Lenovo Yoga 6 (13″, 2022) review

Sustainability is slowly but surely becoming one of the hottest topics in the laptop industry. It could be a Carbon-neutral policy for the manufacturing process, the use of recycled materials for internal and external components, or both.

In the case of the Yoga 6 (13″, 2022), you get recycled top cover material. This is not something unseen, of course. We’ve already covered the Acer Aspire Vero in its 14, and 15-inch form, which is the champion when it comes to the use of recycled components.

Nevertheless, the 13-inch Yoga 6 has one more thing, which boosts its sustainability factor – the CPU choice. They come from AMD, but instead of the Ryzen 6000U series, or the Zen 3 models, Lenovo has decided to provide you with Zen 2 processors. This includes the Ryzen 5 5500U, and the Ryzen 7 5700U.

Essentially, they are refreshed versions of the Ryzen 5 4600U, and Ryzen 7 4800U – processors, released in 2020. Now, this is what we call efficient recycling. Nevertheless, this machine comes with a lot of good features, so let’s waste no more time.

You can check the prices and configurations in our Specs System: https://laptopmedia.com/series/lenovo-yoga-6-13-2022/

Contents


Specs Sheet

Lenovo Yoga 6 (13", 2022) - Specs

  • BOE NV133WUM-N61
  • Color accuracy  3.0  0.7
  • HDD/SSD
  • up to 2000GB SSD
  • RAM
  • up to 16GB
  • OS
  • Windows 11 Home, Windows 11 Pro
  • Battery
  • 60Wh, 59Wh, 4-cell, 60Wh, 4-cell
  • Body material
  • Plastic / Polycarbonate, Aluminum
  • Dimensions
  • 304 x 218 x 17.36 - 17.45 mm (11.97" x 8.58" x 0.68")
  • Weight
  • 1.37 kg (3 lbs)
  • Ports and connectivity
  • 1x USB Type-A
  • 3.2 Gen 1 (5 Gbps)
  • 1x USB Type-A
  • 3.2 Gen 1 (5 Gbps), Sleep and Charge
  • 2x USB Type-C
  • 3.2 Gen 1 (5 Gbps), Power Delivery (PD), DisplayPort
  • HDMI
  • 2.0
  • Card reader
  • MicroSD
  • Ethernet LAN
  • Wi-Fi
  • 802.11ax
  • Bluetooth
  • 5.2
  • Audio jack
  • 3.5mm Combo Jack
  • Features
  • Fingerprint reader
  • Web camera
  • 2MP IR, FHD with Privacy shutter, Fixed focus
  • Backlit keyboard
  • Microphone
  • Dual Array Microphone with Noise Cancelling, Far Field
  • Speakers
  • 2x 2W Stereo Speakers, Dolby Atmos
  • Optical drive
  • Security Lock slot

All Lenovo Yoga 6 (13″, 2022) configurations

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What’s in the box?

Inside the packaging, we found some paperwork, a 45W power adapter, and a dedicated stylus.


Design and construction

As expected from a 13-inch convertible, the Yoga 6 (13″, 2022) is pretty light. It stops the scales at 1.37 kg for the model with an aluminum lid, and 1.39 kg for the one with a fabric lid.

Now, the thickness is also different, depending on the material of the lid. The aluminum one is 17.45mm, while the fabric one is 17.36mm – pretty marginal. Lenovo states that the second option is stain-resistant, and you shouldn’t worry about dirt or smudges.

Our unit is equipped with a metal lid and a glass display cover. This makes it extremely resilient to flex. On the other hand, the base is made out of plastic and flexes like crazy. Its soft-to-the-touch material provides almost zero structural resistance.

Unsurprisingly, the lid can’t be opened with a single hand. This is mainly due to the complexity of the hinges, which makes them stiffer at certain angles. Furthermore, the two rubber feet on the bottom of the lid cover grip the surface and lift the backside of the base from the ground.

We also see pretty thin bezels all around the glossy display. The top one has a Full HD Web camera with its privacy shutter, and an IR face recognition scanner.

Moving to the base, we see the keyboard. It comes with a backlight, decent key travel, and pretty clicky feedback. All-in-all, it is a comfortable unit for long typing sessions. On either side, you will find some speaker grills.

Below the “Right” Arrow button, there is a fingerprint reader, which works pretty fast. And in the middle of the palm rest area – exactly where it should be, there is the touchpad. It has a size of 75 by 120mm and features a glass surface. This makes it a pure joy to use. Furthermore, the clicking mechanism is active for nearly 100% of the surface area.

