Lenovo Yoga 6 in the test: design eye-catcher with solid technology

First impression: an eye-catcher!

Aluminum? Plastic? Textile! Lenovo emphasizes the extravagance of its Yoga 6 with a fabric-covered lid. The jeans look may not appeal to everyone, but it is a pleasant change from the covers of the world that are otherwise frolicking in the market.

The footprint is about the size of an A4 sheet, making it compact enough to take your Lenovo Yoga 6 with you in a backpack or bag. The weight of 1.3 kg is okay, especially because the proven 180-degree folding mechanism is installed. So you can use the device as a classic notebook. Set up the notebook like a tent, you can enjoy movies and music on it. Once folded, you turn Yoga 6 into a Win 10 tablet.

Inside is the 13.3-inch full HD screen with touch function, a backlit QWERTY keyboard without numeric keypad, mouse trackpad and stereo speakers. A fingerprint sensor completes the checks. Two USB-A and USB-C connectors, a Kensington lock and the jack connector are integrated on the sides. An on / off button is required, but the volume button and the card reader are missing.

The choice of material and the cooling concept are also striking and worth mentioning in the design. To save weight, Lenovo uses a plastic housing on the bottom. The engineers integrated an active cooling system into the sleek cabinet, whose radiators blow air out of two ventilation openings at the rear. The conceptually similar Lenovo IdeaPad Flex 3 and 5 rely on a passive system. More on that later.

In addition to the notebook, the scope of delivery also includes a quick reference guide and the USB-C quick charger.

Under the bonnet: frugal AMD midrange

The processor chosen was an AMD Ryzen 5 4500U with 6 cores and a clock between 2.3 GHz and 4.0 GHz. Windows 10 is supported by 8 GB of working memory and 477 GB of SSD flash memory (with a nominal 512 GB). The RAM is soldered and cannot be expanded, you can replace the PCIe SSD in a few simple steps.

The graphics device integrated in the processor (6 cores, maximum 1.5 GHz) is responsible for beautiful 3D images and accurate media playback. The 60 Wh battery lasts 6 hours during normal operation. The included 45 W power adapter takes up to two hours to charge.

Lenovo Yoga 6 (Windows 10)
weights and Measures 308.1 x 206.5 x 18.3 mm / 1.32 kg
processor and graphics device AMD Ryzen 5 4500 U (6 cores, 6 wires, 2.3-4.0 GHz) / integrated AMD Radeon graphics
memory and flash memory 8 GB RAM (soldered) / 512 GB NvME-SSD (of which 477 GB usable – replaceable)
screens and webcams 13.3 inch IPS (1920 x 1080 pixels) / 720p webcam with shooting shutter release
battery and operating time 60 Wh / 6 hours in mixed mode
connections 2 x USB-C 3.2 / 2 x USB-A 3.2 / 1 x 3.5 mm jack for headset and microphone
connection WiFi 11ax / Bluetooth 5.0
software support until October 30, 2026

Lenovo Yoga 6 as a daily companion

This hardware combination shines in the daily work. Surfing, writing, editing photos works without hiccups or noticeable drops in performance. Multimedia playback with 1080p material and music streaming (YouTube Music) also slides.

The quality of the keyboard is particularly comfortable. The pressure points are clearly defined, the drop is short, and the distance between the letters is wide enough. Compared to the related Lenovo IdeaPad Flex 5, I find the Yoga keyboard a bit more comfortable because it is even quieter.

Privacy is ensured with a slider in front of the 720p webcam. If you wish, you can unlock Yoga 6 with your fingerprint instead of the PIN. Small extras that show how much care was put into the design of the device.

Does it make Lenovo Yoga 6 perfect? Not quite. The high-resolution screen is bright, high contrast and has stable viewing angles – and is very reflective. Lenovo does not offer a business version with an anti-glare screen. To remedy this deficiency, put a mat film over it.

Two things stand out: the simple, smart webcam slider cover. And the glossy display that captures every fingerprint and reflects the surroundings.

Windows 10 slows things down in tablet mode

With Yoga you can turn the screen. Set up like a tent, it is ideal for media playback. In tablet mode, it appears to be primarily qualified as a presenter. For example, playing a Powerpoint in the meeting. Of course, you can use Windows 10 fully in touch mode.

The 1080p screen is amazing. The fonts are set a little too large at the factory. Complaining at a high level – after all, we can fix it with just a few mouse clicks.

Typing on the display, however, is uncomfortable and somewhat superfluous given the permanently installed keyboard. Some gestures did not work properly and Windows 10 is too much dependent on desktop navigation structures in general, although it is also designed for touch devices such as. the internal Surface.

Yoga 6 fails nothing in tablet mode – the fact that there is still potential here can be attributed to Microsoft.

Did I still have fun with it? But because the strategy game Civilization 6 has a special touch mode. I have never managed the fortunes of an empire in a more relaxed way.

Game performance: not satisfactory – with exceptions

Although the classic game runs smoothly, the Lenovo Yoga 6 is not a notebook for current, processor-heavy games. In the 3D Mark benchmark program (the “Time Spy” test environment), the AMD hardware combination achieved a disappointing score of 951 (composed of: 839 graphics scores; 3,945 CPU scores) and is therefore at the lower end of the scale.

Battlefield V, GTA V and similar performance-hungry games run at less than 20 frames per second, if at all. At 1080p and in high detail. You push a little more performance out by turning down the details and effects.

If the title runs satisfactorily, the power consumption pulls the battery properly and both fans go up to blow the heat backwards. Unfortunately, this also applies to Civilization 6. Betting on Yoga 6 is torture without headphones.

An exception is game streaming via Nvidia GeForce Now, Google Stadia and Co. Since they run in the browser and the graphics calculation takes place on the server, Yoga 6 only needs to print the image. Thanks to the fast WLAN 11 ax, this works without delay and in really good quality.

Conclusion: design manager with everyday qualities

As a work and everyday notebook, the Lenovo Yoga 6 is an excellent choice. The craftsmanship is of high quality, the performance is satisfactory and the driving time is exceptionally good for a Win 10 notebook. The keyboard is one of the best on the market and is suitable for those who type a lot. Privacy and security features complete the package.

There are deductions in the B rating due to the highly reflective screen for which Lenovo does not offer an alternative. The hardware equipment will not meet the requirements of PC gamers – they have more gaming fun with “real” gaming laptops.

The notebook is a pleasure for those who want to see high quality craftsmanship, excellent design and office qualities combined in one device.

Lenovo Yoga 6 is available in stores now and costs around 800 euros at the time of testing.

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