We ahead advised the Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Yoga and alleged it “Lenovo’s top-shelf ThinkPad convertible” … admitting with a ample bulk tag. Earlier this year Lenovo fabricated the ThinkPad X1 Yoga alike added adorable acknowledgment to the admittance of a 14-inch Organic light-emitting diodes (OLED) display. The real-world allowances of OLED are badly above blush reproduction and aberrant adverse with blacks that appearance no arresting backlight bleeding. If you haven’t apparent a anthology or smartphone with an OLED awning again you apparently don’t apprehend aloof how “bright” atramentous and adumbration areas are on a acceptable LCD. This anthology is eye bonbon in the best accessible way.
That actuality said, is the OLED adaptation account the about $1,700 allurement price? The abbreviate acknowledgment is yes … but apprehend this Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Yoga OLED review to acquisition out why.
The Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Yoga OLED looks so abundant like added thin-and-light ThinkPads in Lenovo’s accepted artefact band that the architecture is arguably unremarkable. This anthology is thinner and lighter than antecedent bearing ThinkPads acknowledgment to alien ambit of aloof 13.1 by 9 by 0.66 inches, but this is absolute abutting to “normal” for a avant-garde 14-inch thin-and-light notebook.
The analogous 360-degree metal hinges are what makes the ThinkPad X1 Yoga OLED a convertible notebook. The hinges acquiesce you to use the anthology like a book by flipping aback the awning and folding it collapsed adjoin the abject of the chassis. Similarly, you can stop alternating the awning at about 270 degrees and cast the anthology upside bottomward for the tent-like “Connect” approach or blow the keyboard face bottomward on your board for “Present” mode.
If convertible notebooks accept a axiological blemish it comes bottomward to weight. Sure, 2.8 pounds is failing for a 14-inch anthology but best committed tablets counterbalance 1.6 pounds or below and are acutely thinner aback they don’t accept a concrete keyboard.
The anatomy is fabricated of magnesium admixture and carbon cilia authoritative it actually athletic and added abiding than a budget-priced thin-and-light. Lenovo activated the ThinkPad X1 Yoga OLED adjoin aggressive blueprint and the fit and accomplishment is excellent.
One of the compromises that Lenovo had to accomplish in adjustment to accumulate the ThinkPad X1 Yoga OLED so attenuate is the abatement of user upgrades You won’t acquisition any admission panels on the basal of the chassis. Alike if you abolish all nine Phillips-head screws and breach the anatomy in bisected you’ll alone acquisition a distinct M.2 aperture for a admeasurement 2280 SSD. The LPDDR3 RAM is anchored to the motherboard and cannot be upgraded afterwards purchase.
Although ThinkPads about appear with a cardinal of “legacy” ports like VGA, Ethernet and sometimes alike Serial ports, the Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Yoga OLED is artlessly too attenuate for those to be congenital in. If you appetite to aggrandize the cardinal of ports, you’ll charge to acquirement Lenovo’s OneLink berth or the ThinkPad Stack accessories. The berth connects via a committed anchorage on the larboard ancillary of the chassis. The X1 Yoga doesn’t abutment the acceptable snap-in advancing stations acclimated with the T-series ThinkPads. And, aloof like in our antecedent analysis of the X1 Yoga, Lenovo didn’t accommodate a USB Type-C anchorage admitting the actuality that best competitors are application USB Type-C.
On the larboard ancillary of the anatomy you’ll acquisition the proprietary ellipsoidal AC adeptness jack, OneLink advancing connector, mini-DisplayPort, and a USB 3.0. The appropriate ancillary has the pen slot, recessed adeptness button, aggregate rocker, headphone/microphone aggregate jack, a brace of USB 3.0 ports, full-size HDMI, and Kensington lock slot.
The rear bend of the anatomy doesn’t accept any of the acceptable ports but there is a hidden admission console for the microSD and SIM agenda slots. You cannot accessible that baby console (or any allotment of the rear edge) aback the notebook’s lid is open.
The congenital pen feels added like a smartphone stylus; accessible aback you appetite to address bottomward quick addendum or assurance a agenda certificate but too chiffon for continued periods of autograph or drawing. Artlessly put, the Lenovo pen fits calmly into the attenuate anatomy but doesn’t feel anywhere abreast as nice as the Apple Pen or Microsoft’s Apparent Pen.
Let’s cut appropriate to the chase: the OLED awning makes this anthology attending amazing. Organic light-emitting diodes (OLED) are fundamentally altered from the aqueous bright displays (LCDs) begin in best carriageable accessories because the alone pixels of the OLED affectation are aflame instead of application a backlight abaft the absolute screen. This agency there is no arresting backlight bleeding and atramentous or adumbration areas are abundant darker because there is below (or no) ablaze advancing from those areas of the display.
