Business users will appreciate the improved 2-in-1 functionality of Lenovo’s ThinkPad X1 Yoga Gen 6. With the new Yoga, users get a bigger screen and higher aspect ratio for more vertical space — definitely a plus for enterprise users. Also enhancing productivity are a wider touchpad and a human presence detection sensor for convenient login and enhanced security.

A new engine based on Intel’s 11th Generation chips means a considerable increase in performance, but the battery life upgrade is as intriguing as it is significant; the Gen 6 model lasts for almost 15 hours without a charge. It comes with a sleek aluminum chassis, a convenient two-in-one design, and a stylus slot for ease of operation. ThinkPad X1 Yoga Gen 6 may not be quite as light or as pretty as ThinkPad X1 Carbon or ThinkPad X1 Titanium, but it may just deliver the best overall package of the three.

  • CPU: Intel Core i7-1165G7 CPU
  • GPU: Iris Xe
  • RAM: 16GB
  • Storage: 512GB SSD
  • Display: 14-inch, 1920 x 1200-pixel IPS (16:10)
  • Battery: 14:45
  • Size: 12.3 x 8.8 x 0.6 inches
  • Weight: 3 pounds

Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Yoga design

Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Yoga (Gen 6) review

Its design is more refined than its predecessor, which gives the X1 Yoga Gen 6 a competitive edge.

Obviously (and my favorite), the black keyboard was substituted with one of Storm Gray to match the chassis. This gives the laptop a more cohesive aesthetic – enhancing its sleekness. In order to make the X1 Carbon more appealing to consumers, Lenovo has enlarged and bolded the ThinkPad X1 logo on the deck and lid. In this case, the bold branding adds some flair to an otherwise ordinary design.

In place of the black carbon fiber still used in the X1 Carbon, the X1 Yoga retains the aluminum chassis introduced several years ago. I prefer the traditional ThinkPad magnesium/carbon material because aluminum is heavier and does not have the same surface softness.

A rectangular power button with a small LED indicator is now located on the deck, as well as a fingerprint scanner. By relocating the Yoga, access is easier and the likelihood of waking it accidentally is reduced. The X1 Yoga’s power button is located on the side, so it can be opened and closed without opening the lid when docked or connected to a monitor.

As opposed to the single speaker bar on previous models, each side of the deck features two speaker grilles. Since the new power button houses a biometric sensor, the palm rest’s fingerprint scanner no longer exists. This space on the laptop’s right edge is used to store and charge the stylus. This feature was noted as a way vendors could enhance 2-in-1 laptops – and why it hasn’t been widely adopted baffles me to this day.

While the dual hinges feel stiff, they smoothly rotate back into the tablet or tent modes when this 2-in-1 laptop is converted. Being a convertible (with an aluminum chassis) adds some heft compared to clamshell laptops; the X1 Yoga comes in at 12.3 x 8.8 x 0.6 inches and 3 pounds, making it heavier than the ThinkPad X1 Carbon (12.7 x 8.5 x 0.6 inches, 2.4 pounds), the X1 Titanium (11.7 x 9.2 x 0.45 inches, 2.5 pounds), the Dell Latitude 9420 2-in-1 (12.2 x 8.5 x 0.5 inches, 2.8 pounds )and the HP EliteBook 1040 G7 (12.6 x 8 x 0.7 inches, 2.9 pounds).

Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Yoga ports

Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Yoga (Gen 6) review

This latest version of the X1 Yoga introduces a couple of port changes. An HDMI 2.0 port, a Thunderbolt 4 port, and a USB 3.2 Type-A input are located on the left edge. In previous models, the proprietary network extension connector was present.

The right side includes a second Type-A USB 3.2 port, a headphone jack, and a lock slot. The I/O is generous. My only gripe is that it only has one USB-C port, so you can only charge from the left side.

Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Yoga display

In addition to the 14-inch form factor, the X1 Yoga Gen 6 also features a 1920 x 1200 pixel, 16:10 ratio IPS display. FHD+ was the screen we tested, but for the best picture quality, we recommend the brighter, more detailed 4K screen.

Choosing the standard display will give you the best viewing experience as well as further battery life. Despite the pain of seeing my country lose, I enjoyed watching Germany vs. England in the Euro 2020 quarterfinals. In contrast to the black-and-white jerseys, I was able to track the ball on the panel due to its sharp edges and the colorful boots the outfield players wore. I also appreciated the matte screen’s ability to dampen lights, so I didn’t have to see my reflection.

Two minutes of watching Snake Eyes on the ThinkPad X1 Yoga were intense. In a clip that begins with a frenetic fighting scene, the display follows as the scene changes from an underground fighting ring to Mount Fuji’s splendor. Neon signs illuminated by floodlights on a rainy rooftop exploded with more vibrant colors than I anticipated. Moreover, the screen looks well-calibrated, as skin tones and background colors are both natural.

