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ThinkPad X380 Yoga Review

You also have option to add a smartcard reader, NFC, and WWAN card. The Windows Hello IR camera in my review unit is also a configurable option, which you can omit.

Standard wireless connectivity includes Intel Dual Band 802.11a/b/g/n/ac 2×2 Wi-Fi, and Bluetooth 4.1.

The ThinkPad X380 Yoga performs respectably in benchmarks. The ASUS VivoBook S14 in these benchmarks have the same Core i5-8250U processor configured in my X380 Yoga review unit, so these two can be meaningfully compared. As you can see, the PCMark 10 Extended scores for both notebooks are closely matched.

I’ve included the ThinkPad T470s (7th generation Core i7) and Yoga 920 Core i7-8550U) just to show where the X380 Yoga stands in comparison with other notebook configurations.

The Geekbench 4 benchmarks test processor performance specifically. For some reason the multi-core tests of the X380 Yoga lag slightly behind the ASUS VivoBook S14, though they are closely matched in both the single-core and graphic compute tests.

With a Core i5-8205U processor, this X380 Yoga is not a powerhouse. If you need more power, I recommend upgrading to the i7-8550U processor, or i7-8650U processor. The latter, with Intel vPro technology, builds in security and remote management capabilities which may be particularly useful in business organisations.

Battery runtime on the X380 Yoga is also quite respectable. The PCMark 8 battery runtime test continuously loads the CPU, so you should not consider the results to be representative of real-world battery time, but it is useful for comparison with other notebooks.

In my own usage, the X380 Yoga can last for about 7 hours of casual use, which for me means web browsing and email. I would love to get at least 8 hours in my notebooks, and I find 7 hours just a tad short, though I don’t feel this is something significant to worry about.

Overall, the ThinkPad X380 Yoga is an admirable two-in-one hybrid device for business users. It doesn’t carry a premium price tag, but meets pretty much all the expectations one would have of ThinkPad notebooks. Its keyboard is best-in-class, and while I would have loved QHD resolution, the anti-reflective display is otherwise really superb.

The X380 Yoga is also packed with security features that will be appreciated by business organisations. With Intel vPro technology, match-on-chip fingerprint reader, dTPM 2.0, and OPAL 2.0 solid state drive, the X380 Yoga should tick all checkboxes on enterprise IT’s wish list.

As configured, this ThinkPad X380 Yoga review unit retails for S$2436 at the Lenovo online store. Online store prices for the basic configuration begins from S$2056.60.


The ThinkPad X380 Yoga is an admirable two-in-one hybrid device that will tick most checkboxes on business users’ wish list, without a premium price tag.


  • Excellent build quality
  • Best-in-class keyboard
  • Superb display
  • Convenient pen storage/charging slot


  • Single USB Type-C port is not enough
  • Battery life is a tad short

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