The fact that there are no speaker cutouts on the bottom panel, means that it is only home to the ventilation grill. After it has drawn the cool air, the single fan exhausts it through the heat sink, and towards the bottom of the display, via a single vent on the back of the base.

Ports

On the left side of the laptop, there are two USB Type-C 3.2 (Gen. 1) ports with Power Delivery 3.0, and DisplayPort 1.4 functions. In addition, you get an HDMI 2.0 connector and an Audio jack. Take a look to the right, to see the power button, two USB Type-A 3.2 (Gen. 1) ports, and a MicroSD card reader.


Disassembly, upgrade options, and maintenance

Getting inside this machine is very easy. Just undo the 6 Torx-head screws, holding the bottom panel in place, and pry it with a plastic tool.

Here, you will find a 59Wh battery pack. It lasts for more than 11 hours and 30 minutes of Web browsing, or 10 hours and 30 minutes of video playback. To take it out, undo the three Phillips-head screws, and unplug the battery connector.

This notebook’s memory is soldered to the motherboard. The maximum available RAM here is 16GB of LPDDR4x, working at 4266 MHz. Storage-wise, there is one M.2 PCIe x4 slot. It supports Gen 4 drives, but downgrades their speed to Gen 3, due to the limitation of the processor.

The cooling comprises a single heat pipe with a very slim profile. In addition, there is a fan, a heat sink, and a heat spreader on top of the VRMs.


Display quality

Lenovo Yoga 6 (13″, 2022) is equipped with a WUXGA IPS panel, model number BOE NV133WUM-N61 (LEN819F). It comes with a 60Hz refresh rate. Its diagonal is 13.3″ (33.8 cm), and the resolution – 1920 x 1200p. Additionally, the screen ratio is 16:10, the pixel density – 170 ppi, and their pitch – 0.15 x 0.15 mm. The screen can be considered Retina when viewed from at least 51 cm (from this distance, the average human eye can’t see the individual pixels).

Viewing angles are good. We offer images at different angles to evaluate the quality.

Also, a video with locked focus and exposure.

The maximum measured brightness is 262 nits (cd/m2) in the middle of the screen and 258 nits (cd/m2) average across the surface with a maximum deviation of 4%. The Correlated Color Temperature on a white screen and at maximum brightness is 6320K (average) – slightly warmer than the 6500K optimum for sRGB.
In the illustration below you can see how the display performs from a uniformity perspective. The illustration below shows how matters are for operational brightness levels (approximately 140 nits) – in this particular case at 85% Brightness (White level = 139 cd/m2, Black level = 0.12 cd/m2).
Values of dE2000 over 4.0 should not occur, and this parameter is one of the first you should check if you intend to use the laptop for color-sensitive work (a maximum tolerance of 2.0 ). The contrast ratio is good – 1120:1.

To make sure we are on the same page, we would like to give you a little introduction to the sRGB color gamut and the Adobe RGB. To start, there’s the CIE 1976 Uniform Chromaticity Diagram that represents the visible specter of colors by the human eye, giving you a better perception of the color gamut coverage and the color accuracy.

Inside the black triangle, you will see the standard color gamut (sRGB) that is being used by millions of people on HDTV and on the web. As for the Adobe RGB, this is used in professional cameras, monitors, etc for printing. Basically, colors inside the black triangle are used by everyone and this is the essential part of the color quality and color accuracy of a mainstream notebook.

Still, we’ve included other color spaces like the famous DCI-P3 standard used by movie studios, as well as the digital UHD Rec.2020 standard. Rec.2020, however, is still a thing of the future and it’s difficult for today’s displays to cover that well. We’ve also included the so-called Michael Pointer gamut, or Pointer’s gamut, which represents the colors that naturally occur around us every day.

The yellow dotted line shows Lenovo Yoga 6 (13″, 2022)’s color gamut coverage.

Its display covers 100% of the sRGB/ITU-R BT.709 (web/HDTV standard) in CIE1976.

Our “Design and Gaming” profile delivers optimal color temperature (6500K) at 140 cd/m2 luminance and sRGB gamma mode.

We tested the accuracy of the display with 24 commonly used colors like light and dark human skin, blue sky, green grass, orange, etc. You can check out the results at factory condition and also, with the “Design and Gaming” profile.

Below you can compare the scores of Lenovo Yoga 6 (13″, 2022) with the default settings (left), and with the “Gaming and Web design” profile (right).

The next figure shows how well the display is able to reproduce really dark parts of an image, which is essential when watching movies or playing games in low ambient light.

The left side of the image represents the display with stock settings, while the right one is with the “Gaming and Web Design” profile activated. On the horizontal axis, you will find the grayscale, and on the vertical axis – the luminance of the display. On the two graphs below you can easily check for yourself how your display handles the darkest nuances but keep in mind that this also depends on the settings of your current display, the calibration, the viewing angle, and the surrounding light conditions.

