The Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Yoga Gen 5 (2020) is the latest update to the best multimode ThinkPad from Lenovo. Designed to be a great all-round laptop with lots of ports and a built-in pen for tablet-like apps. Designed for durability and longevity, users can configure it for a wide variety of use cases.

Technical data highlights

Configuration as tested

Our test device is equipped with an Intel i7-10610U processor, 16 GB RAM, a 512 GB SSD (Samsung MZVLB512HBJQ-000L7, 475 GB available) and the 4K 14.0-inch Dolby Vision HDR screen, which is responsible for the picture quality is best suited. As of today, this configuration costs $ 2399, according to the Lenovo website.

System configuration options

The configuration options for Lenovo ThinkPad Yoga X1 are very extensive and cover a variety of use cases and prices. Neither of them are "cheap," but that is what is expected of a business laptop.

The CPU options do not include the latest Intel processor family “Ice Lake” 2020, but rather the “Comet Lake” family introduced last year. The reason for this is that Comet Lake is compatible with some of the security features businesses want. We'll get into the performance and impact later.

  • Central processor: Intel i5-10210U, i5-10310U, i7-10610U, i7-10510U
  • R.A.M.: 16 GB max
  • 14 inch display
    • Dolby Vision HDR screen, 4K (3840 × 2160), WVA, contrast ratio 1500: 1, 90% color range, 500 nits (touch)
    • Screen, WQHD (2560 × 1440), WVA, contrast ratio 1000: 1, 72% color gamut, 300 nits (touch)
    • PrivacyGuard screen, FHD (1920 × 1080), WVA, contrast ratio 1500: 1, 72% color gamut, 500 nits (touch)
    • Low-power screen, FHD (1920 × 1080), WVA, contrast ratio 700: 1, 72% color range, 400 nits (touch)

Industrial design

The Lenovo Yoga X1 is a compact, multimode 14-inch laptop built around an aluminum CNC housing that is extremely rigid and durable. It is one of the few non-rugged laptops certified to the US military's MIL-STD-810G durability standards (approx. 12 tests).

Lenovo's durability criteria include a spill-proof keyboard, a feature that has saved the day countless times in the history of the laptop. This should be a standard feature on all laptops, but I suppose it comes with a price.

The added durability can be a winning argument when you can lose a lot of money due to downtime due to your laptop failing during a trip or even during normal times. That certainly applies to business users and travelers like me.

"THE EXTRA DURABILITY CAN BE A WINNING ARGUMENT"

This is why I usually travel overseas with two laptops because it is terrible to get a new laptop overseas with the right keyboard and software.

The overall look and feel of the laptop is similar to that of the ThinkPad Yoga X1 from last year, and it seems that Lenovo doesn't want to change anything that is currently working quite well.

The laptop is very easy to open to access the components, making it great for repair. The SSD can be changed easily and there is even a second SSD slot available. The RAM is soldered in, so choose it carefully at the time of purchase.

Despite being a 14-inch laptop, the Lenovo X1 Yoga Gen5 weighs 1350 g, which makes it extremely competitive against its smaller competitors. The Dell XPS 13 is 10% lighter and the MacBook Air is only 4.5% lighter, and neither has nearly the same number of ports.

Keyboard and trackpad

As usual with Lenovo, the keyboard is fantastic and very pleasant to type. We see a lot of laptops in our office (and at trade shows). While many have great keyboards, Lenovo continues to make exceptional keyboards, to the point that Lenovo's ThinkPad standalone keyboard prompt has been one of the most popular accessories on our website.

The trackpad has a very smooth surface that is likely made of glass because there is no friction when using it. The trackpad's surface area is a little small compared to other laptops, and I'm sure some people will complain about this, especially those who use advanced gestures with three or more fingers. However, most people only use two-finger gestures.

"LENOVO STOPS WHEN MAKING EXCEPTIONAL KEYBOARDS"

The three physical trackpad buttons offer superior accuracy and control, and while that's a matter of preference, I find having physical buttons a lot better if you are a heavy trackpad user.

