Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Yoga 4th Gen Core i7 Convertible Review: A ThinkPad X1 Carbon in Disguise
If you already own a 2019 Whiskey Lake-U model, then there is little reason to jump aboard the Comet Lake-U model as it is only a minor year-over-year performance refresh. If you’re an owner of a much older business laptop, however, then now would be a great time to consider the ThinkPad convertible. Its wide port selection, long battery life, comfortable keyboard, integrated stylus, optional WAN, and low weight make it almost perfect for word processing and office work while traveling.
We have to say “almost perfect” because the system has two major drawbacks. The first is display brightness as the 300-nit panel is half as bright as other flagships from Dell, Apple, Samsung, or HP. You’ll find yourself squinting through a lot of glare if you plan on using the system outdoors. Lenovo offers a brighter 500-nit option which will cost you extra. Secondly, GPU performance is lackluster. While we’re not expecting top-tier graphics from a business convertible, the UHD Graphics 620 has become outdated in the face of AMD Ryzen and Ice Lake alternatives. Video or graphic editors will have to give up the 2-in-1 form factor for a traditional Lenovo ThinkPad T490 (i7, MX250, Low Power FHD) Laptop ReviewLenovo ThinkPad T490s (i5, Low Power FHD) Laptop ReviewThinkPad T490/T495 instead where GeForce and Radeon options are available.
For future models, we would like to see Wi-Fi 6, 600 to 1000 nit panel options, a smaller chin bezel, a thicker stylus for easier gripping, AMD Ryzen 4000U options, and even a 16:10 display. These features would make the ThinkPad X1 Yoga an easier recommendation over competitors in this ~$2000 price range.
The performance difference between the Core i7-8565U and Core i7-10510U models are minimal meaning that the 2019 model will save you hundreds without sacrificing all that much CPU power. To make the most of the latest model, consider the higher-end Core i7-10710U or the brighter 500-nit 4K UHD option.