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While both of these were equipped with faster CPUs we would have expected the Yoga to close the gap had it been running at full turbo speed. The PCMark results pretty much reflected our Cinebench results. In everyday use these should not be noticeable, and thanks to its SSD the system feels smooth and snappy.
Since the Yoga is incapable of housing 2. The X1 Carbon's Samsung PM was significantly faster, although it is also significantly more expensive. Only the X1 Carbon managed to distance itself from its competitors in this test. Without further ado, we present to you the often-tested Intel HD Graphics It does not have any dedicated memory at its disposal, and its 24 execution units have to access shared memory instead.
The GPU is therefore limited to single-channel memory speeds resulting in a noticeably reduced graphics performance. The WWAN-equipped models with 8GB of RAM soldered onto the motherboard will most likely be running in a dual-channel configuration, which on the one hand would improve graphics performance but on the other would limit you to only 8 GB of RAM without any way of upgrading that down the road.
At first, we noticed a conspicuously low graphics performance. For example, it scored a low points in 3DMark 11 prior to the adjustment and a decent and expected 1, points afterwards. Only its own predecessor was even slower than that. At least full graphics performance is available when running on battery. Given the poor performance in our graphics benchmarks it is no surprise that the Yoga is not the most suitable laptop for gaming.
Of all games tested only the several years old BioShock Infinite was even playable on low details. Thus, the usual HD motto applies in this case as well: older games with reduced details yes, current games no. Not even Civilization VI was playable. The Yoga does not have this option, which means it has been completely eliminated without replacement. Users interested in the Yoga due to its graphics performance will certainly and rightly be disappointed.
When idle the fan is off, which is normal and expected for notebooks equipped with a 15 W TDP processor. During normal office use the fan does rear its head regularly. Thus, a completely inaudible operation was not possible with the Yoga Which means that while it does not score perfectly in this category the fan wasn't problematic at all. We were unable to locate any other noises such as coil whining during our tests.
Due to the fact that the Yoga is incapable of housing 2. The chassis remained cool when idle, which we came to expect from energy-efficient hardware such as this. Under load, the Yoga did heat up noticeably although by far not as bad as the X During our stress test, maximum performance was unavailable pretty much from the start. The CPU only managed to hold its maximum clock speed for 28 seconds and throttled down to 2. After around six minutes we noticed another drop in performance, and the CPU clocked down to around 1.
Thus, a limit of 17 W is available for the first 28 seconds of intense load, after which it is reduced to 15 W. The second cutback after six minutes lowers the TDP to around 12 W. Our best guess is that in order to prevent overheating, as is the case with the X, Lenovo decided to thwart the Yoga artificially.
Running a 3DMark 11 benchmark immediately after our stress test resulted in a normal score; the throttling issues under intense load should therefore not have any effect on everyday use. In tablet and tent modes the speakers are pointing away from the user, in stand mode they are pointing towards the bottom. The speakers performed as you would expect from a notebook: almost no bass and rather mushy.
At least they were decently loud but tended to distort at high volumes, and their sound could only be described as a blare at these levels. Dolby Audio was activated out of the box, and it can be disabled or configured via the preinstalled Lenovo settings app.
Quite the contrary, the available presets seemed to falsify the sound somewhat. As usual the 3. Interestingly enough it even scored worse than its own predecessor - yet another analogy to the X Even the EliteBook x beat the Yoga , especially in idle and low load scenarios. The included 45 W slim tip charger is more than sufficient. Even under intense load power consumption never even got close to 40 watts. The battery has been enlarged compared to its predecessor; while the Yoga featured a 44 Wh battery the Yoga comes with a much larger 51 Wh lithium-polymer battery instead.
This means battery life has also improved significantly. In our Wi-Fi test, which runs a script loading a pre-programmed sequence of websites, the Yoga surpassed its predecessor by more than two hours. Its overall good battery life results placed it on par with the X1 Carbon. The EliteBook x ran yet another two hours longer during the Wi-Fi test - it benefitted from its larger 57 Wh battery and better energy efficiency. Lenovo has made it easier for us this year. Instead of having to choose between a We support this change - rather than offering two somewhat disappointing models Lenovo found the perfect balance between display size and mobility.