Response time (Gaming capabilities)

We test the reaction time of the pixels with the usual “black-to-white” and “white-to-black” method from 10% to 90% and vice versa.

We recorded Fall Time + Rise Time = 20 ms.

After that, we test the reaction time of the pixels with the usual “Gray-to-Gray” method from 50% White to 80% White and vice versa between 10% and 90% of the amplitude.


Health impact – PWM / Blue Light

PWM (Screen flickering)

Pulse-width modulation (PWM) is an easy way to control monitor brightness. When you lower the brightness, the light intensity of the backlight is not lowered, but instead turned off and on by the electronics with a frequency indistinguishable to the human eye. In these light impulses, the light/no-light time ratio varies, while brightness remains unchanged, which is harmful to your eyes. You can read more about that in our dedicated article on PWM.

Lenovo Yoga 6 (13″, 2022)’s display doesn’t flicker at any brightness level. This makes the screen comfortable for long periods of use.

Blue light emissions

Installing our Health-Guard profile not only eliminates PWM but also reduces the harmful Blue Light emissions while keeping the colors of the screen perceptually accurate. If you’re not familiar with the Blue light, the TL;DR version is – emissions that negatively affect your eyes, skin, and your whole body. You can find more information about that in our dedicated article on Blue Light.

Gloss level measurement

Glossy-coated displays are sometimes inconvenient in high ambient light conditions. We show the level of reflection on the screen for the respective laptop when the display is turned off and the measurement angle is 60° (in this case, the result is 102 GU).


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Office Work

Office Work should be used mostly by users who spend most of the time looking at pieces of text, tables or just surfing. This profile aims to deliver better distinctness and clarity by keeping a flat gamma curve (2.20), native color temperature and perceptually accurate colors.

Design and Gaming

This profile is aimed at designers who work with colors professionally, and for games and movies as well. Design and Gaming takes display panels to their limits, making them as accurate as possible in the sRGB IEC61966-2-1 standard for Web and HDTV, at white point D65.

Health-Guard

Health-Guard eliminates the harmful Pulse-Width Modulation (PWM) and reduces the negative Blue Light which affects our eyes and body. Since it’s custom tailored for every panel, it manages to keep the colors perceptually accurate. Health-Guard simulates paper so the pressure on the eyes is greatly reduced.

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Sound

Lenovo Yoga 6 (13″, 2022)’s Dolby Atmos speakers produce a sound of pretty good quality. Its low, mid, and high tones are all clear of deviations.


Drivers

All drivers and utilities for this notebook can be found here: https://pcsupport.lenovo.com/us/en/products/laptops-and-netbooks/yoga-series/yoga-6-13alc7/downloads/driver-list

Battery

Now, we conduct the battery tests with the Windows Better performance setting turned on, screen brightness adjusted to 120 nits, and all other programs turned off except for the one we are testing the notebook with. Here, we have a 59Wh battery pack. It lasts for 11 hours and 40 minutes of Web browsing, or 10 hours and 30 minutes of video playback.


CPU options

This device is sold with either the Ryzen 5 5500U or the Ryzen 7 5700U.

Lenovo Yoga 6 (13", 2022) CPU variants

Here you can see an approximate comparison between the CPUs that can be found in the Lenovo Yoga 6 (13", 2022) models on the market. This way you can decide for yourself which Lenovo Yoga 6 (13", 2022) model is the best bang for your buck.

Note: The chart shows the cheapest different CPU configurations so you should check what the other specifications of these laptops are by clicking on the laptop’s name / CPU.

Results are from the Cinebench R23 CPU test (the higher the score, the better)

Results are from our Photoshop benchmark test (the lower the score, the better)


GPU options

Unsurprisingly, the GPU is integrated into the processor. This basically leaves you with no choice.

Lenovo Yoga 6 (13", 2022) GPU variants

Here you can see an approximate comparison between the GPUs that can be found in the Lenovo Yoga 6 (13", 2022) models on the market. This way you can decide for yourself which Lenovo Yoga 6 (13", 2022) model is the best bang for your buck.

Note: The chart shows the cheapest different GPU configurations so you should check what the other specifications of these laptops are by clicking on the laptop’s name / GPU.

