Lenovo's Titanium 2-in-1 Is Perfect for Post-Pandemic Work Travel

And while its price might put it out of reach for some folks, if you need to pack light without sacrificing durability, the ThinkPad X1 Titanium Yoga really feels like it’s pushing the boundaries of convertible laptop design. 

In our testing, its screen actually exceeded Lenovo’s claimed brightness of 450 nits, making the X1 Titanium more than capable for working outdoors, while still producing delightfully rich colors.
On the left side, you’ll see the X1 Titanium’s two USB-C ports with Thunderbolt 4, which is one short of what I typically like to see on a laptop of this size, but somewhat understandable given this laptop’s sleek dimensions.
And while there’s no built-in storage slot to stash a stylus when not in use, there is a hidden magnetic strip that allows the stylus to stick to the side of the system, which is probably the next best thing.I also have to hand it to Lenovo for making a 2-in-1 laptop that is almost totally flat when transformed into tablet mode.
Not only does this make the X1 Titanium easier to hold when using it as a tablet, it also eliminates almost all of the flex you typically get from hybrids that leave big air gaps between the lid and keyboard, once again reinforcing the durability.
When it comes to benchmarks, it’s not quite as fast as a Ryzen 7-powered Surface Laptop 4, taking more than twice as long (11 minutes and 38 seconds) to finish our CPU render test in Blender, compared to just 4:58 for the Surface.
And even when compared to similarly priced ultraportables like a Dell XPS 13 with an i7-1165G7 CPU, the X1 Titanium took more than 30 minutes to convert a 4K video to 1080p, versus 17:24 for the Dell.
It falls slightly short of the XPS 13's 10:09, but that’s not a huge difference.Instead of the same old touchpad Windows laptops makers have been using for years, Lenovo enlisted the help of Sensel to install a touchpad that delivers the closest thing you can get to Apple’s Force Touch trackpads on a Windows laptop.
We’re not going to get too deep into the physics of how it works, but instead of relying on a standard capacitive touch system, Sensel’s touchpad relies on hundreds of tiny FSRs (force sensing resistors) to track your fingers, and the result is one of the most accurate and responsive touchpads I’ve ever used.
Lenovo puts that extra sensitivity to good use by making it easy to customize various touchpad gestures, so you can quickly switch between apps or go back to your desktop.
The downside is that unlike Sensel’s external touchpads, the pad on the X1 Titanium is a bit small (most likely due to the cost of using all those FSRs), and its haptics aren’t quite as sensitive as I’d like, which can leave the simulated mouse clicks the touchpad creates feeling a bit ham-fisted.
To best suit my tastes, I had to turn the simulated mouse clicks to their highest settings, which helped, but still didn’t deliver the more satisfying haptic feedback you’d get on a modern MacBook.But Lenovo also includes its signature Trackpoint nub and additional physical mouse buttons, so you’ll have plenty of input options.
But even with average resolution, I found the X1 Titanium’s webcam still captured relatively sharp and detailed video, which is a lot more than I can say about the webcam on Samsung’s Galaxy Book Pro 360.
But more importantly, the Titanium’s webcam packs in some extras like a physical privacy shutter, a hybrid infrared sensor that works with Windows Hello, and a third optional sensor that can detect human presence.
That sensor can tell when someone is sitting in front of the laptop, so it knows not to turn off the display if you haven’t touched it in a while (for instance, when you’re watching a movie) or automatically lock the system when you walk away.
Right now due to extra incentives, a base X1 Titanium Yoga is going for $1,400, which makes it a competitive option compared to an XPS 13, with the Lenovo offering better durability and extras like its touchpad and webcam, but slightly worse performance, connectivity, and battery life.
If I had to choose one laptop to accompany me to a trade show or an out-of-town event, the ThinkPad X1 Titanium Yoga’s rugged flexibility would put it at the top of my short list, right next to the XPS 13.

3 weeks, 2 days ago by SAEID US
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