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Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Yoga (Gen 5) Review

The Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Yoga (Gen 5) is a powerful 2-in-1 convertible laptop with an aluminum chassis, IR camera with privacy shutter, quad speakers, Wi-Fi 6 wireless connectivity and an updated processors. This fifth generation ThinkPad X1 Yoga arrived with an Intel 10th-generation Core processor and Intel UHD graphics.

Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Yoga (Gen 5)

Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Yoga (Gen 5)

This 2-in-1 PC has up to 14-inch 4K display comes with high dynamic range (HDR) technology that offers high-quality visuals. It has a backlit enabled ergonomic keyboard, with advance security features and up to 19.3 hours of battery life.

Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Yoga (Gen 5) Key Specs & Features

  • Windows 10 Pro, Windows 10 Home
  • Up to 10th Gen Intel® Core™ i7 with up to 6 cores
  • Up to 14-inch 4K UHD (3840 x 2160) IPS with Dolby Vision™ HDR400, 500 nits, 10 bit.
  • HD 720p Web camera
  • Up to 16GB LPDDR3 RAM
  • Up to 2TB PCIe SSD
  • Discrete Trusted Platform Module (dTPM) 2.0
  • Spill resistant and Backlit Keyboard with white LED lighting
  • Match-on-Chip Fingerprint Reader
  • ThinkPad PrivacyGuard
  • ThinkPad PrivacyAlert
  • Dolby Atmos Speaker System
  • Up to 19.3 hours, 51Wh Battery

Design

The Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Yoga (Gen 5) combines business-class style and durability to achieve the premium design. Although, the ThinkPad X1 Yoga Gen 5 is otherwise identical to its predecessor, it has a few styling changes.

The company shifted the X1 Yoga from carbon to aluminum. This effort results into the sleek, slim classically-styled ultra-portable laptop. Compare to its predecessor, the Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Yoga (Gen 5) measures a dimension of 323mm x 218mm x 15.2mm and weigh 1.35kg, hence, it is lighter.

In addition, this laptop lid has some slight changes that differentiate it from its predecessor. It has a large X1 sticker stamped beneath the “ThinkPad” logo on the lid, which gives the notebook a more consumer-friendly look.

When opened, the lid host the 14-inch display which has thin bezels surrounding it. Although, the bottom bezel is chunky, and the top bezel is also thick enough to host the 720p IR camera with a privacy shutter to keep intruder out.

Like any Yoga series Laptop, ThinkPad X1 Yoga (Gen 5) has 360-degree hinge that allows you to use it in laptop mode, fold it down into a tablet, or prop the display up in either stand or tent modes.

The base chassis also has a smooth matte aluminum surfaces that hide fingerprints well. It also hosts a backlit keyboard with large, curved keycaps made of the same material as the body. They have decent travel distance considering how thin the laptop is, and a large armrest to accommodate the small and large hands alike.

Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Yoga (Gen 5) also has a 4.1 x 2.6-inch touchpad with a fingerprint sensor for security purpose.

The company also moved the power button to the right hand side of the laptop, alongside a stylus pen, a USB-A 3.1 (Gen 1) and a Kensington lock slot. While on the left sits a USB-C Thunderbolt™ 3, power input, another USB-C Thunderbolt™ 3, a Network extension for Ethernet/side mechanical docking, a USB-A 3.1 (Gen 1), an HDMI 1.4 and a Headphone / mic combo.

Display

The Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Yoga (Gen 5) has three display options: a 1080p FHD version, 1440 WQHD UHD and a UHD 4K panel.

There are two Full HD version with a 14-inch IPS touchscreen display and 1920 x 1080 resolution that offers stunning images even at that limited resolution, making it ideal for getting work done without being too much of a drain on the battery. This display models also comes with PrivacyGuard.

The PrivacyGuard is a security technology that helps limit the display’s viewing angles, making it more difficult for others to peak at your screen. One model also comes with 500 nits brightness which is the highest nits while the other one has 400 nits, so as to offer a crispy, crystal clear display.

The 14-inch 1440 WQHD UHD model is the mid-range display option with WQHD IPS panel backed by a 2560 x 1440 pixel resolution and offers 300 nits brightness for better viewing experience.

For the premium option, the Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Yoga (Gen 5) model offers a 14-inch 4K UHD screen which is notably brighter, sharper and more vibrant than the FHD option, hence, it delivers a visual feast that’s detailed, bright and incredibly vibrant.

Similarly, the 14-inches 4K UHD display with IPS panel packs display features which includes Dolby Vision, HDR400, and brightness up to 500 nits.

