Monica Chin, writing for The Verge:
My unit, currently listed for $2,369, has a Core i7-1260P
with eight efficiency cores and four performance cores (as well as
16GB of RAM and 512GB of storage). Unfortunately, that new
processor doesn’t deliver the kind of performance gains I imagine
many X1 Yoga users will care about — but it does lead to a
decrease in efficiency that I think harms its outlook overall,
especially compared to laptops from Apple. That may be an Intel
problem rather than a Lenovo problem, but it is a problem all the
For things like document markup, presentations, word processing,
and video calls, I never got any heat or heard any fan noise — even on the Battery Saver profile, with 15-ish tabs and apps
running in the background.
Unfortunately, I am going to have to say the dreaded sentence: I
wasn’t impressed with the battery life. I got an average of six
hours and 13 minutes out of this device at medium brightness — and while I sometimes saw the device break seven hours of
continuous use with lighter workloads, it died after close to four
and a half in other trials.
Intel’s chip offerings are clearly to blame, but that very much is a Lenovo problem. A huge problem, really. ThinkPads are supposed to be top-tier industry-leading laptops. It’s a proud brand with a great history. But now they’ve released a $2,400 notebook that gets crap battery life and only stays cool and quiet when you stick to basic productivity tasks.
Intel’s performance-per-watt problems have been obvious for years, as has Apple’s custom silicon performance-per-watt prowess. None of this is the least bit surprising.
Sidenote in My Continuing Series of Observing PC Hardware Being Graded on a Curve: Chin describes the 14-inch 1920 × 1200 display as “nice” and it goes into the “Good” column. But that’s just 162 pixels per inch. MacBook Air displays are 224 PPI. MacBook Pros: 254 PPI. iPad Pros: 264 PPI. The 2007 original iPhone had a 162 PPI display. This ThinkPad display is “nice” only if you have a time machine and carry it back to before retina displays became the norm.
★ Wednesday, 19 October 2022