Most individuals know a ThinkPad after they see it. Whereas the road has advanced 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 purple keyboard nub to the trio of discrete clickers. The system has a faithful following, and with good motive — 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 sequence), a haptic touchpad, and a high cowl that’s — because the identify implies — truly 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 end result: 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 strong contender within the premium enterprise laptop computer sphere. It maintains the hallmarks of the ThinkPad line, however 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 technology.
Earlier than we bounce in, the standard disclaimer about ThinkPads: They’re costly. The bottom X1 Titanium Yoga has an MSRP of $2,949, however is at present 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, it’s best to by no means pay full worth for a ThinkPad.) This isn’t ridiculous as enterprise laptops go, after all — a ThinkPad X1 Carbon Gen 9 with comparable specs is at present 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 accessible with 8GB of RAM; the opposite three include 16GB. Human presence detection can be solely accessible 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 measurement, so it’s not one of many lightest laptops in the marketplace — however at 2.54 kilos, it’s nonetheless a reasonably easy carry. I might be satisfied that I’m carrying an empty chassis, reasonably than a full system, once I stroll round with this system. It’s onerous to consider there’s an entire… laptop inside.
Regardless of its skinny body, the Titanium Yoga is kind of sturdy. Its lid is a mixture 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 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 choose 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 had been sturdier. There was a good quantity of display screen wobble once I used the stylus — a lot that I principally caught with the touchpad in clamshell mode.
Laptops which are so extraordinarily compact usually include vital tradeoffs for his or her measurement. There are a number of 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 transferring components, so the press sensation is solely simulated. Whereas it convincingly emulates a daily touchpad, it has another points. It’s cramped for scrolling, its texture is a bit coarse for my liking, the press is stiff, and it’s not essentially 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 once I wasn’t attempting to. That is a type of issues I assume will enhance over generations.
If you happen to’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 facet, one in every of which can 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 usually a skinny affair on thin-and-light laptops, and the Titanium Yoga’s two upward-firing audio system aren’t any exception. They ship audio that’s clear however not notably deep. Bass is just not current. Throughout Zoom calls, I generally discovered myself having to lean in to listen to the particular person 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 an important 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 anticipate from ThinkPads (we obtained 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 a watch 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 essentially 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 may all be neglected on their very own, particularly as comprehensible sacrifices for the transportable construct — however they’re rather a lot to abdomen as a bundle. I believe the X1 Yoga and X1 Carbon, whereas a bit thicker, can be extra pragmatic gadgets for the overwhelming majority of customers.
However the Titanium Yoga remains to be fairly an achievement, and I can’t await the subsequent one. If Lenovo works out the kinks, it’ll be a spectacular product.