Lenovo's TrackPoint (the red dot above the B button) can be a deciding factor even for the hardcore Lenovo users. I admit I don't use it, but after testing it I can understand why some people near the addiction can get used to it.

Ports

One of the strengths of the Lenovo X1 Yoga is the sheer number of ports available, despite being a very light and compact laptop.

You have two USB-C, two USB-A, a full-size HDMI device, proprietary Ethernet, 3.5mm audio, and anti-theft protection. Having only full-sized USB ports is often incredibly convenient.

"INCREDIBLY USEFUL"

The ThinkPad X1 Yoga may be slightly larger than ultra-small 13.3-inch laptops like the Dell XPS 13 (see our review). Without the added volume, however, it would be impossible to have all of these ports available in addition to the slightly larger display.

  • 2x USB3.1 Gen1 (1x always switched on)
  • 2x USB-C 3.1 Gen2 / Thunderbolt 3 (power supply and DisplayPort)
  • HDMI, Ethernet expansion port
  • Nano SIM card slot (WWAN models only)
  • 5mm audio combo socket
  • Docking connector on the side
  • Security keyhole

Sound quality

The sound quality of the X1 Yoga has improved dramatically over the past few years, and this version is great. The sound is always good with speakers on all sides no matter what mode the laptop is in.

Even at maximum settings, the sound is not distorted and the voices are clear. If you compare it to the fantastic sound quality of the Lenovo C940's soundbar, it's still not on that level. The sound of the ThinkPad X1 Yoga Gen5 doesn't have the same powerful bass, but it comes closer.

display

The Lenovo X1 Carbon has excellent display options. Depending on the nature of your job, you may prefer one or the other. The good news is that they all have really good color and brightness specifications, and we were able to visually confirm that this is indeed the case with our review unit.

If battery life is of the utmost concern, choose a 1920 × 1080 display as the 4K option can cut battery life by 35-40%. I love using the touchscreen, and the good news is that all of the options I've seen are touch-enabled.

Creatives should go for the 4K version as it has the best picture quality. Use the percentage of color coverage (NTSC) as a rough guide to color accuracy.

The only thing I'd love to see in the future is a 4/3, 19/10, or whatever aspect ratio that gives us a little more vertical space for better productivity.

Finally, the privacy officer is a cool feature if you are working on sensitive information in public places (train, plane, bus, coffee shop) and you want to darken your screen for someone sitting next to you.

  • 14 inch display
    • Dolby Vision HDR screen, 4K (3840 × 2160), WVA, contrast ratio 1500: 1, 90% color range, 500 nits (touch)
    • Screen, WQHD (2560 × 1440), WVA, contrast ratio 1000: 1, 72% color gamut, 300 nits (touch)
    • PrivacyGuard screen, FHD (1920 × 1080), WVA, contrast ratio 1500: 1, 72% color gamut, 500 nits (touch)
    • Low-power screen, FHD (1920 × 1080), WVA, contrast ratio 700: 1, 72% color range, 400 nits (touch)

Digital pen

The Lenovo X1 Yoga has an integrated pen. This is the best way to make sure the pen is available and charged when you need it. You heard that right: the pen charges every time to put it back in the slot, and fast.

As a compromise, the profile of the pen is thin and therefore suitable for short term use B. Draw schemes and take notes for a meeting. As a sketch artist, you may want to buy a different pen, pen sleeve, or something else to improve ergonomics.

Ink latency is good, but not as fast as an iPad Pro, depending on how sensitive you are to latency. Most of the people I know don't mind, but I would recommend designers give it a try if possible.

Webcam

Laptop cameras have seen little advancement in the past few years, other than reducing their physical size, and so is this laptop. The image quality is simple and comparable to that of the competition. In general, a selfie camera does better than a budget smartphone.

