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Is Lenovo Yoga Good for Gaming?

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The Lenovo Yoga series is one of their line of consumer-orientated convertible laptops designed to also be tablets. They are given the “Yoga” name because they can assume multiple shapes and positions due to a hinged screen. 

They are also known as “2-1” laptops. They are also designed to be solo brands or to be a convertible addition to other established designs.

Main Features of Lenovo Yoga Laptops

What Are the Main Features of Lenovo Yoga Laptops That Make Them Good for Gaming;

Ability to Turn to a Tablet

Lenovo Yoga laptops have a 360-degree hinged display that can turn a laptop from a traditional set-up to a touchscreen tablet.  It activates once the display rotates to the back of the keyboard and all the capabilities swap over to the screen. It can extend to fold mode, tent mode, or place in stand mode to show off presentations or play games.

The Keyboard

 One Key thing (pun intended) that Lenovo have over their competitors is their extremely good keyboards. Their keyboards are always well designed with smooth yet snappy responsiveness that allows any gamer to enjoy their controls while playing and will always keep them immersed in the game. Although if I could wish for something, it would be an indicator light for the caps lock when it’s on.

High Quality and Wide Display

 Another thing Lenovo can beat their chest about is their quality screens; whether it’s their Full HD displays, their 4K, or even their OLED screens, it’s very hard to call Lenovo screens bad, and they always come tied with their excellent 15-17” displays which are always standard for a gaming laptop. However, the Yoga laptops usually have a full range of screen sizes.

Affordable Pricing

 Since Lenovo is trying to gain a market share in the gaming laptop sphere, they always try to price their laptops competitively to compete in the market and steal sales away from the competition. However, this doesn’t come without some sacrifices, but Lenovo is aware that they are in a very competitive market, so they try their best to limit those sacrifices or at least put them in places you won’t notice. 

Ports and Expandability

Anything from 8-to 16GB of RAM is good, and that’s usually the average of recommended RAM requirements for most games. 

An SSD of 521 GB is good too, but 1TB is still the best; then maybe a 2TB external is perfect. Since the UHD 620 doesn’t have VRAM then a 32GB would be good too. 

ThinkPads always have good IO options such as; USB 2.0 Type A’s, some 3.1 Gen1’s, and an HDMI, and some have a Gen 2 Type C’s.

Some Lenovo Yoga Laptops That are Good for Gaming

The Lenovo Yoga ThinkPad X1

The Lenovo Yoga ThinkPad X1

This has a 10th Generation Core i7 processor inside. It has a base speed of 2.60GHz and a max speed of 5.00GHz with a turbo boost, and up to 8 cores and 24 threads. It has a 16” anti-glare display with either a UHD+ or QHD+ with Dolby Vision and a max brightness of 500 nits. 

Its standout feature is its NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 discrete graphics card. This is one of the top-end graphics cards that allow for only the best level of graphics. 

These cards allow for formidable graphical features to be active. Ray tracing, Particle effects, and DLSS are all active without significant dips in frame rates. It has a boosted RAM of 64GB DDR4; this will be a mega boost and will allow it to work extremely fast.

The Lenovo C940 2-in-1

This is an ultra-premium, project Athena-certified 2-in-1 laptop. This isn’t a gaming laptop, so certain expectations come along with using these types of laptops. The main thing is that there are always going to be sacrifices and limitations to what you can play.

This one comes with an intel core i7-1065G7 four-core eight-thread CPU. It has a max speed of 3.9GHz and a base of 1.3GHz. It also has a soldered DDR4 RAM which is good. I’m a firm believer that the more RAM, the better the gaming experience. 

Again this isn’t a gaming laptop, so it doesn’t have a discrete graphics card, but at least it doesn’t have a UHD integrated graphics card; however, it is not that much of a difference. This one has got an Iris Xe integrated graphics which is better but not by much.

It’s got a solid display which is a 14” FHD 1080p screen and an IPS Dolby vision. It’s got a max brightness of 400 nits, and it has a good 60hz refresh rate panel. It has also got a 512 NVME SSD or a 1TB SSD which are really good options, and they should aid in faster load times.

It can manage some games like GTA on low settings at 720p on about 30fps which isn’t bad, and it can also play games like Fortnite or CSGO on 1080p on low to medium settings. 

The key thing about working with a laptop like this is your ability to manage the settings; one change could mean the difference between 10 more frames or 3 more. It’s not a AAA machine, but it will get the job done.

This is a casual gamers laptop; it’s not a hardcore or completive gamers laptop. It’s more for productivity work and business work. You know it’s more of a spreadsheet machine than a “Crisis remastered” finisher. 

However, it does have a 1080p FHD display and a 60GHz panel, so it’s not that bad, but I wouldn’t suggest this to any of my hardcore gamer friends or any of my creative friends. 

This model costs about $1100 on Amazon so for the price, it’s not so bad it’s actually a fair price.

The Lenovo Yoga 7i

The Lenovo Yoga 7i

This is another good entry from Lenovo but again this isn’t a gaming laptop. It doesn’t have a discrete graphics card, so you are once again stuck with the Iris Xe integrated graphics card. This is now a key part of the framework for the Yoga designs.

 It’s not that the Yoga 7i is a bad laptop, far from it. It’s just not a gaming laptop so there are always going to be sacrifices and limitations in what you play and how you play it. The 8GB version doesn’t also help in the gaming department so to get the best out of it, and I mean the best, in as short a term as possible.

 You would need the 16GB version to get the most out of it. However, if you don’t mind playing some older games and the more recent ones in low-medium graphics then you can get some fun out of it. 

It’s got a core i5-1135G7 or the i7-1165G7 which are really good options by the way. Either of them would help boost your frame rates at various points, and they are 11th generations, so they have got some kick to them. Oh, and the base model has got a 512 NVME SSD or a 1TB SSD, which are really good options, and they should aid in faster load times.

This is a casual gamers laptop; it’s not a hardcore or completive gamers laptop. It’s more for productivity work and business work. You know it’s more of a spreadsheet machine than a “Crisis remastered” finisher. 

However, it does have a 1080p FHD display and a 60GHz panel, so it’s not that bad, but I wouldn’t suggest this to any of my hardcore gamer friends or any of my creative friends. 

This is more of a laptop for that friend who’s stuck in an office for most of the time and needs to unwind with a little CSGO or Last of us. Not 2, just the first one; it’s more about him reliving his glory days when he was free and not tied to the corporate ladder.

 Anyways I digress, this is still a good laptop, and at $799 for the Core i5 version, I would suggest it as something to do a lot of work on and maybe some light gaming, very light.

Conclusion

The Lenovo Yoga laptop series are not bad laptops at all, just not gaming laptops, so that limits their capabilities but does allow them to be priced very well. They are multitasking and spread-sheet warriors, not “Crisis Remastered” machines. 

I think this is more for the casual crowd who are at least willing to make some sacrifices to enjoy a good laptop. Also, any higher specced models are all tied to more established brands; all they do is add touchscreen and tablet functionality.

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Sam Wilson
Sam Wilson
Who is Sam Wilson? I am a professional writer with more than 5 years of experience in the field. A technology lover with a passion for all things tech-related. I am also fascinated by the ways in which technology can help us do things that we never thought possible.

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