Generally the adjustments in enterprise laptops from one yr to a different are large; different occasions, they’re relativity small. I’ve used the 2022 model of the venerable ThinkPad Yoga X1 convertible (Gen 7) for some time now. The machine appears to be like practically an identical to final yr’s mannequin; the massive adjustments are the transfer to the brand new Intel Core Gen 12, generally known as Alder Lake; and a little bit of an enchancment within the built-in webcam. The processor change is probably the most important, however how a lot you’ll discover it relies on the functions you run. For some issues, it is a good however not large replace; for others, although, it is a huge enchancment.
The mannequin I examined got here with a Core i7-1260P processor, one of many new Intel Alder Lake household that has 4 “energy” cores and eight “environment friendly” cores. It has a base energy of 28 watts (though the facility draw depends on the design of the system). The ability cores nonetheless provide hyper-threading, for a complete of 16 most threads. It has 18MB of cache and appears to have a base frequency of two.1GHz, with turbo on the facility cores going as much as 4.7GHz. That is radically totally different from the Core i7-1185G7 within the unit I examined final yr, which had 4 cores with 8 threads. It has vPro help, which many enterprises require. My mannequin had 16 GB of reminiscence together with a 512GB SSD.
The outcomes present up with very attention-grabbing benchmark numbers. On fundamental benchmarks, equivalent to PCMark 10, I noticed an uninspiring 4% efficiency enchancment. On some which are extraordinarily multi-threaded, equivalent to Cinebench R23, I noticed a way more spectacular 77% enchancment.
On extra real-world exams, the outcomes had been blended however intriguing. A really giant Excel mannequin I have been utilizing for years accomplished in 39 minutes, an enchancment over the 43 minutes it took on final yr’s mannequin, however not practically as dramatic. (Nonetheless, that is one of the best time I’ve seen on a laptop computer thus far; even the a lot heavier ThinkPad X1 Excessive G4 with a a lot hotter processor took 40 minutes.) It does not seem that Excel takes a lot benefit of the additional cores.
On another exams, the outcomes had been fairly spectacular. Doing a really giant video transcode with Handbrake took 1 hour and 38 minutes, vs. 2 hours and 38 minutes final yr. A big MatLab portfolio simulation check in just below 32 minutes, in contrast with over 46 minutes final yr, an enormous enchancment. In the event you’re doing this sort of simulation, or one thing that’s actually multithreaded, this yr’s Yoga X1 is a giant step up.
The opposite huge distinction is the webcam. The highest of the unit now has a bit extra of a lip, through which Lenovo has put in a full HD 1920 by 1080 webcam (in contrast with the 720p model in final yr’s mannequin). The brand new digicam does appear sharper. I believed the default video was overly cool (blue) in functions like Zoom and Groups, however an included utility known as Lenovo View permits you to modify the brightness, depth, and shade saturation, and the outcome was fairly good. It does not match the higher (and bigger) exterior webcams, nevertheless it works nicely for a laptop computer. It has a bodily shutter for privateness. And it has 4 noise-cancelling microphones, which appeared to work nicely. Audio high quality appeared fairly good.
Lenovo affords an choice that features an IR digicam with laptop imaginative and prescient, which helps presence detection and Home windows Good day, which means you may log in along with your face, and that it locks whenever you step away from the machine. (My machine simply had the common digicam)
In different respects, this yr’s X1 Yoga is just about what you’d count on: it is one of many highest-end enterprise two-in-ones, with a display that flips all the way in which over and may lie flat on the again of the system. That is good for drawing, or for observe taking (utilizing the included stylus). Or you may set it up in “tent” mode for shows, or for watching movies. Or, after all, use it as a regular laptop computer.
I do not discover Home windows 2-in-1s to essentially be a alternative for a pill—I take advantage of my tablets primarily for studying or shopping and discover most Home windows machines are nonetheless too heavy and the software program actually not optimized for it, however the convertible idea does make such machines very versatile. The ThinkPad X1 Yoga has been – and stays – a best choice on this subject.
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Bodily, the unit I examined got here in “Storm Grey” with a brushed aluminum casing, identical to final yr. It weighs 3.08 kilos and measures 0.59 by 12.3 by 8.8 inches (HWD) and weighs 3.2 kilos by itself and three.9 kilos with the charger, every simply barely heavier than final yr’s model. It has two USB-C/ Thunderbolt 4 ports (usable for charging) on the left-hand facet, alongside a USB-A port and an HDMI connection; the fitting facet provides one other USB-A port and has a Kensington lock, a headset jack, and the inner stylus.
The X1 Yoga has a 14-inch contact display show in a 16:10 ratio; the mannequin I examined had a 1920-by-1200 show with 400 nits of brightness (different choices embody a privateness display and a 3840-by-2400 OLED show.) That is now an “Eyesafe” show which means that it has decrease blue mild. The show appeared very good and vibrant, and the contact display was responsive.
It continues to come back with a small stylus that slides into the underside right-hand facet of the unit. The stylus is sweet for fundamental drawing and for signing and annotating paperwork, and the display actually appeared responsive, although if I used to be doing a variety of drawing, I’d most likely desire a bigger pen.
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The keyboard appears unchanged from final yr. It is nonetheless very good, with each a good-size contact pad and the enduring TrackPoint pointing stick.
It comes with a 65-watt charger and 4-cell 57 watt-hour battery. I received over 12 hours of battery operating PCMark 10 check, whereas PCMag’s video rundown check confirmed 16 hours. In both case, superb for an 2-in-1 of this measurement.
On Lenovo’s web site now, the X1 Yoga Gen 7 begins at $1589, with a mannequin with a Core i5-1240P processor, 8GB of reminiscence and a 256GB SSD. A mannequin with options near what I examined is displaying at $1822. In different phrases, it is a expensive however well-built machine.
General, the X1 Yoga stays one of many high enterprise convertibles, with the actual change this yr coming from the brand new processor (which after all, you may count on in all of the rivals as nicely). The step as much as Alder Lake supplied a giant enchancment in some functions, and the ThinkPad X1 Yoga stays one of many high decisions for convertible laptops.
Here is PCMag’s full evaluation.
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