This makes the luminance ethics from an OLED console acutely altered from the LCDs we commonly review. Lenovo advertises the awning accuracy of the OLED affectation as 300 cd/m² but the accurate accuracy of the affectation varies badly based on the bulk of white actuality displayed at any accustomed time. The capricious accuracy isn’t aloof because there adeptness be added or below aflame pixels on the screen; the absolute awning accuracy is capricious because of Lenovo’s use of automatic accuracy control. In added words, as the absolute cardinal of aflame pixels on the absolute awning increases the accuracy of the aflame pixels decreases … and as the absolute cardinal of aflame pixels on the absolute awning decreases the accuracy of the aflame pixels increases. We aboriginal noticed the capricious accuracy aback autograph a Word certificate with atramentous argument on a mostly white accomplishments and again switched to browsing Netflix with a mostly atramentous accomplishments … whites aback appeared abundant brighter on the Netflix website than the white accomplishments of the Word document.
The 14-inch OLED console has a WQHD congenital resolution of 2560 x 1440 pixels with a 16:9 aspect ratio. The constant pixel body of 210 PPI agency that accomplished capacity are rendered with define sharpness. At aboriginal glance our alone criticism is the added ablaze blow awning apparent that covers and protects the affectation panel. Added aegis is good, but the ablaze blow awning apparent agency reflections and blaze become a botheration central below ablaze lights or outdoors below sunlight. That said, the ThinkPad X1 Yoga OLED is accessible with accepted IPS-LCD panels if you charge a awning with anti-glare properties.
As we mentioned in our antecedent review, the ThinkPad X1 Yoga OLED’s speakers are active central the anatomy but still aftermath analytic loud and bright sound. You’ll appetite to affix a affection set of headphones or a Bluetooth apostle if you affliction about exceptional audio quality, but the congenital speakers assignment accomplished for webcasts or watching a few abbreviate YouTube videos.
The Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Yoga OLED uses uses a aberration of the company’s patented “lift and lock” keyboard tray. The keyboard tray surrounding the alone Chiclet-style keys automatically rises up as the lid is bankrupt backwards into book mode. This makes the keyboard apparent alike with the acme of the keys and prevents you from accidentally bustling off the key caps with your fingers or adornment aback captivation the anthology in book mode.
The accommodation that comes with the lift and lock apparatus is hardly bargain key travel, a key columnist on the ThinkPad X1 Yoga OLED feels “shallower” than it does on acceptable ThinkPads like the ThinkPad T460s. Still, the keyboard feels accomplished for a thin-and-light design. The key activity is brittle with no angle in the keyboard tray. White LED backlighting is accessible in two levels, toggled via Fn Spacebar.
As with best ThinkPads, you’ll acquisition committed Home and End keys at the high right, while the Page Up and Page Bottomward keys are in the arrow key cluster. The Action Lock key aggregate (Fn Esc) allows you to toggle the action row F1-F12 keys as primary, or their basal functions such as awning accuracy and aggregate adjustments.
The buttonless touchpad is far below absorbing than the keyboard. The touchpad apparent itself is ample abundant for a 14-inch anthology and you can columnist bottomward anywhere to aftermath a click. Unfortunately, the touchpad doesn’t consistently annals the aberration amid a larboard bang and a appropriate click. Frequently we would intend to accomplish a larboard click, alone to be greeted by the right-click agenda actualization on the screen. As a result, we begin ourselves switching to the red UltraNav pointing stick in the centermost of the keyboard and the committed left, center, and appropriate bang abrasion buttons amid below the amplitude bar. The pointing stick and the committed abrasion buttons delivered far added constant after-effects than the touchpad.
This device performs actually able-bodied for a exceptional business-class thin-and-light Ultrabook. Our Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Yoga OLED analysis assemblage comes with the Intel Core i7-6600U dual-core model, active at 2.6GHz base, with the adeptness to dynamically jump to 3.4GHz application its Turbo Boost feature. This is added than acceptable processing adeptness for best usages, including ablaze photo and video editing. The Core i5-6200U processor comes central the entry-level configurations, which runs at 2.3GHz with a Turbo Boost to 2.8GHz. Average business users won’t apprehension the aberration amid the entry-level i5-6200U and the upgraded i7-6600U archetypal in our analysis assemblage if they’re active with aloof 8GB of arrangement RAM.
Graphics processing is address of the chip Intel HD 520, which is congenital into the Core i7-6600U processor. It’s fast abundant for accustomed acceptance and up to 4K video playback. It’s about not able of arena the latest 3D games, though.
The RAM in this anthology is of the LPDDR3-1600 array which is anchored to the motherboard. It abominably can’t be upgraded afterwards the fact. Entry-level configurations appear with 8GB of arrangement RAM and Lenovo offers 16GB of RAM with Core i7-6600U processor configurations like the one we’re reviewing here.
Storage options are bound to M.2 architecture SSDs, as the X1 Yoga is artlessly too attenuate to abode a 2.5-inch drive bay. Offered capacities ambit from 128GB to 1TB. The 256GB SSD in our analysis assemblage is the higher-performance NVMe version, which raises the all-embracing bulk alike more.
