkPad and actually aren’t in the identical class of laptop computer by way of sheer efficiency.

This laptop computer shouldn’t be picked for its gaming prowess. I ran Fortnite at 1080p (in a window, for the reason that solely full-screen choice was the show’s full decision the place efficiency would have been horrible), and it managed 23 frames per second (fps) in excessive graphics and 17 fps in epic graphics. That’s about 10 fps slower than most different Tiger Lake laptops.

Show

Lenovo constructed the ThinkPad X1 Titanium Yoga round a 13.5-inch IPS show within the productivity-friendly three:2 facet ratio and with a excessive decision of QHD (2,256 x 1,504). As talked about earlier, the three:2 facet ratio makes this skinny and lightweight laptop computer a superior pill in comparison with most different convertible 2-in-1s — together with the HP Spectre x360 14, which enjoys the identical facet ratio.

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However a show additionally must look good, and that’s the place my colorimeter is available in. In line with that machine, the ThinkPad X1 Titanium Yoga’s show meets the trendy premium common in some respects and exceeds it in others . For instance, it’s fairly vivid at 431 nits, nicely above our most popular 300-nit threshold and higher than most. The Spectre x360 14’s OLED show “solely” got here in at 374 nits, whereas the Dell XPS 13’s 4K show was shut at 420 nits. The ThinkPad show’s distinction simply exceeded the 1000:1 ratio we prefer to see, at 1,zero10:1, which is lower than the XPS 13’s 1,360:1 and the HP’s unbelievable 374,200:1.

The ThinkPad X1 Titanium Yoga’s show was much less spectacular within the colours division. It managed 71% of AdobeRGB and 96% of sRGB, which is simply common for premium shows. The XPS 13 4K show hit 79% of AdobeRGB and 100% of sRGB, so barely higher, whereas the Spectre x360 14 was professional-grade at 96% of Adobe RGB and 100% of sRGB. The ThinkPad’s colour accuracy was a DeltaE of 1.62 (lower than 1.zero is superb), in comparison with the Dell at 1.21 and the HP at zero.69. Gamma was simply barely too vivid at 2.1 (2.2 is ideal).

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In real-world use, I discover out it to be a nice show to work on, due to the excessive distinction that produced darkish blacks on white backgrounds and loads of brightness. It’s not going to please artistic professionals who crave large and correct colours, however productiveness employees will adore it. The Dolby Imaginative and prescient help makes excessive dynamic vary (HDR) content material pop, resembling that served up by Netflix, so it’s an ideal show for media consumption.

Audio high quality was a combined bag. Quantity from the twin downward-firing audio system was simply loud sufficient and there was little distortion. Highs had been a bit blown out, although, leaving the midrange to combat for consideration. Bass, as common, was nonexistent. The sound high quality is okay for the occasional YouTube video, however if you wish to binge Netflix or take heed to music, then pair of headphones or Bluetooth audio system is really helpful.

Keyboard and touchpad

The ThinkPad X1 Titanium Yoga has the identical fundamental keyboard as the remainder of the ThinkPad line, with an identical sculpted keycaps and wonderful spacing. It’s a bit shallower, although, with good journey however not fairly as deep as you’ll discover on bigger ThinkPads. That is an enchancment: I discover another ThinkPad keyboards to require an excessive amount of pressure to register a click on. Right here, the texture is mild, crisp, and really exact, with assured bottoming motion. It may’t fairly dwell as much as my favorites, HP’s Spectre keyboards and Apple’s newest Magic Keyboard, nevertheless it’s shut.

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The standard ThinkPad TrackPoint sits in the course of the keyboard and works in addition to common for those who’re into that form of factor. Its greatest downside is that it requires a set of buttons that takes area away from the touchpad. That’s a bummer, as a result of one of many benefits of a taller show is extra space on the keyboard deck for a bigger touchpad. Lenovo didn’t benefit from this area, leaving a touchpad that’s a lot smaller than it might be. The Spectre x360 14’s touchpad is way larger, for instance. And this isn’t your common touchpad — it makes use of haptic suggestions somewhat than bodily keys to register clicks, and whereas it doesn’t work as naturally as Apple’s model, it’s an honest answer. There’s the same old Microsoft Precision touchpad help, and so Home windows 10 multitouch gestures are properly supported. General, it’s a responsive touchpad — it’s simply too small.

