ThinkPad X1 Yoga Review (2018): Nearly perfect 2-in-1 business convertible Updated on October 16, 2019 By William Clement 76 Comments By William Clement 76 Comments Nikolas Fernandez April 17, 2018 58th! :v Reply zakius April 17, 2018 I recently bought helix 2 in basic config for like 350€ and it's definetely better for daily use than yoga or carbon, even if weaker in terms of specs asit's actually a tablet Reply Antonio Lansang April 17, 2018 5:10 The Joys of Painting with Windows Ink hosted by Dan Rubino Reply Chris Johnson III April 17, 2018 So which do you like more? X1Y vs SB2? Tough to beat 3:2 on the SB2, not to mention getting Windows Hello on their beautiful display. No IR cam with the HDR on the X1Y is ridiculous. With that being said, I love the sexiness of a Thinkpad… Great review Reply P C April 17, 2018 Wow. Great review. I dismissed the yoga and was planning at getting a carbon. Now I’ll have to take another look. Reply Gurdeep Singh Sidhu April 17, 2018 18:9 friendly, nice.I just noticed it today. Reply James Fischer April 17, 2018 Do you prefer the HDR Yoga screen over the HDR Carbon screen? Due to the lack of glossiness. Reply Storm King April 17, 2018 I am guessing the price will depend on the configuration but with fell phones entering lap top territory the price might not seem that extreme. Reply Apfel Schorle April 17, 2018 HP isn't just using 1024 levels of pressure sensitivity. They have the HP Tilt Pen which is exactly the same as the current surface pen with 4096 and tilt support. But you have to buy it separately just like the Surface Pen. They only bundle their devices with the old pen. Reply Pata MaX April 17, 2018 So apparently my unit has a sim card slot. Would this happen to be mistake from Lenovo? Reply Akhil Gandhi April 17, 2018 add a notch to laptop and infinity display….. Reply nishiki April 17, 2018 Your content is so awesome, thank you! Reply Hassan Mansoor April 17, 2018 Do msi gs65 Reply Dmitry Tabakerov April 17, 2018 Yoga! Reply Jsarbour April 17, 2018 4:37 what do you mean by "port replicator"? thanks for the review! Reply jack Koch April 17, 2018 will you be cover the x1 tablet as well? Reply Yingxiang Yao April 17, 2018 So a comment from an x1y gen 2 user:I've got a x1 yoga 2nd gen last year with i7 7500u and 16GB RAM with 512GB SSD. Since there's no major changes beside cpu, I think some of the experience from last year model would be similiar:1. Pen: The pen that comes with the laptop is good, but not great. It's too small to hold and write it for a longer time. If you wish to take notes with this a lot, get an thinkpad pen pro for 40 euro or dollars. But that takes an AAAA battery.2. Performance: x1 yoga tends to have lower limit on TDP than the x1 carbon, so if you need to do some CPU intensive task, go for T480s with i5 8250U with iGPU (T480s with iGPU has 44W long duration TDP for CPU which can release full performance of i5 8250U which would be comparable with i7 7820HQ). To be precise, Lenovo gave x1 carbon 5th gen 25W long duration TDP limit and only 17W for x1 yoga. And this year, it is 29W (x1c) vs 23w(x1y).3. Thermal: It's OK. I repaste it with liquid metall and undervolt the cpu. In stress test, the cpu temperature is always under 75 °C and never throttles. Since the 3rd gen is using quad core cpu, the thermal performance will be worse and you need to expect throttling if you dont change any settings and repaste.4. Battery: This is the biggest downside. When I got my laptop in June last year, the battery will last for at least 8 hours with moderate use (Browsing, Visual Studio, Light SQL), and now it will not last for 5 hours when I'm just taking notes.5. Display: My device came with 2K (WQHD) display. Since I dont do video or photo editing, I have no feeling of color accuracy. But the panel is awesome. Using 175% scaling is just fine. Reply Hithaishi Maldeniya April 17, 2018 Hey, I know you said that the display on the carbon is