Most individuals know a ThinkPad after they see it. Whereas the road has developed all through its a long time of existence, it’s maintained a constant ThinkPad look, ThinkPad really feel, and ThinkPad set of options, from the crimson keyboard nub to the trio of discrete clickers. The formulation has a faithful following, and with good cause — it’s tried and true.
With the brand new Titanium line, Lenovo appears to be attempting some new issues on for measurement. For one, the primary X1 Titanium Yoga is the thinnest ThinkPad ever made (to not be confused with the ThinkPad X1 Nano, the lightest ThinkPad ever made). There’s a hodgepodge of different stuff, too, together with a 3:2 show (a facet ratio you don’t see every single day within the X1 collection), a haptic touchpad, and a prime cowl that’s — because the title implies — really fabricated from titanium. There’s an IR webcam with human presence detection, a match-on-chip fingerprint reader, and two Thunderbolt 4 ports. It’s a seize bag of eccentric options thrown collectively into one new, very distinctive ThinkPad.
The consequence: unbelievable. Certain, it’s a first-generation product, with some kinks to work out right here and there. However with Intel’s eleventh Gen processors and Evo certification in tow, the X1 Titanium Yoga is a stable contender within the premium enterprise laptop computer sphere. It maintains the hallmarks of the ThinkPad line, nevertheless it’s not like any ThinkPad we’ve ever seen earlier than. I’m enthusiastic about this one, however I’m extra excited for the subsequent era.
Earlier than we soar in, the standard disclaimer about ThinkPads: They’re costly. The bottom X1 Titanium Yoga has an MSRP of $2,949, however is at the moment listed for $1,769.40. My check mannequin has an MSRP of $3,369 however is listed for $1,674.39. (In case this wasn’t apparent, you must by no means pay full value for a ThinkPad.) This isn’t ridiculous as enterprise laptops go, in fact — a ThinkPad X1 Carbon Gen 9 with comparable specs is at the moment listed at $1,727.40.
Many ThinkPads have dizzying arrays of choices to select from, however the X1 Titanium Yoga’s choice is refreshingly easy. There are 4 processors, all of which help Intel’s vPro platform for distant administration: the Core i5-1130G7 (which my check unit has), the Core i5-1140G7, and two Core i7 chips. The 1130G7 is the one processor obtainable with 8GB of RAM; the opposite three include 16GB. Human presence detection can be solely obtainable with the Core i5 fashions — you may’t get it with both Core i7, which is a bit irritating.
My mannequin has the Core i5-1130G7, 16GB of RAM (soldered), 512GB of storage, and the presence-detection webcam. Like all fashions, it additionally has a 13.5-inch 2256 x 1504, 450-nit contact show, and ships with Lenovo’s Precision Pen.
The Titanium Yoga’s major promoting level is its category-topping portability. It’s 0.45 inches thick, making it no downside to slip right into a packed backpack or briefcase. The three:2 facet ratio makes it a bit taller than most opponents of this measurement, so it’s not one of many lightest laptops available on the market — however at 2.54 kilos, it’s nonetheless a reasonably easy raise. I could possibly be satisfied that I’m carrying an empty chassis, quite than a full system, once I stroll round with this gadget. It’s laborious to imagine there’s a complete… laptop inside.
Regardless of its skinny body, the Titanium Yoga is kind of sturdy. Its lid is a mix of titanium and carbon fiber, whereas the remainder is a extra boring (and cheaper-feeling however nonetheless high quality) magnesium aluminum. Lenovo claims to have examined the system towards “12 military-grade certification strategies and over 20 procedures.” I didn’t see any scratches or dinks within the chassis after my testing interval, and the keyboard deck didn’t decide up a ton of fingerprints, although the lid did get a bit smudged. My solely actual criticism in regards to the construct high quality is that I want the hinge have been sturdier. There was an honest quantity of display wobble once I used the stylus — a lot that I largely caught with the touchpad in clamshell mode.
Laptops which are so extraordinarily compact usually include vital tradeoffs for his or her measurement. There are just a few price noting right here, although I wouldn’t name any of them disqualifying. The largest downside is definitely the haptic touchpad — as a space-saving measure it has no shifting elements, so the click sensation is solely simulated. Whereas it convincingly emulates an everyday touchpad, it has another points. It’s cramped for scrolling, its texture is a bit coarse for my liking, the clicking is stiff, and it’s not probably the most correct — I generally felt like I needed to coax the cursor to the place it wanted to go, and it often thought I used to be scrolling or zooming in once I wasn’t attempting to. That is a kind of issues I assume will enhance over generations.
In the event you’re fed up with the touchpad, you do have the choice of utilizing the crimson keyboard nub or Lenovo’s Precision Pen, although there’s no storage to place the latter in (one other space-saving measure).
One other anticipated sacrifice is port choice. You get simply two Thunderbolt 4 ports, each on the left aspect, one in all which shall be taken up by the charger. Get your dongles and docks prepared. (There’s one audio jack and one Kensington lock slot as properly.)
Lastly, audio can be usually a skinny affair on thin-and-light laptops, and the Titanium Yoga’s two upward-firing audio system are not any exception. They ship audio that’s clear however not significantly deep. Bass just isn’t current. Throughout Zoom calls, I generally discovered myself having to lean in to listen to the individual talking, even with the quantity cranked all the best way up. The microphones did do a high quality job of choosing up my voice regardless of some background noise, and the F4 key capabilities as a kill swap.
However there’s no compromise in arguably crucial a part of the laptop computer: efficiency. The Core i5 isn’t a workstation chip, nevertheless it dealt with my hefty load of Chrome tabs, Spotify streaming, and Zoom calls with no downside. I by no means heard fan noise or felt uncomfortable warmth, although the underside of the chassis was persistently heat.
Battery life was okay, however not spectacular. The Yoga averaged seven hours and 52 minutes of steady productiveness work round medium brightness. Whereas that doesn’t prime the enterprise class, it’s about what we anticipate from ThinkPads (we received a barely worse consequence from the final X1 Carbon we reviewed). It means the gadget will nearly get you thru a piece day in case your load is much like mine.
All in all, the ThinkPad X1 Titanium Yoga is an fascinating guess. It’s clear that Lenovo has an eye fixed on the traits that fashionable enterprise customers have been asking for: stylus help, the three:2 facet ratio, sturdiness, and portability, along with the safety of the vPro platform. The Titanium Yoga is the primary iteration of a line that I’m very excited to see Lenovo making, and for that I believe it deserves a excessive rating.
With that mentioned, I received’t faux it’s probably the most sensible buy on the market. It’s a first-generation product, and — as is usually the case with first-generation merchandise — there are some kinks to be labored out. The restricted ports, the finicky touchpad, the shaky hinge, and the skinny audio may all be neglected on their very own, particularly as comprehensible sacrifices for the moveable construct — however they’re loads to abdomen as a package deal. I believe the X1 Yoga and X1 Carbon, whereas a bit thicker, shall be extra pragmatic gadgets for the overwhelming majority of customers.
However the Titanium Yoga continues to be fairly an achievement, and I can’t watch for the subsequent one. If Lenovo works out the kinks, it’ll be a spectacular product.