Lenovo Yoga 6 review: AMD helps bring performance and price to the masses





Starting from $ 619.99

The Lenovo Yoga line has evolved into a consumer product offering that mirrors the company’s flagship ThinkPad computers in many ways, but at more affordable prices in general.

Where a ThinkPad X1 Carbon could cost $ 1,500 for a base model, the same functionality for Yoga functionality would normally start at $ 699, and the Yoga 6 continues that graceful trend this year.

With a starting price of $ 619 (or $ 949.99 for the review model), the 2-in-1 foldable is the go-to computer for 90% of computer users.

Spoiler alert: I have a lot of wonderful things to say about the Yoga 6, but it suffers from a poorly lit screen, poor speakers, a 720 potato webcam, and fan noise. If one of them breaks the deal, I hope I saved you some time.

Lenovo yoga 6 review: amd helps bring performance and price to the masses - onmsft.  Com - November 3, 2021

Lenovo Yoga 6 Ryzen 7
Processor AMD Ryzen ™ 7 5700U processor (1.80 GHz, up to 4.30 GHz Max Boost, 8 cores, 16 threads, 8 MB cache)

AMD Ryzen ™ 5 5500U processor (2.10 GHz, up to 4.00 GHz Max Boost, 6 cores, 12 threads, 8 MB cache)

AMD Ryzen ™ 5 4500U processor (2.30 GHz, up to 4.00 GHz Max Boost, 6 cores, 6 threads, 8 MB cache)

Graphic Integrated AMD Radeon ™ graphics card
Operating system Windows 10 Home

Windows 11 Home

Display 13.3 “FHD (1920 x 1080) IPS, touchscreen, 300 nits
Storage room Up to 1TB PCIe SSD
Camera HD 720p
Memory Up to 16 GB DDR4 3200MHz
Dimensions From 206.4mm x 308mm x 17 – 18.2mm / 8.12 “x 12.13” x 0.67 “- 0.72”
Starting at 1.32 kg / 2.91 lbs
audio Stereo speakers with Dolby Atmos®
Drums Up to 6 p.m. *

60Wh lithium-ion polymer

* All battery life claims are approximate and based on 1080p video playback on the latest Windows 10 update (with 150 nits brightness and default volume level). Actual battery life will vary and depend on many factors such as product configuration and usage, software usage, wireless functionality, power management settings, and brightness of the device. screen. The maximum battery capacity will decrease with time and use.

Color Abyss Blue
Ports / Slots 2 x USB-A 3.2 Gen 11 x USB-C 3.2 Gen 1 (DisplayPort ™ and power supply)

1 x USB-C 3.2 Gen 1 (DisplayPort ™)

Headphone / microphone combo

** Actual transfer speed of USB 3.2 [Gen 1] will vary and, depending on many factors, such as the processing capacity of host devices and peripherals, file attributes, and other factors related to the system configuration and your operating environments, will be slower than a speed of [5 Gbit/s].

What’s in the box

Yoga 6 13 “
Internal battery 4 cells 60 Wh
45W power adapter
Quick Start Guide

Look and feel

I won’t spend too much time on the look and feel of the Yoga 6, but to say that the model I tested came with a fabric-covered cover. The feel of a 13.3-inch 16: 9 woven cover is surprisingly nice and has become preferred over the cool, seemingly lifeless feel of aluminum or even carbon fiber.

The fabric touch on the cover is reminiscent of the Alcantar keyboard that Microsoft is trying to push with its Surface laptops and 2-in-1s. While I’ve gotten used to the feel under my palm rest, I can argue for the sake of durability, the incorporation of woven fabric on the Surface device’s cover could be a new direction the company would like to go.

Beyond the cover, the device itself looks a lot like its predecessors. The conical bottom, 2.9 lbs and polycarbonate bottom cover are all there and just as reassuring as they have been for this PC line over the past four years.

As for the display, it’s a 13.3-inch (1920 x 1080) FHD IPS panel with touch and stylus support, nothing too spectacular at this stage of the hardware offerings. Colors are vivid but the brightness leaves a lot to be desired at 320 nits and automatic dimming can be frustrating outdoors.

Lenovo Yoga 6 Display

Lenovo has apparently moved away from its jewel watch hinge design and opted for the 360 ​​metal dual-hinge design for all of its 2-in-1 convertibles and the Yoga 6 is no different.