glossier. As far as colors go, did you notice a difference? Reply marcbenjamin April 17, 2018 I agonized between this and the Yoga 920 Glass (Legegrezza i7, 16gb, 1tb, 4k). Could you do a versus video if you still have a 920 glass. Reply usbpc2 April 18, 2018 Though I know there's better machines for it, how do you think the Yoga would do with 4K & Full HD video editing software such as Premiere? Since it only comes with Intel graphics. Reply Leena Rai April 18, 2018 Fabulous review video Reply MASCULINE MCGAINS April 18, 2018 I know I'm petty, but the only reason i didn't buy the carbon was the big bezels on the yoga Reply Connor Oud April 18, 2018 Unfortunately, my 2017 Lenovo Legion Y520 came with an Elan touchpad. Reply Phillip Morales April 18, 2018 Do you know when the LTE variant will be out??? Reply 911zhenxiang April 18, 2018 16:10 screen!!! Or 3:2 !!! Wake up Lenovo! Reply Jim Danger April 19, 2018 What smartwatch is that? Reply kf zhu April 19, 2018 Why tf is there a wallpaper there copied from a Galaxy S5? Reply Ray Wei April 19, 2018 Nice review, but you forgot to mention the SD card and sim slot, or I missed that. Reply Mark Silla April 19, 2018 Baby bend over let me see you do the Yoga. Reply Tommy Luong April 19, 2018 Do a review on the Lenovo Yoga 730 15 in. Reply highspeedDSL April 20, 2018 Thanks for the detailed review, Daniel! Did you notice any coil whine on your device? I recently returned two X1 Yogas because the coil whine was awful. I still hope that this is not a systematic issue of all X1 Yogas. Reply Info Planet April 20, 2018 Great review, but I def prefer black and love the trackpoint 😀 When is the LTE available for this model? Reply Banana April 20, 2018 #bringbackOLED Reply Sergio Ramirez April 21, 2018 Outstanding review!!! From a diehard Convertible Thinkpad user, this review touched on all the points that I was wondering about. Matte Screen, speakers, hardware. But more impressively, for us in the U.S. market, LTE capability that confirms availability later this year.Will you be doing a review on a top resolution Matte screen with LTE when it’s available? A lot of us would really appreciate that. Maybe with a Verizon LTE if possible.A 9.99 out of 10. You lost me for a second at the Red Trackpoint comment. Lol! But seriously, Daniel, I know it’s a bit awkward to get a hang of at first, but once you do, (it only takes about a week or two to become 2nd nature), you’d see what an amazing feature this is, ergonomically speaking, and why we long term Thinkpad users hold it in such high regard. Especially if you tend to type a lot on your laptop. Just a suggestion, and it may even make for an interesting segment in a future video. Reply Duc Nguyen April 21, 2018 I think the dongle for ethernet port is included in the packaging. I got a Yoga 370 & the dongle is included. For those who want a cheaper version of it, go for the yoga 370, which is around $1k Reply Qasim Saeed April 22, 2018 The most significant downside is the battery. And sliver that I own is not really silver, its grey. I returned mine due to serious screen flickering on HDR model. I think WQHD without HDR would be good with screen and battery. Reply Paco de Casa April 24, 2018 Yes, the fingerprint reader y SOOOOOOO BAD, I cannot understand how a cheap phone can read in nanoseconds and this laptop with much more power…. last several seconds… SOOOO BAD Reply Zero Tech April 26, 2018 I’m not sure if this was covered in the video but the screen have palm rejection when using the pen to write notes and other stuff? Reply KalKyuLayTor April 29, 2018 Is his nose blocked? Reply MuX1 Sam May 15, 2018 I like this laptop, but come on Huawei matebook X pro is a bit cheaper and waaaaaaaay better Reply astrophysx May 19, 2018 How the hell does "business" and "convertible" go in the same sentence? Reply Sm-p600 Note May 19, 2018 Does it have fan or fanless cooling system? Reply Rick de Maaijer June 14, 2018 Excellent