Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Yoga Gen 7 evaluate: seventh time’s a attraction?

Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Yoga Gen 7

MSRP $2,100.00

“The Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Yoga is not the strongest performer, however its construct high quality and battery life greater than make up for it.”

Professionals

  • Stable productiveness efficiency
  • Above-average battery life
  • Glorious keyboard
  • Sturdy safety and privateness options
  • Strong construct high quality

Cons

  • Thermal throttling limits inventive efficiency
  • Costly
  • Touchpad is a little bit small

Lenovo’s ThinkPad X1 Yoga is its business-class 360-degree convertible 2-in-1, sharing the identical bloodline as the remaining of the ThinkPad line however with out fairly the identical all-black aesthetic. The laptop computer acquired a significant improve in its sixth technology, and so the ThinkPad X1 Yoga Gen 7 is primarily a specs enhance that brings Intel’s Twelfth-gen CPU, LPDDR 5 RAM, and PCIe 4.0.

I acquired a midrange model of the ThinkPad X1 Yoga Gen 7 to evaluate, a $2,100 configuration working on the Intel Core i7-1260P with the entry-level Full HD+ show. It’s as well-built as the everyday ThinkPad, has an identical and even perhaps higher keyboard, and gives robust battery life, however some thermal points held again its efficiency. It’s a stable selection for anybody on the lookout for a enterprise laptop computer with manageability, safety, and privateness, however its mainstream enchantment is extra restricted.

Design

The lid of the ThinkPad X1 Yoga Gen 7.

The ThinkPad X1 Yoga Gen 7 is generally unchanged from the earlier model in its design, which was a whole redesign of the chassis and a swap to a 16:10 show. The two-in-1 sports activities a Storm Gray (darkish gray) colour all through with no chrome accents, and its traces are easy and minimalistic with solely a rounded rear edge that stands out.

Essentially the most attention-grabbing points of the design are the same old ThinkPad pink accents within the LED dot over the “i” within the ThinkPad emblem on the lid, the pink accent on the brand itself on the lid and palm relaxation, and the pink TrackPoint nubbin in the midst of the keyboard. Lenovo was extremely aggressive with its redesign of the Yoga 9i Gen 7, which has a latest rounded chassis with tasteful chrome accents and a recent, fashionable look. The ThinkPad X1 Yoga Gen 7 has a really conservative aesthetic by comparability.

As with most ThinkPads, the ThinkPad X1 Yoga Gen 7 is constructed extraordinarily effectively, constructed of CNC machined aluminum all through. It feels sturdy, with no bending, flexing, or twisting within the lid, keyboard deck, or chassis. The Yoga 9i Gen 7 is simply barely much less inflexible, giving the ThinkPad a leg up. In fact, it’s been subjected to army testing for robustness as with all ThinkPad, giving some further confidence in its construct high quality.

One other current 14-inch 2-in-1 I reviewed, the MSI Summit E14 Flip, was a little bit much less stable than both of Lenovo’s machines, reminding me of how essential construct high quality will be. The ThinkPad’s hinges had been gentle sufficient to permit for opening with one hand whereas holding the show regular in clamshell, tent, media, and pill modes.

Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Yoga Gen 7 front angled view showing display.Mark Coppock/Digital Developments

The show bezels are bigger than a number of the competitors’s, with small facet bezels however a bigger prime bezel — together with Lenovo’s reverse notch that homes the webcam and elective infrared digicam — and a bigger chin. The screen-to-body ratio is available in at 81%, which is lower than the 90% we’re seeing in some current 14-inch 2-in-1s.

Even with the bigger bezels, the ThinkPad X1 Yoga Gen 7 is barely smaller in width and depth than the Yoga 9i Gen 7 whereas being only a hair thicker at 0.61 inches versus 0.60 inches and barely lighter at 3.0 kilos versus 3.09 kilos. The ThinkPad is a really skinny and light-weight 14-inch 2-in-1 that’s extremely transportable and usable in pill mode with the included energetic pen.

Ports

Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Yoga Gen 7 left side view showing ports.

Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Yoga Gen 7 right side view showing ports.

Connectivity is great. Alongside the left-hand facet, there are two USB-C ports with Thunderbolt 4 help (one is used for charging the laptop computer), a USB-A 3.2 Gen 1 port, and a full-size HDMI 2.0b port. On the right-hand facet is one other USB-A 3.2 Gen 1 port and a 3.5mm audio jack. The one main omission is an SD card reader.

Wi-fi connectivity consists of the most modern Wi-Fi 6E and Bluetooth 5.2, and 4G LTE is an choice.

