Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Yoga Review: the X1 Carbon Goes Yoga

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Lisa Gade reviews the new ThinkPad X1 Yoga from Lenovo. This is essentially the lovely ThinkPad X1 Carbon with a 360 degree hinge, lift and lock keyboard and a Wacom AES pen. It’s remarkably thin and light (2.8 lbs/1.27 Kg) for a 14” Windows 10 convertible, yet it’s rigid, durable and has a spill resistant keyboard.

** Read our full written review here: http://www.mobiletechreview.com/notebooks/Lenovo-ThinkPad-X1-Yoga.htm

This 2-in-1 runs on Intel 6th generation Skylake Core i5 and i7 dual core 15 watt CPUs with Intel HD 520 graphics. It’s typically available with 8 gigs of RAM and a 256 or 512 gig SSD (both SATA and PCIe available as options). You can get it with a 1920 x 1080 full HD anti-glare display or a QHD display (all support touch and the included pen). An AMOLED QHD panel will be available as an option in April 2016.

The laptop has Intel dual band WiFi 802.11ac with Bluetooth 4.1, optional 4G LTE-A and optional WiGig. It has an ample selection of ports, a 52…

42 Comments on Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Yoga Review: the X1 Carbon Goes Yoga

  1. This is a great review and helped me with my decision to purchase the X1 Yoga.  However, I purchased the i7 version direct from Lenovo with a 5-7 estimated shipping date.  It has been over three weeks and the estimated shipping date just extended another week.  Four weeks for a standard build is ridiculous.

  2. I just received my X1 Yoga (Core i7, 16GB Ram, FHD, 256GB nvme SSD). Current date: 2015-05-20, shipped on 2016-05-16, arrived on 2016-05-19. Here are my comments: I was really nervous about this purchase as I have read countless posts about touchscreen issues and the less than stellar customer service. However, the unit came in pristine condition and everything works perfectly out of the box. I use the laptop with no scaling to maximize screen real estate. Everything is much more tiny than on a 24" monitor. However, it's still readable and I quickly got used to it. I use my ipad Air as a second monitor through the Duet Display app. My experience with the X1 Yoga so far is much greater than with the DELL XPS 15 9550 that I ended up returning because the keyboard on the XPS is horrible. I'm a software developer. I type a lot. The keyboard on the X1 Yoga is AMAZING!. The only small complaint I have is that I have to crank up the brightness to 75-80% indoor. On the DELL XPS 15, I could get by with just 50% indoor which leaves a lot more room to get more brightness when working outdoors. Thank god I work indoor 99% of the time.

  3. I am seriously torn between getting the x1 yoga and the t450s, I like both for different reasons….I really like the whole yoga modes instead of just a plain laptop, also the charger I believe charges faster, plus pen support…I like the built like a tank t-series of laptops, keyboard may be a tiny bit better, less reflective screen, battery swap, maybe feels a tiny bit more durable?

  4. Hi. Lisa.
    I just got this laptop thanks to your review. However, it seems to have a built-in screen protector, which attracts a lot of lint and dust. I try to remove it but it sticks on extremely tight. I wonder if it's some anti-glare coating or something that cannot be peeled off? Please let me know!

  5. Great review as always Lisa! Always so in depth. The X1 Yoga looks amazing. Especially as an an artist I can imagine how great this would be to try out. The large screen and Wacom stylus would make it ideal. I love the idea that Lenovo & Wacom have gone to the trouble of creating a variation of the stulus which is built to be more ergonomic for grip. I'm a big fan of ergonomics and I find that most stylus' are very poor in that area. Again, as an artist, I hold the stylus for longer than most users so it's very important. I know Wacom take their trade very important but it's very important for me as a user to see a company such as Lenovo turning an eye to it too.

    Again, thank you for your video on the X1 and keep up the good work :D

  6. I have a ThinkPad Yoga, I love it. I struggled a bit between ThinkPad Yoga and X1 Carbon. And I chose TP Yoga because of the wacom screen it has. TP Yoga's AB side is not as solid as X1 Carbon, so it does wiggle a bit if rest my palm on it or hold it with one hand.
    This seems perfectly combined the traits of both TP Yoga and X1 Carbon.

  7. Hi.. Can you please do a smackdown of Lenovo X1 Yoga and XPS 13 Infinity ?. I want a lightweight model and wondering if those extra 500 Euros for x1 yoga in comparison to dell 13 are worth the investment ?… (Surface book is quite heavy to be compared to the two, in my opinion)…

  8. Hi.. Can you please do a smackdown of Lenovo X1 Yoga and XPS 13 Infinity ?. I want a lightweight model and wondering if those extra 500 Euros for x1 yoga in comparison to dell 13 are worth the investment ?… (Surface book is quite heavy to be compared to the two, in my opinion)…

  9. Hi, I experienced a lot of fan noise on my i7- configuration. The fan used to run wild when it was put to sleep. With a recent BIOS update, the fan continues to work not as much as before but sufficient enough to considered unpleasant.

    I have returned my X1 and was wondering if mine was an isolated incident or a common issue. I felt that the X1 Yoga was excellent in terms of the build quality, barring the fan noise. Hoping for your response as I intend on getting another piece if mine was an isolated incident.

  10. I bought the X260 recently and i love it! Wanted to go for the X1, carbon or non carbon but got scared off by the price.

    Previously i own the W510 which i bought in 2010, it is still working but a bit too heavy for my daily commute to school. I upgraded the W510 hdd to a SSD and bought a new 9 cell battery. Currently using it at home as a workstation desktop while the X260 as a school laptop. Also, my sister's 8 year old T400 is still alive and kicking!

    I fucking love thinkpads. durable, reliable and get things done

  11. Hi Lisa,
    Love the reviews! Any idea when we can expect a review of the brand new x1 carbon 2016/4th gen? Looking to get one of those, mainly for the IPS 1080p panel (I actually have a 3rd gen with TN right now), and I'd love to see your opinions on the laptop, especially battery life. I'm asking because I saw that it just became available on lenovo's site the other day. Thanks!

  12. Fantastico! Sono riusciti a fare quello che Sony aveva fatto 3 anni prima. Vedo che la tecnologia di LENOVO fa passi da gigante!! Speriamo che torni VAIO o che un nuovo Steve si faccia avanti!

  13. hi, could you tell if OLED version will have intel HD 520 or iris( eg.540 ) GPU because there is no spec pdf for OLED ver, ive checked few spreed sheets , and power consumption should be better on OLED than IPS ( look mobile phones )so if higher power consumption is not about screen than it looks like different GPU ( iris has double cores than 520 ), models are not same because of different battery 52 vs 56 , so would you be so kind to check that … ? I think, it would be checkmate Thinkpad X1 yoga OLED with iris from lenovo TOP SPEC SELL X1

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