Performance

The Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Yoga (Gen 5) is powered by the 10th Gen Intel Comet Lake processors with options for up to the six-core Intel Core i7-10810U processor.

The 10th Gen CPU comes paired with either an Integrated Intel® UHD Graphics 620 with up to 16GB of RAM and 2TB PCIe SSD space for  utmost performance.

For smooth user experience and better interface, the Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Yoga (Gen 5) run on Windows 10 Pro operating system out-of-the-box.

Battery

The Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Yoga (Gen 5) also comes with a 51Wh battery which offers up to 19.3 hours of uninterrupted usage at a charge.

It also comes with Lenovo’s Rapid Charge utility, this fast charging technology enables the laptop to use a 65 W charger to raise the battery level to 80% in just one hour.

Other Features

The 5th Gen Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Yoga devices work with ThinkPad PrivacyAlert, which can tell when someone is looking at your screen and automatically turn on PrivacyGuard.

These two features are optional, however, you can always enjoy other security functions on the lesser model.

It comes with dTPM 2.0, a secure crypto-processor that helps you with actions such as generating, storing, and limiting the use of cryptographic keys.

Similarly, this laptop also comes Kensington lock slot, FIDO authentication capabilities, optional touch fingerprint reader and other security and privacy enabling features

Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Yoga (Gen 5) also comes with connectivity options which includes Bluetooth 5.0., WiFi 802.11ax and NFC. This laptop also come with an optional WWAN technology with LTE-A card supporting up to Cat16.

It also comes a Dolby Atmos speaker system including two upward-firing tweeters and two downward-firing woofers, to create an immersive sound experience. There is also four 360-degree microphones that cancel unwanted noise when you’re on calls, and pick up your voice from across the room, so you can even use voice activation to wake your system, play music, and more.

Finally, you get to also enjoy the Lenovo Vantage utility which lets you choose among different audio profiles for music, movies, voice and games.

Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Yoga (Gen 5) Price and Availability

Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Yoga (Gen 5) price starts at around $1,349 depending on the configuration.

The business laptop is available on Lenovo’s official store and other third-party e-commerce platforms like Amazon.

Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Yoga (Gen 5) Specs

Here are a few specs of the ThinkPad X1 Yoga (Gen 5) :

General Features

  • OS: Windows 10 Pro
  • Processor: Up to 10th Gen Intel® Core™ i7 with up to 6 cores
  • GPU: Integrated Intel® UHD Graphics 620
  • Memory: Up to 16GB LPDDR3
  • Colours: Iron Gray
  • Dimension: 323mm x 218mm x 15.2mm / 12″ x 8.5″ x 0.59″
  • Weight: 1.35kg

Display & Keyboard

  • Display: 14″ 4K (3840 x 2160) IPS with Dolby Vision™ HDR400 500 nits, 14″ FHD IPS PrivacyGuard 500 nits, 14″ FHD (1920 x 1080) IPS Touch 400 nits PrivacyGuard, 14″ WQHD (2560 x 1440), 300 nits
  • Keyboard: Full sized, spill resistant with Backlit with white LED lighting
  • Pointing Device: Yes

Storage

  • Built-in Storage: Up to 2TB PCIe SSD
  • Optical Storage: –
  • Bundled Cloud Storage: –

Ports & Connectivity

  • Webcam: HD 720p with ThinkShutter privacy cover, Optional: Hybrid Infrared (IR) & HD with ThinkShutter
  • USB Ports: 2 x USB 3.1 (Gen 1), 2 x USB Type C (Thunderbolt)
  • HDMI: Yes, HDMI 1.4
  • Thunderbolt Ports: 2 x USB-C Thunderbolt™ 3
  • DisplayPort: –
  • VGA: –
  • Ethernet (RJ-45): Yes
  • SD Slot: Yes
  • Mic/Headphone: Yes
  • WLAN: WiFi 802.11 AX
  • Bluetooth: version 5.0
  • NFC: Yes, Optional
  • Docking Connector: –
  • Mobile Broadband: Yes, Optional WWAN Integrated Global Mobile Broadband 4G LTE-A

Other Features

  • Match-on-chip fingerprint reader
  • Dolby Audio
  • Noise-cancelling dual-array far-field microphones
  • Optional: ThinkPad PrivacyGuard
  • Optional: ThinkPad PrivacyAlert*
  • ThinkShutter webcam privacy cover
  • Discrete Trusted Platform Module (dTPM) 2.0
  • Kensington lock slot
  • WiFi 802.11 AX (2 x 2)

Battery

  • Battery: 51Wh
  • Use Time: Up to 19.3 hours


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