Efficiency

Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Yoga Gen 7 tent view close up of hinge.Mark Coppock/Digital Developments

My evaluate unit was constructed round Intel’s 28-watt, 12-core (4 Efficiency, eight Environment friendly), 16-thread Twelfth-gen Core i7-1260P. We’ve reviewed sufficient laptops with this chip to know that it offers stable productiveness efficiency and is considerably quicker than the final technology at CPU-intensive inventive duties. It matches up effectively towards AMD’s newest CPU for skinny and light-weight laptops, the Ryzen 7 6800U.

Most producers now embrace utilities that permit the consumer to modify between efficiency modes, usually with a quiet mode that minimizes fan noise, warmth, and efficiency, a balanced mode that’s meant to optimize all three, and a efficiency mode that runs as quick as potential with out regard for fan noise and warmth. I’ve included each balanced and efficiency mode ends in the desk under. Observe that on all of the laptops I’ve examined, the PCMark 10 Full benchmark hasn’t proven a lot of a rise when switching modes, so I’m itemizing simply the balanced mode outcomes.

Taking a look at the benchmarks, we see that the ThinkPad X1 Yoga Gen 7 didn’t profit as a lot from the swap to efficiency mode as another laptops with the Core i7-1260P. Relying on the benchmark, although, its balanced mode efficiency was increased. That wasn’t true in Geekbench 5, the place it was slower than all however the MSI Summit E14 Flip. which was sluggish throughout the board in balanced mode. In our Handbrake check that encodes a 420MB video as H.265, although, it was quicker in balanced mode, however its rating truly decreased in efficiency mode. And it was additionally increased in Cinebench R23 in balanced mode, however it fell behind in efficiency mode. Its PCMark 10 Full rating was aggressive.

The ThinkPad X1 Yoga Gen 7 is a really skinny laptop computer, and its thermal design couldn’t sustain.

These outcomes are simple to elucidate. The ThinkPad X1 Yoga Gen 7 is a really skinny laptop computer, and its thermal design couldn’t sustain. In Handbrake in efficiency mode, it hit 99 levels C and throttled. And in Cinebench, it throttled in each modes, hitting 100 levels C. I noticed the identical form of habits within the Asus ZenBook S 13 OLED with the Ryzen 7 6800U, which was the quickest laptop computer in Handbrake and Cinebench in balanced mode however didn’t profit as a lot from a swap to efficiency mode on account of throttling. Lenovo used some tips to enhance thermal efficiency, corresponding to pulling in air via the keyboard by way of twin followers, however it wasn’t sufficient to maintain the Intel CPU working at full velocity.

Total, the ThinkPad X1 Yoga Gen 7’s efficiency was respectable outdoors of Geekbench 5. There’s not a lot level in switching to efficiency mode, and in actual fact, that may sluggish you down. Hold the laptop computer in balanced mode and also you’ll get stable productiveness efficiency and sufficient velocity for some lower-end inventive duties as effectively. However it doesn’t have as a lot headroom as another laptops we’ve examined with the identical CPU.

Geekbench
(single / multi)
Handbrake
(seconds)
Cinebench R23
(single / multi)
PCMark 10
Full
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Yoga Gen 7
(Core i7-1260P)
1,650 / 8,080
Perf: 1,621 / 8,544
116
Perf: 120
1,587 / 7,682
Perf: 1,611 / 8,078
5,537
MSI Summit E14 Flip
(Core i7-1260P)
1,485 / 7,732
Perf: 1,472 / 10,276
152
Perf: 94
1,536 / 6,793
Perf: 1,536 / 9,124
4,910
Lenovo Yoga 9i 14 Gen 7
(Core i7-1260P)
1,717 / 9,231
Perf: 1,712 / 10,241
130
Perf: 101
1,626 / 7,210
Perf: 1,723 / 8,979
5,760
LG Gram 16 2-in-1
(Core i7-1260P)
1,682 / 9,035
Perf: 1,686 / 9,479
137
Perf: 113
1,524 / 6,314
Perf: 1,663 / 8,396
5,404
Asus Zenbook S 13 OLED
(Ryzen 7 6800U)
1,417 / 6,854
Perf: 1,404 / 7,223
112
Perf: 111
1,402 / 8,682
Perf: 1,409 / 8,860
5,647
HP Spectre x360 14
(Core i7-1165G7)
1,214 / 4,117
Perf: N/A
236
Perf: 189
1,389 / 3,941
Perf: 1,404 / 4,847
4,728

The 3DMark Time Spy gaming benchmark demonstrated the identical habits as with the Handbrake check. The ThinkPad X1 Yoga Gen 7 achieved the quickest rating among the many Intel Iris Xe-equipped laptops in balanced mode, however then its rating decreased once more in efficiency mode on account of throttling and it fell considerably behind.

