Most individuals know a ThinkPad once they see it. Whereas the road has developed all through its many years of existence, it’s maintained a constant ThinkPad look, ThinkPad really feel, and ThinkPad set of options, from the purple keyboard nub to the trio of discrete clickers. The method has a faithful following, and with good purpose — it’s tried and true.
With the brand new Titanium line, Lenovo appears to be making an attempt some new issues on for dimension. 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 side ratio you don’t see day-after-day within the X1 collection), a haptic touchpad, and a high cowl that’s — because the identify implies — really product of 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 end result: improbable. Positive, 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, however it’s in contrast to any ThinkPad we’ve ever seen earlier than. I’m enthusiastic about this one, however I’m extra excited for the following era.
Earlier than we leap in, the standard disclaimer about ThinkPads: They’re costly. The bottom X1 Titanium Yoga has an MSRP of $2,949, however is presently listed for $1,769.40. My take a look at 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 presently listed at $1,727.40.
Many ThinkPads have dizzying arrays of choices to select from, however the X1 Titanium Yoga’s choice is refreshingly simple. There are 4 processors, all of which help Intel’s vPro platform for distant administration: the Core i5-1130G7 (which my take a look at unit has), the Core i5-1140G7, and two Core i7 chips. The 1130G7 is the one processor out there with 8GB of RAM; the opposite three include 16GB. Human presence detection can be solely out there with the Core i5 fashions — you possibly can’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 drawback to slip right into a packed backpack or briefcase. The three:2 facet ratio makes it a bit taller than most rivals of this dimension, 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, reasonably than a full system, after I stroll round with this system. It’s exhausting to consider there’s a complete… pc inside.
Regardless of its skinny body, the Titanium Yoga is sort of sturdy. Its lid is a mix of titanium and carbon fiber, whereas the remainder is a extra boring (and cheaper-feeling however nonetheless superb) magnesium aluminum. Lenovo claims to have examined the system towards “12 military-grade certification methods 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 concerning the construct high quality is that I want the hinge have been sturdier. There was a good quantity of display screen wobble after I used the stylus — a lot that I principally caught with the touchpad in clamshell mode.
Laptops which might be so extraordinarily compact typically include important tradeoffs for his or her dimension. There are just a few price noting right here, although I wouldn’t name any of them disqualifying. The largest downside is actually the haptic touchpad — as a space-saving measure it has no shifting elements, so the press 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 sometimes thought I used to be scrolling or zooming in after I wasn’t making an attempt to. That is a type of issues I assume will enhance over generations.
For those who’re fed up with the touchpad, you do have the choice of utilizing the purple 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 among which will likely be taken up by the charger. Get your dongles and docks prepared. (There’s one audio jack and one Kensington lock slot as effectively.)
Lastly, audio can be typically 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 is just not 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 way in which up. The microphones did do a superb job of choosing up my voice regardless of some background noise, and the F4 key features as a kill swap.
However there’s no compromise in arguably a very powerful a part of the laptop computer: efficiency. The Core i5 isn’t a workstation chip, however it dealt with my hefty load of Chrome tabs, Spotify streaming, and Zoom calls with no drawback. I by no means heard fan noise or felt uncomfortable warmth, although the underside of the chassis was constantly 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 high the enterprise class, it’s about what we count on from ThinkPads (we received a barely worse end result from the final X1 Carbon we reviewed). It means the system 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 attention-grabbing wager. 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 fake it’s probably the most sensible buy on the market. It’s a first-generation product, and — as is commonly 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 might all be neglected on their very own, particularly as comprehensible sacrifices for the moveable construct — however they’re quite a bit to abdomen as a bundle. I believe the X1 Yoga and X1 Carbon, whereas a bit thicker, will likely be extra pragmatic units for the overwhelming majority of customers.
However the Titanium Yoga remains to be fairly an achievement, and I can’t look forward to the following one. If Lenovo works out the kinks, it’ll be a spectacular product.