The Yoga ticks a lot of important boxes. The keyboard and its other input devices, including the stylus, are very good. Aside from a minor manufacturing weakness in the display lid, which barely qualifies as quality inconsistency, the case is well-made, sturdy, and it is easy to disassemble. Port availability is generous, although we would have preferred a full-size SD-card reader, and battery life has been improved considerably compared to the Yoga Last but not least, the display is one of the strongest selling points of this laptop and also a noticeable improvement from the Yoga and Yoga Unfortunately, it suffered from PWM-flickering at lower brightness levels, which is going to be deal-breaker for some users.
The cooling system offered the most room for improvement: both temperatures and volume lack refinement but are far from the X's dramatic levels. Nevertheless, all these issues were overshadowed by the price and the short warranty - two aspects that have nothing to do with the hardware itself. Well done. The ThinkPad Yoga won us over in many regards and has rightly deserved the highest score of all ThinkPad Yoga devices short of the much more expensive Yoga X1. On the whole, the Yoga is a very good convertible with a focus on productivity, and it deserves a recommendation.
Its closest competitor, the HP EliteBook x, has its benefits, too, namely the much better battery life. However, it is also more expensive and has a notably darker display to boot. The Dell XPS 13 2-in-1 is interesting for consumers with lower performance expectations preferring a fanless device since it lacks some significant business features.
In terms of in-house competition, the ThinkPad X1 Yoga, whose model we have yet to test, might be an alternative for those with a bigger budget. Its OLED display is phenomenal yet also immensely expensive. Our extensive review shows how Lenovo succeeded and why we liked the ThinkPad Yoga Intel Core iU 2 x 2.
Intel HD Graphics Lenovo homepage Lenovo notebook section. Note: The manufacturer may use components from different suppliers including display panels, drives or memory sticks with similar specifications. Lenovo ThinkPad Yoga ThinkPad logo on the lid ThinkPad logo on the lid full resolution. The X is smaller Very different hinge designs. Right side: power button, digitizer slot, 3. Left side: power, Thunderbolt 3.
Touch fingerprint-reader. Included adapters. Bottom cover removed. Input Devices. Input devices. Wacom AES digitzer. Testing the digitizer with OneNote. Marginal backlight-bleeding. Colors calibrated. Saturation calibrated. Grayscale calibrated. Outdoors in the shade. Outdoors in direct sunlight. Performance on battery was not reduced.
System Performance. Storage Devices. CrystalDiskMark 3. Sequential Write: AS SSD. Access Time Read: 0. Access Time Write: 0. Copy ISO: Copy Program: Copy Game: Score Read: Points. Score Write: Points. Score Total: Points. Graphics Card.
Gaming Performance. System Noise. Cooling system. Noise Level Idle. Power Supply max. Dolby settings. Energy Management. Power Consumption. Key: min: , med: , max: Metrahit Energy Currently we use the Metrahit Energy, a professional single phase power quality and energy measurement digital multimeter, for our measurements.
Find out more about it here. All of our test methods can be found here. Battery Life. Built-in 51 Wh battery. Instead, our system considers things like how recent a review is and if the reviewer bought the item on Amazon. It also analyzes reviews to verify trustworthiness.
There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Please try again later. From the United States. Verified Purchase. I am very pleased with this laptop. Set-up was easy, the display is very clear, and the product is working as promised. I am still exploring all the capabilities of this unit, but I am very satisfied with my purchase. I was also satisfied with the service from the vendor, including the shipping process the computer arrived before the holiday as promised, and it was in excellent condition.
Showing 0 comments. There was a problem loading comments right now. I have a ThinkPad Edge 15" laptop with most all of their options. I have been a long time fan of the ThinkPad line and have prefered it since the days that it was made by IBM. For the most part, Lenovo has continued the tradition of the ThinkPad line by building only the best laptops available on the market when they put the ThinkPad name on it.
CONS: - First, the keyboard is a joke, there is flex on one side of the keyboard which is annoying to say the least. ThinkPads have had a very high quality keyboard in every edition of the ThinkPad, this one seems to have been taken from their IdeaPad consumer line and just feels cheap.
This system feels like a cheap consumer system with a slightly higher price tag. The build on this is so poor that I actually now have marks on my screen from where the keys have come into contact with the screen when the system is closed! The seams on the upper portion of the casing next to the keyboard are not even lined up perfectly, which just makes the system look cheap or like it was dropped which it has not been - Battery life is AWEFUL when compared with other ThinkPad systems.
My battery will drain if I leave the system in standby for more than a couple of days, I have never had this issue with other ThinkPad systems. Even when running, I'm lucky to get more than a couple hours out of the battery this system is 6 months old.