LENOVO ThinkPad X1 Yoga (Gen 6) Review

this is lenovo thinkpad x1 yoga 6th gen or gen 6. so as you might guess it’s been around the block a few times but now we have a redesign and a new color this kind of storm gray thinking thing going on here and instead of the usual you know matte black thing patty look and we have kind of cut off shiny silver sides so he looks fine that’s nice and all but it does look pretty good it’s still as ever a slim and light 14 inch convertible with 360 degree hinges this time updated with intel 11th gen cpus with intel iris xc graphics a new 16 by 10 aspect ratio display with four different display options to choose from and thunderbolt 4. we’re going to look at it now so those sound like some good upgrades right there well we’ve got a couple of other things too now you can get optional 4g or 5g for wn connectivity being a business two-in-one ultrabook well you’ve got to have that kind of thing we have wi-fi six on board as well and of course the usual touch plus pen support and the pen that lives in the silo on the side of the laptop which uses wacom aes active technology on board the display options on this uh there may be four but it’s not as bad as it seems or is confusing so we have the full hd plus because plus because it’s 16 by 10 aspect ratio instead of 16 by nine and you can get that with a kind of a matte finish or with a glossy finish which is a nice thing to have that matte finish option because well glossy glares that’s 400 nits there’s a 500 nit privacy display option and there’s what we had this time which is the full monty 4k wide gamut option so they say 500 nits for that and they ate lion that’s what we measured a little bit better than that and 90 of p3 we actually measured even higher 98 of p3 so it’s also a very color accurate display one of the most color accurate that i’ve seen which is nice considering this isn’t a mobile workstation for the cad crowd or the 3d render crowd it’s not something that you come to expect and i’m happy that it’s here and experientially it’s a very nice display and it supports a dolby vision as well so nice stuff so far it weighs three pounds which is 1.35 kilograms so for a 14 inch convertible that’s pretty light and it’s pretty slim too 14.9 millimeters so it’s thin enough but if you wanted it even thinner there is the x1 titanium yoga that we recently reviewed that costs more money it’s a little thinner even it’s a little bit lighter as well but not as structurally rigid as this aluminum chassis here because titanium is just a bit more flexible and it has lower key travel versus this one personally i would pick this one over the titanium model i think you’ve been getting that idea already but you can watch that review we have a link in the description so you can check that one out as well if you want so since this is a business laptop connectivity is important no dongle life for you here we do have two thunderbolt 4 ports full 40 gigabit per second so you’ve got that for your docks and whatever else you want to connect fast peripherals we have two usb a 3.2 gen 1 ports so one on each side so your legacy mice and whatever else you’re plugging in good to go and hdmi 2.0 plus a headphone jack and if you do go with the wn option there’ll be a nano sim card slot on board ram is soldered on this and it’s fast ram you can see the specs on screen for this and you can get it with up to 32 gigs of ram so 8 16 32 and it’s got an m.2 nvme ssd ours was pci e3 not pci e4 which this platform does support which would be even faster but anyway you can go up to a terabyte for storage on that the pricing on this is surprisingly not painful because the x1 is the halo line for lenovo they’re not cheap let’s put it that way and right now it starts at around 176 us dollars which is well cheap for an x1 yoga honestly and it’s not a garbage configuration either it’s a core i5 with a full hd plus display eight gigs of ram and 256 gig ssd so it’s something you can get by with certainly but obviously you can spend more money our configuration is around 750 or so with that 4k display and the core i7 and the 16 gigs of ram the power button has been moved to the keyboard deck instead of being on the side i think people asked for that so well lenovo did it the fingerprint scanner is embedded in the power button it worked fine for us there is an optional windows hello ir camera and that comes with the presence detection features so it goes to sleep sleeps the display if you walk away and if you walk up to it and it says oh hello it’s you and it uses the windows low ir camera to log you in that’s great as long as you don’t need to leave a task running when you don’t want to go to sleep like us when we do benchmarks but you can always turn that off if you don’t like it and there’s a webcam privacy shutter it’s usual 720p okay webcam keyboard on this has 1.3 millimeters of key travel which by today’s laptop standard is pretty normal and again it’s thick deeper than the titanium editions keyboard on this experientially it feels quite nice thinkpad keyboards just are ergonomic tactile feeling things with nice key return good when you depress it you feel like you’re going somewhere it doesn’t bottom out hard like xps laptops typically do the usual smile shape keys you get the idea it’s a nice typing experience backlit and white the usual fn plus spacebar will turn the backlight on trackpad on this is quite good and you have the usual trackpoint eraser stick pointer with two dedicated buttons for that in terms of performance is an ultrabook with intel used series 28 watt cpus and the cooling is sufficient to actually allow the processor to run at 28 watts pretty consistently it’ll go even higher for a while but then it’ll fall back to well 28 watts you can get it with core i5 and core i7 options and vpro is there for you if you need that as well in terms of performance is exactly where we expect it to be when it comes to thermals we now have two smaller fans instead of one large fan and it does seem to be fairly effective at exhausting heat from this relatively thin aluminum chassis and of course intel iris xc graphics as we know un-tiger-like is a step up certainly from previous generation integrated graphics so if you’re going to play a little casual gaming when you’re not working you can do that or give a little extra boost to photoshop that sort of thing i mean honestly for casual photoshop use this is perfectly adequate the stereo speakers on this like many thinkpads are actually more loud more full than you would expect they’re not bad given the size of the laptop and you’ve got several microphones here for better audio quality when you’re constantly zooming day in and day out this has a 57 watt hour battery which for a 14 inch thin and light convertible is actually a pretty high capacity battery and it comes with lenovo’s usual 65 watt rapid charger battery life on this has been very good tiger lake is a reasonably efficient platform and we’ve averaged 11 to 12 hours with brightness set to 150 nits doing light to moderate productivity work and streaming video the usual caveats there if you’re pushing it really hard you are doing photoshop or compiling code all the time it’ll be shorter if you run the display brighter it will be shorter but that’s pretty healthy battery life opening it up is very easy five phillips head screws and then just give a yank from the back and there’s our aluminum cover and here are our internals uh not too too much you can do here like most ultrabooks you could replace your battery that’s right over here this is where the m.2 ssd is the usual 2280 height so you could upgrade that if you wish to here’s our two small fans that replace the previous one large fan that they use our large urn and the cpu under the heatsink this is the slot for the wn card it’s another m2 shorty slot so if you want 4g or 5g that’s where that would go if you want that order it with it because otherwise you don’t get the full antenna assembly that’s also required and lastly wi-fi is soldered on right here so you won’t be upgrading that and our speaker drivers are pretty good size no wonder they don’t sound bad they’re right over here flanking the battery which is typically where speakers are on a laptop so that’s lenovo thinkpad x1 yoga gen 6 and as always lenovo does the right things with this there’s a reason why this is one of the most popular two in one business convertible ultrabooks you’ve got a pen you’ve got a thin design you’ve got a new look with an aluminum chassis thunderball 4 11th gen cpu is a new 16 by 10 aspect ratio display going all the way up to 4k if you want and a pretty decent keyboard too which we would expect from a thinkpad so all in all it’s still a nice piece and it shares a lot of its dna with lenovo thinkpad x1 carbon 9th gen as well so basically this is for those of you who want a convertible with touch and pen support versus a traditional laptop design on the carbon

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Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Yoga (Gen 6)