Results are from the 3DMark: Fire Strike (Graphics) benchmark (higher the score, the better)


Gaming tests

cs-go-benchmarks

CS:GO HD 1080p, Low (Check settings) HD 1080p, Medium (Check settings) HD 1080p, MAX (Check settings)
Average FPS 100 fps 70 fps 49 fps

DOTA 2 HD 1080p, Low (Check settings) HD 1080p, Normal (Check settings) HD 1080p, High (Check settings)
Average FPS 111 fps 75 fps 49 fps

Temperatures and comfort

Max CPU load

In this test we use 100% on the CPU cores, monitoring their frequencies and chip temperature. The first column shows a computer’s reaction to a short load (2-10 seconds), the second column simulates a serious task (between 15 and 30 seconds), and the third column is a good indicator of how good the laptop is for long loads such as video rendering.

Average core frequency (base frequency + X); CPU temp.

AMD Ryzen 7 5700U (15W TDP) 0:02 – 0:10 sec 0:15 – 0:30 sec 10:00 – 15:00 min
Lenovo Yoga 6 (13″, 2022) 2.85 GHz @ 70°C @ 29W 2.65 GHz @ 77°C @ 25W 2.14 GHz @ 73°C @ 15W
Dell Vostro 15 5515 2.88 GHz @ 71°C 2.72 GHz @ 78°C 2.32 GHz @ 67°C
ASUS VivoBook S14 M433 3.03 GHz @ 75°C 2.94 GHz @ 93°C 2.75 GHz @ 95°C

The thin heat pipe of this laptop and its small charger don’t really let the Ryzen 7 5700U boost over its 15W TDP limit for too long.

Comfort during full load

On the bright side, is both quiet and cool on the outside, which is good in terms of comfort.


Verdict

Using recycled materials inside electronic devices is essential if we’re looking forward to a better future. This is why the Yoga 6 (13″, 2022) can’t be anything different from a step in the right direction.

However, there are some things we didn’t really like about it. One of them is the soldered memory. With a maximum of 16GB, it is a pity to not be able to expand it more. Also, the single M.2 PCIe x4 slot can’t run Gen 4 SSDs at their full speed. This is due to the older processor.

Not that you will notice the difference between Gen 3 and Gen 4 SSDs in simple tasks. It is still an SSD, and it is still incredibly fast.

The other quirk of the device is that the body feels really flimsy. The plastic there is as soft as your knees when you see your crush. On the other hand, the lid (in our case), which is metal, has great flex resistance. Of course, the glass display cover helps a lot.

Lenovo Yoga 6 (13″, 2022)’s touchscreen IPS panel has a WUXGA resolution, comfortable viewing angles, and a good contrast ratio. It covers 100% of the sRGB color gamut, which produces a very attractive image. Moreover, it has fantastic color accuracy thanks to our Gaming and Web design profile. On top of that, this machine doesn’t use PWM for brightness adjustment.

In addition to that, you can take advantage of the great battery life. The 59Wh unit got us through 11 hours and 40 minutes of Web browsing, or 10 hours and 30 minutes of video playback on a single charge. Not too shabby.

You see, most devices of this type are really unimpressive when it comes to port selection. That is not the case with the Yoga 6, though. It has two USB Type-C 3.2 (Gen. 1) ports. Although not Thunderbolt, these connectors allow for both Power Delivery and DisplayPort use. Furthermore, there is an HDMI 2.0 connector, two fast USB Type-A ports, and a MicroSD card slot.

As if it wasn’t good enough, Lenovo added a fingerprint reader, an IR face recognition scanner, and a privacy shutter to the mix. Oh, and the camera has a 1080p resolution, instead of the 720p standard of the past.

All in all, the Lenovo Yoga 6 (13″, 2022) is an incredible convertible laptop. It sports a stylus inside the box, which is great. In our opinion, choosing older CPUs is a great way to keep the price down. Keeping in mind that the Zen 2 chips are competitive even two years after they were released.

On the other hand, the plastic base is a bit too cheap. But we can live with it. It’s definitely worth considering the Yoga 6 (13″, 2022) as your next 2-in-1 machine for work, school, or whatever you need it for.

You can check the prices and configurations in our Specs System: https://laptopmedia.com/series/lenovo-yoga-6-13-2022/

Pros

  • Uses recycled materials
  • Covers 100% of sRGB colors (BOE NV133WUM-N61 (LEN819F))
  • Very high color accuracy with our Gaming and Web design profile (BOE NV133WUM-N61 (LEN819F))
  • Good battery life
  • A stylus is offered inside the box
  • The older processors still deliver good performance
  • PWM-free (BOE NV133WUM-N61 (LEN819F))
  • IR face recognition scanner + fingerprint reader
  • 1080 Web camera with a privacy shutter


Cons

  • M.2 PCIe x4 slot supports Gen 4 but is limited to Gen 3 speeds
  • Soldered memory
  • Weak chassis

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