LENOVO ThinkBook 14s Yoga Review

In this article, I give you my Lenovo ThinkBook 14s Yoga review with specs included. With the ThinkBook line, you’re probably familiar already, it’s the more affordable small business home buyer alternative to the more expensive ThinkPad line of laptops but you get some of the same features.

Some of the same features between ThinkPad and ThinkBook lines are the Yoga design with the garage pen, Intel 11th gen ultrabook CPUs, obviously, a touch screen, as well as pen support. Plus a few other things not to mention the body colors.

Despite the scary name that Abyss Blue is actually a fairly muted and pretty blue and ThinkBook has that kind of two-tone thing going on with the ThinkBook logo having a more of a matte look.

Lenovo ThinkBook 14s Yoga is also available in Mineral Gray in case Abyss Blue is not your thing.

So, this is a more affordable alternative to the Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Yoga for example which is quite an expensive piece but is also slimmer and lighter. In fact, Lenovo ThinkBook 14s Yoga is a little heavier than average for a 14-inch convertible. It’s about three and a half pounds which is one and a half kilograms so you’ll feel the extra weight.

It doesn’t make much of a difference to most people probably not unless you’re really looking for the super lightest carry but if you’re using it in tablet mode then you’re definitely going to want to rest it on your knee or something like that.

Inside we have Intel 11th gen Tiger Lake quad-core CPUs, which you can get with an i5 or an i7. You can get with up to 16 GB of RAM. There are two M.2 PCI-E NVMe SSD slots, one of which will be populated. So, that’s a little more expandable than average, that’s nice as well.

Lenovo’s Thinkpad Pro pen is Wacom AES technology and it’s perfectly serviceable. This sort of line of laptop pens is geared mostly towards note-takers. You could use it for some art. It’s maybe not Wacom EMR level like you would find on a Wacom Cintiq but that obviously is not the target market but it works pretty well.

Lenovo ThinkBook 14s Yoga has a touchscreen and it has Gorilla glass. And, as we often see with laptops that have gorilla glass it is glossy and glaring. It looks sort of like a windowpane in front of your display. That’s the unfortunate thing about it but it is more durable as a result.

Brightness on this they claim 300 nits for the full HD IPS display and it’s a little bit above that so that helps but you’d really need something super duper bright to counter that much in the way of reflection. So, use this indoors folks.

Something we don’t see so often on laptops anymore is a fingerprint scanner that is embedded in the power button on the side of the laptop. Since it’s a convertible they don’t put it on the keyboard yet because you might be using it in some orientation where that’s just not easily accessible. And, it works okay.

You have a webcam privacy shutter. No Windows Hello IR camera here. That would add to the cost and they are trying to keep the cost low. I’d say it’s fair enough.

The keyboard on this is decent enough. It’s pretty low travel, it’s not super springy, I might like it to be a little firmer a little crisper. I had no trouble typing on it and typing well but it just wasn’t the most delightful tactile experience. This is not a high-end ThinkPad laptop and the keyboard makes it obvious. And, it has white backlighting for the keyboard.

You got a fairly large Microsoft precision trackpad. There is no nav point stick pointer on this for those who are really fond of that.

In terms of performance, it’s an ultrabook. Core i5 or Core i7 are options. I have the Core i7 and it’s going to perform well enough for things like your Office, your zoom calls, if you’re doing some Photoshop work all that sort of thing. Obviously, it’s not a mobile workstation-class, this is not meant for Blender.

Lenovo ThinkBook 14s Yoga has Intel Iris Xe integrated graphics which is pretty good for integrated graphics but it’s not a gaming laptop either, you get the idea.

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