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Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Yoga review: This 2-in-1's OLED screen will color your computing world

Jon L. Jacobi | Sept. 23, 2016
This laptop delivers rich colors and top-notch performance.

Models, options, software and warranty

The X1 Yoga starts at $1,549 with an IPS LED backlit LCD touchscreen, and tops out at a little over $2,500. The cheapest OLED version—and you want the OLED—is $1,869. That comes equipped with Windows 10 Home, a Core i5-6200U processor, 8GB of LPDDR3/1866MHz RAM, and a 128GB SATA SSD. Our configuration, which has Windows 10 Pro, an upgraded CPU, additional RAM, and a larger (and faster) storage drive, jacks up the price to $2,544 as mentioned above. You can opt for a 512GB SATA, 512GB PCIe-NVMe, or 1TB PCIe-NVMe SSD instead, but prepare to shell out up to another $250 more.

As of press time, Lenovo was offering a discount on these list prices—our review configuration cost $2,289.60—but you can save money in other ways, too. For example, you could easily cut the amount of RAM down to 8GB, and opt for a Core i5 CPU. If you’re not crunching lots of numbers or editing high-def media, you won’t notice the difference between the processors much, particularly since you’ll be keeping that NVMe SSD. Fast storage will have far more of an effect on perceived performance than the CPU.

You could also downgrade to Windows 10 Home and save $30, but I’d advise against that. The Pro version allows you to ditch some intrusive stuff using the group policy editor, and also brings the ability to join a domain and other perks. Our configuration shipped with relatively little software clutter, but Lenovo does tend to brand things, so a little time culling the app herd won’t hurt.

One included utility that we’d never call clutter is WRITEit, which lets you enter and edit text in any application with the active stylus. It even does a good job with my handwriting, which is some of the ugliest ever to disgrace a page.

The X1 Yoga comes with a one-year, carry-in warranty. Adding a single year to the standard warranty is $69, with each additional year about $50. Other warranty/service packages are available, too, with the most expensive package offering five years of next business day on-site service and accidental damage coverage for $649. 

Conclusion

The X1 Yoga belongs on anyone's list for the latest and greatest. Sure, we'd have liked to see the inclusion of USB 3.1 or Thunderbolt 3, but the combination of the X1 Yoga’s OLED display and NVMe SSD (plus excellent keyboard, clickpad, and eraserhead) make this laptop one of the best. We can’t stress enough that you shouldn’t judge this machine by its photographs. You’re viewing them through an LCD screen—go out and see that screen yourself.

 

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