Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Yoga Gen 7 overview: seventh time’s a attraction?


Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Yoga Gen 7

MSRP $2,100.00

“The Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Yoga is not the strongest performer, however its construct high quality and battery life greater than make up for it.”

Execs

  • Strong productiveness efficiency
  • Above-average battery life
  • Wonderful keyboard
  • Robust safety and privateness options
  • Sturdy construct high quality

Cons

  • Thermal throttling limits artistic efficiency
  • Costly
  • Touchpad is somewhat small

Lenovo’s ThinkPad X1 Yoga is its business-class 360-degree convertible 2-in-1, sharing the identical bloodline as the remainder of the ThinkPad line however with out fairly the identical all-black aesthetic. The laptop computer obtained a serious improve in its sixth technology, and so the ThinkPad X1 Yoga Gen 7 is primarily a specs enhance that brings Intel’s Twelfth-gen CPU, LPDDR 5 RAM, and PCIe 4.0.

I obtained a midrange model of the ThinkPad X1 Yoga Gen 7 to overview, a $2,100 configuration operating on the Intel Core i7-1260P with the entry-level Full HD+ show. It’s as well-built as the standard ThinkPad, has an identical and maybe even higher keyboard, and gives robust battery life, however some thermal points held again its efficiency. It’s a stable selection for anybody in search of a enterprise laptop computer with manageability, safety, and privateness, however its mainstream enchantment is extra restricted.

Design

The lid of the ThinkPad X1 Yoga Gen 7.

The ThinkPad X1 Yoga Gen 7 is usually unchanged from the earlier model in its design, which was a whole redesign of the chassis and a change to a 16:10 show. The two-in-1 sports activities a Storm Gray (darkish gray) shade all through with no chrome accents, and its strains are easy and minimalistic with solely a rounded rear edge that stands out.

Probably the most fascinating points of the design are the same old ThinkPad pink accents within the LED dot over the “i” within the ThinkPad emblem on the lid, the pink accent on the emblem itself on the lid and palm relaxation, and the pink TrackPoint nubbin in the course of the keyboard. Lenovo was extremely aggressive with its redesign of the Yoga 9i Gen 7, which has a brand new rounded chassis with tasteful chrome accents and a contemporary, fashionable look. The ThinkPad X1 Yoga Gen 7 has a really conservative aesthetic by comparability.

As with most ThinkPads, the ThinkPad X1 Yoga Gen 7 is constructed extraordinarily effectively, constructed of CNC machined aluminum all through. It feels strong, with no bending, flexing, or twisting within the lid, keyboard deck, or chassis. The Yoga 9i Gen 7 is simply barely much less inflexible, giving the ThinkPad a leg up. In fact, it’s been subjected to navy testing for robustness as with all ThinkPad, giving some additional confidence in its construct high quality.

One other latest 14-inch 2-in-1 I reviewed, the MSI Summit E14 Flip, was rather less stable than both of Lenovo’s machines, reminding me of how essential construct high quality will be. The ThinkPad’s hinges have been mild sufficient to permit for opening with one hand whereas holding the show regular in clamshell, tent, media, and pill modes.

Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Yoga Gen 7 front angled view showing display.
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The show bezels are bigger than a few of the competitors’s, with small facet bezels however a bigger prime bezel — together with Lenovo’s reverse notch that homes the webcam and optionally available infrared digital camera — and a bigger chin. The screen-to-body ratio is available in at 81%, which is lower than the 90% we’re seeing in some latest 14-inch 2-in-1s.

Even with the bigger bezels, the ThinkPad X1 Yoga Gen 7 is barely smaller in width and depth than the Yoga 9i Gen 7 whereas being only a hair thicker at 0.61 inches versus 0.60 inches and barely lighter at 3.0 kilos versus 3.09 kilos. The ThinkPad is a really skinny and lightweight 14-inch 2-in-1 that’s extremely moveable and usable in pill mode with the included lively pen.

Ports

Connectivity is great. Alongside the left-hand facet, there are two USB-C ports with Thunderbolt 4 assist (one is used for charging the laptop computer), a USB-A 3.2 Gen 1 port, and a full-size HDMI 2.0b port. On the right-hand facet is one other USB-A 3.2 Gen 1 port and a 3.5mm audio jack. The one main omission is an SD card reader.

Wi-fi connectivity consists of essentially the most up-to-date Wi-Fi 6E and Bluetooth 5.2, and 4G LTE is an possibility.

