As part of the ThinkPad X1 series, Lenovo has launched the ThinkPad X1 Titanium Yoga. In terms of thickness, the X1 Titanium Yoga, is the thinnest ThinkPad ever. It will respond to features in high demand without interfering with the success of more traditional computers, such as the ThinkPad X1 Carbon. The ultralight features a 13.5-inch display with a 3:2 aspect ratio, which has long been a popular feature. It can be turned into tablet mode, like other Lenovo Yoga devices. In a backpack, the device doesn’t take up much more space than a spiral-bound single-subject notebook with its 11.5-millimeter thickness and 13.5-inch, 2K-resolution display.
Despite the thin and lightweight frame, the X1 feels durable enough to withstand daily transit or flight banging. The tall screen gives you more vertical space to work, but the laptop is no wider than a laptop with a 13.3-inch screen. Basically, this is a great design for frequent business travelers. Nonetheless, this is a first-generation laptop, and though it’s good, there’s still room for improvement.
- e-Pen included
- The lack of USB-A or HDMI ports
- Has tiny function keys
- There is room for improvement in touchpad quality
Apple should be credited for a number of things, but the popularity of thin, high-performance laptops is one of them. The X1 Titanium Yoga Gen 1 is clearly inspired by the MacBook, and its graceful exterior incorporates many subtle elements of popular Cupertino designs. While some of the panels are made of aluminum, the outside of the system feels like plastic. In order to reduce weight, Lenovo designers made these external skins as thin as possible, but at the expense of durability. As the screen on the Yoga is virtually 360 degrees rotatable, it can also serve as a tablet or a tenting device, depending on the situation. The downside of this option is that cooling vents on the underside would be obstructed while in tablet mode, leaving designers with only the lower chassis spine option to place the exhaust vents.
The right side of the device has a power button, and unlock slot, a 3.5mm headphone jack, and two USB-C ports, one of which is designated for charging. Any USB-A peripherals, such as an external hard drive, a mouse needs a USB-C hub. In general, the reason for the lack of a USB-A port is that it is 7.5mm thick, while the USB Type-A receptacle is 4.5mm. Also, the edge around the port would be too thin to survive long-term use.
There are relatively narrow borders on the sides of the 13.5-inch screen when the lid is opened. When using touch controls, having little border space can be an issue, but it seems this is calibrated by default to minimize the problem.
This laptop’s new display is probably the most important point to consider when purchasing. Despite Lenovo’s recent switch to 16:10 in its newer ThinkPads, the X1 Titanium has a 3:2 ratio that offers a wide vertical viewing area. Document work is a major user group, so this is very beneficial for them. In addition to improving my overall comfort and productivity, the extra vertical space helps me be more productive.
There is an excellent image quality with a color gamut of 100% sRGB and brightness of at least 450 nits. That’s good enough for presenting beautiful graphics in Creative work. Compared to full HD, QHD is an excellent compromise between battery life and image quality. The ThinkPad X1 Yoga may be a better choice if you need 4K.
As far as design is concerned, the top and bottom displays bezels might seem a bit thick, but the reason for this is more due to the chassis size than any display-related limitations. Due to the larger keyboard and inability to stack internal components, the chassis had to accommodate the full-size keyboard.
The ThinkPad X1 Titanium has stereo speakers on either side of the keyboard. Since the speakers are so small, it is especially important to take this into account. As a result, the laptop delivers excellent sound performance for its size and weight. It is theoretically possible to get great sound on tablets, so it isn’t impossible. However, this gives an excellent sound, partly because of the preloaded Dolby software.
A ThinkPad might be your best option if you intend to play games or edit videos. In addition, if you require more speed, you may want to consider upgrading to the Intel i7-1180G7. For SSD storage speed, you can also expect nothing surprising here: it’s what you’d expect for a device with this type of configuration and price tag. The performance per weight is probably more interesting to compare, and this is how we realize Lenovo has created a great line of ultralight computers in the past year. The Lenovo X1 Series offers something great in almost every weight category, starting with a traditional laptop and ending with the ultralight ThinkPad X12 Windows tablet.
The laptop’s 44Wh battery is large for its weight and gives us a battery life of 9 hours, 29 minutes when we run office productivity applications. As long as your CPU platform is comparable, for example, the ThinkPad X1 nano that was recently reviewed, you can go with a larger battery if you need better battery life. This is a very light laptop with a large display, and users looking for a very light laptop with long battery life should be satisfied.
With the Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Titanium, Lenovo has added two essential features to the X-Series. Choosing this laptop is due to several reasons, including its 3:2 display, which dramatically improves daily comfort and productivity. Almost anyone will be able to take advantage of this, and honestly, I’m not sure why there aren’t more of these 3:2 laptops on the market, and the X1 Titanium is certainly one of the most exciting. Secondly, the tablet mode is excellent and the best I’ve seen in this size category. Using the e-Pen is even easier thanks to the thin design. Fortunately, as we’ve seen, the laptop’s performance and battery life are exceptional for a laptop like this. You should give serious consideration to the X1 Titanium when shopping for a laptop for work.