Our Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Yoga OLED review assemblage has the afterward abstruse specifications:
wPrime processor allegory after-effects (listed in abnormal – lower array beggarly bigger performance):
PCMark8 Home (Accelerated) measures all-embracing arrangement achievement in Windows 8 for accepted activities from web browsing and video alive to accounting abstracts and arena amateur (higher array beggarly bigger performance):
PCMark8 Assignment (Accelerated) measures all-embracing arrangement achievement in Windows 8 for work-related abundance tasks (higher array beggarly bigger performance):
3DMark 11 measures the all-embracing gaming achievement of the GPU (higher array beggarly bigger performance):
3DMark Fire Strike is a newer DirectX 11 criterion that measures all-embracing cartoon agenda achievement for gaming (higher array beggarly bigger performance):
CrystalDiskMark accumulator drive achievement test:
The distinct bankrupt aperture at the aback appropriate ancillary of the anatomy occasionally turns on during accepted usage. The Intel Core i5 and i7 dual-core processors accessible in the Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Yoga OLED are actually power-efficient, allowance to accumulate the calefaction down. The anatomy gets blood-warm about the top and basal of the bankrupt aperture but the alien temperatures never accomplished what we would alarm “hot.” The aperture is positioned so that it isn’t blocked while the ThinkPad X1 Yoga OLED is actuality acclimated as a tablet. The fan has no beef and is accordingly adamantine to notice. The fan is aural at top acceleration but we alone heard the fan acceleration up to best while testing graphically acute amateur and active high-stress constructed benchmarks. The fan usually stays off, authoritative the anthology actually silent. The fan occasionally bliss on at lower RPM while alive video.
The ThinkPad X1 Yoga OLED includes a 65W adeptness adapter (20V/3.25A). The cords extend end to end, including the breadth of the adeptness adapter unit, 9 feet, 7 inches. The absolute bureaucracy weighs 0.64 pounds. It’s all-embracing a accurately bunched solution. The adapter assemblage gets balmy while charging the unit, which is normal.
We use Futuremark’s Powermark criterion to admeasurement array life. This analysis is abundant added ambitious than a accepted array briefing test. It uses a aggregate of automatic web browsing, 3D gaming, video playback, and appointment abundance workloads to accord a worst-case scenario. We set the awning accuracy at 50 percent, and put the notebook’s wireless radios in aeroplane mode.
The ahead advised X1 Yoga with WQHD IPS blow affectation ran for 4 hours, 48 minutes. Abundant to our abruptness there was no cogent aberration in the array activity of our Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Yoga OLED analysis unit, which came in at 4 hours and 52 minutes. Add about 30 percent to appraisal real-world, ablaze acceptance with lower awning brightness, and you’re attractive at about six and a bisected hours of to seven hours of array life. That’s a admirable time on par with added 14-inch Lenovo ThinkPads but backward abaft convertibles with lower adeptness processors like the HP Spectre x360, which went for over six hours in the Powermark benchmark.
PowerMark “Balanced” array activity analysis after-effects (higher array beggarly bigger life):
Whether or not you adjudge to acquirement this device boils bottomward to one thing: Do you amount accepting one of the best-looking screens you can acquisition on any notebook?
The $2,289.60 bulk of our Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Yoga OLED analysis assemblage is appealing big-ticket but, at the time of this writing, you can acquirement the entry-level X1 Yoga with a FHD (1920 x 1080) IPS-Touch affectation anon from Lenovo’s website for $1,394.10 with burning savings. The aforementioned entry-level agreement with WQHD (2560 x 1440) OLED Blow awning costs $1,682.10 with burning savings. That agency you’re advantageous abutting to a $300 exceptional for both OLED awning technology and WQHD resolution. If we planned to acquirement the X1 Yoga and had the account to absorb an added $300 again we would appropriately do so for OLED, but we admit not anybody will be in that position … and some bodies would rather accept the anti-glare IPS affectation rather than a ablaze OLED.
Battery activity is about identical behindhand of whether you accept the WQHD IPS affectation or the WQHD OLED display. That said, the FHD (1080p) affectation shouldn’t absorb as abundant adeptness and that agency bigger array life. Unfortunately, the abrogating issues we mentioned in our antecedent analysis of the ThinkPad X1 Yoga abide unchanged. This is one of the added big-ticket business-class thin-and -light notebooks on the market, the included pen is frustratingly small, you can’t advancement the RAM afterwards acquirement and there’s no USB Type-C anchorage to use with the accretion cardinal of USB Type-C devices.
Nevertheless, we charge accent that the Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Yoga OLED looks actually amazing. If you appetite a awning that makes your eyes feel like they’re animated every time you attending at the awning again you adeptness aloof appetite to absorb the added banknote to get this configuration. No one who sees this affectation with their own eyes will accountability you for affairs it.