the Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Titanium Yoga is the newest member of the ThinkPad X1 series. As an answer to highly sought-after functions, I suspect without disturbing the existing success of more classic computers like the ThinkPad X1 Carbon.
This ultralight has a 13.5 inch display with a 3: 2 aspect ratiowhich has been one of the most requested features for several years. As a Lenovo Yoga device, it can switch to “tablet mode” together with the other Lenovo multimode positions.
Our device has the following configuration in the test: Intel i5-1130G7 CPU, 16 GB RAM and 512 GB (475 GB formatted) SSD storage. At the time of publication, it was priced at $ 1,675.
Buyers could find other CPU options including the Intel i5-1140G7, i7-1160G7, and i7-1180G7 processors, although I suspect most users would be happy with the CPU SKU we tested. If you can afford more, there’s nothing wrong with upgrading.
I saw 8GB or 16GB RAM options on the official website and I highly recommend buying more RAM if you can. 256GB and 512GB of storage are offered, and I haven’t seen a 1TB SKU at the moment.
The Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Titanium dispenses with the classic ThinkPad design language and optically comes closer to the yoga consumer laptops. However, the functionality is business oriented as you will see.
I find the design very pleasant, with a very slim body and clear lines. The chassis is very stiff and does not bend at all when closed. Lenovo mentions that it passes military-grade tests, and we assume they relate to the MIL-STD-810G tests that other ThinkPads also go through. However, the keyboard doesn’t seem to be splash-proof.
the 2.54 pounds Weight and 12.5 mm thick (0.45 “) make it convenient to carry in hand when you go from one meeting to another. It feels like a large magazine and the slightly textured titanium-colored finish gives you a good grip. The lower part of the Chassis is about the thickness of a phone (~ 9mm) and looks neat.
The thin profile also makes the tablet mode a lot better, and this is the best convertible laptop we’ve had our hands on recently.
Using a Lenovo precision pen (included, product link) in tablet mode feels much better as you are getting closer to an ideal tablet thickness. This isn’t like an iPad Pro, but that’s pretty much as good as it gets for a convertible PC.
As the name suggests, there is some titanium when setting up the laptop. The display cover is made of titanium and carbon fiber, while the rest of the case is made of a magnesium / aluminum alloy. It’s all very high tech, but not a massive block of CNC titanium as some might imagine.
Keyboard and trackpad
The keyboard looks like a typical ThinkPad keyboard from a distance, but know that it feels different. I mention it because a lot of people buy ThinkPads for the legendary keyboard alone.
The main difference is the shorter key travel. I guess it’s about 1 mm instead of the typical 1.3 mm. Otherwise, the surface of the keys repels skin fat very well and the feel of the keyboard is very good.
the 90x65mm trackpad could be bigger, but the greater height makes the total area sufficient, and I didn’t see the trackpad size as a particular point of friction for me. If you are using complex Windows gestures this is a good place to know.
The trackpad buttons are not as stylish and pleasant to use as on the classic ThinkPad keyboards. They even feel a little cheap, but are functionally fine and better than not having no physical buttons at all. The new case is likely too thin to accommodate the standard ThinkPad trackpad.
Two Thunderbolt 4 USB-C ports on the left
The case is just thin enough to hold USB-C ports, and you have two Thunderbolt 4 USB-C ports for data and power. Lenovo managed to have an anti-theft port on the right side and that is a massive perk for corporate customers or users who are concerned about theft in a coffee shop.
Thunderbolt 4 is amazing for connectivity as you can very quickly expand your options at your desk with docks like the Anker PowerExpand Elite or the Sabrent Thunderbolt 3 DS-TH3C. Lenovo also has TB docks, but we haven’t tested any.
There are tiny Thunderbolt (TB) travel hubs, but you still may not have them at a critical moment, which is the main benefit of the built-in ports.
Front-firing speakers are preferred over downward-firing speakers.
The ThinkPad X1 Titanium has two 2W stereo speakers located on either side of the keyboard. This is an optimal position as there is no loss of energy when hitting a surface such as a table.
This is especially important as the size of the speakers is minimal due to the small chassis. The result is an excellent sound experience for the weight and size of the laptop.
