Review: Lenovo’s ThinkPad X1 Yoga Gen 7 looks good but feels hot

Enlarge / Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Yoga Gen 7 2-in-1.

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Features at a Glance: Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Yoga Gen 7
Worse Better As reviewed
Filter 14-inch 1920×1200 60Hz IPS touchscreen 14-inch 3840×2400 60Hz OLED IPS touchscreen 14-inch 1920×1200 60Hz IPS touchscreen
SE Windows 11 Home Windows 11 Pro Windows 11 Pro
CPU Intel Core i5-1240P Intel Core i7-1280P Intel Core i7-1260P
RAM 8GB LPDDR5-5200 32 GB LPDDR5-5200 16GB LPDDR5-5200
Storage 256 GB SSD 1TB SSD 512 GB SSD
GPUs Intel Iris Xe
Networking WiFi 6E, Bluetooth 5.2
Ports 2x USB-C (Thunderbolt 4), 2x USB-A (3.2 Gen 1), 1x HDMI 2.0b, 1x 3.5mm jack
Cut 12.38 × 8.75 × 0.61 inches
(314.4 × 222.3 × 15.53mm)
lester From 3 lbs (1.38 kg)
Battery 57Wh
guarantee 1 year
Price (MSRP) $1,589.40 $2,279.50 $1870.03
Other Stylus, optional 4G LTE Stylus, optional 4G LTE Style

The Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Yoga, now in its seventh version (MSRP $1,870.03 as tested, at time of writing), continues its modern take on the business-focused ThinkPad. It has the durability expected of a professional machine, along with smooth navigation underscored by a carefully programmed keyboard suitable for frequent typists and, of course, that famous red button.

However, the laptop doesn’t necessarily outperform high-end mainstream laptops, even some with slightly cheaper price tags. And as with other ThinkPads we’ve tested, heat in its Best performance mode is such an issue that even light workloads will cause the machine to run so hot you won’t want to touch it in certain areas.

ThinkPad-style

Part ThinkPad, part Yoga.
Enlarge / Part ThinkPad, part Yoga.

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The naming tells you this machine is part Lenovo ThinkPad, part Lenovo Yoga, but the styling and rugged build lean more towards the former. Yes, there’s the same 360-degree hinge found on the Lenovo Yoga 2-in-1s, plus a modern, thin and light build in a dark gray that’s funnier than the more traditional ThinkPad black. . But the density and sturdy feel of the aluminum chassis combined with the deep keyboard, advanced trackpad, and famous red rubber button all scream ThinkPad.

The ThinkPad X1 Yoga’s chassis meets the US Army’s MIL-STD 810H standard, which subjects it to 20 test procedures around areas such as exposure to extreme temperatures, mechanical shock, vibration, humidity, sunlight, sand and dust. It bears the ThinkPad logo engravings on the lid and deck. The lid logo has an alert red light above the “i”, letting anyone in front of you know the system is running. The game’s logo, meanwhile, occasionally scratched against my palm as I typed.

The bridge has a fingerprint reader/power button above the keyboard.
Enlarge / The bridge has a fingerprint reader/power button above the keyboard.

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The ThinkPad X1 Yoga measures 0.61 inches thick and starts at 3 lbs, making it thinner and lighter than some ThinkPads without Yoga heritage, such as the ThinkPad X1 Extreme, which is available with a discrete GPU, measures 0 .72 inch thick with a touch screen and weighs around 4.1 pounds.

But if what you’re looking for is slim and trim, there are other options with similar specs, like the latest Acer Swift 5 (0.59-inches thick, 2.65 pounds).

And like those laptops, the ThinkPad X1 Yoga meets my minimum wearing requirements to avoid immediate aggravation. The left side has two Thunderbolt 4 USB-C ports, one USB-A port, and HDMI 2.0b. The right side has a 3.5mm jack and another USB-A socket. If I had the 4G LTE version of this laptop, I would also have a slot for a Nano SIM card.

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