2nd Look: ThinkPad X1 Yoga Gen 4 & 10th Gen i7

Modern Standby

Not my favorite topic.  It’s not how I want my ThinkPads to act, but it seems here to stay, and perhaps the general laptop audience actually welcomes it…

Modern Standby is a sleep mode that keeps one eye open. The laptop can still access the network (subject to a bit of user control) and get background things done when “asleep”.  Lenovo’s implementation/enhancement is Smart Standby.

Some configuration is possible via Lenovo Vantage, and there’s a BIOS option (in the fancy GUI, self-healing BIOS) to switch completely over to the old S3 sleep mode.  This has been a relief to Linux users (Linux doesn’t support Modern s0i3 sleep… yet) but Microsoft says that if it’s toggled Windows must be reloaded.  I’m not entirely sure that’s true – but fair warning.

I’ll admit I haven’t fully come to grips with this new “feature” and will try to learn more and update as possible. I have discovered that enabling Smart Standby overrides my chosen hibernation timing 🙁 Smart Standby was enabled by default along with a 6AM resume/wake up.  Not nice.  That’s not something that should happen without user interaction IMNSHO.

X1 Yoga Gen4 BIOS Sleep Mode


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