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Introduced a while ago, the ThinkPad X1Yoga has shipped for some time. We have waited to have both theLCDand OLED options before publishing this review. In our initial coverage of the X1 Yoga, it was evident that the only 14-inch OLED laptopdisplay should be given a chance of proving itself in the real world.The X1 Yoga is Lenovo’s latestthin & light business laptop that continues a successful series built to pass military durability tests.

The configuration tested has the following specifications:

  • Intel i7 6500 2.5-2.59 GHz processor
    • Other configurations include i5-6500U, i5-6300U, i7-6500U, and i76600U
  • 8GB RAM
  • Win 10 Pro
  • LCD IPS and OLED display
  • Samsung 512GB SSD over PCI-E

Design

With dimensions of 13.11 x 9.02 x 0.59 inches (333 x 229 x 15mm) and a weight of only 2.8 Lbs, the Lenovo X1 Yoga is positioned in the thin & light category of laptops which tends to blend portability and productivity well.

The2.8 lbsweight is comfortable, and well within the norm for this category of laptops. This is equivalent to Lenovo’s own Y900 (2.8Lbs) and the Dell XPS13 9350 (2.8 Lbs) that we previously reviewed but not as light as the Surface Pro 4 (1.73 Lbs) which remains the thinnest and lightest PC in this performance range.

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As usual with the Lenovo X1 Series, the keyboard is very comfortable, and keys have a travel distance of 1.86mm (60g of force), which is ideal for my use. The keys are large and comfortable, and I find the keyboard to be excellent in general. The only think that caught my attention is that the “Fn” button on the right side is now at the corner of the keyboard, where the CTRL key normally is. It’s slightly annoying at first, but I got used to it, eventually.

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The trackpad feels like it’s made of glass, and is very smooth. Its size is 100x58mm is nice, and Lenovo allows the users to either click on the pad itself or use one of the two physical left/middle/right buttons just above the trackpad. Normally, they are there to be used with the TrackPoint controller which is the red button between the B/G/H keys. Many Lenovo customers are die-hard fans, although I am not one myself.

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The Thinkpad X1 Yoga has a relatively large number of ports, and a quick look at the specs show WiGig, OneLink+, Mini DisplayPort, HDMI, 3 x USB 3.0, microSD. The three USB 3.0 ports are a great thing if you often work with USB devices such as Ethernet to USB adapter, mouse or USB keys, just to cite the frequent ones.

The microSD port is hidden in the back of the laptop, next to aSIM cardtray. As it was the case with previous models, the X1 Yoga has an integrated wireless broadband option (4G LTE-A). For power users, this is much better than creating a hotspot with your phone, if you can afford the additional SIM card subscription.

Digital Pen (Wacom)

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The Lenovo X1 Yoga has an integratedWacom Active ES pen. Note that this is different from the earlierWacom EMRpens that Lenovo used to have. In case you want to buy compatible Wacom pens it’s a critical detail to know.

The X1 comes pre-installed with the Wacom driver and the Wacom Pen Radial Menu utility. It lets you changethings such as the pen tip sensitivity, thephysical buttons functions and the pen calibration (it’s pretty time-sensitive).

I’m no artist, butI’ve used Wacom tablets in the past. In general, I’mimpressed with the pen, and the speed of the ink. The normal ink is very fast, and things will slow down as you use complex brushes but this is so much better than what we had just a year ago. If you wonder, it works well with Photoshop CC of course.

Durability: MIL-STD-810G Drop Test compliant

The ThinkPad X1 Yoga is one of the rare, if not the only, 13”-14” with a thin & light form factor. This has been one of the X1 staple features since the beginning, and it remains a potentially important criteria for users who may need extra durability over good looks.

You can learn all the necessary details about the MIL-STD-810G tests, but the gist of it is that the Lenovo X1 Yoga design was dropped from a height of about 4-feet, and all its surfaces (faces, edges, corners) were tested and visually inspected for damage. The test was originally designed to make sure that U.S military equipment could survive the transport and storage in tough conditions.

Lenovo says that the X1 passes eight military tests, but doesn’t provide details about which ones. The only one that I’m sure was included is the drop/shock test.

Learn more:What is MIL-STD-810G?

Not part of the MIL-STD-810G standard is the tough skin that the X1 has. I have used several generations of X1 laptops, and they are incredibly resilient to scratches and blemishes. Some of the issues that I had with all-metal aluminum bodies is that they could scratch pretty easily if there’s even a bit of dust/sand in the backpack. And the scratches can be quite visible. I never worried so much about the X1 family of laptops.

The X1 Yoga passed the following tests: Humidity, Low Temperatures, High Temperatures, Sand, High Vibration, Shocks, 15000ft Altitude and Temperature Shock.

Fingerprint touch sensor

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This time, Lenovo has integrated a touch fingerprint sensor (vs. swipe sensor). It works exactly like a smartphone fingerprint reader that you set up with a little utility for a few seconds. It worked very well and had very few false-positive (zero for now, but I assume it does happen sometimes). It is also more advanced that most options you can find for Desktop computers — it’s pretty amazing how primitive those finger-swiping USB sensors are.

Because I use a fairly strong (long) password, and I don’t want to fallback to a measly 4-digit pin, I find the fingerprint sensor to be very convenient. Now, you can use a very strong password and won’t have to deal with it every time you come back to your locked laptop.

Learn more:How do Fingerprint Scanners Work?

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