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.