The show is touch-enabled, after all, and it, too, is responsive. It helps Lenovo’s lively pen, which is included within the field and helps four,zero96 ranges of strain sensitivity and tilt help. The pen magnetically attaches to the suitable facet of the show. Whereas it’s not like another Lenovo pens that slide right into a port for storage and charging, it’s a full-size pen and nicely well worth the tradeoff.

Home windows 10 Good day is supported by each a fingerprint reader and facial recognition. Each had been quick and correct. As talked about earlier than, you’ll wish to use facial recognition to get probably the most out of the human presence detection options.

Battery life

There are solely 44.5 watt-hours of battery within the ThinkPad X1 Titanium Yoga’s skinny body, which isn’t so much for a laptop computer with a high-resolution show of this dimension. Given the overall ThinkPad tendency towards shorter-than-average battery life, I wasn’t too assured in spectacular longevity.

Because it turned out, battery life wasn’t nice, nevertheless it was horrible, both. In our web-browsing take a look at, the ThinkPad managed 9.45 hours, a better-than-average exhibiting and beat out each the Spectre x360 14’s seven hours and the XPS 13 4K’s simply over six hours. In our video take a look at that loops via a Full HD film trailer, the Thinkpad X1 Titanium Yoga managed a robust 15.75 hours, 5.5 hours longer than the HP and 5 hours longer than the Dell.

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I additionally ran the laptop computer via the PCMark 10 Gaming battery take a look at that pushes the CPU and GPU, and it lasted for 3 hours, near the identical because the Spectre x360 14 and about half an hour lower than the XPS 13 4K. Within the PCMark 10 Functions battery take a look at, which is the perfect indication of the laptop computer’s productiveness runtime, the ThinkPad was close to the highest of our database at nearly 11 hours, about two hours longer than each the HP and the Dell.

The online result’s that you just’re prone to get a full day of battery life out of the ThinkPad X1 Titanium Yoga, after which some. That’s not too shabby for a machine with a high-resolution show and first rate productiveness efficiency.

Our take

The ThinkPad X1 Titanium Yoga is a superior convertible 2-in-1 that provides the perfect round, HP’s Spectre x360 14, a run for its cash. It’s skinny and lightweight and so works nicely as a pill, a rarity on this class of machines, and it enjoys an ideal keyboard and pen, strong safety choices, and a chassis that feels very fashionable and strong.

You received’t love the efficiency for those who’re doing greater than the same old productiveness duties, however for those who’re not trying to run demanding duties, then the ThinkPad X1 Titanium Yoga is for you. And it’s partially manufactured from titanium, which, once more, is fairly cool.

Are there any options?

The HP Spectre x360 14 is probably the most logical various, and it’s quicker, in addition to barely smaller whereas being thicker and heavier, and it presents a superior OLED show. The HP can be near the identical worth because the ThinkPad, solely with a Core i7-1185G7 and the OLED show, making it a much better worth.

If you need a removable pill as a substitute of a convertible 2-in-1, Lenovo’s personal ThinkPad X12 Removable is an efficient choice. You’ll get barely slower efficiency and fewer battery life, however the perfect removable pill obtainable at the moment. It’s additionally a number of hundred dollars cheaper.

Lastly, for those who don’t want the pliability of a 2-in-1, then the superb Dell XPS 13 is a superb alternative as common. It stays the perfect laptop computer round total and can present higher efficiency, a higher-resolution show choice within the 16:10 facet ratio, and a chassis that’s extra strong and fairly a bit smaller.

How lengthy will it final?

The ThinkPad X1 Titanium Yoga is powerful sufficient to final for a number of years of laborious work, and it enjoys up-to-date parts. It’s best to get loads of productive work out of it. You’ll additionally undergo the inadequate however industry-standard 1-year guarantee.

Do you have to purchase it?

Sure. The ThinkPad X1 Titanium Yoga is the perfect convertible 2-in-1 that can be utilized as a pill and supplies strong battery life to go together with its enticing skinny and lightweight design.

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