In theory, there are ways to get excellent sound on tablets (see our Huawei MatePad Pro 12.6 review), so it’s not impossible. For a 2.5 lbs laptop, however, this is excellent, thanks in part to the Dolby software preinstalled.
The new display is probably one of the most important reasons to buy this laptop. Although Lenovo recently switched to 16:10 on newer ThinkPads, the X1 Titanium’s 3: 2 ratio significantly expands the vertical screen real estate, which is most important for people who work on documents, and that’s a lot of potential users.
As a result, I find the extra vertical space to greatly improve my productivity and overall comfort. I don’t have to scroll as much, which reduces unnecessary distractions.
The image quality is excellent with a 100% sRGB Color space and brightness of at least 450 nits (measured near 490 NITs). This is good enough for creative work or any situation where you need to showcase beautiful graphics.
i think so QHD resolution (2256 x 1504) an excellent compromise between image quality and battery life for productivity apps. If you need 4K then you should check out the ThinkPad X1 Yoga instead.
In terms of design, the top and bottom display bezels may seem a bit thick, and I think it’s more because of the case size than any of the limitations of the display technology. The chassis had to accommodate the full-size keyboard, and internal components are spread out over a larger area because they cannot be stacked.
Above is a webcam with a physical one Privacy lock. I find this super practical and keep it closed most of the time. It guarantees that malware cannot turn on the camera without your knowledge, and most corporate users will appreciate this feature.
The webcam also supports Lenovo’s new Human Detection feature introduced in February 2021. The webcam uses a power saving mode to detect when you are approaching and tries to detect you immediately (safely), saving a few seconds of unlock time.
Alternatively, there’s a fingerprint reader to speed up secure logins, and if security is your thing, you might be interested in learning more about Lenovo’s ThinkShield ecosystem.
If you look at the system specifications of the Lenovo ThinkPad Titanium X1 Yoga (2021), you expect a performance comparable to that of the ThinkPad X1 X12 and ThinkPad X1 nano that we tested.
And that’s exactly the case, so all of the benchmark numbers tell us that this ThinkPad is great for office productivity applications, and that you could find better options for more demanding tasks like gaming or video editing (duh).
And remember, if you need the extra CPU speed, you can go for the faster Intel i7-1180G7. The same goes for the SSD storage speed, and there are no surprises here: this is exactly what is expected for this type of configuration and price.
The Titanium X1 Yoga probably isn’t a laptop I would use to edit videos or play games, though it can, in case of emergancy. However, it is fantastic for travelers who mainly do office work.
the Performance for weight is probably more interesting to look at, and here we note that Lenovo has built a great line of ultra-light computers over the past year. Now the X1 series offers something great for virtually any weight, from the traditional laptop to the ultra-light ThinkPad X12 Windows tablet.
the 44Wh battery capacity is good for the weight of the laptop and our tests show a battery life of approx. 9 hours and 29 minutes when running Office productivity applications.
As you can see in the graphs, if you need more battery life, you can opt for a higher capacity battery as long as you stay on a comparable CPU platform like the recently reviewed ThinkPad X1 nano.
However, the ratio between weight and battery life is quite satisfactory and should please users who are looking for a very light notebook with a large display.
The battery charging speed (29% in 30 minutes) wasn’t exactly impressive and lags behind other Lenovo laptops like the Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon Gen9, which charges twice as fast. For an ultra-mobile computer, I would envision this being improved in the second generation over the next year.
The Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Titanium is an excellent addition that adds two key features to the X series. First, the 3: 2 display brings massive changes in terms of everyday comfort and productivity the main reason for choosing this laptop.
Virtually everyone will benefit, and honestly I’m not sure why we aren’t seeing more of these 3: 2 laptops out there, and the X1 Titanium is one of the most exciting.
Second, the tablet mode (360 degree clamshell mode) is impeccable and the best I’ve seen in this size class so far. The slim design makes a big difference in this mode and also helps when writing with the e-Pen.
As we’ve seen, the performance and battery life are excellent, and what we would expect from a laptop like this one. I highly recommend considering the X1 Titanium when buying a work laptop.
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