Lenovo’s high quality, business-centered ThinkPad X1 vary carries on to broaden. Intended to marry higher-spec functionality with terrific style, X1 laptops can be highly-priced — the previous ThinkPad X1 I reviewed, The ThinkPad X1 Nano, has a starting up price tag of £1,739.99 (inc. VAT), or $one,487.40 in the US. This is carefully matched by the convertible ThinkPad X1 Titanium Yoga, reviewed listed here, which starts at £1,669.99 in the Uk, or $one,474.fifty in the US. 

At just 11.5mm thick, this Intel Evo-branded machine is Lenovo’s thinnest-at any time ThinkPad. It may not be the lightest ThinkPad, but at one.15kg it is rarely burdensome to have. The titanium, carbon fibre and magnesium alloy resources employed in the chassis make this a tough machine: I could not flex the lid in my arms adequate to result in any issue, and the foundation feels good also. But even while it has passed MIL-STD 810H testing, I’d still be tempted to use a protective sleeve to keep and transportation the ThinkPad X1 Titanium Yoga. Apart from anything else, the a little textured end on the lid is pretty, and I’d detest to scratch it. 


The thirteen.five-inch ThinkPad X1 Titanium Yoga is a slimline (11.5mm) convertible laptop jogging on eleventh-era Intel Main i5 or i7 processors with built-in Iris Xe Graphics, 8GB or 16GB of RAM and up to 1TB of SSD storage.

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The branding on the lid reflects the ThinkPad X1 Titanium Yoga’s high quality status.

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The silver chassis is eye-catching, and the ThinkPad marque on the lid, with its illuminated dot about the ‘i’, is elevated from the foundation metal as if it has been stamped on the wrist relaxation inside of the chassis it is indented, and fashioned from a far more recognizable, brighter silver than its encompass. If you want your highly-priced package to glance the element, this branding will tick that box. 

The ThinkPad X1 Titanium Yoga occupies 297.5mm by 232.2mm on the desktop, which is alternatively narrower and further than you could hope owing to the thirteen.five-inch screen’s three:two facet ratio. And what a superb screen it is. The QHD (two,256 x one,504, 201ppi) IPS panel can supply up to 450 nits of brightness, which is far more than adequate for indoor settings and enough for use outside the house also. It is really also touch responsive — a necessity for doing work in tablet method — and supports one hundred% of the sRGB colour area and seventy two% of NTSC. 

Specified all this goodness, it is a pity that the screen bezels are alternatively wider than they really should be for a high quality laptop. The short bezels I measured at close to 4mm, although the leading and bottom bezels are close to 10mm and 18mm respectively. For the history, the screen to overall body ratio is 78.4%. 

There is home earlier mentioned the screen for a 720p IR webcam with Lenovo’s sliding privateness address. As perfectly as supporting Windows Hello face recognition, the digital camera can be employed to give an warn if another person is standing at the rear of the consumer and ready to read the screen — so named ‘shoulder surfing’. Even so, there is no screen-obscuring possibility to protect against anybody sitting to the left or right from looking at written content and viewing angles on each horizontal and vertical planes are great.  

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When doing work in laptop method a pair of speakers sitting left and right of the keyboard direct audio upwards. They labored perfectly for video calls and for spoken-phrase audio, but if you want to choose edge of the higher-good quality screen for post-function enjoyment, you may rue the lack of bass. I didn’t notice any muffling when employing the speakers in tablet method. 


Although the keyboard appears to be like like a common Lenovo ThinkPad providing, crucial travel and motion leave anything to be wanted.

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The backlit keyboard has Lenovo’s exclusive pot-bellied principal keys, area has been made for a wide double-peak Enter crucial, and the cursor keys are fairly large. Vacation is a small shallow, and although the keys spring back properly the motion feels much less clean than I’ve occur to hope from Lenovo. These difficulties didn’t end me reaching my usual touch-typing speed, and I could absolutely dwell with this keyboard, but Lenovo hasn’t pretty lived up to its usual exemplary typical listed here. 

The signature TrackPoint sitting between the G, H and B keys is responsive, and the three buttons earlier mentioned the trackpad function perfectly with it. The touchpad also labored fine. 

The Fn row keys are fairly little and lack the pot-belly style of the principal keys. They include things like a pair of get in touch with management keys together with keys for brightness, quantity, microphone management, next screen management, and toggling Wi-Fi on and off. There is a slender lozenge-shaped fingerprint sensor earlier mentioned the keyboard.   


The three:two QHD (2256×1504, 201ppi, 450 nits) IPS touch screen is great, even though the bezels could be narrower.

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My £2,069.99 (inc. VAT) evaluate sample of the ThinkPad X1 Titanium Yoga was a ‘ready to ship’ design jogging Home windows 10 Professional on an eleventh generation Intel Main i7-1160G7 processor with Iris Xe built-in graphics, 16GB of RAM and a 512GB SSD. Wi-Fi 6 (802.11ax) and Bluetooth five.two were being existing, but not cellular broadband. Even so, there are two ‘build your own’ models — each Main i5-based — exactly where you can specify 4G LTE (Fibocom L850-GL) for £130 extra, or 5G (Snapdragon X55) for £330. 

There are four existing models in the Uk, two completely ready-to-ship and two create-your-own, with rates ranging from £1,669.99 to £2,069.99 (inc. VAT). There’s more selection in the US — seven models in all, one particular create-your-own, with rates ranging from $one,474.fifty to $two,429.40. US clients also get the Lenovo Precision Pen as typical across all models, which is just not the circumstance in the Uk. 


Ports on the ThinkPad X1 Titanium Yoga: 2x USB-C Thunderbolt 4 on the left, as well as a three.5mm audio jack on the right.

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Actual physical connections are minimal to just two USB-C Thunderbolt 4 ports and a three.5mm headset jack. The thinness of the foundation may mitigate against fitting in USB-A or HDMI ports, but the point remains that with just USB-C on-board, a docking hub or adapter(s) will be needed. It is really also value noting that when the ThinkPad X1 Titanium Yoga is being billed, there is just one particular offered port (unless you make investments in a docking station). 

On its UK web site, Lenovo says the ThinkPad X1 Titanium Yoga’s 44.5Wh battery really should previous for up to eight.nine hrs, although the datasheet quotes a far more optimistic 11.5h. Less than my regular workload of creating into world wide web applications, browsing and streaming media, the completely billed battery fell to fifty% soon after three hrs. This indicates a a lot far more modest mainstream efficiency uptime of close to six hrs. Bottom line: information personnel shouldn’t hope to get all-day battery lifetime from this laptop. 

Lenovo does not mention rapid charging. In one particular exam session with the battery at 34% I utilized a thirty-minute charge by way of the 64W adapter, whereupon the battery rose to fifty two%. Charging at this price could be adequate to give adequate extra doing work time in extremis. 


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As the thinnest at any time ThinkPad, the X1 Titanium Yoga is a standout laptop. It has some leading-notch specs, and the QHD IPS screen is fantastic. But it is not devoid of disadvantages, and arguably, its high quality price tag indicates there really should be much less of them.  

The speakers are frustratingly short of bass, the keyboard is just not pretty up to Lenovo’s usual higher criteria, battery lifetime is disappointing, and the screen bezels could be narrower. Any individual doing work with legacy connectors will have the additional expense of acquiring a USB-C hub or adapters.  

All round, even though this is an extraordinary convertible laptop, you can get far better worth somewhere else, each from Lenovo and other makers. We are on the lookout ahead to Gen two while.

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