Efficiency

Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Yoga Gen 7 tent view close up of hinge.
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My overview unit was constructed round Intel’s 28-watt, 12-core (4 Efficiency, eight Environment friendly), 16-thread Twelfth-gen Core i7-1260P. We’ve reviewed sufficient laptops with this chip to know that it gives stable productiveness efficiency and is considerably quicker than the final technology at CPU-intensive artistic duties. It matches up effectively towards AMD’s newest CPU for skinny and lightweight laptops, the Ryzen 7 6800U.

Most producers now embody utilities that enable the consumer to change between efficiency modes, usually with a quiet mode that minimizes fan noise, warmth, and efficiency, a balanced mode that’s meant to optimize all three, and a efficiency mode that runs as quick as attainable with out regard for fan noise and warmth. I’ve included each balanced and efficiency mode ends in the desk beneath. Notice that on all of the laptops I’ve examined, the PCMark 10 Full benchmark hasn’t proven a lot of a rise when switching modes, so I’m itemizing simply the balanced mode outcomes.

Trying on the benchmarks, we see that the ThinkPad X1 Yoga Gen 7 didn’t profit as a lot from the change to efficiency mode as another laptops with the Core i7-1260P. Relying on the benchmark, although, its balanced mode efficiency was larger. That wasn’t true in Geekbench 5, the place it was slower than all however the MSI Summit E14 Flip. which was sluggish throughout the board in balanced mode. In our Handbrake check that encodes a 420MB video as H.265, although, it was quicker in balanced mode, however its rating truly decreased in efficiency mode. And it was additionally larger in Cinebench R23 in balanced mode, however it fell behind in efficiency mode. Its PCMark 10 Full rating was aggressive.

The ThinkPad X1 Yoga Gen 7 is a really skinny laptop computer, and its thermal design couldn’t sustain.

These outcomes are straightforward to clarify. The ThinkPad X1 Yoga Gen 7 is a really skinny laptop computer, and its thermal design couldn’t sustain. In Handbrake in efficiency mode, it hit 99 levels C and throttled. And in Cinebench, it throttled in each modes, hitting 100 levels C. I noticed the identical sort of habits within the Asus ZenBook S 13 OLED with the Ryzen 7 6800U, which was the quickest laptop computer in Handbrake and Cinebench in balanced mode however didn’t profit as a lot from a change to efficiency mode as a result of throttling. Lenovo used some tips to enhance thermal efficiency, akin to pulling in air by the keyboard by way of twin followers, however it wasn’t sufficient to maintain the Intel CPU operating at full pace.

General, the ThinkPad X1 Yoga Gen 7’s efficiency was respectable outdoors of Geekbench 5. There’s not a lot level in switching to efficiency mode, and in reality, that may sluggish you down. Preserve the laptop computer in balanced mode and also you’ll get stable productiveness efficiency and sufficient pace for some lower-end artistic duties as effectively. Nevertheless it doesn’t have as a lot headroom as another laptops we’ve examined with the identical CPU.

Geekbench
(single / multi)
Handbrake
(seconds)
Cinebench R23
(single / multi)
PCMark 10
Full
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Yoga Gen 7
(Core i7-1260P)
1,650 / 8,080
Perf: 1,621 / 8,544
116
Perf: 120
1,587 / 7,682
Perf: 1,611 / 8,078
5,537
MSI Summit E14 Flip
(Core i7-1260P)
1,485 / 7,732
Perf: 1,472 / 10,276
152
Perf: 94
1,536 / 6,793
Perf: 1,536 / 9,124
4,910
Lenovo Yoga 9i 14 Gen 7
(Core i7-1260P)
1,717 / 9,231
Perf: 1,712 / 10,241
130
Perf: 101
1,626 / 7,210
Perf: 1,723 / 8,979
5,760
LG Gram 16 2-in-1
(Core i7-1260P)
1,682 / 9,035
Perf: 1,686 / 9,479
137
Perf: 113
1,524 / 6,314
Perf: 1,663 / 8,396
5,404
Asus Zenbook S 13 OLED
(Ryzen 7 6800U)
1,417 / 6,854
Perf: 1,404 / 7,223
112
Perf: 111
1,402 / 8,682
Perf: 1,409 / 8,860
5,647
HP Spectre x360 14
(Core i7-1165G7)
1,214 / 4,117
Perf: N/A
236
Perf: 189
1,389 / 3,941
Perf: 1,404 / 4,847
4,728

The 3DMark Time Spy gaming benchmark demonstrated the identical habits as with the Handbrake check. The ThinkPad X1 Yoga Gen 7 achieved the quickest rating among the many Intel Iris Xe-equipped laptops in balanced mode, however then its rating decreased once more in efficiency mode as a result of throttling and it fell considerably behind.

