Lenovo ThinkPad Yoga 11e review – Flexibility of a Yogi [2020 Update]

You walk into a corporate office and you’re bound to see a Lenovo ThinkPad in some corner or desk. The ThinkPad brand is a long-standing one from the IBM Era. The first ThinkPad released was the 700T in 1992.

Since then the ThinkPad lineup has been a go-to device for business users due to its simple and durable design.

Lenovo Yoga is their 2-in-1 convertible brand and the ThinkPad Yoga 11e brings the durable block design of the ThinkPad and combines it with the flexibility of the Yoga lineup.

This should be an interesting one, so let’s dive into our Lenovo ThinkPad Yoga 11e review.

ThinkPad Yoga 11e Specs

Device Specifications:


 Processor

8th Generation Intel® Core™ m3-8100Y Processor (1.10 GHz, up to 3.40 GHz with Turbo Boost, 2 Cores, 4 Threads, 4 MB Cache)

 Operating System

Windows 10 Pro 

Display 

11.6" HD (1366 x 768) IPS, glossy, touchscreen, 250 nits, with Corning® Gorilla® Glass

 Memory

4 GB LPDDR3 1866MHz

 Storage

256 GB PCIe-NVMe M.2 SSD

 Battery

Up to 15.6 hours (MM14)*
Up to 11 hours (MM18)*

 Camera

720p HD
Optional 5MP World facing

 Connectivity

Intel 9260 802.11AC (2 x 2)
Bluetooth® 5.0

 Graphics

Integrated Intel® UHD Graphics 615

 Audio

Dolby Audio™

 Weight

3.1lbs (1.4kg)

 Dimensions

11.5" x 8.1" x 0.78"(293mm x 207mm x 19.9mm)

 Ports/Slots

2 x USB 3.1** (Gen 1)
USB-C / power-in

HDMI
MicroSD card reader
Headphone / mic combo

Security Features

Discrete Trusted Platform Module (dTPM) 2.0
Kensington® lock slot

What's in the box

ThinkPad 11e Yoga Gen 6
4 Cell 46Wh Internal Battery
65W AC adapter
Quick Start Guide
ThinkPad Pen (Optional)

Review

The Lenovo ThinkPad has always been a business machine, but the latest iteration of the ThinkPad and Yoga combination is specifically marketed for students.

The Lenovo ThinkPad Yoga 11e 6th Gen has the same durable shape but with a new colorful retro logo. The 2-in-1 convertible laptop was released in March 2020 and has some excellent features which we will be getting into, starting from the design.

One thing that Lenovo does with its lineups is stick to a single color and design. Like all the ThinkPads this device too has a black finish with a military-grade design.

If you’ve seen a typical ThinkPad, it looks like a bulky old laptop with its typical red TrackPoint located in the middle of the keys. The Yoga 11e doesn’t have this red pointer and has a stronger chassis when compared to all the other laptops from this lineup.

Why?

Because it’s made for students and they tend to be the heaviest users. In other words, most students are careless with their electronic devices.

The reinforced chassis can survive any intense environment. The device weighs 3.1lbs (1.4kg) and measures 11.5" x 8.1" x 0.78" (293mm x 207mm x 19.9mm). This is lighter and smaller than the previous 5th Gen, which I will compare later on.

The keyboard is designed for maximum comfort and the keys are nicely spaced while the touchpad is sensitive and responds well. The keyboard is also spill-proof. So, the accidental spills while working your assignment because you’re rushing might not be a big deal.

This is probably one of the very few laptops that has a Gorilla Glass display, yet the touchscreen is quite responsive and even works well with an HB pencil (Number 2 pencil).

Yes, you read that right,

The screen is scratch-resistant thanks to the Gorilla glass. However, if you are not too keen to try the extreme, the device comes with a stylus powered with the AES technology.

For the actual display behind the gorilla glass, the Yoga 11e ships with an 11.6” IPS display and a resolution set at 1366 x 678. HD videos to 720p videos can be viewed without any issue. The brightness of the screen set at 250nits is average and good enough to work outside while chilling with your friends.

Lenovo ThinkPad Yoga 11e 6th Gen

However, to give you a sense of comparison, the MACBOOK AIR which is another popular student device that has a screen brightness of around 400nits, which is quite impressive.  

Let’s take a look at the core running the device now.

The Yoga 11e 6th Gen is powered by an 8th Gen Intel Core m3 processor (m3-8100Y). The chipset was launched mid-2018 and is quite a powerful Intel processor mainly used in tablets and some notebooks that don’t require much cooling.

The chipset is supported by a 4GB LPDDR3 RAM and 256GB of internal storage. In my opinion, this is more than enough for the average college student who possesses a hard disk and occasionally backs up their data.

Battery life is one of the most important things to consider because portability is key.

The ThinkPad Yoga 11e averages at about 11 hours under the MM18(MobileMark 2018) benchmarks. Estimating battery life is one of the hardest things to do for us techies because each user has a different style of usage. 

In terms of ports and connectivity, you get Bluetooth 5.0 and the standard Wi-Fi connectivity. On the side, the device has 2 USB 3.1 ports, a USB-C power port, 1 HDMI, and a dedicated MicroSD reader.

Lenovo ThinkPad Yoga 11e (6th Gen) vs ThinkPad Yoga 11e (5th gen) review

To make it easier for you, let me compile all the differences in a table and give you a side by side comparison.

Specification

ThinkPad yoga 11e 5th Gen

ThinkPad yoga 11e 6th Gen

 Processor  

 Intel® Celeron® N4100 Processor  (1.10GHz, up to 2.40GHz Burst,         2MB Cache)

 Intel® Pentium® Silver N5000     Processor (1.10GHz, up to   2.70GHz Burst, 4MB Cache)

 8th Generation Intel® Core™ m3-   8100Y (1.10GHz, up to 3.40GHz   with Turbo Boost, 2 Cores, 4MB   Cache)

 Display

-

-

 Battery

 3 Cell 42Whr

 4 Cell 46Whr

 GPU

 Integrated Intel® UHD Graphics   605

 Integrated Intel® UHD Graphics   615

 Memory

 4 GB DDR4

 4GB LPDDR3

 Storage

-

-

 Connectivity

 Intel 9260 802.11AC (2 x 2) 

 Bluetooth® 5.0

 Intel 9260 802.11AC (2 x 2)

 Bluetooth® 5.0

 Durability Features

-

-

 Camera

-

-

 Weight

 3.4lbs (1.54 kg) 

 3.1lbs(1.4kg)

 Dimension

 11.81″ x 8.27″ x .89″ (300 x 210 x 22.5mm)

 11.5″ x 8.1″ x 0.78″

 (293mm x 207mm x 19.9mm)

 Ports

 1 x USB-C

 2 x USB 3.1

 1 x HDMI

 MicroSD card reader

 RJ45 Gigabit Ethernet

 3.5 mm combo audio/mic jack

 1 x USB-C

 2 x USB 3.1

 1 x HDMI

 MicroSD card reader

 3.5 mm combo audio/mic jack


The Lenovo ThinkPad Yoga 6th Gen is quite an upgrade from its previous iteration in terms of the processing chipsets used. This difference is significant enough to opt for the latest 6th Gen.

All in all, the 2-in-1 convertible is a worthy investment for a college student. The durable military-grade construction can be used for a considerable amount of time.


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