The concept of the Ultrabook is about half a decade old. It started when Intel posted a reference design for manufacturers to follow. Ultrabooks had a big impact on the market by pushing for slimmer designs across price points and use cases. It also resulted in the convertibles segment, which is now called the 2-in-1s, or computing devices that can give users a better access to the screen by turning or tearing away. Intel as well as its manufacturing partners are still betting big on this segment to be a huge commercial success.
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Yoga
The Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Yoga was first announced at the CES in Las Vegas this year. The device, arguably the lightest business 2-in-1 in the world, has finally made its way to India. Though a part of the popular ThinkPad series, this device brings in the learnings from Lenovo’s popular Yoga series, especially the multiple forms it can take to facilitate presentation, work, creation and consumption. All thanks to a powerful hinge that holds the screen in place.
Specs: 14-inch WQHD (2560 x 1440p) OLED touchscreen with 300 nits | 2.4GHz Intel Core i5-6200U processor with 4GB RAM | 126GB ROM | Windows 10 Pro 64-bit | USB x3, HDMI x 1
Price: Rs 1,12,000
What is good?
The X1 Yoga has a stunning screen, mostly because it is 2K and one of the brightest displays you will see at 300 nits. This is the hero of this device as you will always have the screen in front as you use the different forms the laptop can take, especially when it is in the tablet mode. You will have no issues with viewing angles of sunlight when using the X1 Yoga.
While there is a good touchscreen, most of us still prefer to use the old fashioned keyboard for inputs. The X1 Yoga has one of the best backlit keyboards in town, well spaced out and with the right amount of travel. The slightly curved keys are almost welcoming your fingertips, while the top row offers a range of functional keys that make life very easy. It has a very good trackpad with separate left, right clickers that are unique to Lenovo devices. Plus, there is a trackpad for those who prefer that instead of a touchscreen or mouse.
The review device I had was running a Intel Core i5 processor and the performance was pretty good. However, this device can pack much more powerful Core i7 vPro version with 4GB RAM. So performance will not be an issue in anyway. The i5 version was also not underwhelming in any way and stays cool which is a good thing.
Where this device has an edge over most of the competition is in its form factor and weight. While most powerful business laptops are still heavy and bulky this is thin and light while bringing in the versatility of the full foldable screen. Don’t forget that you will be paying a premium for this.
What is not that good?
Despite the stunning screen, the audio is underwhelming to put it mildly. With the screen facing you in the presentation form or in tent mode the audio is a bit more audible, but otherwise you will need headphones or an external speaker to enjoy this.
The Lenovo Thinkpad X1 Yoga is a very powerful and versatile device. There is nothing really wrong with this 2-in-1 which ticks all the boxes. However, the price will ensure that this ends up as being an enterprise purchase for more people.