Reviewing Lenovo’s Unique Yoga Book
Centred on making the physical keyboard a feature of the past, Lenovo’s new Yoga Book is a combination of a tablet and a mini-laptop.
The device is available in two versions, one with Windows 10 and another with Android 6.0 Marshmallow. This sleek and small laptop has a thin tablet with a Create Pad front panel that is permanently attached.
Measuring just 9.6mm in thickness, the Yoga Book is incredibly thin. Though this does make it a little difficult to open at times, the look is certainly stunning. This difficulty is cancelled out by the fact that this device weighs just 690gms, which makes it incredibly light and easy to carry around. Made of glass and magnesium alloy, the Yoga Book is available in Carbon Black for the Windows model, and Champagne Gold or Gunmetal Grey for the Android version.
Found on the right side panel of the device is a standard 3.5mm audio jack, buttons for volume and power, and ports for a microUSB and a microHDMI. There unfortunately is no jack for a regular-sized USB, so you will need to have an OTG adaptor. For optimal listening, there are speaker holes placed on the right and left of the device.
There is also a watchband hinge that looks stunning, it is multi-functional too. It can be turned forwards or backwards or even folded flat like an open book or so. Thus it definitely earns its Yoga nametag. The lack of physical keys (dubbed as the Halo Keyboard) and the futuristic look makes the device undeniably eye-catching.
The keyboard which doubles up as a Wacom digitiser, can be turned into the Lenovo Create Pad (graphics tablet) with a touch. Measuring 4mm in width, it has an LCD panel and a film backlighting light guide that is protected by a Gorilla Glass. There is an EMR (electromagnetic resonance) film that is placed below the keyboard. This has the ability to distinguish handwriting and even has a palm detection feature that prevents any accidental brushes from spoiling all your hard work. One drawback is that as the keyboard only has outlines of the keys, it is quite difficult to type fast and well. You might often find yourself looking for one key at a time and tapping it.
Lenovo has included a stylus that has been named the Real Pen due to its uncanny resemblance to an ink pen. The pen has a cap that can be changed from a stylus to an ink refill. So if you fold the included Book Pad (like a notebook pad) over the keyboard, it can transfer your ink drawings directly onto the screen. These can easily be replaced by a standard A5 sized sheet of paper.
If the Lenovo Yoga Book sounds like a device that you would like, choose from either the Windows version which is priced at $550 or the Android version which costs $500. We would suggest Windows as it offers more detailed applications.
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Picture courtesy – lenovo.com
by techtalks @TechTalks November 28, 2016 5:41 AM UTC