When it comes to the ThinkPad X1 Yoga, Lenovo's business convertible continues to impress. It's had some changes in construction as well, a shift inspired by also by Lenovo's new focus on materials and construction.
The 4th-generation ThinkPad X1 Yoga is now the first to feature a CNC-milled aluminum chassis, which helps set it apart from the X1 Carbon more clearly and gives it a more premium feel. It's also available in a new Iron Gray color instead of just black, so it definitely looks and feels a lot more distinct.
While you'd think that aluminum is heavier than carbon fiber, the thinner bezels and overall smaller footprint means that the overall weight has still dropped from 1.4kg to 1.35kg. It's slimmer as well, measuring 15.2mm thick to the previous generation's 17.05mm.
The aluminum chassis feels really good in hand, and there's a nice brushed metal finish along the edges. However, it still doesn't feel quite as light as the X1 Carbon. Still, there's something about how solid the metal feels that makes it seem all worthwhile.
The 360-degree Yoga hinge also lets you use the notebook in either tent or tablet modes, the better to take advantage of the integrated stylus. The hinge feels really well built, with just the right amount of resistance when flipping the lid around. The pen sits in its own compartment on the right, so you won't lose it that easily.
Oddly enough, the connectivity options are also slightly different from the X1 Carbon. Instead of the two USB 3.1 (Gen 1) Type-A ports on the X1 Carbon, Lenovo has gone with one USB 3.1 (Gen 1) and one USB 3.1 (Gen 2) connector.
The other ports remain the same, including the two Thunderbolt 3 connectors and docking connector. Elsewhere, the processor, memory, storage, display and battery configurations appear identical as well.
The ThinkPad X1 Yoga will be available in June starting at US$1,929.
First published on Jan 8, 2019.