Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Yoga (Gen 6) review

Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Yoga (Gen 6) Review

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Last Updated on January 1, 2024 by Daniel Osakwe

The Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Yoga Gen 6 is a 2-in-1 device that will appeal to business users. Users will get more vertical space with the new Yoga because its screen is bigger and the aspect ratio is higher. A wider touchpad and a human presence sensor will make logging in and improving security even easier.

The Gen 6 model lasts for almost 15 hours on a single charge thanks to a new engine based on Intel’s 11th Generation chips. It features a sleek aluminum chassis, a convenient two-in-one design, and a stylus slot for ease of use. Compared to ThinkPad X1 Carbon and ThinkPad X1 Titanium, ThinkPad X1 Yoga Gen 6 may be heavier and less pretty, but it may deliver the best overall package of the three.

Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Yoga: Specs

  • CPU: Intel Core i7-1165G7 CPU
  • GPU: Iris Xe
  • RAM: 16GB
  • Storage: 512GB SSD
  • Display: 14-inch, 1920 x 1200-pixel IPS (16:10)
  • Battery: 14:45
  • Size: 12.3 x 8.8 x 0.6 inches
  • Weight: 3 pounds

Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Yoga: Design

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The X1 Yoga Gen 6 is more refined than its predecessor, giving it a competitive edge.

I substituted the black keyboard for a Storm Gray one as it matches the chassis (and my favorite). By doing so, the laptop becomes sleeker and more cohesive. Lenovo increased the X1 Carbon’s deck and lid’s boldness and size in order to increase the X1 Carbon’s appeal to consumers. This design still has a sense of flair thanks to the bold branding.

X1 Yoga retains the aluminum chassis instead of the black carbon fiber of the X1 Carbon. I prefer the traditional ThinkPad aluminum material because it is heavier and does not have as much softness as magnesium/carbon.

As well as the rectangular power button, a fingerprint scanner is located on the deck. It is much easier to access and the likelihood of it being accidentally woken is reduced by relocating the Yoga. When docked or connected to a monitor, the power button on the X1 Yoga can be easily accessed from the side.

In contrast to previous models, there are two speaker grilles on each side of the deck. There is no longer a fingerprint scanner on the palm rest since the power button has a built-in biometric sensor. Right on the laptop’s edge is a space for storing and charging the stylus. Even today, I am puzzled as to why this feature has not been adopted widely by vendors of 2-in-1 laptops.

When converted into a tablet or tent, the dual hinges feel stiff but rotate smoothly. Being a convertible (with an aluminum chassis) adds some heft compared to clamshell laptops; the X1 Yoga comes in at 12.3 x 8.8 x 0.6 inches and 3 pounds, making it heavier than the ThinkPad X1 Carbon (12.7 x 8.5 x 0.6 inches, 2.4 pounds), the X1 Titanium (11.7 x 9.2 x 0.45 inches, 2.5 pounds), the Dell Latitude 9420 2-in-1 (12.2 x 8.5 x 0.5 inches, 2.8 pounds )and the HP EliteBook 1040 G7 (12.6 x 8 x 0.7 inches, 2.9 pounds).

Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Yoga: Ports

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New port changes have been implemented in the latest X1 Yoga version. On the left edge are three ports: an HDMI 2.0 port, a Thunderbolt 4 port, and a USB 3.2 Type-A port. Prior to this model, there was a proprietary network extension connector.

Besides the Type-A USB 3.2 port on the right side, there are headphone jacks and lock slots. As for the I/O, it is generous. Despite its limited number of USB-C ports, charging is only possible on the left side.

Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Yoga: Display

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It also has an IPS display with a 16:10 ratio of 1920 x 1200 pixels, in addition to its 14-inch form factor. For the best picture quality, we recommend the brighter, more detailed 4K screen.

The standard display is good for both battery life and viewing experience. Germany’s quarterfinal match against England was enjoyable to watch despite the pain of losing. With its sharp edges and the colorful boots the players wore, the panels were easier to track than the black-and-white jerseys. I also appreciated the matte screen’s ability to dampen light so that my reflection never appeared.

It was intense watching Snake Eyes for two minutes on the ThinkPad X1 Yoga. Following a scene in which a fight takes place underground, viewers are treated to a view of Mount Fuji’s splendor. In the neon light of floodlights on a rainy roof, neon signs burst with more color than I expected. Furthermore, the colors of the background and skin tones on the screen look natural.

