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Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Titanium Yoga Review

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The ThinkPad X1 Titanium Yoga is the latest premium laptop from Lenovo that is targeted towards its dedicated and diehard fans. 

This 2-in-1’s headline feature is in the name. It’s built partially from titanium, a material that we scarcely found on a laptop (Apple’s PowerBook G4 used it). The X1 Titanium Yoga is the slimmest  ThinkPad ever at 0.45 inches thick.

But will the X1 Titanium Yoga still have unique features like its predecessor despite its thin design? Let’s find out.

ThinkPad X1 Titanium Yoga Design

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The ThinkPad X1 Titanium Yoga is certainly Lenovo’s thinnest ThinkPad presently, with it being 0.45 ins (11.85 mm) thick, which is 0.10 in/13.87 mm less than the X1 Nano. The titanium-carbon-magnesium chassis makes it light, though it doesn’t feel like an aluminum-alloy build, and it can feel almost like plastic when touched.

There is some vent for airflow beneath the laptop. Luckily, the X1 Titanium Yoga doesn’t get too hot when stressed, and the heat vents out through the back, but due to its thinness, there’s no big deal about the cooling system.

The screen bezels are not the thinnest ever seen, and even the display has a reasonable amount of chin and a thicker top bezel to house the webcam. Regarding the webcam, it has a physical privacy shutter that blocks the camera when it’s not used.

The 13.5-inch display is attractive in addition to the sparkling 2256 x 1540p (3:2) resolution and about 450 nits of brightness. The anti-smudge display does an excellent job in keeping fingerprints off. It also responds well to the Lenovo Precision Pen, which makes annotating and note-taking easy.

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The X1 Titanium Yoga has a similar keyboard quirk to the X1 Nano in that the Function key is the farthest-left key on the bottom row, which is usually the Control key. The mouse button is comfortably placed for easy access.

The 360-degree hinges may feel rigid, but when the X1 Titanium Yoga is in tablet mode, the display holds firmly to the chassis, making it comfy for you. The pen has a magnetized side that usually clips to the top-right of the display. The Lenovo Precision Pen feels like a real pen, so as you lose something on the portability, you get something on functionality. So please don’t lose it!

There are two USB Type-C ports, two Thunderbolt 4 ports, a 3.5mm combo jack, and a Kensington lock slot. And one of those USB ports might be used for the charging cable. 

ThinkPad X1 Titanium Yoga Features 

Premium performance

Having the 10th Gen Intel® Core™ processors, the X1 Yoga Gen 5 is faster irrespective of the task. In addition, with extraordinary battery life, you have nothing to worry about. Besides, it has a Rapid Charge that boosts battery life up to 0-80% in just an hour.

Downtime whenever you want

It has always-on responsiveness, so you can wake it from sleep in less than a second and even get to browse the web after a second. With the WiFi 6, you get rapid and uninterrupted connections, even on networks having many devices attached. You can also select the optional WWAN technology with LTE-A card and get online with a safe connection anywhere there’s cellular service, just like a smartphone. But the *WWAN must be configured at the time of purchase.

Enhances creativity 

You can do anything with the X1 Yoga Gen 5, such as taking notes, signing documents, or sketching without worrying about notepads, inks, or batteries. It has a ThinkPad Pen Pro that charges when it’s stored in the system. Also, it has a garaged slot, which makes it available for you whenever you need it.

Comfortability at your fingertips

The X1 Titanium Yoga helps increases your productivity with the sub-functions on the F9 through the F11 keys that give you more convenience than ever. You can make a video call or answer one with them. You can start a new message with the touch of a button. 

Sublime sound

Due to the Dolby Atmos Speaker System, the X1 Titanium Yoga has two downward-firing woofers and two upward-firing tweeters to develop an intriguing sound experience. Also, the 360-degree microphones pick your voice and eliminate unwanted noises whenever you’re on calls. So you can comfortably use voice activation to play music, wake your system, etc.

Durable against spills & drops

The X1 Titanium Yoga is more durable due to the new CNC aluminum chassis. It underwent about 200 quality checks to affirm it works in any severe conditions, spills, or drops.

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Amazing displays

Either you’re watching a video, Skyping, or checking out graphics, and you’ll enjoy incredible display options. You also get to experience the cinematic 4K Dolby Vision™ panel with high dynamic range (HDR) technology where intricate revealing details pop while shadows and textures become more abundant. You can even select an FHD display with PrivacyGuard for screen security which is now very bright.

Improved security built-in 

You can secure your business privacy and data with the broad suite of ThinkShield security features. It contains a discrete Trusted Platform Module (dTPM) that encrypts data and works together with Windows 10 security. ThinkShutter, a physical camera that covers the lens to ensure that you will be seen whenever you want. While the match-on-chip fingerprint reader, which is the most secure fingerprint technology, uses biometrics to log you in with a single touch.

