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

Nancy J. Delong

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The fourteen-inch ThinkPad X1 Yoga Gen 6 is out there with an FHD+ (1920 x 1200) or UHD+ (3840 x 2400) monitor, eleventh-technology Intel Main i5 or i7 processors, 8, 16 or 32GB of RAM and SSD storage up to 2TB.


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Lenovo’s ThinkPad X1 laptops are suitable up there with the greatest on the market. Generally well constructed with top rated-conclude elements and fantastic usability, they can be hard to defeat. The most up-to-date in the two-in-1 ThinkPad X1 Yoga series, now in its 6th technology, is inexpensive only to those with deep pockets, even at its starting off cost of £1,849.ninety nine (inc. VAT £1,541.66 ex. VAT) in the United kingdom — whilst types are at this time out there from $1,393.eighty four in the US. But splash out, and you can get a beautifully transportable, impressive and usable laptop computer. 

The structure of the ThinkPad X1 Yoga is well established and proceeds to impress. The chassis is compact looking at it residences a fourteen-inch monitor, measuring 313mm huge by 223mm deep by fourteen.9mm thick (12.32in. x 8.77in. x .59in.). It did not issues even the smallest of my carry baggage. The ‘starting at’ pounds is quoted quite exactly on Lenovo’s United kingdom internet site at 1.399kg, whilst the US web page just settles for 3lbs, which converts to 1.36kg. It is really not as mild as some two-in-1s, but the exceptionally reliable make – the X1 Yoga passes MIL-STD-810H testing — justifies every gram or ounce. Neither the lid nor the foundation demonstrate any flex, so you will find no mechanical need to have for a protecting sleeve. Continue to, if this were my everyday laptop computer I’d almost certainly want to safeguard the scratchable steel outer shell. 

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Like

  • Wonderful monitor
  • Great speakers
  • Provided stylus with on-system housing
  • Lots of ports and connectors
  • Various configurable selections

Don’t Like

The deep grey chassis colour is pretty eye-catching, and Lenovo’s common ThinkPad X1 symbol on the lid is distinctive. This is repeated on the bottom suitable corner of the wrist relaxation — relatively unnecessarily, in my see, as the silver, red and black colour scheme is a minimal distracting. 

As with all Lenovo Yoga units, the 360-diploma monitor hinges aid tablet as well as laptop computer manner, and factors in concerning these types of as ‘tent’ and ‘presentation’ manner. All types have a contact monitor, and Lenovo supplies a stylus which is housed on the chassis. The AAAA-powered ThinkPad Pen Pro is tension delicate, giving control in excess of line thickness. It has two buttons, which can be configured to start applications or complete features in the on-board Lenovo Pen Settings application. The stylus fees when in its housing, and battery daily life can be shown in the settings application and on the taskbar. The inclusion of the stylus and its on-system housing are major in addition factors. Despite the fact that the pen is pretty small and light-weight, I discovered it high-quality for hand-prepared enter.  

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The backlit keyboard supplies a at ease typing platform and incorporates Lenovo’s trademark TrackPoint. The power button (concerning keyboard and monitor, suitable) residences an built-in fingerprint reader.


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The bundled Lenovo Pen Pro stylus has an on-system housing, where it recharges.


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The keyboard is quite at ease to use. You can find not a good deal of resistance on the downward stroke, and keys bounce back again with vigour, making typing feel easy. The ‘click-clack’ audio that accompanies typing is not distracting. The main keys all have Lenovo’s typical pot-bellied structure, when the Fn vital row and arrow keys are squared off. The Enter vital is tall and huge. I had no issues contact-typing at my usual pace. 

Lenovo’s trademark red TrackPoint sits concerning the G, H and B keys, with 3 buttons previously mentioned the trackpad for use with it. The TrackPoint is responsive and effortless to use, but those buttons do suggest significantly less home for the touchpad. It is really usable sufficient, but Lenovo are not able to observe the pattern for large touchpads in this article. 

Biometric authentication is catered for by a fingerprint sensor built-in into the lozenge-shaped power button that sits on the suitable facet of the gap concerning keyboard and monitor. The 720p webcam previously mentioned the monitor has a sliding privateness cover, and IR aid is out there as an selection if you want to use Windows Good day experience authentication. 

My evaluate unit had a top rated-conclude UHD+ (three,840 x two,400, 323.5ppi) IPS contact panel whose brightness (five hundred nits), sharpness and clarity were all fantastic. It also supports 90% of the DCI-P3 colour gamut. A lower resolution FHD+ (1,920 x 1,two hundred, 161.7ppi) IPS contact panel is also out there, with both 400 nits or five hundred nits brightness (the latter also arrives with a PrivacyGuard filter). A lower-resolution monitor will make sense if you want to maximise battery daily life. 

