The Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Yoga Gen 7 is a top-notch business convertible, but its $2,457 price tag might bankrupt a small company. Thankfully, Lenovo offers a second 14-inch 2-in-1 for workplaces south of the company: The ThinkBook 14s Yoga Gen 2 has an outdated full HD (1,920 by 1,080-pixel) display and starts at $1,007.40; it costs $1,197.99 when tested. Although its aspect ratio is the old 16:9 rather than the slightly taller, more recent 16:10, it is a competent performer with an easy-to-use onboard pen. Although the ThinkBook isn’t the best convertible laptop money can buy, saving $1,250 has its benefits.

Nothing you don’t need; everything you need In April 2021, we granted the ThinkBook 14s Yoga its Editors’ Choice award, but since then, the bar has been raised. The $1,007.40 base model of the Gen 2 model features a Core i5-1235U CPU from Intel’s 12th generation. With a Core i7-1255U CPU, our $1,197.99 Staples configuration upgrades to 512GB NVMe solid-state drive, 1080p touch screen, and 16GB of RAM (two Performance cores, eight Efficient cores, 12 threads).

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Submitted by Molly Flores ABOVE AND BEYOND THE BASIC In the top bezel of the webcam is a sliding privacy shutter. It shoots photographs with good quality, nearly little noise, and relatively acceptable lighting at 1080p resolution. Drumbeats sound more like static than booming bass when coming from bottom-mounted speakers, but the highs and midtones are crisp, and you can distinguish overlapping songs. The Dolby Audio software includes equalization settings as well as music, movie, gaming, and voice presets.

The thin, 4.25-inch-long Lenovo Integrated Pen includes two programmable buttons and stores in a charging slot on the right edge. It demonstrated good palm rejection and kept up with my quickest swoops and scribbles on the screen. Pages of handwritten notes can be saved and exported to Microsoft OneNote using an included SmartNote program.

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Submitted by Molly Flores Lenovo preloads advertisements for a number of annual membership services, including $29.99 Smart Performance, $39.99 Smart Privacy, and $49.99 Smart Lock antitheft, on the Windows 11 Pro operating system. During videoconferences, an AI Meeting Manager tool delivers real-time, fee-based transcripts (along with translation into other languages and subtitles). While Lenovo Smart Appearance offers to blur the background, make your face look prettier, and allow you to move around during a video conference, Lenovo Smart Noise Cancellation optimizes the microphones for a table full of participants or a single speaker.

THE THINKBOOK 14S YOGA GEN 2 IS SUFFICIENTLY SNAPPY, BUT NOT BLAZING FAST We compared the ThinkBook 14s Yoga Gen 2 against four other small business-friendly laptops to create our benchmark charts. The Dell Inspiron 14 7415 2-in-1 and the 15.6-inch Samsung Galaxy Book2 Pro 360 are both convertibles. The Acer Swift 3 and the recently reviewed HP Pavilion Plus 14 are two 14-inch clamshells. The table below shows their essential characteristics.

TEST FOR PRODUCTIVITY The primary benchmark of UL’s PCMark 10 suite measures overall performance for office-focused tasks like word processing, spreadsheet work, web browsing, and videoconferencing. It does this by simulating a range of real-world productivity and content-creation processes. We also conduct the Full System Drive test in PCMark 10 to evaluate the throughput and load time of a laptop’s storage.

To determine a PC’s aptitude for processor-intensive workloads, three benchmarks concentrate on the CPU while utilizing all available cores and threads. While Primate Labs’ Geekbench 5.4 Pro mimics well-known programs like PDF rendering, speech recognition, and machine learning, Maxon’s Cinebench R23 renders a complicated scenario using that company’s Cinema 4D engine. Finally, we transcode a 12-minute video clip from 4K to 1080p quality using the free and open-source HandBrake 1.4 program (lower times are better).

Puget Systems’ PugetBench for Photoshop, which utilizes the Creative Cloud version 22 of Adobe’s well-known image editor to evaluate a PC’s performance for content production and multimedia apps, serves as our last productivity test. It is an extension that automates a number of standard and GPU-accelerated Photoshop operations, such as opening, rotating, resizing, and saving a picture, as well as the use of masks, gradient fills, and filters.

In these tests, the Yoga Gen 2 remained near the back of the field. It proved to be more than adequate for use in daily life. It effortlessly achieved the PCMark 10 threshold of 4,000 points, which denotes good productivity for Microsoft Office or Google Workspace, but its CPU performance was disappointing, in part because the Core i7-1255U only has two Performance cores.

PHYSICS TESTS Two DirectX 12 gaming simulations from UL’s 3DMark, Night Raid (more subdued, ideal for laptops with integrated graphics) and Time Spy, are used to assess the visual performance of Windows PCs (more demanding, suitable for gaming rigs with discrete GPUs).

Additionally, we run two tests from the cross-platform GPU benchmark GFXBench 5, which puts a lot of strain on both high-level, game-like image rendering and low-level tasks like texturing. The 1080p Car Chase and 1440p Aztec Ruins tests put graphics and compute shaders to the test using hardware tessellation and OpenGL, respectively. These tests are performed offscreen to support multiple display resolutions. The better, the higher the frames per second (fps).

These laptops are solely intended for recreational gaming and streaming media, not the newest shoot-’em-ups, as their integrated graphics aren’t even close to the discrete GPUs seen in gaming setups. In a five-way race, the Lenovo once more settled for fourth position.

Tests on batteries and displays We use the open-source Blender film Tears of Steel (Opens in a new window) to evaluate the battery life of laptops by playing a locally stored 720p video file with the audio volume set to 100% and the display brightness set to 50%. Prior to the test, we make sure the battery is fully charged and turn off Wi-Fi and the keyboard’s illumination.

A laptop screen’s color saturation, the amount of the sRGB, Adobe RGB, and DCI-P3 color palettes it can display, as well as its 50% and peak brightness in nits are all measured using a Datacolor SpyderX Elite monitor calibration sensor and associated Windows software (candelas per square meter).

The ThinkBook’s battery life was outstanding, even though it could only finish in the middle of the field; it should let you to complete a full day of work or study together with an evening of enjoyment. Although it couldn’t compete with the AMOLED screen in the Samsung or the OLED screen in the Pavilion Plus, it did give quite nice color and clarity. However, its brightness was at best subpar.

A SAFE SMALL-BUSINESS SELECTION, in conclusion We aren’t overly enthusiastic by the Lenovo ThinkBook 14s Yoga Gen 2 because there are so many more svelte convertibles with vivid, more vibrant displays, but we can’t deny that it is a good deal.

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