Protect your business

As part of ThinkShield security, Lenovo provides a combination of hardware and software that work together to ensure whatever you have on your display is for your eyes alone. PrivacyGuard is an electronic privacy filter built-in to reduce the angle of vision on your display. So when other people view from an angle, they see only a black screen. While PrivacyAlert* is integrated software that works effectively with an IR camera to ensure that if anyone looks over your shoulder, then a popup notification informs you of the potential threat.

ThinkPad X1 Titanium Yoga Performance

 

Regardless of the X1 Titanium Yoga stylish design, it has an unexceptional performance compared with the similarly priced 11th generation Intel convertibles. Besides, the Intel Core i5-1130G7 processor is similar to the one in tablet-based ThinkPad X12 Detachable. It possesses 16GB of RAM and a 512GB SSD. Well, ThinkPads are more expensive because of their business classification. Fortunately, you can configure the ThinkPad X1 Titanium with a Core i7, but it comes with additional pay.

On Geekbench 5, the X1 Titanium Yoga scored a bit lower than its competitors. It had a score of  1,328 on single-core tasks and 4,747 on multi-core tasks. For instance, Dell XPS 13 2-in-1 9310 scored 1,532 on single-core and 4,778 on multi-core, even the HP Sceptre x360 14 scored 1,462 on single-core and 4,904 on multi-core.

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Concerning the Handbrake benchmark, we used the free program to know how long it’ll take the computer to transpose a video file down from 4K to 1080p. Unfortunately, the X1 Titanium Yoga fell below its competitors. It completed the task in 20:57, while the Spectre x360 14 completed the task in 18:05, also the XPS 13 2-in-1 finished within 15:52.

Also, it went through Cinebench R23 for 20 runs in a row to induce an extended thorough work session. It had an average score of 3,397, while its CPU worked at an average clock speed of 2.1 GHz. At this time, the CPU attained an average of 64.75°c (i.e., 148.55 degrees Fahrenheit).

ThinkPad X1 Titanium Yoga Keyboard and Trackpad 

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The X1 Titanium Yoga has a small keyboard with a decreased (1.35mm) key travel. But it isn’t a bad keyboard at all. The feedback and the keystrokes are accurate. But the subjective typing experience is worse than other ThinkPad models, besides much more in other affordable series.

The total size of the keyboard is tiny. The standard letter keys are reduced from 16 x 16 mm to 15 x 15 mm and have narrow keys (15 x 12 mm) on the right side of the keyboard. Well, with time, you will get used to the size. It has a broader chassis than the X1 Nano, but we believe that the place on the sides could have been used for a bigger keyboard even where the speakers are placed.

As regards the keyboard illumination, you get two intensities, and it’s still white. Still, the colors are different between the regular keys and upper row of F keys in which the illumination has a slight blue tint. Luckily, the keyboard is spill resistant and water-resistant.

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The touchpad (9 x 6.5 cm) displayed the next build quality problem because the upper right corner is sitting a bit lower inside the chassis. The controls are not pleasing either. Contrary to several click pads, you can click down the entire pad, but the travel is excessively shallow. The haptic feedback is just unusual, and the clicking noise seems relatively cheap.

Also, the pad is intensely sensitive and usually recognizes click event times when you don’t want to click ( the Windows settings was the default medium setting ). The gliding abilities aren’t pleasant because slight movements are usually not accurately recognized, or the cursor stops moving, so you’ll have to do it again. The touchpad is entirely disappointing. 

You can use the TrackPoint with the dedicated mouse button. It usually works, and it’s, therefore, the better input method. The dedicated buttons are properly coordinated into the base unit, and there are no rattling sounds. They offer regular clicking sounds. Lastly, it has a capacitive touchscreen, which recognizes about 10 fingers simultaneously, and it’s problem-free. 

ThinkPad X1 Titanium Yoga Battery

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During the battery life test (web-browsing at 150 nits), we recorded 9 hours and 54 minutes of battery life which is eminent for its size.

The X1 Titanium shouldn’t have any problem getting you through a day which is quite an appealing achievement if you consider the 2K display.

Conclusion 

The ThinkPad X1 Titanium Yoga is a high-quality convertible 2-in-1 that gives its competitors a run for their money. It’s thin and light and works properly as a tablet, a rarity in this group of machines. It has an excellent keyboard and pen, great security options, and a chassis that feels massive and sophisticated.

You may not like the performance if you want to use it for tasks that are more than the typical productivity tasks, but if you do not want to run demanding tasks, then the ThinkPad X1 Titanium Yoga is an excellent choice for you. Also, it’s partially made of titanium, which is fantastic.

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