An eye test does not match our colorimeter readings in this instance. Despite being good, the color space covered by the screen is lower than I expected – 71%. Compared with the EliteBook x360 1040 (76%), the Latitude 9410 2-in-1 (89%), or the X1 Carbon (72%), the screen is less vibrant. An average laptop panel (84%) has a more colorful display.

With a maximum brightness of 351 nits, the X1 Yoga is quite bright. This is right around the EliteBook x360 1040 (344 nits) and the X1 Carbon (364 nits), but slightly darker than the Latitude 9420 2-in-1 (477 nits) and premium laptop average (389 nits).

Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Yoga performance

This combination is strong enough to run demanding workloads, with a Core i7-1165G7 CPU connected to 16GB of RAM. Using 30 Google Chrome tabs simultaneously playing 1080p YouTube videos, and a pair of Twitch streams in the background, I put the X1 Yoga to the test. The video played instantly and the graphics appeared instantly on the screen. However, I noticed just a split second of extra loading time when streaming a Euro 2020 soccer match.

On the Geekbench 5.4 overall performance test, the ThinkPad X1 Yoga scored a 5,447, putting it in second behind the Latitude 9420 2-in-1 (6,037) but ahead of its older rivals: the ThinkPad X1 Carbon (3,935) and EliteBook x360 1040 G7 (4,692). There are 4,376 posts in this category.

With a conversion time of 13 minutes and 50 seconds, the X1 enhanced its earlier success on the video transcoding test. As for the rest, it finished just behind the Latitude 9420 2-in-1 (13:35), far ahead of the X1 Carbon (19:51) and EliteBook x360 1040 (16:25).

Lenovo’s X1 Yoga took top honors in our storage speed test, with a 490.6 megabyte-per-second rate for its 512GB PCIe NVMe SSD compared to the Latitude 9310’s 531 megabytes per second. On the other hand, the Latitude (401,9 MBps), EliteBook x360 1040 G7 (439.2 MBps), and X1 Carbon (462.9 MBps) lagged behind. Although not as fast as the average, the Yoga could not match it (621.43/MBps).

Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Yoga graphics

Despite its lack of gaming capabilities, the X1 Yoga’s integrated Intel Iris Xe graphics chip is powerful enough to run most enterprise tasks without issue.

On the synthetic 3DMark Fire Strike test, the ThinkPad X1 Yoga scored a 4,780, ahead of the EliteBook x360 1040 G7 (1,229, UHD) and X1 Carbon (1,219, UHD) but behind the average (4,830) and the Latitude 9210 2-in-1 (5,258, Iris Xe).

X1 Yoga is capable of running some lightweight games, as shown in Sid Meier’s Civilization VI: Gathering Storm benchmark, which ran at 34 frames per second on the device. Only the X1 Yoga computer outperformed its peers in terms of framerate; the Latitude 9410 2-in-1 (23 frames per second), ThinkPad X1 Carbon (8 frames per second), and the average premium laptop (28 frames per second) were slower.

To run the latest games on the X1 Yoga, consider purchasing an eGPU instead of a gaming laptop with a discrete graphics card.

Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Yoga battery life

Although the 6th Gen X1 Yoga has always delivered a full day of battery life, it is the first to provide power even after two days. As measured by Laptop Mag., the X1 Yoga outlasted the ThinkPad X1 Carbon (10:45) and the overall category average (10:36), but fell short of the EliteBook x360 1040 G7 (15:45) and Latitude 9420 (15:02).

Pros Cons
Solid, sleek design Heavier than some competitors
Fantastic keyboard No SD card slot
Speedy performance Expensive
Long battery life

Conclusion

There’s a lot to overlook when it comes to the ThinkPad X1 Yoga. Even if you ignore competing brands, the hybrid laptop has to contend with the ThinkPad X1 Carbon, X1 Titanium Yoga, X1 Nano, and X1 Extreme – a group of acclaimed business laptops with different strengths. In any case, after putting the X1 Yoga Gen 6 to the test, I strongly urge you to give it your full attention.

You should give the X1 Yoga Gen 6 some thought if you want a portable 2-in-1 laptop – whether for business or personal use. This convertible has few weaknesses. Its 11th generation of Intel processors delivers exceptional performance and endurance, while the sleek, portable chassis is small enough to be carried on business trips or to the cafe when working remotely.

In addition to the IR camera and fingerprint sensor, the X1 Yoga also has a garaged stylus and a webcam cover to set it apart from the competition. Content creators would have appreciated an SD card slot, but $1,500 is too high for those looking to spend far less.

When it comes to business users, IT admins, or IT admins setting up mobile 2-in-1 laptops, the ThinkPad X1 Yoga is a premier choice. It would be remiss of me not to mention other capable options in this segment, such as the HP EliteBook 1040 G7 or the Dell Latitude 9420 2-in-1, so shop carefully before making such a large purchase.