The identical factor occurred in Fortnite, the place the ThinkPad X1 Yoga Gen 7 was a few frames per second (fps) forward of the opposite Intel Iris Xe machines in balanced mode however then dropped behind in efficiency mode. It barely issues, although; given the built-in graphics, this was by no means going to be a critical gaming laptop computer.

3DMark
Time Spy
Fortnite
(1080p/1200p Epic)
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Yoga Gen 7
(Core i7-1260P)
1,899
Perf: 1,886
17 fps
Perf: 16 fps
MSI Summit E14 Flip
(Core i7-1260P)
1,740
Perf: 1,959
15 fps
Perf: 19 fps
Lenovo Yoga 9i 14 Gen 7
(Core i7-1260P)
1,658
Perf: 1,979
12 fps
Perf: N/A
LG Gram 16 2-in-1
(Core i7-1260P)
1,746
Perf: 1,919
15 fps
Perf: 20 fps
Asus Zenbook S 13 OLED
(Ryzen 7 6800U)
2,110
Perf: 2,213
19 fps
Perf: 19 fps
HP Spectre x360 14
(Core i7-1165G7)
1,457
Perf: 1,709
19 fps
Perf: 23 fps

Show and audio

Mark Coppock/Digital Developments

Lenovo gives a number of shows for the ThinkPad X1 Yoga Gen 7, all 14-inch contact shows with a productivity-friendly 16:10 facet ratio that’s changing into the brand new normal in fashionable laptops. Choices embrace a WUXGA (1,920 x 1,200) IPS low-power anti-glare 400-nit show, a WUXGA IPS low-power 500-nit show with Privateness Display, and a WQUXGA (3,840 x 2,400) low-power OLED 500-nit show with HDR400 and Dolby Imaginative and prescient. My evaluate unit geared up the entry-level show that was a bit much less sharp than I like however appeared brilliant and colourful with deep blacks. I’ll point out that I’ve reviewed so many laptops with increased resolutions that it was bizarre working with what’s additionally known as a Full HD+ panel. I’ve been spoiled.

My colorimeter discovered the show to supply a higher-quality picture than we’re used to seeing in decrease decision shows. The show was brilliant at 386 nits (with 300 nits being out baseline), good enough for any indoor lighting circumstances and usable outdoors besides in direct daylight. The distinction was distinctive for an IPS laptop computer show at 1,900:1. That’s one in all the very best scores we’ve seen. Colour width was barely above common at 100% of sRGB and 81% of AdobeRGB; we usually see nearer to 75% of the latter in the common premium show. Lastly, colours had been extraordinarily correct at a DeltaE of 0.87, the place something lower than 1.0 is indistinguishable to the human eye.

Whereas the show couldn’t compete towards the OLED panels in our comparability group, it did effectively towards the opposite IPS shows — all of which had been increased decision screens that usually supply increased high quality. That makes the ThinkPad X1 Yoga Gen 7’s show fairly good, and an important selection for those who don’t require the next decision and you wish to optimize your battery life (see under).

Brightness
(nits)
DistinctionsRGB gamutAdobeRGB gamutAccuracy DeltaE
(decrease is best)
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Yoga Gen 7
(IPS)
3861,900:1100%81%0.78
MSI Summit E14 Flip
(IPS)
5161,320:1100%89%1.10
Lenovo Yoga 9i 14 Gen 7
(OLED)
40628,380:1100%95%0.87
LG Gram 6 2-in-1
(IPS)
3231,230:1100%87%2.82
Lenovo IdeaPad Slim 7i Professional
(IPS)
3691,340:1100%80%1.65
Lenovo IdeaPad Slim 7 Carbon
(OLED)
39727,590:1100%96%0.88

4 audio system, two upward-firing subsequent to the keyboard paired with two downward-firing on the entrance backside of the chassis, present loads of quantity for a skinny and light-weight laptop computer. Mids and highs had been clear with only a little bit of scratchiness when turned all the way in which up, and there was simply a touch of bass. Total, I’d charge the sound high quality as excellent for a 14-inch laptop computer, and also you received’t essentially want a pair of headphones to take pleasure in some Netflix bingeing or music.

Keyboard, touchpad, and webcam

Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Yoga Gen 7 top down view showing keyboard, touchpad, and pen.Mark Coppock/Digital Developments

The keyboard is a model of the everyday ThinkPad keyboard, with the identical structure (together with the sadly reversed left perform and management keys), massive, sculpted keycaps, and lots of key spacing. Nonetheless, given the ThinkPad X1 Yoga Gen 7’s thinner chassis, the switches aren’t as deep and so they’re a lot lighter than common. I want this model, which is snappy and exact and doesn’t require as a lot strain to register a keystroke as most ThinkPad keyboards. It’s a step behind the Dell XPS and HP Spectre keyboards, which I believe are the perfect amongst Home windows laptops, however it’s a snug keyboard nonetheless for lengthy typing periods.

As common with ThinkPads, you get two methods to manage the cursor. There’s the TrackPoint nubbin in the midst of the keyboard that appears anachronistic however stays one thing that Lenovo received’t let go of. In the event you like that form of management, that is the perfect instance. The draw back to the TrackPoint is that it requires a set of buttons that take up house on the touchpad, which has been widened on this technology however stays smaller than it could possibly be. It’s an excellent touchpad with a snug and exact floor and the buttons are good with a stable, quiet click on, it’s simply too small.

The webcam’s video picture high quality is best than most.

The ThinkPad X1 Yoga Gen 7 retains the identical small energetic pen because the earlier fashions, which docks in a bay on the appropriate facet of the laptop computer for storage and energy. It really works effectively with the touch- and pen-enabled show, though I do want full-size pens to the ThinkPad’s diminutive model.

There are three webcam choices, all Full HD. You may get the webcam by itself, with infrared capabilities for facial recognition, and with Laptop Imaginative and prescient that improves the human presence detection options outlined in the following part. I discovered the video picture high quality to be higher than most and an excellent match for hybrid employees who depend on videoconferencing.

Privateness and safety

Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Yoga Gen 7 display view showing webcam.Mark Coppock/Digital Developments

Home windows 11 Howdy passwordless login help is offered by a fingerprint reader embedded in the facility button in addition to an elective infrared digicam for facial recognition. My evaluate unit didn’t equip the infrared digicam, however the fingerprint reader labored rapidly and reliably. For some added privateness, the webcam will be bodily blocked utilizing Lenovo’s ThinkShutter privateness swap.

Even with out the infrared digicam, you may nonetheless make the most of the put in Look app that allows a number of human presence detection options. For instance, the show will blur if the consumer appears away from it, and the laptop computer will fall asleep if the consumer leaves. Look is not going to, although, wake the laptop computer again up when the consumer returns. Privateness Guard will blur the show if somebody appears over the consumer’s shoulder and Privateness Alert will let the consumer know somebody’s trying. Digital Wellness will present an outline of the consumer’s laptop computer utilization, and Snap Home windows will management the cursor primarily based on the place the consumer is trying when an exterior show is linked.

In the event you go for an infrared digicam with Laptop Imaginative and prescient, you furthermore mght get enhanced human presence detection capabilities. Configured utilizing the Industrial Vantage utility, Lenovo’s Zero Contact characteristic can lock the laptop computer when the consumer steps away and, in contrast to Look, wake it again up when the consumer returns. The remainder of the options listed above are additionally supported.

Lastly, Lenovo constructed Tile gadget location know-how into the ThinkPad X1 Yoga Gen 7. Merely subscribe to the Tile service, register the laptop computer, and also you’ll have the ability to find it by way of Bluetooth in your smartphone when the laptop computer’s in vary and by way of the Tile Community when it’s not.

Battery life

Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Yoga Gen 7 tablet mode,Mark Coppock/Digital Developments

The ThinkPad X1 Yoga Gen 7 has a 57 watt-hour battery, which is lower than common for a 14-inch laptop computer. And to date, the Core i7-1260P basically hasn’t been breaking any effectivity information in our testing. Toss within the proven fact that ThinkPads don’t all the time excel in longevity, and I wasn’t holding out a lot hope for all-day battery life.

Issues started off effectively, with the laptop computer lasting simply over 10 hours in our internet searching check that cycles via some widespread and sophisticated web sites. That’s a powerful displaying, particularly for the CPU. In our video check that loops an area Full HD Avengers trailer, the ThinkPad X1 Yoga Gen 7 lasted for over 16 hours, one other robust rating. All the opposite laptops in our comparability group have increased decision shows in addition to embrace some OLED panels, and the ThinkPad’s low-power Full HD+ show was clearly a bonus on this check.

