The Lenovo ThinkPad L380 Yoga is a 2-in-1 convertible laptop aimed at business users (enterprise or SMB). It was created with the idea of bringing ThinkPad features such as comfort, durability, and IT-friendliness at a much lower price point. Can Lenovo scale down the price, and still make this a worthy ThinkPad? Let’s find out.
Our particular unit had the Intel Core i5-8250U processor and 8GB RAM. The SSD is a Samsung 256 GB PCIe-NVME OPAL2.0 M.2.
The Yoga ThinkPad L380 Yoga has a clear ThinkPad look, and you might have a hard time pinpointing exactly which model it is without taking a closer look.
It uses what seems to be the same soft paint as the more expensive ThinkPad models, such as the X1 Yoga 2018, which we previously reviewed. Lenovo confirmed that the material is GFRP, which is a fiberglass plastic, except for the display back cover, which is made of aluminum, then painted.
You are not going to have the same level of industrial design as the more expensive models, especially the ThinkPad X1 Carbon 2018. If you press the chassis strong enough, it won’t be as stiff as even the ThinkPad T480s, and anything about that.
For security purposes, there is an optional fingerprint sensor, which would be located on the right of the trackpad. The fingerprint image is saved in the sensor chip itself to avoid a potential theft of your biometric data.
Lenovo did a great job to preserve the external ThinkPad look and feel, and this ThinkPad L380 Yoga still has the MIL-STD-810G certification that provides an excellent objective level of durability and endurance.
MIL-STD-810G is much more meaningful for laptops than it is for phones because their mass is high enough that internal components could be damaged by the impact force. Also, laptops screens are well protected from cracks (when closed), so shocks and vibrations are often primary threats.
With 321.8 x 224 x 18.8 mm dimensions and a weight of 1560g (3.44 Lbs), the L380 Yoga is a thin & light laptop. In its price and category, its size and weight are within the normal range. Lighter 2-1 computers such as the HP EliteBook x360 1030 G3 ($2820) weigh only 2.76 Lbs but are in an entirely different price range. The HP EliteBook x360 1030 G2 ($1350) is more affordable but comes with the 7th Generation Intel processors that is much slower at peak loads.
The Dell Latitude 3390 with Core i5-8250U ($866+) seems like a more obvious competitor and comes equipped with Intel’s latest Gen8 CPU. This one has a 13.3” display, unlike the 12-inch Dell Latitude 5290 2-in-1 ($900+).
The ThinkPad L380 Yoga is easy to maintain and repair because it was designed to be opened with a regular screwdriver. From there, users can change the RAM (1 slot, 32GB max) and SSD m.2 module. This is a great way to upgrade, later in the laptop’s lifecycle, when those components become much cheaper.
Overall product rating: 8/10