review with all the information I needed and just the right amount of side notes so I'm not left with any major questions. Reply PGI Cruiser June 17, 2018 Love the size of the pen and that it stores in the body of the device. I've never been a fan of the eraserhead trackpoint system. I'd much rather have a larger trackpad. Great review. Reply Alexander Myrthue June 18, 2018 Strange the Carbon Yoka has DDR3….My Thinkpad L480 has DDR4…..And yes the keyboard is superb on Thinkpads Reply smallworld77 June 19, 2018 OLED on laptops PLEASE… Reply ABDuLLAH KHAN June 25, 2018 Why there is no Cd rom ??? Is the era of cd is about to finish ??? Reply DC June 26, 2018 Is there any sim card slot Reply Manos Protonotarios June 27, 2018 excellent review and comparison – absolutely covers me Reply Adrian Ellis July 8, 2018 Great review Reply Judiel Gonzalez July 15, 2018 In your opinion, are this laptop will be suitable for a hobbyist illustrator? Reply Tony Melendez August 9, 2018 Great review. It just convinced me to buy the Yoga instead of the Carbon. With current discount, I got the loaded model (i7-8650/16GB/1TB/HDR) for $2,037 shipped (after tax). And I get 12% back on ebates, booya! Coming from a Surface Laptop… I can't wait! Reply Verified Review September 3, 2018 How much less glossier is this hdr dolby display to the regular 1080p touchscreen matte display on the carbon x1 6 gen? So what i mean is would someone who prefers the matte and cant stand the reflections be able to live with the glossy on the hdr dolby screen of the yoga x1? Reply Abel Piceno Gutiérrez September 6, 2018 Excuse me dude, the pen must touch the screen?, i have fear to scratch the screen with the pen, i have a thinkpad x1 yoga 2nd gen and i has never used a optic pen. Thanks in advance!!!. Reply Uncle Bens September 15, 2018 Remove the track-point!? Programmers, Engineers and Linux-zealots will burn you alive for such a statement. Tread lightly. Good video BTW. Reply Moo-hyun Roh October 7, 2018 A silver laptop with no trackpoint? You'd better go look for something else than a ThinkPad. Reply REALTOR-K Stocks October 19, 2018 Thank you for your informative reviews. While having a IT background it is no longer my primary focus. I decided to go w/ the Thinkpad Yoga X1 over many of the other models & competitors. While quite pleased for the most part the 1 complaint I have is the residue that left on the black framed model. I can send you some pics if needed. Residue seems to be from finger prints & also resting your palm or using the trackpad. Do you know if this goes away or what to do about it? I have just been using the microfiber cloth it came with to wipe it off. Takes a bit more elbow grease than i am comfortable with. I am working w/ Lenovo on possibly replacing it if it cannot be resolved. I am told it will go away in a few weeks. Any suggestions you have would be appreciated, I would rather keep the black than Silver. Reply Ben Wang October 20, 2018 Love your reviews. Was debating to get this with monitors or just get the x1 yoga + razer core for the extra graphics when needed. Thoughts? the thought was basically saving the difference in $ been the extreme and yoga and get a dedicated plug in egpu… Reply Pankaj Shah October 27, 2018 I was playing to buy this laptop and after the review, it gives me confidence to go for it. Thanks Rubino. Reply Fabio Akita November 18, 2018 Please do a Thinkpad P1 review. None of the big channels reviewed the P1 and it's the one workstation that far surpass the MacBook Pro top configuration Reply Seth Parr December 23, 2018 I completely missed this. I went with a high-end Lenovo YOGA C930. The keypad retracting in tablet mode sounds genius on the ThinkPad. I may reconsider. Any insight into a recommendation between the two? Reply Pépé le Moko December 24, 2018 I have Lenovo X1 Yoga and Carbon, they have both a problem, they do not come back from sleep mode, need to hard reset each time. no