Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Yoga review: Brilliant OLED color and performance to spare

IDG.TV | Sep 22, 2016

The OLED version of the X1 Yoga is a fantastic blend of incredible display and great hardware.

Once you’ve seen an OLED display in person, there’s no going back. That’s especially true if you experience Lenovo’s ThinkPad X1 Yoga in person: this OLED laptop looks fantastic and performs great.


The X1 Yoga is a riff on the X1 Carbon, but with several notable improvements. For one, it offers the option of a 14-inch, 2560x1440 RGB OLED panel that gives you rich, vibrant colors and deep, pure blacks.

It also comes with an active stylus, a larger array of ports, and a 360 degree hinge. Those ports encompass three USB 3.0 (with one always-on for charging), full-size HDMI, a mini DisplayPort, a docking connector, and microSD and SIM slots. Unfortunately, there are no USB 3.1 or Thunderbolt 3 ports, which is a slight disappointment.

Our review unit had an Intel Core i7 processor, 16 gigabyte of RAM, and a 256 gigabyte PCIe-NVMe solid-state drive. As we expected, this configuration excelled at zipping through common tasks like document editing and web browsing, but showed the same slower performance during CPU-intensive tasks as its ultrabook peers.

Thanks to the OLED display, battery life on the X1 Yoga is quite good during movie playback: It lasted 7 hours and 44 minutes when we played a 4K movie on continuous loop. With a great keyboard and clickpad rounding out the experience, the OLED X1 Yoga’s only real potential hang-up is its price, which ranges from a little under $2,000 to over $2,500. However, if you’re on the prowl for the latest and greatest, that’s a somewhat small price to pay.