Lenovo ThinkPad Yoga S1: Performance

February 18, 2014 by Michael Wall Reads (270,880)
Editor's Rating

Ratings Breakdown (1-10)

    • Software & Support
    • 8
    • Upgrade Capabilities
    • 6
    • Usability
    • 7
    • Design
    • 9
    • Performance
    • 7
    • Features
    • 7
    • Price/Value Rating
    • 7
    • Total Score:
    • 7.29
    • Rating 1 to 10, top score 10



Equipped with a 1.6GHz Intel Core i5-4200U CPU, 4GB of RAM, Intel HD Graphics 4400 and a 128GB SSD the Yoga S1 offers solid performance in line with other high-end Lenovo devices such as the IdeaPad Yoga 2 Pro and ThinkPad T440s. Users willing to take a hit in performance can opt for the base model which comes equipped with an Intel Core i3-4010U CPU and a standard 1366 x 768 touch display for $1,050.

With its solid array of specs normal word and web functions prove to be little challenge for the Lenovo ThinkPad Yoga S1. The device is also capable of handling more complicated Microsoft Office functions such as computing complicated Excel spreadsheets. Juggling multiple programs also  doesn’t prove to be a challenge for the device, as NBR was able to run a handful of applications along with 10 open web-tabs without any noticeable drop in performance.

Without a dedicated GPU, graphics performance is somewhat limited. The Yoga S1 cannot handle high-end demanding game titles and is not capable of editing 3D video. However, the notebook is capable of editing HD videos and play select titles at lowered graphical settings such as Left for Dead.

While the 128GB SSD does not afford the Yoga S1 a great deal of storage it does offer lighting fast speeds. Files and applications open almost instantly and the notebook was able boot to the Windows 8.1 start screen at an average of about 10 seconds.

Our review unit of the Lenovo ThinkPad Yoga S1 had the following configuration:

  • Lenovo ThinkPad Yoga S1 BackWindows 8.1 (64-bit)
  • 12.5” FHD (1920 x 1080) IPS Touch Display
  • 1.6 GHz Intel Core i5-4200U CPU
  • Intel HD Graphics 4400
  • 4GB of DDR3
  • 128GB SSD
  • Intel Dual Band Wireless 7260AC
  • Bluetooth 4.0
  • 47Wh Battery LiPolymer
  • Base Price: $1,050
  • Price as Configured: $1,350
  • 1-Year Warranty



wPrime processor comparisons (lower score means better performance):

Lenovo ThinkPad Yoga S1 wprime

PCMark 7 is a newer benchmark and measures overall systems performance (higher scores mean better performance):

Lenovo ThinkPad Yoga S1 PCM 7

3DMark 11 is a benchmark that measures overall graphic card performance for gaming (higher scores mean better performance):

Lenovo ThinkPad Yoga S1 3DM 11

Crystal DiskMark storage drive performance test:

Lenovo ThinkPad Yoga S1

Heat and Noise

The notebook’s main series of vents rest along the back end of chassis between the two displays hinges. Resting along the backside of the device, the hot air emanating from the device is pushed away from the user. However, as a petite ultrabook, the notebook doesn’t really produce a great deal of heat to begin with. Even when taxed the notebook remains relatively cool and can be comfortably used as a laptop. The Yoga S1 also runs quietly for the most part. Under normal circumstances the notebook is near silent. However, when the device is taxed it will produce a faint and steady hum.


Battery Life

To test battery life, we used our new PowerMark benchmark in balanced mode. The test consists of a combination of automated web browsing, word processing, gaming and video playback workloads. The test is far more strenuous than our previous test, measuring the machine under a litany of scenarios to better simulate real life use. With the test being far more demanding the scores are understandably lower than our previous benchmark.

PowerMark “Balanced” battery life test results (higher scores mean better life):

 Lenovo ThinkPad Yoga S1 Power Mark

The Lenovo ThinkPad Yoga S1’s built-in 47Wh battery ran for 4 hours and 15 minutes at 110 nits before shutting down. Running well over four hours the Yoga S1 offers solid battery life. Considering that our tests are more demanding than normal conditions, the notebook should last an entire day on a single charge.



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  1. jmbrkr

    This model tries to do to much! I have had a few encounters with this machine and cannot get over the abuse the keyboard and hinge sustain. I wanted to get a Lenovo for the build quality, but I can’t imagine folding my computer in half and using my hand on the keyboard while I use the touch screen would not kill the computer. I see this model as well built, but between 2-3 years having some major issues.

  2. BrainofJT

    Overall, the Yoga S1 seems to be a fantastic piece of computing. Excellent specs at a reasonable price.

    Protip: Buy from the official Lenovo website instead of Amazon or another distributor. It will be hundreds of dollars cheaper if you enter through this promotional link – http://bit.ly/LenovoExclusive

  3. omgtheykilledkenny

    I’m sorry, but this tablet does not live up to the expectations. I’ve had it for about three years now and I’ve encountered so many issues it’s ridiculous. First of all, these things break so easily. (Granted, this is the model our school gives out to its students, so it gets quite a bit of abuse.) During the first few weeks, the stylus would not function correctly at all and it made it impossible to write. Then the keyboard quit. Full on quit. Twice. I had to get it replaced both times. And if it’s left on too long, some drivers stop functioning too, causing the track pad to not track the user’s finger properly and it freaks out. Long story short, this tablet sucks. Go spend money on a better one.