solution to this day https://forums.lenovo.com/t5/ThinkPad-X-Series-Laptops/X1-Carbon-X1-Yoga-do-not-wake-up-after-sleep-mode-issue/td-p/3709271/page/7 Reply RawLu January 3, 2019 Chinese based company? I don't support Dictatorships if I can help it. Reply michael January 3, 2019 Why on earth did Lenovo stop using OLED? Reply Naphanthasanya Studio January 13, 2019 I love this, I hate the 2019 x1 yoga it's grey Reply ss February 1, 2019 With same price $1,500I can get X1Y3G with 16ram 512ssd FHD or also can get Yoga C930 16ram 1TB ssd 4k display.Which one is better to buy and better deal?My primary use is photoshop and illustrator and watching youtube.Thank you, Reply Даниил Паньшенкский March 12, 2019 Yogapad it's cool pad Reply iFire XX March 26, 2019 The wave keyboard reminds me of the butterfly keyboard that one Thinkpad had eon ago… Really liked that one and love the implementation on this one. Reply iFire XX March 26, 2019 The wave keyboard reminds me of the butterfly keyboard that one Thinkpad had eon ago… Really liked that one and love the implementation on this one. Reply BeNosey.com April 14, 2019 More laptops should be lte enabled…..! Much rather use my own data than hotel wifi…! Reply Benjamin Hackett April 18, 2019 “Years ago when convertibles came out…” Oh great, now I feel old… Reply KajiRider1997 April 28, 2019 You make it sound like there is a choice between an work station with expandable ram, an dvd or blur-ray drive, place for an extra storage and an ultrabook and an convertable. But now its basically picking for one ultrabook with only place for 1 drive and soldered ram for another ultrabook with only one disk and soldered ram. You don't really have a choice to begin with in this current generation of the less modular thinkpad line. imo its becoming desperate to be more like apple by the year. Reply Chris Lee May 27, 2019 "I would get rid of the trackpoint" 😬 That's 80% of the reason why I get thinkpads. Once you give it a chance, there's no going back. Reply Eric Yap July 19, 2019 Are you related to Shroud? Reply Vishal Dutt July 22, 2019 bought Yoga X1 Carbon based on may reviews including yours awesome to the point review. Just an update for people who are planning to buy X1 yoga 3rd Gen. I am have been using this laptop for 3 months now and it already is showing some issues. First and foremost is Flickering of Screen issue after only 1 hour of use. Second is that when you close the laptop without shutting it off and open it again after 5 min sometimes the screen doesn't come on, you have to close the screen and reopen it and then it works. and last is that now the fingerprint scanner has stopped working. I still home it may be I got a bad unit but lets see once I receive the laptop back after being fixed from Lenovo as to how it performs. Another thing about yoga line up I have heard from few of people who have owned Loga lineup that there is issue with yoga as to screen flickering, Cheers. Reply Hegedüs Csaba August 2, 2019 Please give me an advanced advice.I am a graphics designer and now planning to buy a new laptop mostly for Photoshop and Illustrator, high res mockups etc…. I just can't choose..HP Spectre 360 15.6" i7 8750h 4k 32gb ramHP Spectre 360 15.6" i7 8650u 4k amoled 32gb ramHP Elitebook 1040 360 14" i8650u 4k 32gb ramThinkpad X1 yoga 4th gen i8665u 4k 16gb ramThinkpad X1 extreme g2 i7 9750h 32gb ram Someone say x1 extreme absolutely overkill for me so do not pay for that Others says for illustrator and photoshop tasks the 4core 8650 or 8665u also overkill so i will be happy with a 14" 4k display 4core laptop. I like the yoga but 16gb ram and 4core i7 enough for creative work? Also can't understand why a 6core 32gb ram Spectre 360 15.6 much cheaper then the Elitebook 4core 14" ? Reply Leave a Reply Cancel replyYour email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *Comment Name * Email * Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment.