Lenovo Thinkpad X1 Yoga 3rd Generation 2 in 1 Laptop Review

Lenovo has started to refresh their lineups to battle with another manufactures on providing the best hardware they could. The company is started with their budget 120, 320, and 720 series and finally upgrading the latest version of Lenovo Thinkpad X1 Yoga. The Yoga is a good example on how business laptop could be a portable and usable at the same time. It features of amazing 14 inch IPS panel, durable design, and stellar performance that let you do anything without need to afraid of anything. This is a perfect tool for your productivity and multimedia purposes. By having this kind of hardware component, Lenovo puts such a high price tag for it. It costs you more than 2200 dollars and might a worth shot as long as you do not mind.

Beside than its expensive tag, unfortunately the battery life is another problem worth mentioning here. The 54Wh battery can just keep its 2560 X 1440 resolution display to last bit longer here. Still, I think its worthy for us to take look inside and see how capable it is on delivering of true experience to the users. That is what we are going to talk about here. Without further ado, let’s we jump into the article.

Design and Connectivity

For this review, I manage to get of its black version which is created from combinations of carbon fiber materials that feel solid and refined. There is another version with silver lining, but I think you should prefer the black model as you would lose its soft touch finishing. In term of design, I think I am not seeing big differences in comparable with the second generation. Lenovo once again tries to make it simple, but smart by combining of simple touches and great coloring. Similarly like their Yoga series, the system has fully rotatable 360 degree hinge system that let you to transform it into multiple functionalities.

Moving into the deck area, I notice the keyboard is slightly recessed here as the result of tight and small chassis. Unfortunately, they fail to offer a smooth transition here and somehow the hinge system looks okay, but feels awkward when switching to different modes. Not a big problem, but they still need to improve it for later. As for the connectivity, there are 2 USB 3.0 type-A ports and another USB type-C port with Thunderbolt 3 support. These ports then also mixed with HDMI, card reader slot, Ethernet, and the power slot itself on both of its left and right chassis.

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WQHD Display and Wonderful Keyboard

Lenovo Thinkpad X1 Yoga 3rd Gen 2 One of the new interested features to see here is the new WQHD display that supports for HDR content. By comparing the screen with similar competitors, Lenovo easily destroys one of them because the quality is so different here. The visual images are crisp and details thanks to high quality display. It produces a fantastic 100 percent of SRGB color with 500 nits of brightness. The brightness is really bright and even brighter than Google Pixelbook that I have tested last year. This is a perfect system for enjoying every single of your movies and doing work. I just hope the battery is not taking so much impact because of this case.

Another worth mentioning feature to talk about here is the display. The same like always, the typing experience is impressive although as the result of its recessed keys, the experience is quite better than what I get from its older brother. The keys have 1.4 mm travel distant and requiring you to force of 65 grams of punctuation. I manage to reach of 80 to 90 words per minute and the result is quite standard for now. At least, it’s working well on supporting your daily productivity.

Last price update: 2018-09-20 16:22:08

Lenovo Thinkpad X1 Yoga 3rd GenMain Specs
CPU Intel Quad Core ULV I7-8650U 1.9 GHz
Graphics Intel HD 620 Integrated Card
Display Size14-inch
OSWindows 10 Pro
Memory16GB DDR3 Memory
Storage512GB SSD

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Improvement over Hardware

The X1 Yoga features a configuration of Intel Core I7 8650U and 16GB of RAM. The processor has four cores of CPU which one of them has 1.9 GHz default clock and 4.2 GHz maximum clock. Running the Windows 10 on this hardware feels smooth and wonderful. There is no noticeable lag on opening apps and running many of them at the same time. The laptop scores for 14,500 on GeekBench 14 and I think this is the reason why the performance is so good. Its 512GB SSD is also fast as it’s able to transfer my 4GB of file in less than 10 seconds. I never have any problem for performance here.

Like I said before the battery life is worrying here and testing it for further does not make any difference. I always get of 7 hours and 40 minutes in my every test. Reducing brightness and putting it on power save mode only makes small difference. The high resolution and bright display is the culprit why the battery is poor. The previous generation could deliver me of up to 11 hours of battery and sadly the same case is impossible here.

Last price update: 2018-09-20 16:22:08
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Final Thought

The Thinkpad X1 is a wonderful place for enjoying your pleasure and business if only the battery is longer here. It’s bad to see the battery fails to meet many users of expectation. Thankfully, the bright and crisp display can cover of the issue and not making the users feel that bad. What you really have to consider here is the price that considered as expensive. The choice is on you, so feel free to take any consideration here. I just hope the information is useful on making you a choice. Feel free to share your idea and comment below.

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