I’ve been a huge fan of ThinkPad laptops, I’ve used many over the years and as I said they are pretty much the benchmark for a business laptop. With that said I also have a pretty big love affair with Lenovo’s Yoga range. I mean tent mode on an airplane so I actually have room on my tray table for a cocktail! While that is only of the great features of the Yoga line someone at Lenovo knew that there were people out there that would love for them to mesh both the ThinkPad line and Yoga line into one. And they have done that with great success with the X1 Yoga, making it an extremely versatile Ultrabook.
In doing this Lenovo has really put out a piece of hardware that has little competition, especially when it comes to business laptops. Another thing you might want to keep in mind is that out of the box you can take notes with the X1 Yoga. This feature, while not so important to me, is paramount for other people. We like the overall size, keyboard, touchpad, amount of ports, and much more about the X1 Yoga. If you are looking for a 2-in-1 device that can take a beating this is the one to get.
With that said this is part of Lenovo’s ThinkPad X1 line and it does carry a premium. The review unit we received comes close to $1300 (Core i5-6200U, 8GB DDR3, 256GB SATA SSD, 1080p screen), but you can go up to almost $1800 with a Core i7 processor, 16GB of DDR3, 512GB SSD, and WQHD (2560 x 1440) IPS screen. You can even go higher if you want to get into PCIe NVMe store and more. Now if you really do not care about the “Yoga” aspect of this laptop then you can save about $200 and go with the ThinkPad X1 Carbon, which is nearly identical, except it does not have the rotating screen.
At the end of the day this is THE 2-in-1 to get for business and frankly one of the only ones out there. There really is not much to not like. We would like to award the Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Yoga our Recommended Award!
– Perfect mesh of Lenovo’s ThinkPad and Yoga lines
– Thin and light
– Just the right amount of ports
– Can be used to take notes out of the box
– Keys retract when in tablet mode and are still resistant
– Priced at a premium