Lenovo is known for delivering amazing and innovative technologies at an affordable price. However, the new convertible laptop called the Yoga Book might prove to be more innovative than anyone would want it to be. It ditches the standard keyboard for a digital sketchpad which also acts as what the company calls the Halo keyboard.
The creativity and imagination of Lenovo developers come into full blood with the Yoga Book. It goes beyond being a 2-in-1 device, as it blurs the distinction between laptops and tablets. The first thing you’ll notice about it is that it has no physical keyboard. It has been replaced with a sketchpad that can also display digital keys. Although it takes a bit of time to adjust, this feature is what makes it stand out among other convertibles.
The lack of a physical keyboard makes it very light and thin, which allows for incredible portability. The metal casing makes it look sturdy and stylish at the same time. Despite the incredible design, the Yoga Book has problems with the software, regarding app support and the overall feel of the OS.
It comes in two variants, one equipped with Android 6.01. Marshmallow which costs $499 and a Windows 10 version priced at $549. The software seems a bit clunky and hard to maneuver around, especially on Android. The windows version might be more preferable but it requires more performance from its already mediocre specs.
The Yoga Book includes a 2.4 GHz Intel Atom X5 processor with 4GB of RAM and 64 GB of storage. The capacity can be extended thanks to a microSD card slot. As you can see, its specs aren’t as great as where a $500 tablet should be, as Lenovo has chosen to emphasize features and functionality over specs. One great thing about it is the battery life. It features an 8,500mAH battery which according to Lenovo can last up to 15 hours.
The Lenovo Yoga Book is a fascinating device, with an amazing design and portability while providing great functionality for those who can adapt to its digital keyboard. The sketchpad is mostly for specialized users who don’t require very high performance from it. Its modest technical specs and cumbersome software is what keeps it back.
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