With the two webcam options available (normal or with IR), we expect the webcam with IR to perform slightly better, not because of the IR, but because it is a different module that is likely to be a little more expensive and a little more expensive Higher quality sensor and lens.

With recent lockdowns and extended working hours at home, it may be time to upgrade the webcam camera quality to at least match the selfie cameras found on smartphones

Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Yoga Speed

The system performance of the ThinkPad X1 Yoga Gen5 is very decent for its category, but it is possible to find competitors with slightly better CPU and graphics options.

With Office applications, CPU and graphics performance are not that important and most users cannot tell the difference. However, if you plan to edit videos or use apps with extensive scientific calculations, it will have an impact on perceived performance.

SSD storage performance is very good, and this ThinkPad could have an edge over the competition when it comes to hard drive-intensive workloads.

The amount of RAM usually has no effect on benchmark tests and results. In practice, however, we recommend choosing 16GB, especially if you tend to keep browser tabs open or use memory-intensive apps like Photoshop or Premiere.

15-inch computers like the Lenovo X1 Extreme give you much higher absolute performance when it comes to raw performance. If you want to stick with an ultra-compact motor, want higher performance, and are willing to ditch some of the reliability features, there are alternatives.

Geekbench tests the CPU and memory subsystems

PCMark 8 Work tests the general productivity of office productivity

This is a test of photo / video editing performance

This data storage speed test shows really good performance

Firestrike is suitable for playful, GPU-heavy applications

Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Yoga battery life

The battery capacity of the ThinkPad X1 Yoga corresponds to the previous year's model and is well within the normal capacity that can be found on competing laptops in the 13.3 to 14 inch category.

With our power-hungry 4K display (set to 150 NITs brightness) we have 5 hours and 38 minutes in the PCMark 8 Work Battery Benchmark. That's pretty impressive as well should climb for up to 9.5 hours if you choose the FHD display.

For this reason, users should always take some time to consider whether they need longer battery life instead of a higher quality display.

When it's time to recharge, the 65W Lenovo charger fills the laptop even faster than the Lenovo Yoga C940 and almost twice as fast as Dell's latest XPS 13 notebook.

When looking at the official Lenovo specifications, we found that some X1 Yoga models come with a 45W power adapter. So this may be worth checking out if fast charging is very important to you.

ThinkPad X1 Yoga security features

Since you could lose your laptop with potentially terabytes of data, security may be high on your list and I've broken it into three categories. Some are found on consumer laptops and some are not.

The fingerprint reader, IR camera with Windows Hello, and the ThinkShutter camera's privacy cover are handy features that I expect everyone to use.

The ThinkPad PrivacyAlert and ThinkPad PrivacyGuard screens can help prevent other people from looking at your screen while you work in a busy public area.

Finally, the Kensington lock slot can help prevent theft (usually when you leave your temporary desk), and the discreet TPM2.0 is an encryption feature to look out for if you never want data to fall into the wrong hands get but most people don't use it.

Conclusion

Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Yoga Gen5

The Lenovo X1 Yoga is a great business laptop that IT departments and business travelers will love. Thanks to its certified and proven durability, it is less likely that a critical failure will occur and cause downtime.

The 14-inch display makes it a little more comfortable (than 13.3-inch laptops) for the Road Warrior who drives from hotel to hotel. If you're willing to sacrifice screen size and keyboard performance for a slightly lighter weight or a faster laptop, there is some competition.

Enterprise users often need the security and management features of Intel vPro that justify using a processor platform for 2019 for now.

Even so, semi-professional and self-employed users are unlikely to take full advantage of vPro, and they might choose the X1 Yoga for its design. You could also take a look at the Lenovo Yoga C940, which offers remarkably similar performance in a consumer laptop.

CPU performance isn't far behind the latest CPUs, so this isn't a huge problem. Graphics performance could have been better. So if you have GPU heavy applications this can be a point of friction.

Ultimately, the Lenovo X1 Yoga Gen5 is a very balanced business laptop when it comes to portability, durability, and performance.

Overall product rating: 8.7 / 10

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