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Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Yoga 3rd Gen review: A speedy, reward 2-in-1 with a lofty cost tag

Tough, fast, and inexhaustible with battery life, a Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Yoga has a lot going for it, nonetheless a discount cost isn’t one of them. We positively admire a ThinkPad’s top-notch construction, considerable opening and crafty touches, like a retractable keys, built-in coop horse and privacy-minded webcam shutter. That said, pattern to compensate adult for a ThinkPad X1 Yoga’s reward features.

Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Yoga cost and specifications

We tested a ThinkPad X1 Yoga indication 20LD0015US ($1,673.10 from Lenovo), that packs in an quad-core 8th-gen i5-8250U processor, 8GB of LPDDR3 RAM, a 14-inch 1920-by-1080 hold display, a 512GB solid-state drive, integrated Intel UHD 620 graphics, and a Bluetooth-enabled ThinkPad Pen Pro.

One of a initial things we should dwindle about a X1 Yoga’s specs is a $1,673 cost tab (as of this writing, anyway). For comparison’s sake, a stream editor’s choice for 2-in-1 laptops, a HP Spectre x360, packs in a some-more absolute i7-8550U CPU, a 13.3-inch hold display, 8GB of RAM and a 256GB SSD for $1,270, while a chronicle with a roomier 512GB expostulate goes for $1,430—still $200 reduction than a X1 Yoga. Granted, specs don’t tell a whole story and prices change, nonetheless for now, this sold ThinkPad comes with a rather large cost tag.

There are other accessible SKUs for a ThinkPad X1 Yoga, of course, including a $1,484 chronicle with a smaller 256GB SSD and no pen. On a other finish of a spectrum, a top-of-the-line $2,465 indication of a ThinkPad boasts an i7-8650U CPU, 16GB of RAM, 1 TB of solid-state storage, and a 14-inch 2560-by-1440 arrangement with Dolby Vision HDR support.

Measuring 13.1 by 9 by 0.7 inches and weighing a small over 3 pounds (or 3 pounds and 12 ounces once we toss in a AC charging brick), a ThinkPad X1 Yoga is a tad thicker and heavier than some of a new 2-in-1 laptops we’ve tested, and like ThinkPads of yore, it lacks a snazzy pattern sum you’ll see in systems like a Asus ZenBook 13 (with a shiny, eye-popping shell) or Lenovo’s possess Yoga 920 (with a superb watchband hinge).

lenovo thinkpad x1 yoga 3rd gen black lid Adam Patrick Murray

The ThinkPad X1 Yoga’s might demeanour a tad dull, nonetheless it’s also tough, with a fingerprint-resistant lid. (Watch out for greasy palm smudges, though.)

Dull nonetheless it might look, a ThinkPad X1 Yoga’s somewhat rubberized extraneous feels reassuringly tough, and like other systems in a ThinkPad line, a X1 Yoga boasts military-grade insurance opposite shock, vibration, dust, and even fungus. The ThinkPad’s black bombard is also fingerprint-proof, nonetheless it does have an irritating bent to collect adult greasy palm smudges.

Being a automobile laptop that it is, a ThinkPad X1 Yoga’s arrangement can be swiveled a full 360 degrees, definition we can lean it all a approach around for use as a (fairly heavy) tablet, tent it in a “V” shape, or lay a laptop keyboard-down with a arrangement pointed back.

lenovo thinkpad x1 yoga 3rd gen black tent mode1 Adam Patrick Murray

As with other 2-in-1 laptops, a Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Yoga’s arrangement can pivot all a approach behind for inscription use, or we can tent it in a “V” shape.

Particularly considerable is a fact that whenever we tighten a lid or pivot a arrangement some-more than 180 degrees, a ThinkPad automatically retracts a keyboard keys and thatch them firmly into place.

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