It's one of my favorite times of the year: ThinkPad X1 review season. Two weeks ago, I unboxed the new ThinkPad X1 Carbon, and now it's time for the X1 Yoga Gen 4.
Announced at CES this year, the ThinkPad X1 Yoga is the first to use an aluminum chassis, a huge departure from its carbon fiber and glass fiber roots. In fact, the design is somewhat reminiscent to the ThinkBook 13s, which I also reviewed recently. It's a clean design that's a sort of gunmetal grey color.
It also comes in a much smaller footprint than previous generations; unfortunately, this means that Lenovo had to cut out the Lift and Lock keyboard, the feature that retracts the keys to make them flush with the palm rest when you fold back the display. But still, the machine is more compact, and it weighs in at only 2.99 pounds, despite the fact that aluminum is a heavier material than pretty much anything else found in laptops, such as carbon fiber.
Another key change is that this year's X1 models are the first 14-inch ThinkPads to offer 4K screens. Previously, they went up to QHD. Now, it's still the top-end model that offers Dolby Vision HDR, so the QHD option is a standard screen.
As was the case with the Carbon, Lenovo sent me two models, one with a 1080p screen and one with a 4K screen. Obviously, the former gets much better battery life. Check out the unboxing video below:
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