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The ThinkPad X1 Yoga G6 is a very good Business Convertible, but there are still some software issues

Lenovo's new ThinkPad X1 Yoga is a very good business convertible, which got a major update with Tiger-Lake CPUs and 16:10 screens. However, there are still problems with the BIOS and the performance utilization when you stress CPU and iGPU simultaneously.

We eagerly awaited the new 6th generation of the ThinkPad X1 Yoga, because it is one of the first ThinkPads that returns to a 16:10 aspect ratio display. Lenovo also redesigned the whole chassis and you obviously get a modern Tiger Lake CPU from Intel. AMD's mobile Ryzen CPUs are unfortunately still not available in Lenovo's expensive ThinkPad X1-series. 

During our review, we were particularly surprised by the matte touchscreen, which is ideal for productive tasks and also works well in bright environments. The brightness is sufficient at 400 nits and we also like the picture quality, even though colors are not as brilliant compared to glossy screens. We will review a SKU with the glossy 4K screen in about 2-3 weeks.

Looking at the weight and the chassis height, the sibling ThinkPad X1 Titanium Yoga definitely has an advantage, but the slim chassis does require compromises when you look at the performance and the ports. The new X1 Yoga G6 is superior in these sections. The battery runtimes are also better and Lenovo implements a better speaker system. The keyboard is also a bit better, but we still think the overall development here is going in the wrong direction. ThinkPads used to have the best keyboards in the mobile industry, but the flagship models from the X1 series suffer from reduced key travel and do not offer the best keyboards anymore.

The new X1 Yoga G6 still has some issues, and especially the software is still a bit buggy. As we have experienced during our review, the performance fluctuates when you stress the CPU and GPU simultaneously. The BIOS update to version 1.24 already improved the situation and the performance stabilizes after a couple of minutes in our stress test, but there are still regular FPS drops when you play games. Our test device was one of the first units on the German market and Lenovo usually offers a number of BIOS updates, so we expect a solution within the next couple of weeks.

The ThinkPad X1 Yoga G6 is obviously a business convertible first and foremost, so we can recommend it at this time. Please see our comprehensive review for more information about the ThinkPad X1 Yoga G6.

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Andreas Osthoff, 2021-05- 7 (Update: 2021-05- 7)