Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Yoga Gen 6, arms on: A premium 14-inch 2-in-1 for enterprise


The 14-inch ThinkPad X1 Yoga Gen 6 is accessible with an FHD+ (1920 x 1200) or UHD+ (3840 x 2400) display screen, Eleventh-generation Intel Core i5 or i7 processors, 8, 16 or 32GB of RAM and SSD storage as much as 2TB.

Photographs: Lenovo

Lenovo’s ThinkPad X1 laptops are proper up there with the most effective in the marketplace. Normally effectively constructed with top-end elements and nice usability, they are often exhausting to beat. The newest within the 2-in-1 ThinkPad X1 Yoga collection, now in its sixth technology, is inexpensive solely to these with deep pockets, even at its beginning worth of £1,849.99 (inc. VAT; £1,541.66 ex. VAT) within the UK — though fashions are presently accessible from $1,393.84 within the US. However splash out, and you will get a perfectly moveable, highly effective and usable laptop computer. 

The design of the ThinkPad X1 Yoga is effectively established and continues to impress. The chassis is compact contemplating it homes a 14-inch display screen, measuring 313mm broad by 223mm deep by 14.9mm thick (12.32in. x 8.77in. x 0.59in.). It did not bother even the smallest of my carry luggage. The ‘beginning at’ weight is quoted very exactly on Lenovo’s UK web site at 1.399kg, though the US website simply settles for 3lbs, which converts to 1.36kg. It is not as gentle as some 2-in-1s, however the exceptionally strong construct – the X1 Yoga passes MIL-STD-810H testing — justifies each gram or ounce. Neither the lid nor the bottom present any flex, so there isn’t any mechanical want for a protecting sleeve. Nonetheless, if this have been my on a regular basis laptop computer I would most likely need to shield the scratchable steel outer shell. 

Professionals

  • Nice display screen
  • Wonderful audio system
  • Included stylus with on-device housing
  • Loads of ports and connectors
  • A number of configurable choices

The deep gray chassis color is kind of enticing, and Lenovo’s acquainted ThinkPad X1 brand on the lid is distinctive. That is repeated on the underside proper nook of the wrist relaxation — considerably unnecessarily, for my part, because the silver, crimson and black color scheme is a bit of distracting. 

As with all Lenovo Yoga gadgets, the 360-degree display screen hinges assist pill in addition to laptop computer mode, and factors in between corresponding to ‘tent’ and ‘presentation’ mode. All fashions have a contact display screen, and Lenovo supplies a stylus which is housed on the chassis. The AAAA-powered ThinkPad Pen Professional is stress delicate, providing management over line thickness. It has two buttons, which might be configured to launch apps or carry out features within the on-board Lenovo Pen Settings app. The stylus costs whereas in its housing, and battery life might be displayed within the settings app and on the taskbar. The inclusion of the stylus and its on-device housing are massive plus factors. Though the pen is kind of small and light-weight, I discovered it wonderful for hand-written enter.  

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The backlit keyboard supplies a cushty typing platform and incorporates Lenovo’s trademark TrackPoint. The ability button (between keyboard and display screen, proper) homes an built-in fingerprint reader.

Picture: Sandra Vogel / ZDNet

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The bundled Lenovo Pen Professional stylus has an on-device housing, the place it recharges.

Picture: Sandra Vogel / ZDNet  

The keyboard could be very comfy to make use of. There’s not quite a lot of resistance on the downward stroke, and keys bounce again with vigour, making typing really feel easy. The ‘click-clack’ sound that accompanies typing will not be distracting. The principle keys all have Lenovo’s customary pot-bellied design, whereas the Fn key row and arrow keys are squared off. The Enter secret’s tall and broad. I had no bother touch-typing at my regular velocity. 

Lenovo’s trademark crimson TrackPoint sits between the G, H and B keys, with three buttons above the trackpad to be used with it. The TrackPoint is responsive and straightforward to make use of, however these buttons do imply much less room for the touchpad. It is usable sufficient, however Lenovo cannot observe the pattern for big touchpads right here. 

Biometric authentication is catered for by a fingerprint sensor built-in into the lozenge-shaped energy button that sits on the correct facet of the hole between keyboard and display screen. The 720p webcam above the display screen has a sliding privateness cowl, and IR assist is accessible as an choice if you wish to use Home windows Hi there face authentication. 

