Review: Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Yoga

Except for flexible display hinge, the ThinkPad X1 Yoga is exactly like any other ThinkPad laptop in terms of consistent user experience

A laptop that can also be used as a tablet
A laptop that can also be used as a tablet

Price: Rs1,12,000

The Lenovo ThinkPad line-up of laptops are pretty much revered by business users, and not without good reason. They are well-built, can handle rough usage, offer good performance and the familiarity aspect has remained intact over the evolutions and generations.

It has the trademark Lenovo ThinkPad look with matt black chassis. This slim ultrabook tips the scales at 1.27kg. But weight reduction doesn’t mean that compromises have been made; it is well-built. Why this machine additionally gets the Yoga branding, apart from the well-known ThinkPad branding, is because of the 360-degree display hinge, which allows the screen to go all the way back into a sort of tablet mode. The flexibility is useful to have, though you are more likely to use this as a laptop most of the time. 

The 14-inch LED (2,560x1,440 resolution) display offers good contrast levels and is sharp as well. Brightness levels are good too, and the colours rich and accurate, without any one shade dominating unnaturally. If you are using this in a room with bright overhead lights, the reflection sometimes gets in the way, which is a shortcoming.

This is one keyboard that you will love—every key press elicits a sharp and convincing feedback, which is ideal for quick typing. The individual key size as well as the overall layout spacing is perfect too. The fairly large touch pad offers generous amount of real estate for multi-touch gestures, as well as for scrolling through documents and Web pages.  

The variant that we tested runs the Intel Core i5-6200U processor, paired with 4 GB RAM. What really makes an impact is the quick 128 GB flash storage, which lets you boot into Windows 10 in less than 9 seconds, and makes it a breeze while multitasking, without getting bogged down. At this price though, we would have expected something closer to 8 GB RAM, just to allow that little bit of future-proofing in terms of specifications.

It is a bit surprising that the Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Yoga lasted just 5 hours in our system-stressing battery tests. This means, if you are extra careful with the display brightness levels, you should be able to get around 7 hours of back-up time on a single charge when you use this for work—we expected around 10 hours, considering that the similarly priced Apple MacBook offers that much battery life.

For business users, the sense of familiarity is perhaps the most underrated aspect of any laptop upgrade. Which is exactly where Lenovo’s ThinkPad laptops score a point over the rivals. Except for the addition of the flexible display hinge, the ThinkPad X1 Yoga is exactly like any other ThinkPad laptop in terms of consistent user experience. Incidentally, this competes against its own sibling, the X1 Carbon (Rs1,06,000) laptop—your decision will be defined by whether you need a laptop that can also be used as a tablet. 

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