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Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Yoga Gen 4 review: metal business laptop

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Lenovo has released another notebook lineThinkPad, but this time decided to move away from the traditional design of the line and slightly expand the target audience. Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Yoga Gen 4 is a slender metal laptop with a 4K display and an 8th generation Core i7 processor at an impressive price of 120 thousand rubles.

  • Specifications
  • Design and appearance
  • Connectors and connections
  • Laptop display
  • Keyboard and input devices
  • Iron productivity
  • Battery autonomy
  • Should I buy?
  • Features Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Yoga Gen 4

    Processors

    8 - generations of Intel i5-8265U (1.60 GHz to 3.90 GHz with Turbo Boost, 4 cores, 6 MB cache)
    8 - generations of Intel i5-8365U with VPRO (1.60 GHz to 4.10 GHz with Turbo Boost, 4 cores, 6 MB cache)
    8 - generations of Intel i7-8565U (1.80 GHz to 4.60 GHz with Turbo Boost, 4 cores, 8 MB cache)
    8 - generations of Intel i7-8665U with VPRO (1.90 GHz to 4.80 GHz with Turbo Boost, 4 cores, 8 MB cache)
    10 - generation Intel i5-10210U (1.60 GHz to 4.20 GHz with Turbo Boost, 4 cores, 6 MB cache)
    10 - generations of Intel i7-10510U (1.80 GHz to 4.90 GHz with Turbo Boost, 4 cores, 8 MB cache)
    10 - generations of Intel i7-10710U (1.10 GHz to 4.70 GHz with Turbo Boost, 6 cores, 12 MB cache)

    operating system

    Windows 10 Home, Windows 10 Pro

    Displays

    14 ″ WQHD (2560 × 1440) IPS, anti-glare, touch, 280 nits
    14 ″ UHD (3840 × 2160) IPS, anti-glare, anti-stain, with Dolby Vision HDR400, touch screen, 470 nits
    14 ″ FHD (1920 × 1080) IPS, low power, anti-glare, anti-stain, touch, 380 nits
    14 ″ FHD (1920 × 1080) IPS, PrivacyGuard, Anti-Glare, Anti-Stain, Touch, 380 nits
    14 ″ FHD (1920 × 1080) IPS, anti-glare, touch, 380 nits

    Memory

    LPDDR3 up to 16 GB, 2133 MHz

    Battery

    Up to 18 hours 51 Wh, fast charging technology, 65 W AC power adapter

    ROM

    PCIe SSD up to 1 TB

    Graphics

    Intel UHD 620

    Security

    Online Fast Identification (FIDO), scannerfingerprint, dTPM 2.0 chip, ThinkShutter camera curtain, ThinkPad PrivacyGuard, ThinkPad PrivacyAlert, IR camera, Kensington lock slot, PrivacyAlert requires an IR camera.

    Audio

    Dolby Atmos speaker system, 4 × 360 microphones

    Camera

    720p HD with microphone, IR 720p HD camera with microphone

    Size and weight

    323 × 218 × 15.5 (mm), 1.35 kg

    Stylus

    ThinkPad Pen Pro included

    Connection

    WLAN: Intel Dual-Band 9560 802.11 AC (2 × 2), Intel Dual-Band 9560 802.11 AC (2 × 2) VPRO, Ethernet, Bluetooth 5.0, optional WWAN: Fibocom L850-GL 4G LTE CAT9

    Ports

    2 × USB 3.1 Gen 2 Type-C / Intel Thunderbolt 3 (DisplayPort, data transfer), 2 × USB 3.1 Gen 1 (1 always on), HDMI 1.4, Ethernet, headphones / microphone

    Keyboard

    Moisture-proof, backlight with white LEDs

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    Design and appearance

    For many years, the ThinkPad line has been easyrecognizable style, especially the X1 models, whose case is made of magnesium alloy and carbon fiber. Thanks to this, it is strong and reliable, with the only drawback in the absence of transformation.

    Case at Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Yoga Gen 4 byFeels very durable. The lid is rigid, and pushing the back surface or the keyboard is possible only with a strong press. This is not a novelty for Lenovo - other aluminum laptops of the company are just as strong, among which the Yoga C930 is the standard.

    On the other hand, the familiar ThinkPad modelssensations here may not be enough for someone. The X1 Yoga is cooler and tougher, and the build quality is improved due to the comfort of use. Externally, the Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Yoga looks conservative. On its top cover there is a slightly noticeable ThinkPad logo with a blinking red dot, as well as an X1 in the opposite corner. From afar, X1 Yoga can not be confused with previous models of this line. The 2-in-1 design is attractive, but clearly inferior to the other ThinkPad.

    Whether you like the new design or not, the new X1 Yogasmaller than the previous version due to the reduced display frames. The case became 2.5 cm smaller in width and almost 1.5 cm in height. The thickness of the laptop decreased from 1.7 cm to 1.5 cm. As a result, this model became a little lighter - 1.36 kg against 1 , 40 kg, despite the use of heavier metal in the structure. Even with this in mind, the ThinkPad X1 Yoga is not very convenient as a tablet - almost one and a half kilograms of mass is a bit much - but when used in normal mode and watching movies, this does not interfere.

    Connectors and connections

    Reducing thickness does not mean savings on connectors. In this regard, the Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Yoga Gen 4 laptop fully copies the X1 Carbon, having two USB-C. On the left side are two USB-Cs with Thunderbolt 3 support (protection against short circuits from faulty chargers). One of them is located next to the Ethernet port and a proprietary connector (but it requires an appropriate key). There is also a USB-A 3.1 Gen 1 port, a full-size HDMI 1.4b and a headphone jack.

