Test: Lenovo’s ThinkPad X1 Yoga Gen 7 looks good but feels warm

Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Yoga Gen 7 2-in-1.
Enlarge / Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Yoga Gen 7 2-in-1.

Sharon Harding

Technical data at a glance: Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Yoga Gen 7
Worst Preferably How reviewed
Screen 14-inch 1920×1200 IPS touchscreen @ 60Hz 14-inch OLED touchscreen with 3840 × 2400 IPS at 60 Hz 14-inch 1920×1200 IPS touchscreen @ 60Hz
operating system Windows 11 Home Windows 11 pro Windows 11 pro
CPU Intel Core i5-1240P Intel Core i7-1280P Intel Core i7-1260P
R.A.M. 8GB LPDDR5-5200 32GB LPDDR5-5200 16GB LPDDR5-5200
storage 256GB SSD 1TB SSD 512GB SSD
graphic card Intel Iris Xe
Networking WiFi 6E, Bluetooth 5.2
ports 2x USB-C (Thunderbolt 4), 2x USB-A (3.2 Gen 1), 1x HDMI 2.0b, 1x 3.5 mm jack
size 12.38 × 8.75 × 0.61 inches
(314.4 × 222.3 × 15.53mm)
weight Starting at 1.38kg (3lbs)
battery 57Wh
warranty 1 year
Price (RRP) $1,589.40 $2,279.50 $1870.03
Miscellaneous Stylus, optional 4G LTE Stylus, optional 4G LTE Pen

The Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Yoga, now in its seventh iteration (MSRP $1,870.03 according to test at the time of writing), continues its modern take on the business-oriented ThinkPad. It’s got the durability you’d expect from a business device, plus smooth navigation underscored by a carefully programmed keyboard suitable for prolific typists and, of course, the famous red knobs.

However, the laptop doesn’t necessarily outperform high-end consumer laptops, even some with slightly cheaper price tags. And similar to other ThinkPads we’ve tested, heat is such a big issue in Best Performance mode that even with light workloads, the device gets so hot you don’t want to touch it in certain areas.

ThinkPad design

Part ThinkPad, part Yoga.
Enlarge / Part ThinkPad, part Yoga.

Sharon Harding

The naming tells you that this machine is part Lenovo ThinkPad, part Lenovo Yoga, but the design and rugged build lean more towards the former. Yes, there’s the same 360-degree hinge found on the Lenovo Yoga 2-in-1s, plus a modern thin and light build in dark gray that’s more fun than the more traditional ThinkPad black. But the tightness and sturdy feel of the aluminum chassis combined with the deep keyboard, advanced trackpad, and famous red rubber knob all scream ThinkPad.

The ThinkPad X1 Yoga’s chassis meets the US military’s MIL-STD 810H standard, which subjects it to 20 test procedures in areas that include exposure to extreme temperatures, mechanical shock, vibration, moisture, sunlight, sand and dust. It bears the carvings of ThinkPad logos on the lid and deck. The lid’s logo has an alert red light above the “i” letting whoever faces you know the system is running. The deck’s logo, meanwhile, sometimes scratched my palm while I was typing.

The deck features a fingerprint reader/power button above the keyboard.
Enlarge / The deck features a fingerprint reader/power button above the keyboard.

Sharon Harding

The ThinkPad X1 Yoga is 0.61 inches thick and starts at 3 lbs. That makes it thinner and lighter than some ThinkPads without a Yoga heritage, like the ThinkPad X1 Extreme, which is available with a discrete GPU, is 0.72 inches thick with a touchscreen, and weighs around 4.1 pounds.

But if you’re skinny and slim, there are other options with similar specs, like the latest Acer Swift 5 (0.59-inch thick, 2.65 lbs).

And much like those laptops, the ThinkPad X1 Yoga meets my minimum port requirements to avoid immediate annoyance. On the left are two Thunderbolt 4 USB-C ports, one USB-A port, and HDMI 2.0b. The right side has a 3.5mm jack and another USB-A jack. If I had the 4G LTE version of this laptop, I would also have a nano SIM card slot.