My overview unit had a top-end UHD+ (3,840 x 2,400, 323.5ppi) IPS contact panel whose brightness (500 nits), sharpness and readability have been all wonderful. It additionally helps 90% of the DCI-P3 color gamut. A decrease decision FHD+ (1,920 x 1,200, 161.7ppi) IPS contact panel can be accessible, with both 400 nits or 500 nits brightness (the latter additionally comes with a PrivacyGuard filter). A lower-resolution display screen will make sense if you wish to maximise battery life. 

An incredible display screen deserves nice audio system, and that is exactly what Lenovo supplies right here. There’s a number of quantity, bass is punchy, classical music is well-defined, and voice is obvious and sharp. Lenovo supplies two methods of tweaking audio. Its personal Lenovo Commerical Vantage utility supplies Dolby Audio settings for various eventualities: dynamic, film, music, sport and voice, and permits customers to mechanically optimise audio voice calling. The Dolby Entry app supplies finer-grained controls for these 5 eventualities, plus three presets. It is fairly an expansive vary of settings for those who wish to fiddle and tweak. 

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Lenovo’s Industrial Vantage utility supplies Dolby Audio settings for various eventualities, which you’ll alter additional within the Dolby Entry app. 

Picture: Sandra Vogel / ZDNet    

There are presently eight ThinkPad X1 Yoga Gen 6 fashions on Lenovo’s UK web site — three ‘construct your individual’ and 5 ‘able to ship’. The beginning worth is £1,849.99 (inc. VAT; £1,541.66 ex. VAT), for which you get an Intel Core i5-1145G7 processor, built-in Iris Xe Graphics, 8GB of RAM, a 256GB SSD and a 14-inch FHD+ (1920 x 1200) IPS contact display screen with 400 nits brightness. Configurable choices go as much as a Core i7-1185G7 CPU (+£210), 32GB of RAM (+£180), a 2TB SSD (+£410) and a UHD+ (3,840 x 2,400) IPS contact display screen with 500 nits brightness (+£150). 

Cell broadband is included with a number of the preconfigured fashions and is accessible as a customisation choice: 4G LTE will add £140 to the value, whereas 5G is a £400 addition. 

Within the US, as famous above, costs begin at $1,393.84, which buys you a Core i5-1135G7, 8GB of RAM, a 256GB SSD and an FHD+ display screen. The highest-end preconfigured mannequin within the US (Core i7, 16GB RAM, 1TB SSD, UHD+ display screen) prices $2,393.40. 

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Proper facet (above, left): pen slot, 3.5mm combo audio in/out, USB-A 3.2, Kensington Nano Safety Slot. Left facet (above, proper): 2x USB-C Thunderbolt 4, USB-A 3.2, HDMI 2.0.

Picture: Lenovo

Lenovo, and different producers, might be stingy with ports and connectors on their high-end laptops, however not right here. It is nice to see a pair of USB-A ports along with two Thunderbolt 4 USB-C ports, full-size HDMI and a 3.5mm combo audio in/out slot. One of many USB-C ports is used for charging, leaving only one free for a peripheral or hub when the battery is being replenished. Even so, Lenovo exhibits that it is doable to offer a very good array of ports on a compact laptop computer chassis.

Lenovo claims as much as 15 hours of life for the 57Wh battery on its web site, though the information sheet has estimates starting from 16.1h to 23.9h. My overview unit’s UHD+ (3840 x 2400) display screen could also be accountable for a considerably poorer displaying, which noticed the absolutely charged battery fall to simply 49% throughout a three-hour session operating mainstream workloads — writing into net apps, net browsing and media streaming. That works out at round 6 hours on a linear extrapolation, and I would hoped for higher. It is doable there was a difficulty with my overview unit, as a result of on the primary try at a rundown check the battery reached 82% after one hour after which crashed proper down to six% within the subsequent half hour. If I get a second overview unit from Lenovo, I’ll retest the battery.

Speedy charging (which requires a 65W energy provide or larger) labored wonderful, although. With the battery at 6% a 15-minute cost noticed it rise to 27%, an extra quarter-hour took it to 44% and after a complete of 45 minutes it had risen to 62%.

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Conclusions 

The Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Yoga Gen 6 is a gem of a 2-in-1 laptop computer, albeit an costly one. It is compact and well-made, with an excellent keyboard, a high-resolution display screen and a very good audio subsystem. The bundled, garaged stylus and good vary of ports are extra plus factors, and the flexibility to configure the laptop computer to fulfill your exact wants, together with as much as 2TB of SSD storage, is welcome.

There is a query mark over battery life, however this can be a glitch with my overview unit. If my battery downside proves to be a one-off, then the ThinkPad X1 Yoga Gen 6 is a premium 14-inch 2-in-1 to be reckoned with.

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