The identical factor occurred in Fortnite, the place the ThinkPad X1 Yoga Gen 7 was a few frames per second (fps) forward of the opposite Intel Iris Xe machines in balanced mode however then dropped behind in efficiency mode. It barely issues, although; given the built-in graphics, this was by no means going to be a severe gaming laptop computer.

3DMark
Time Spy
Fortnite
(1080p/1200p Epic)
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Yoga Gen 7
(Core i7-1260P)
1,899
Perf: 1,886
17 fps
Perf: 16 fps
MSI Summit E14 Flip
(Core i7-1260P)
1,740
Perf: 1,959
15 fps
Perf: 19 fps
Lenovo Yoga 9i 14 Gen 7
(Core i7-1260P)
1,658
Perf: 1,979
12 fps
Perf: N/A
LG Gram 16 2-in-1
(Core i7-1260P)
1,746
Perf: 1,919
15 fps
Perf: 20 fps
Asus Zenbook S 13 OLED
(Ryzen 7 6800U)
2,110
Perf: 2,213
19 fps
Perf: 19 fps
HP Spectre x360 14
(Core i7-1165G7)
1,457
Perf: 1,709
19 fps
Perf: 23 fps

Show and audio

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Lenovo gives a number of shows for the ThinkPad X1 Yoga Gen 7, all 14-inch contact shows with a productivity-friendly 16:10 side ratio that’s turning into the brand new normal in fashionable laptops. Choices embody a WUXGA (1,920 x 1,200) IPS low-power anti-glare 400-nit show, a WUXGA IPS low-power 500-nit show with Privateness Display screen, and a WQUXGA (3,840 x 2,400) low-power OLED 500-nit show with HDR400 and Dolby Imaginative and prescient. My overview unit geared up the entry-level show that was a bit much less sharp than I like however appeared vivid and colourful with deep blacks. I’ll point out that I’ve reviewed so many laptops with larger resolutions that it was bizarre working with what’s additionally referred to as a Full HD+ panel. I’ve been spoiled.

My colorimeter discovered the show to supply a higher-quality picture than we’re used to seeing in decrease decision shows. The show was vivid at 386 nits (with 300 nits being out baseline), greater than sufficient for any indoor lighting circumstances and usable outdoors besides in direct daylight. The distinction was distinctive for an IPS laptop computer show at 1,900:1. That’s one of many highest scores we’ve seen. Colour width was barely above common at 100% of sRGB and 81% of AdobeRGB; we usually see nearer to 75% of the latter within the common premium show. Lastly, colours have been extraordinarily correct at a DeltaE of 0.87, the place something lower than 1.0 is indistinguishable to the human eye.

Whereas the show couldn’t compete towards the OLED panels in our comparability group, it did effectively towards the opposite IPS shows — all of which have been larger decision screens that usually supply larger high quality. That makes the ThinkPad X1 Yoga Gen 7’s show fairly good, and a fantastic selection when you don’t require a better decision and also you need to optimize your battery life (see beneath).

Brightness
(nits)
Distinction sRGB gamut AdobeRGB gamut Accuracy DeltaE
(decrease is healthier)
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Yoga Gen 7
(IPS)
386 1,900:1 100% 81% 0.78
MSI Summit E14 Flip
(IPS)
516 1,320:1 100% 89% 1.10
Lenovo Yoga 9i 14 Gen 7
(OLED)
406 28,380:1 100% 95% 0.87
LG Gram 6 2-in-1
(IPS)
323 1,230:1 100% 87% 2.82
Lenovo IdeaPad Slim 7i Professional
(IPS)
369 1,340:1 100% 80% 1.65
Lenovo IdeaPad Slim 7 Carbon
(OLED)
397 27,590:1 100% 96% 0.88

4 audio system, two upward-firing subsequent to the keyboard paired with two downward-firing on the entrance backside of the chassis, present a variety of quantity for a skinny and lightweight laptop computer. Mids and highs have been clear with only a little bit of scratchiness when turned all the way in which up, and there was only a trace of bass. General, I’d price the sound high quality as superb for a 14-inch laptop computer, and also you gained’t essentially want a pair of headphones to take pleasure in some Netflix bingeing or music.