In this case, an eye test does not match our colorimeter measurements. Even though it is good, the screen only covers 71% of the color space. There is less vibrancy on the screen of the X1 Carbon (72%), the EliteBook x360 1040 (76%), and the Latitude 9410 2-in-1 (89%). More colorful laptop panels are on average (84%) than desktop displays.

This device has quite a lot of brightness with a maximum of 351 nits. The X1 Carbon (364 nits) and EliteBook x360 1040 (344 nits) are close in brightness, but the Latitude 9420 2-in-1 (477 nits) and premium laptop average (389 nits) are slightly darker.

Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Yoga: Performance

The CPU is the Core i7-1165G7, coupled with 16GB of RAM, making it powerful enough for demanding tasks. I tested the X1 Yoga by simultaneously playing 30 YouTube videos in 1080p, as well as a pair of Twitch streams. It took no time for the video to play or for the graphics to appear on the screen. When streaming a Euro 2020 soccer match, there was just a split second of extra loading time.

On the Geekbench 5.4 overall performance test, the ThinkPad X1 Yoga scored a 5,447, putting it in second behind the Latitude 9420 2-in-1 (6,037) but ahead of its older rivals: the ThinkPad X1 Carbon (3,935) and EliteBook x360 1040 G7 (4,692). This category has 4,376 posts.

As a result of the time spent transcoding video, the X1 was able to improve on its earlier performance. As for the rest of the rankings, it was just behind the Latitude 9420 2-in-1 (13:35) but far ahead of the EliteBook x360 1040 (16:25) and X1 Carbon (19:51).

In our storage speed test, Lenovo’s X1 Yoga took first place with 490.6 megabytes per second for its 512GB PCIe NVMe SSD, compared to Dell’s Latitude 9310’s 531 megabytes per second. In contrast, the Latitude (401.9%), EliteBook x360 1040 G7 (439.2%), and X1 Carbon (462.9%) were slower. However, it was not as fast as the average (621.43 MBps).

Graphics

Even though the X1 Yoga lacks gaming capabilities, the integrated Intel Iris Xe graphics are powerful enough to run most enterprise apps without issue.

On the synthetic 3DMark Fire Strike test, the ThinkPad X1 Yoga scored a 4,780, ahead of the EliteBook x360 1040 G7 (1,229, UHD) and X1 Carbon (1,219, UHD) but behind the average (4,830) and the Latitude 9210 2-in-1 (5,258, Iris Xe).

According to Sid Meier’s Civilization VI: Gathering Storm benchmark, the X1 Yoga ran the game at 34fps. According to the tests, only the X1 Yoga computer performed better than other 2-in-1 machines, the Latitude 9410 (23 frames per second), the ThinkPad X1 Carbon (8 frames per second), and the average premium laptop (28 frames per second).

If you plan to use a gaming laptop with a discrete graphics card with the X1 Yoga, consider getting an eGPU instead.

Battery life

This is the first time the X1 Yoga 6th Gen can provide power even after two days even though it always delivers a full day of battery life. It outlasted the ThinkPad X1 Carbon (10:45) and the overall category average (10:36) but fell short of the EliteBook x360 1040 G7 (15:45) and the Latitude 9420 (15:02).

Pros Cons
Solid, sleek design Heavier than some competitors
Fantastic keyboard No SD card slot
Fast performance Costly
Long-lasting battery  

Final thoughts

When it comes to the ThinkPad X1 Yoga, there is a lot to overlook. The ThinkPad X1 Carbon, X1 Titanium Yoga, X1 Nano, and X1 Extreme – a class of acclaimed business laptops with different strengths – are competitors as well. I strongly encourage you to give the X1 Yoga Gen 6 your full attention after putting it to the test.

When it comes to a portable 2-in-1 laptop, the X1 Yoga Gen 6 is worth checking out. Despite its many strengths, this convertible has a few weaknesses. With its 11th generation Intel processors, it delivers superb performance and durability, and its sleek, portable design makes it easy to take it during business trips or to a cafe to work remotely. Additionally, the X1 Yoga includes a stylus cover and an IR camera, and a fingerprint sensor to distinguish it from its competitors. Those looking for far less could have appreciated an SD card slot, but $1,500 is prohibitively expensive for ordinary consumers.

Business users, IT administrators, or IT administrators setting up mobile 2-in-1 laptops will appreciate the ThinkPad X1 Yoga. In this segment, there are several other excellent choices, such as the HP EliteBook 1040 G7 or the Dell Latitude 9420 2-in-1, so do your homework before making such a large purchase.