    On the right is another USB-A 3.1, Kensington lock and stylus slot. Wireless connectivity is provided by the Intel Wireless-AC 9560 module with 802.11ac Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 5.0. The ability to connect to a cellular network is also here.

    Laptop display

    Like the X1 Carbon, the tested ThinkPad X1 Yoga Gen4 has a very good 14-inch 4K UHD display - this is the first ThinkPad with such a diagonal. The laptop uses the same panel, and the colorimeter produces identical results.

    The brightness of the X1 Yoga is 436 nits, and the color gamut is higheraverage and is 100% for sRGB or 82% for AdobeRGB (the standard premium display is 72%). The color accuracy is not outstanding - only 2.59 (with an ideal figure of 1.0 or less), and the average contrast is 870: 1 (with an acceptable lower limit for premium models of 1000: 1).

    But, it is not so important if your profession is notdue to the accurate color display (in this case, you should choose X1 Extreme), you will like the display, especially if you enable the "Media" mode on an ongoing basis.

    Watching movies and TV shows will be especially enjoyableconsidering the excellent Dolby Vision HDR400 technology. The main thing is do not enable the HDR function for games and applications in the settings, otherwise the video will look worse. If this function is not enabled, you can see in detail even the darkest areas of the screen while watching a movie. The best results are shown only by OLED displays - like the one that the HP Specter x360 15 has.

    If you add enhanced features to thissound, Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Yoga Gen 4 can be considered the ideal laptop for viewing media content. There are four Dolby Atmos speakers, including two tweeters emitting directly from under the screen, and two woofers that sound from under the bottom cover. Taken together, it provides excellent sound, suitable for listening to music, watching TV and movies.

    Keyboard and input devices

    Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Yoga has a keyboard with a littleshorter key travel (1.5 mm vs 1.8 mm), which is too small for the ThinkPad line. Yes, many compact laptops have a stroke of much less than 1.5 mm, although the difference will be noticeable compared to previous models of the line. The mechanism works very accurately, even taking into account the need for addiction.

    Touchpad with support for Microsoft Precision and gesturesMicrosoft 10. The red trackpoint is usually in the middle, and the buttons that work with it are on the top of the trackpad. As a transformer laptop, the Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Yoga Gen 4 has a very responsive touch screen with a high-quality stylus that charges through its own connector.

    Windows 10 Hello technology is also heresupported. At the top there is an infrared camera for face recognition, which turns off when using ThinkShutter - a curtain-slider that physically closes the lens. In this case, you can unlock the device using a fingerprint scanner. Both methods work reliably.

    Iron productivity

    By power ThinkPad X1 Yoga Gen 4 againreminds X1 Carbon. During the synthetic test, GeekBench X1 Yoga scores 4800 points in a single-core (although with such a processor should be more than 5000) and 13200 - in a multi-core test (with the expected 15000). Converting video to H.265 in time is approximately equal to X1 Carbon and almost 25% slower than on Dell Latitude 7400 2-in-1.

    However, with actual use of the ThinkPad X1Yoga seems very fast, and the maximum load on its processor is not easy to create. All standard tasks are performed instantly, and if you switch the device to "Maximum Performance" mode in Windows 10, the speed increase will be more noticeable. The temperature does not reach any critical values, the fan barely has to spin, and the entire case is almost always cool to the touch.

    Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Yoga Gen 4 Already Availableon Intel processors of the 10th generation - namely, on the version of Comet Lake. Compared with this assembly and the eighth generation processor, performance should increase significantly - especially in the premium model with six cores. Performing demanding tasks such as video editing should be even faster here.

    But how to play on a laptop is notit will turn out, considering only the integrated Intel UHD 620 graphics processor. If Lenovo installed an Intel Ice Lake processor with the Iris Plus graphics core in this model, the situation would be different, but users will have to be content with only a more powerful central processor.

    Autonomy Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Yoga Gen 4

    If you equip your laptop with a 4K display, staminathe battery will drop dramatically, and the X1 Yoga Gen 4 is no exception. Of course, the same situation was with the X1 Carbon. In Yoga, the same battery with a consumption of 51 watts per hour, which, taking into account the characteristics, is very small. This is even less than the previous version, which spent 54 watts per hour when displaying with a resolution of 1440p.

    When watching a video, the charge lasts aboutmore than seven hours, and when surfing the web - for six and a half. Full-time, this is not enough, but for a device with a 4K display, a good result. 1080p laptops are much more resilient.

    There is a build of ThinkPad X1 Yoga Gen 4 with economicalFull HD and Core i5, which will work away from the outlet twice as long. If it is important for you to work on a laptop all day without charging, the Full HD version will be more suitable for you.

    Total

    Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Yoga Gen 4 - gooda sequel that brings a new style with an aluminum casing to the ThinkPad lineup. The new laptop is fast, comfortable to use and has a great screen. There are many business-class laptops on the market, including excellent transformers, so the X1 Yoga will face fierce competition.

    Should I buy?

    If you want a high degree of reliability and quality, but not in a plastic case –ThinkPad X1 Yoga Gen 4 will be an excellent choice.

    Benefits

    • Great sound from the speakers.
    • The unique aesthetics of the ThinkPad.
    • Excellent build quality.
    • Beautiful 4K display with HDR support.

    disadvantages

    • 4K display reduces battery life.
    • The performance of the previous generation.

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