Keyboard, touchpad, and webcam

Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Yoga Gen 7 top down view showing keyboard, touchpad, and pen.
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The keyboard is a model of the standard ThinkPad keyboard, with the identical format (together with the sadly reversed left perform and management keys), massive, sculpted keycaps, and loads of key spacing. Nonetheless, given the ThinkPad X1 Yoga Gen 7’s thinner chassis, the switches aren’t as deep and so they’re a lot lighter than common. I favor this model, which is snappy and exact and doesn’t require as a lot stress to register a keystroke as most ThinkPad keyboards. It’s a step behind the Dell XPS and HP Spectre keyboards, which I feel are one of the best amongst Home windows laptops, however it’s a cushty keyboard nonetheless for lengthy typing classes.

As common with ThinkPads, you get two methods to manage the cursor. There’s the TrackPoint nubbin in the course of the keyboard that appears anachronistic however stays one thing that Lenovo gained’t let go of. For those who like that sort of management, that is one of the best instance. The draw back to the TrackPoint is that it requires a set of buttons that take up area on the touchpad, which has been widened on this technology however stays smaller than it could possibly be. It’s a very good touchpad with a cushty and exact floor and the buttons are good with a stable, quiet click on, it’s simply too small.

The webcam’s video picture high quality is healthier than most.

The ThinkPad X1 Yoga Gen 7 retains the identical small lively pen because the earlier fashions, which docks in a bay on the suitable facet of the laptop computer for storage and energy. It really works effectively with the touch- and pen-enabled show, though I do favor full-size pens to the ThinkPad’s diminutive model.

There are three webcam choices, all Full HD. You may get the webcam by itself, with infrared capabilities for facial recognition, and with Pc Imaginative and prescient that improves the human presence detection options outlined within the subsequent part. I discovered the video picture high quality to be higher than most and a very good match for hybrid staff who depend on videoconferencing.

Privateness and safety

Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Yoga Gen 7 display view showing webcam.
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Home windows 11 Hey passwordless login assist is supplied by a fingerprint reader embedded within the energy button in addition to an optionally available infrared digital camera for facial recognition. My overview unit didn’t equip the infrared digital camera, however the fingerprint reader labored rapidly and reliably. For some added privateness, the webcam will be bodily blocked utilizing Lenovo’s ThinkShutter privateness change.

Even with out the infrared digital camera, you may nonetheless make the most of the put in Look app that allows a number of human presence detection options. For instance, the show will blur if the consumer seems away from it, and the laptop computer will fall asleep if the consumer leaves. Look is not going to, although, wake the laptop computer again up when the consumer returns. Privateness Guard will blur the show if somebody seems over the consumer’s shoulder and Privateness Alert will let the consumer know somebody’s wanting. Digital Wellness will present an outline of the consumer’s laptop computer utilization, and Snap Home windows will management the cursor based mostly on the place the consumer is wanting when an exterior show is linked.

For those who go for an infrared digital camera with Pc Imaginative and prescient, you additionally get enhanced human presence detection capabilities. Configured utilizing the Industrial Vantage utility, Lenovo’s Zero Contact function can lock the laptop computer when the consumer steps away and, not like Look, wake it again up when the consumer returns. The remainder of the options listed above are additionally supported.

Lastly, Lenovo constructed Tile machine location expertise into the ThinkPad X1 Yoga Gen 7. Merely subscribe to the Tile service, register the laptop computer, and also you’ll have the ability to find it by way of Bluetooth in your smartphone when the laptop computer’s in vary and by way of the Tile Community when it’s not.

Battery life

Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Yoga Gen 7 tablet mode,
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The ThinkPad X1 Yoga Gen 7 has a 57 watt-hour battery, which is lower than common for a 14-inch laptop computer. And up to now, the Core i7-1260P normally hasn’t been breaking any effectivity information in our testing. Toss in the truth that ThinkPads don’t at all times excel in longevity, and I wasn’t holding out a lot hope for all-day battery life.

Issues began out effectively, with the laptop computer lasting simply over 10 hours in our net searching check that cycles by some standard and sophisticated web sites. That’s a powerful exhibiting, particularly for the CPU. In our video check that loops an area Full HD Avengers trailer, the ThinkPad X1 Yoga Gen 7 lasted for over 16 hours, one other robust rating. All the opposite laptops in our comparability group have larger decision shows in addition to embody some OLED panels, and the ThinkPad’s low-power Full HD+ show was clearly a bonus on this check.

