X1 ThinkPad Yoga Gen 5 Review

  • Beautiful 4K touch screen
  • Exemplary keyboard
  • Stylus pen onboard
  • Top-quality construction
  • Great connectivity


Laptop ClassConvertible 2-in-1, Business
ProcessorIntel Core i7-10610U
Processor Speed1.8 GHz
RAM (as Tested)16 GB
Boot Drive TypeSSD
Boot Drive Capacity (as Tested)512 GB
Screen Size14 inches
Native Display Resolution3840 by 2160
Touch Screen
Panel TechnologyIPS
Variable Refresh SupportNone
Screen Refresh Rate60 Hz
Graphics ProcessorIntel UHD Graphics
Wireless Networking802.11ax (Wi-Fi 6), Bluetooth
Dimensions (HWD)0.59 by 12 by 8.5 inches
Weight3 lbs
Operating SystemWindows 10 Pro
Tested Battery Life (Hours:Minutes)7:47

The 14-inch ThinkPad X1 Yoga is Lenovo’s flagship 2 in one Hybrid laptop for business, the convertible cousin of the multiple-award-winning ThinkPad X1 Carbon. It features impeccable engineering and design, plus all the manageability an IT department could desire. The ThinkPad X1 Yoga Gen 5 seen here upgrades from 8th to 10th Generation Intel silicon and from Wi-Fi 5 to 6.

This machine has a quad-core, 1.8GHz (4.9GHz turbo) Core i7-10610U vPro CPU, 16GB of memory, a 512GB NVMe SSD, and a 4K (3,840-by-2,160-pixel) IPS Dolby Vision HDR 400 touch panel with 500 nits of brightness. Two in-between screens are available, one a 1080p privacy screen and the other with WQHD (2,560 by 1,440) resolution, as is a 1TB drive. Windows 10 Pro is standard, mobile broadband is optional. 

Specs are here: https://psref.lenovo.com/syspool/Sys/PDF/ThinkPad/ThinkPad_X1_Yoga_Gen_5/ThinkPad_X1_Yoga_Gen_5_Spec.PDF

Like other ThinkPads’, the X1 Yoga’s machined aluminum chassis has survived MIL-STD 810G torture tests for shock, vibration, sand and dust, and temperature and humidity extremes. The screen barely wobbles when tapped in laptop mode, and there’s virtually no flex if you grasp its corners or press the keyboard deck. At 3 pounds, the Lenovo is relatively light for a 14-inch convertible, though heftier than the 2.4-pound ThinkPad Carbon clamshell. It measures 0.59 by 12 by 8.5 inches.

Two Thunderbolt 3 ports, either suitable for the USB Type-C power adapter, are on the left, along with USB 3.2 Type-A and HDMI ports, an audio jack, and a connector for a proprietary Ethernet dongle ($35). The right edge holds a Kensington lock slot, an always-on USB-A 3.2 port, the niche for storing and recharging the provided pen, and the power button. A fingerprint reader and a face-recognition webcam give you two ways to access Windows Hello logins.

ThinkPads have the finest keyboards in portable computing, and the X1 Yoga is no exception. The backlit keyboard has a snappy typing feel, with cursor arrow keys in the proper inverted T and dedicated Home, End, Page Up, and Page Down keys, as well as handy top-row keys for controlling brightness, volume, microphone mute. You have a choice of the embedded TrackPoint pointing stick, with its three buttons south of the space bar, or a buttonless touchpad. Both glide smoothly and navigate easily.

The 4K touch screen is a highlight, with plenty of brightness, good contrast, and nicely white backgrounds. Colors are rich and well saturated (Lenovo says the display covers 90% of the DCI-P3 gamut), and fine details crystal clear. Viewing angles are broad. A tiny sliding shutter covers the 720p webcam. Speakers on the bottom front of the machine have an excellent loud sound. Battery life gets just shy of 8 hours which isn’t bad for a laptop with a 4K display.

There’s a lot to like about the ThinkPad Yoga Gen 5, and its keyboard and screen are simply as good as it gets among business convertibles. It is a desirable 2-in-1 laptop for the enterprise.