As for your flexible voyeurs, there’s little in the lid or keyboard.

When it comes to the more functional aspect of the Yoga 6, Lenovo sticks to a remarkably familiar port layout that includes a headset and mic combo, 2 USB-A, USB-C, and USB-C compatible power connectors. .

The U-shaped chicklet keys on the keyboard are just as comfortable as any other Lenovo computer. The key stroke is nice, and the pressure is clickable and centered, there is no wobble on the edges of the keys that can be found on other devices such as an Acer or an Asus, and Often leads to accidental keystrokes for users with larger fingers or clicking keys.

Lemovo yoga 6 keyboards

Performance

I was offered the AMD Ryzen 7 5700U (1.8Ghz) and AMD Radeon RX Vega 8 graphics cards paired with 16GB of RAM and 512GB of SSD storage.

To put it in perspective, other devices in similar price and feature ranges include the Dell XPS 13, Acer Spin 3, IdeaPad Flex 5, and the HP Envy x360.

The Yoga 6 isn’t a super powerful machine designed for creators, but offers some of the lowest fruits for novices looking to start on their first machine in high school or college.

For Adobe Photoshop users, the screen will cover approximately 72% of the color gamut and 99% of the standard sRGB.

That said, you will need a CPU and GPU combo that is sufficiently equipped to handle the performance of the Adobe suite of programs and the Yoga 6 with AMD can handle midrange projects such as limited effect layers in Photoshop and a moderate number of clips in Premiere with its 8-core Ryzen 7 5700U Zen 2 chipset.

Lenovo yoga 6 cinema bench

However, it could be the Lenovo Vantage software or some other monitoring program that is limiting the performance of the Ryzen 7 on this laptop as it performs a few ticks behind a Lenovo Yoga Slim 7 or other laptops equipped with the same chip.

What’s even more disappointing is that despite advances in GPU performance, AMD has made this particular model still lag behind the devices supported by Intel Iris Xe, leaving the Dell XPS to be the better choice. for more “creative” tasks.

When it comes to simple, real-world use cases, the configured Western Digital SN730 SSD combined with the Realtek Wi-Fi 6 module made browsing and downloading content a breeze. I rarely had to wait to interact with documents, videos, or images from storage or the web.

Lenovo Yoga 6 Ryzen 7

Hope this is understood, that the Yoga 6 or most laptops that don’t specifically have games or NVIDIA listed in their datasheets, are not gaming devices. Although it can play some Causal RPGs, simulation games, and low-res FPS, the Yoga 6 does not perform well for the majority of gaming desires.

In a test of Far Cry 5 (which is what I could afford at the time of this test), it managed to maintain around 30 fps which places it in the 80th percentile of devices that can play the game in resolution. 1280×720. The fps drops again to the higher resolution of 1920×1080, at 11 fps.

Speaking of stressing the system with games, the Yoga 6 can get hot at times, reaching temperatures of up to 89 ° C. However, most of the time the system remained between 35 and 45 ° C during most operations.

Lenovo yoga 6 buttons

Finally, the battery life. The Ryzen 7 version is about an hour shorter than its Series 5 cousin, but still delivers around 7 hours of regular use and can reach 12 hours with moderate use. I define moderate as sorting emails, checking some websites, and watching YouTube videos for 30 minutes to an hour at a time, anything beyond that will start to weigh heavily on that number. Things like streaming music, watching videos from unoptimized media players, or even increasing the brightness beyond 60% will cut power consumption per minute by about half.

Summary

Since getting Yoga 6 for review, the number of happy customers on Best Buy’s review page has only increased. Looks like the Yoga 6 offers a lot for its price and sits comfortably in the new midrange for PCs.

While many readers here covet devices at $ 1,000 and above for their power, brand association, and hard-to-obtain specs, there’s a much larger market just below.

Customers are mostly content with a vivid touchscreen, enough power to do well in most categories, and hardware light enough to carry from the classroom, office or cafe to home.

The Lenovo Yoga 6 does all of the above and with unique styling, premium blends with a new design that stands out from the sea of ​​aluminum enclosures.

In short, the Lenovo Yoga 6 isn’t a power device, it’s not necessarily the cheapest, but the AMD model gives customers a taste of both at a reasonable asking price.

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