Then I examined with the PCMark 10 Functions battery check, which is one of the best predictor of typical productiveness battery life, and the ThinkPad X1 Yoga Gen 7 did effectively at 10.5 hours. That’s the second-longest outcome among the many Core i7-1260P machines we’ve examined and usually a sign {that a} laptop computer will final a full day of productiveness work except it consists of demanding CPU-intensive duties. Within the PCMark10 Gaming battery check, which signifies how arduous a laptop computer works whereas operating on battery, the ThinkPad managed 1.75 hours, rather less than common and indicating that the ThinkPad works arduous whereas unplugged.

General, battery life is a energy. You’re prone to get a full day’s work on a cost, with some energy left over for Netflix binging within the night.

Internet searching Video PCMark 10
Functions
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Yoga Gen 7
(Core i7-1260P)
10 hours, 10 minutes 16 hours, 12 minutes 10 hours, 33 minutes
MSI Summit E14 Flip
(Core i7-1260P)
7 hours, 23 minutes 9 hours, 0 minutes 7 hours, 54 minutes
Lenovo Yoga 9i 14 Gen 7
(Core i7-1260P)
9 hours, 10 minutes 12 hours, 45 minutes 8 hours, 32 minutes
LG Gram 16 2-in-1
(Core i7-1260P)
11 hours, 31 minutes 17 hours, 58 minutes 16 hours, 39 minutes
 Asus Zenbook S 13 OLED
(Ryzen 7 6800U)
8 hours, 4 minutes 13 hours, 13 minutes N/A
Lenovo IdeaPad Slim 7 Carbon
(Ryzen 7 5800U)
10 hours, 6 minutes 11 hours, 12 minutes 9 hours, 22 minutes

Pricing and configurations

My overview unit presently prices $2,100 on the Lenovo net retailer for a Core i7-1260P, 16GB of LPDDR5 RAM, a 512GB PCIe 3.0 solid-state drive (SSD), and a 14-inch Full HD+ anti-reflective and anti-smudge IPS show. Drop right down to a Core i5-1240 (a slower chip with the identical core and thread rely), 8GB of RAM, and a 256GB SSD and also you’ll spend $1,721. On the excessive finish, there’s a $2,773 configuration with a Core i7-1270P with vPro, 32GB of RAM, a 1TB PCIe Gen 4 SSD, a 14-inch WQUXGA (3,840 x 2,400) anti-reflective and anti-smudge IPS show with Dolby Imaginative and prescient HDR, and an infrared digital camera with Pc Imaginative and prescient. You too can configure numerous different mixtures at numerous value factors, and Lenovo sells by quite a lot of retail channels, so it’s a good suggestion to test round for one of the best value when making your buy.

Our take

The Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Yoga Gen 7 is a stable enterprise 2-in-1 selection, providing a vPro CPU possibility for enhanced administration and safety and a bunch of different options which might be of curiosity to security- and privacy-minded businesspeople. And you may select distinctive service choices that companies will respect.

However how does it compete as a mainstream 14-inch convertible 2-in-1? It suffers from some thermal points that maintain again its high-end efficiency, however it has superior battery life, robust connectivity, and a pleasant low-power Full HD+ IPS show for customers who don’t want OLED or larger resolutions. It’s additionally fairly costly, which is able to probably maintain it again towards some stable competitors.

Are there any alternate options?

Lenovo’s Yoga 9i Gen 7 is the strongest competitor, providing a surprising new design, higher efficiency, and a beautiful OLED show (which you’ll configure on the ThinkPad). It doesn’t have the ThinkPad’s business-oriented options, nevertheless.

The brand-new HP Spectre x360 13.5 seems like it is going to be a powerful competitor, providing a extra environment friendly processor that may problem in efficiency as effectively (which stays to be seen once we conduct our overview). It’s extra elegantly designed and can probably supply the identical wonderful keyboard and show because the Spectre x360 14 that it’s changing.

Lastly, you must think about Apple’s MacBook Professional 14 when you don’t require the flexibleness of a 2-in-1. It’s exceptionally well-built, like all MacBooks, and its Apple M1 Professional or M1 Max CPUs are speedy and supply a few of the greatest battery life. For those who don’t demand Home windows 11, then the MacBook Professional 14 is a wonderful, albeit costly, different.

How lengthy will it final?

The ThinkPad X1 Yoga Gen 7 has a strong construct high quality that ought to final for years, and it’s stocked with up-to-date parts. There’s a one-year guarantee, which is lower than we wish to see on what’s thought-about a business-class laptop computer.

Do you have to purchase it?

Sure, when you’re a businessperson who can profit from its business-focused options.

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