Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Titanium Yoga review
The Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Titanium Yoga is the latest addition to the ThinkPad X1 series. In response to highly requested features, I suspect without disturbing the existing success of more classic computers like the ThinkPad X1 Carbon.
This ultralight has a 13.5-inch screen with a aspect ratio 3: 2, which has been one of the most requested features for several years. Like a Lenovo Yoga device, it can switch to “tablet mode”, with the other Lenovo Multimode positions.
Our unit, as tested, has the following configuration: Intel i5-1130G7 processor, 16 GB of RAM and 512 GB (475 GB in format) of SSD storage. It was retail for $ 1,675 at the time of publication.
Buyers might find other processor options, including the Intel i5-1140G7, i7-1160G7, and i7-1180G7 processors, although I suspect most users would be happy with the processor SKU we’re testing. If you can afford more, there’s nothing wrong with upgrading.
I’ve seen 8GB or 16GB RAM options on the official site, and I highly recommend getting more RAM if you can. 256GB and 512GB of storage are offered, and I haven’t seen a 1TB SKU yet.
The Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Titanium does not use the classic ThinkPad design language and is visually closer to mainstream Yoga laptops. However, the feature set is business driven, as you will see.
I find the design very nice, with a very slim body and clean lines. The chassis is very rigid and does not flex or bend at all when closed. Lenovo mentions that it passes military-grade tests, and we assume they are referring to the MIL-STD-810G tests other ThinkPads take as well. That said, the keyboard doesn’t seem waterproof.
The 2.54 lbs weight and 12.5 mm thick (0.45 “) make it comfortable to carry in your hand as you move from meeting to meeting. It looks like a large magazine and the lightly textured titanium-colored paintwork gives you a good grip. lower chassis is about the thickness of a phone (~ 9mm) and looks neat.
The slim profile also makes tablet mode much better, and it’s the best convertible laptop we’ve recently got our hands on.
Using a Lenovo Precision Pen (included in the box, product link) in tablet mode feels much better as you get closer to an ideal tablet thickness. It’s not like an iPad Pro, but it’s pretty much as good as it gets for a convertible pc.
As the name suggests, there is a little titanium in the construction of the laptop. The screen cover is made of titanium and carbon fiber, while the rest of the chassis is made of magnesium / aluminum alloy. Everything is very high-tech, but not a massive block of CNC titanium as some might imagine.
Keyboard and touchpad
The keyboard looks like a typical ThinkPad keyboard from a distance, but you should know it’s different. I mention this because a lot of people buy ThinkPads based solely on the legendary keyboard.
The main difference is the shorter key stroke. I estimate that it is about 1 mm instead of the typical 1.3mm. Other than that, the key surface repels oil from the skin very well and the tactile feel of the keyboard is very good.
The 90x65mm touchpad could be taller, but the increased height makes the overall area sufficient, and I didn’t see the trackpad size as a particular sticking point for me. If you are using complexes Windows gestures, that’s something to know.
The trackpad buttons aren’t as fancy and fun to use as they are on regular ThinkPad keyboards. They even feel a little cheap, but they work well and better than having no physical buttons at all. The new chassis is probably too thin to accommodate the standard ThinkPad trackpad.
The chassis is just thin enough to accommodate USB-C connectors, and you get two Thunderbolt 4 USB-C ports for data and power. Lenovo has managed to have an anti-theft port on the right side, and that’s a huge plus for business customers or users who are concerned about theft in a coffee shop.
Thunderbolt 4 is amazing for connectivity as you can very quickly expand your options at your desk with docking stations like the Anker PowerExpand Elite or the Sabrent Thunderbolt 3 DS-TH3C. Lenovo has TB docks too, but we haven’t tested one yet.
There are tiny Thunderbolt (TB) travel HUBs out there, but you might not have them at a critical time, which is the main benefit of having ports on board.
The ThinkPad X1 Titanium has two 2W stereo speakers located on either side of the keyboard. This is an optimal position because there is no loss of energy when bouncing off a surface such as a table.
This is especially important because the size of the speakers is minimal due to the small chassis. The result is an exceptional sound experience for the weight and size of the laptop.