Then I examined with the PCMark 10 Purposes battery check, which is the perfect predictor of typical productiveness battery life, and the ThinkPad X1 Yoga Gen 7 did effectively at 10.5 hours. That’s the second-longest consequence among the many Core i7-1260P machines we’ve examined and usually a sign {that a} laptop computer will final a full day of productiveness work except it consists of demanding CPU-intensive duties. Within the PCMark10 Gaming battery check, which signifies how arduous a laptop computer works whereas working on battery, the ThinkPad managed 1.75 hours, a little bit lower than common and indicating that the ThinkPad works arduous whereas unplugged.

Total, battery life is a energy. You’re more likely to get a full day’s work on a cost, with some energy left over for Netflix binging within the night.

Internet searchingVideoPCMark 10
Purposes
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Yoga Gen 7
(Core i7-1260P)
10 hours, 10 minutes16 hours, 12 minutes10 hours, 33 minutes
MSI Summit E14 Flip
(Core i7-1260P)
7 hours, 23 minutes9 hours, 0 minutes7 hours, 54 minutes
Lenovo Yoga 9i 14 Gen 7
(Core i7-1260P)
9 hours, 10 minutes12 hours, 45 minutes8 hours, 32 minutes
LG Gram 16 2-in-1
(Core i7-1260P)
11 hours, 31 minutes17 hours, 58 minutes16 hours, 39 minutes
 Asus Zenbook S 13 OLED
(Ryzen 7 6800U)
8 hours, 4 minutes13 hours, 13 minutesN/A
Lenovo IdeaPad Slim 7 Carbon
(Ryzen 7 5800U)
10 hours, 6 minutes11 hours, 12 minutes9 hours, 22 minutes

Pricing and configurations

My evaluate unit presently prices $2,100 on the Lenovo internet retailer for a Core i7-1260P, 16GB of LPDDR5 RAM, a 512GB PCIe 3.0 solid-state drive (SSD), and a 14-inch Full HD+ anti-reflective and anti-smudge IPS show. Drop all the way down to a Core i5-1240 (a slower chip with the identical core and thread depend), 8GB of RAM, and a 256GB SSD and also you’ll spend $1,721. On the excessive finish, there’s a $2,773 configuration with a Core i7-1270P with vPro, 32GB of RAM, a 1TB PCIe Gen 4 SSD, a 14-inch WQUXGA (3,840 x 2,400) anti-reflective and anti-smudge IPS show with Dolby Imaginative and prescient HDR, and an infrared digicam with Laptop Imaginative and prescient. You may as well configure numerous different mixtures at numerous value factors, and Lenovo sells via a wide range of retail channels, so it’s an excellent thought to ascertain round for the perfect value when making your buy.

Our take

The Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Yoga Gen 7 is a stable enterprise 2-in-1 selection, providing a vPro CPU choice for enhanced administration and safety and a number of different options which can be of curiosity to security- and privacy-minded businesspeople. And you may select distinctive service choices that companies will admire.

However how does it compete as a mainstream 14-inch convertible 2-in-1? It suffers from some thermal points that maintain again its high-end efficiency, however it has superior battery life, robust connectivity, and a pleasant low-power Full HD+ IPS show for customers who don’t want OLED or increased resolutions. It’s additionally fairly costly, which is able to doubtless maintain it again towards some stable competitors.

Are there any alternate options?

Lenovo’s Yoga 9i Gen 7 is the strongest competitor, providing a surprising latest design, higher efficiency, and a stunning OLED show (which you may configure on the ThinkPad). It doesn’t have the ThinkPad’s business-oriented options, nevertheless.

The brand-new HP Spectre x360 13.5 appears like it’ll be a powerful competitor, providing a extra environment friendly processor that can problem in efficiency as effectively (which stays to be seen after we conduct our evaluate). It’s extra elegantly designed and can doubtless supply the identical glorious keyboard and show because the Spectre x360 14 that it’s changing.

Lastly, you need to take into account Apple’s MacBook Professional 14 for those who don’t require the flexibleness of a 2-in-1. It’s exceptionally well-built, like all MacBooks, and its Apple M1 Professional or M1 Max CPUs are speedy and supply a few of the perfect battery life. In the event you don’t demand Home windows 11, then the MacBook Professional 14 is a wonderful, albeit costly, different.

How lengthy will it final?

The ThinkPad X1 Yoga Gen 7 has a strong construct high quality that ought to final for years, and it’s stocked with up-to-date elements. There’s a one-year guarantee, which is lower than we wish to see on what’s thought-about a business-class laptop computer.

Do you have to purchase it?

Sure, for those who’re a businessperson who can profit from its business-focused options.

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