A fantastic monitor warrants fantastic speakers, and that is exactly what Lenovo supplies in this article. You can find lots of volume, bass is punchy, classical tunes is well-defined, and voice is apparent and sharp. Lenovo supplies two approaches of tweaking audio. Its own Lenovo Commerical Vantage application supplies Dolby Audio settings for diverse scenarios: dynamic, movie, tunes, activity and voice, and allows end users to mechanically optimise audio voice calling. The Dolby Access app supplies finer-grained controls for those 5 scenarios, in addition 3 presets. It is really pretty an expansive array of settings if you like to fiddle and tweak. 

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Lenovo’s Business Vantage utility supplies Dolby Audio settings for diverse scenarios, which you can regulate even more in the Dolby Access application. 


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There are at this time eight ThinkPad X1 Yoga Gen 6 types on Lenovo’s United kingdom internet site — 3 ‘build your own’ and 5 ‘ready to ship’. The starting off cost is £1,849.ninety nine (inc. VAT £1,541.66 ex. VAT), for which you get an Intel Main i5-1145G7 processor, built-in Iris Xe Graphics, 8GB of RAM, a 256GB SSD and a fourteen-inch FHD+ (1920 x 1200) IPS contact monitor with 400 nits brightness. Configurable selections go up to a Main i7-1185G7 CPU (+£210), 32GB of RAM (+£180), a 2TB SSD (+£410) and a UHD+ (three,840 x two,400) IPS contact monitor with five hundred nits brightness (+£150). 

Cell broadband is provided with some of the preconfigured types and is out there as a customisation selection: 4G LTE will increase £140 to the cost, when 5G is a £400 addition. 

In the US, as pointed out previously mentioned, charges begin at $1,393.eighty four, which buys you a Main i5-1135G7, 8GB of RAM, a 256GB SSD and an FHD+ monitor. The top rated-conclude preconfigured product in the US (Main i7, 16GB RAM, 1TB SSD, UHD+ monitor) prices $two,393.40. 

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Appropriate facet (previously mentioned, remaining): pen slot, three.5mm combo audio in/out, USB-A three.two, Kensington Nano Safety Slot. Remaining facet (previously mentioned, suitable): 2x USB-C Thunderbolt 4, USB-A three.two, HDMI two..


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Lenovo, and other makers, can be stingy with ports and connectors on their higher-conclude laptops, but not in this article. It is really fantastic to see a pair of USB-A ports in addition to two Thunderbolt 4 USB-C ports, comprehensive-size HDMI and a three.5mm combo audio in/out slot. One of the USB-C ports is used for charging, leaving just one particular absolutely free for a peripheral or hub when the battery is being replenished. Even so, Lenovo displays that it can be doable to give a fantastic array of ports on a compact laptop computer chassis.

Lenovo claims up to fifteen several hours of daily life for the 57Wh battery on its internet site, whilst the data sheet has estimates ranging from 16.1h to 23.9h. My evaluate unit’s UHD+ (3840 x 2400) monitor may possibly be accountable for a relatively poorer demonstrating, which observed the thoroughly charged battery fall to just forty nine% during a 3-hour session functioning mainstream workloads — composing into internet applications, internet browsing and media streaming. That functions out at all-around 6 several hours on a linear extrapolation, and I’d hoped for far better. It is really doable there was an issue with my evaluate unit, for the reason that on the to start with attempt at a rundown test the battery attained 82% soon after one particular hour and then crashed suitable down to 6% in the upcoming 50 percent hour. If I get a 2nd evaluate unit from Lenovo, I will retest the battery.

Speedy charging (which necessitates a 65W power provide or bigger) labored high-quality, although. With the battery at 6% a fifteen-moment cost observed it rise to 27%, a even more fifteen minutes took it to forty four% and soon after a complete of forty five minutes it had risen to sixty two%.

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Conclusions 

The Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Yoga Gen 6 is a gem of a two-in-1 laptop computer, albeit an pricey one particular. It is really compact and well-manufactured, with a superb keyboard, a higher-resolution monitor and an fantastic audio subsystem. The bundled, garaged stylus and fantastic array of ports are extra in addition factors, and the means to configure the laptop computer to meet up with your precise requires, such as up to 2TB of SSD storage, is welcome.

You can find a question mark in excess of battery daily life, but this may possibly be a glitch with my evaluate unit. If my battery trouble proves to be a one particular-off, then the ThinkPad X1 Yoga Gen 6 is a quality fourteen-inch two-in-1 to be reckoned with.

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