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Testing out the Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Yoga 2020 Laptop with a Comet Lake U SoC

The 5th generation of the Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Yoga laptop series offers new Comet Lake U processors, Wi-Fi 6 and brighter displays. With a price tag of 2300 Euros, the convertible is no bargain, but offers a well-rounded packages.

The Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Yoga 2020 is very similar to its predecessor. This is not surprising, because both devices have the same case. The case itself does not have any real disadvantages, because it is made of premium materials. This is why the device feels light and is very rigid. The laptop feels nicer than a great many other devices, which have a carbon-fibre or plastic case, but it is not like such devices do not have a reason to exist. 

In terms of pure CPU performance, the Intel Core i7-10510U failed to impress, because it is slower than the Intel Core i7-8565U in last year’s model. However, in system benchmarks, the 2020 model did quite well and managed to deliver better results. This is why we have mixed feelings about the performance of the convertible laptop. 

The main selling point of the 2020 model is the Wi-Fi 6 module, which delivers very high transfer rates and outperforms the Intel Wireless-AC 9560 module in the 2019 model. Lenovo has also made some improvements to the display. All four display options offer a higher brightness. We were able to confirm this with our review device. The contrast ratio is also improved. The Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Yoga offers a better screen than other competing devices. The only weak point are the slow response times. However, the competing devices are no better in this area.

When it comes to ports, the ThinkPad X1 Yoga offers everything that a modern convertible laptop is supposed to offer. The X1 Yoga comes with two Thunderbolt 3 ports. An external GPU can be connected via this port, if you want to use the laptop for gaming. Without an external GPU, gaming is out of the question, because the Intel UHD Graphics 620 is only suitable for simple multimedia tasks. Unfortunately, just like the predecessor model, the 2020 model also does not feature an SD card reader, which is why you will have to use an adapter if your work flow involves SD cards.

The battery capacity is still the same. Nevertheless, the 2020 model achieved a longer battery runtime in our Wi-Fi benchmark. A battery runtime of eleven hours means that the laptop will be able to last for an entire workday. If this proves not enough, then the device can be charged up via the USB-C port. 

You can find the full review of the Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Yoga 2020 here.

Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Yoga 2020
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Yoga 2020
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Yoga 2020
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Yoga 2020


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Sebastian Bade, 2020-07-23 (Update: 2020-07-23)