In theory, there are ways to get great sound on tablets (see our Huawei MatePad Pro 12.6 review), so it’s not impossible. However, for a 2.5 Lbs laptop this is excellent, thanks in part to the preloaded Dolby software.
The new display is probably one of the most important reasons to buy this laptop. Although Lenovo recently switched to 16:10 in the new ThinkPads, the 3: 2 ratio of the X1 Titanium dramatically increases vertical screen space, which is most important for people who work on documents, and that’s a lot of potential users.
As a result, I find that the extra vertical space greatly improves my productivity and overall comfort. I don’t have to scroll as much, and so it cuts down on unnecessary distractions.
Image quality is excellent with a 100% sRGB color gamut and brightness of at least 450 nits (measured near 490 NIT). It’s good enough for creative work or any situation where you need to feature beautiful graphics.
I find it QHD resolution (2256 x 1504) be an excellent compromise between image quality and battery life for productivity applications. If you need 4K, you might want to check out the ThinkPad X1 Yoga instead.
From a design perspective, the top and bottom display bezels might look a bit thick, and I think this is due to the size of the chassis more than any limitation in the display technology. The chassis was supposed to accommodate the full-size keyboard, and the internal components are spread over a larger area because they cannot be stacked.
At the top there is a webcam which includes a privacy shutter. I find it super useful and I leave it closed most of the time. This ensures that malware cannot turn on the camera without your knowledge, and most corporate users will appreciate this ability.
The webcam also supports Lenovo’s new human detection feature introduced in February 2021. The webcam uses a low power mode to detect if you are approaching and will try to recognize you (safely) right away, saving a few seconds of unlock time.
Alternatively, there’s also a fingerprint reader to speed up secure logins, and if you’re into security, you might be interested in learning more about Lenovo ThinkShield ecosystem.
If you take a look at the system specifications of the Lenovo ThinkPad Titanium X1 Yoga (2021), you would expect to see performance on par with the ThinkPad X1 X12 and ThinkPad X1 nano, which we both reviewed.
And that is precisely the case, so all the benchmarks tell us that this ThinkPad will be great for office productivity applications and that you might find better options for more demanding tasks like gaming or video editing ( duh).
And keep in mind that you can go for the faster Intel i7-1180G7 processor if you need the extra processor speed. The same goes for SSD storage speed, and there are no surprises here: it’s very much in line with what is expected for this type of setup and price.
The Titanium X1 Yoga is probably not a laptop that I would use for editing videos or playing games, although It can, in a pinch. However, it is fantastic for travelers who mainly do office work.
The performance for weight is probably more interesting to watch, and this is where we realize that Lenovo has built a great line of ultralight computers over the past year or so. Now the X1 Series offers something great at virtually any weight from a traditional laptop to the ultralight ThinkPad X12 Windows tablet.
The Battery capacity 44Wh is ideal for the weight of the laptop, and our tests show a battery life of about 9 hours and 29 minutes when running office productivity applications.
As you can see in the graphics, if you need more battery life you can go for a larger capacity battery, as long as you stick with a comparable processor platform like the ThinkPad X1 nano which has recently been revised.
However, the weight / battery life ratio is quite satisfactory and should appeal to users looking for a very light laptop with a large screen.
The battery charging speed (29% in 30 minutes) was not impressive and lags behind other Lenovo laptops like the Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon Gen9, which charges twice as fast. For an ultramobile computer, I would like to see this improve in the second generation next year.
The Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Titanium is a great addition that adds two essential features to the X series. First, the 3: 2 display introduces massive changes in everyday comfort and productivity, which is the main reason for choosing this laptop.
Pretty much everyone will benefit from this, and frankly I don’t know why we don’t see more of these 3: 2 laptops on the market, and the X1 Titanium is one of the more exciting.
Second, the tablet mode (360 degree flip mode) is flawless and the best I’ve seen so far in this size class. The smoothness of the design makes a big difference in this mode and also helps writing with the e-Pen.
As we have seen, the performance and battery life are exceptional and in line with what we would expect from a laptop like this. I highly recommend considering the X1 Titanium when purchasing a work laptop.
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