Most people look at the ThinkPad when they see it. Although the line has evolved over the decades of its existence, it has maintained a consistent ThinkPad look, a ThinkPad feel, and a set of ThinkPad features, from red keyboard nibs to all three single clickers. There is a devoted follower of the formula, and with good reason – it is tried and true.
With the new Titanium line, Lenovo seems to be trying something new for the size. For one, the first X1 Titanium Yoga is the thinnest ThinkPad ever (don’t get confused with the ThinkPad X1 Nano, The lightest ThinkPad ever made). There’s also a hedgehog of other things, including a 3: 2 display (an aspect ratio you don’t see every day in the X1 series), a heptic touchpad, and a top cover – as the name suggests – The built-in Titanium is an IR webcam with human presence detection, a match-on chip fingerprint reader, and two Thunderbolt 4 ports. It’s a catchy bag with eccentric features thrown together in a new, very unique ThinkPad.
Result: Unanswerable. Of course, this is a first generation product, with some hassles to work here and there. But with Intel’s 11th General Processors and EVO certification, the X1 Titanium Yoga is a solid contender in the realm of premium business laptops. It retains the identity of the ThinkPad line, but it’s unlike any ThinkPad we’ve ever seen. I’m excited about it, but I’m more excited about the next generation.
Before we jump into it, the usual quit about thinkpads: they’re expensive. The base X1 Titanium Yoga has an MSRP of $ 2,949, but is currently priced at 7 1,769.40. My test model has an MSRP of $ 3,369 but is listed at ، 1,674.39. (If that weren’t clear, you should never pay the full price of a ThinkPad.) Currently listed at 7 1,727.40.
Many thinkpads have dizzying arrays of options, but the choice of X1 Titanium Yoga is straightforward. There are four processors, all of which support Intel’s vPro platform for remote management: Core i5-1130G7 (which my test unit has), Core i5-1140G7, and two Core i7 chips. The 1130G7 is the only processor available with 8 GB of RAM. The other three come with 16 GB. Human presence detection is also only available with the Core i5 models – you can’t get it with any of the Core i7, which is a bit disappointing.
My model has a Core i5-1130G7, 16GB RAM (soldered), 512GB storage, and a presence detection webcam. Like all models, it ships with a 13.5-inch 2256 x 1504, 450-nut touch display and Lenovo’s Precision Pen.
The main selling point of Titanium Yoga is its category topping portability. It is 0.45 inches thick, so slipping in a packed bag or briefcase is no problem. The 3: 2 aspect ratio makes it a little taller than most competitors of this size, so it’s not one of the lightest laptops on the market – but at 2.54 pounds, it’s still a very convenient lift. When I walk around with this device, I can be sure that I am carrying an empty chassis instead of a complete system. It’s hard to believe that there is a complete … computer inside.
Despite its slender frame, Titanium Yoga is quite strong. Its lid is a combination of titanium and carbon fiber, while the rest is more boring (and cheap feeling but still fine) magnesium aluminum. Lenovo claims that it has tested the system against “12 military grade certification methods and more than 20 methods”. I didn’t see any scratches or stings on the chassis after my testing period, and the keyboard deck didn’t pick up a ton of fingerprints, even though the lid was a bit blurred. My main complaint about blood quality is that I wish they were stronger. There was a fair amount of vibration of the screen when I used the stylus – so much so that I got stuck with the touchpad in mostly claim shell mode.
Laptops that are extremely compact often come with a significant trade-off for their size. Here are a few notable ones, though I wouldn’t call them disqualified. The biggest drawback is definitely the Hepatic touchpad – it has no moving parts as a space-saving measure, so the clicking sensation is completely fake. While it certainly mimics a regular touchpad, it has some other issues. It’s tight for scrolling, its texture is a bit thick to my liking, the click is tight, and it’s not the most accurate – I sometimes felt like I had to wrap the cursor where it should go, And he sometimes thought I was scrolling or zooming in when I wasn’t trying. This is one of the things I think will improve generations.
If you’re tired of the touchpad, you have the option of using a red keyboard nib or Lenovo’s press pan, although there’s no garage to put it in later (another space saving measure).
Another expected sacrifice is the choice of port. You only get two Thunderbolt 4 ports, both on the left, one of which will carry a charger. Make your own dongles and docs. (There’s also an audio jack and a Kensington lock slot.)
After all, audio is a thin case on thin and light laptops, and Titanium Yoga’s two top fire speakers are no exception. They provide audio that is clear but not particularly deep. The boss does not exist. During zoom calls, I sometimes had to bend over to listen to the person speak, until the volume was completely crank. The microphone did a good job of raising my voice despite some background noise, and the F4 as a switch to hit key functions.
But there is no compromise on the most important part of the laptop: performance. The Core i5 workstation is not a chip, but it handled my heavy Chrome tabs, Spotify streaming, and zoom calls without any hassle. I never heard the sound of a fan or the excruciating heat, even though the bottom of the chassis was constantly hot.
Battery life was good, but not great. Yoga works around an average of seven hours and a continuous production capacity of 52 minutes. While it’s not at the top of the business category, it’s about what we expect from ThinkPads (we got a slightly worse result from the previous X1 Carbon we reviewed). This means that if your load is the same as mine, the device will take you to work day.
Overall, the ThinkPad X1 Titanium Yoga is an interesting bet. It is clear that Lenovo is looking at the features that modern business users are demanding: stylus support, 3: 2 aspect ratio, stability, and portability, in addition to the security of the vPro platform. Titanium Yoga is the first iteration of a line that I’m excited to see Lenovo build, and I think it deserves a high score.
With that said, I wouldn’t pretend it’s the most practical purchase out there. It’s a first-generation product, and-as is often the case with first-generation products needs some work. Limited ports, fickle touchpads, vibrating hinges, and thin audio can all be overlooked on their own, especially as understandable sacrifices for portable blood – but they’re too much in the stomach as a package. ۔ I think the X1 Yoga and the X1 Carbon, while a little thicker, will be more practical tools for the majority of consumers.
But Titanium Yoga is still quite successful, and I can’t wait for the next one. If Lenovo works, it would be a great product.