Laptop from the Future
How Does it feel Out of the Box?
Lenovo Yoga Book features the clamshell hinge which is popularized by the Yoga Laptop. The Lenovo Yoga Book has no mechanical keys, but it features a touch surface doubles as a text input and a sketch pad. Lenovo claims to fame it as Halo Keyboard. This hybrid laptop comes in Windows and Android, but we’re reviewing the Windows variant which came with Windows 10 installed out-of-the-box.
Looking at the design of the Yoga Book is undeniably cool. When closed, the Yoga Book is just 9.6mm, making it the thinnest 2-in-1 laptop in the world, and you can definitely feel it. It is satisfyingly thin and light because of no mechanical keyboard. Due to no mechanical keyboard, the whole bottom section is thinner than most of the mobile phones available in the market. The Yoga Book is so light it can be tricky to open the lid with one hand.
Aesthetically it looks simple, clean and professional; The clockwork hinge is subtle and sexy providing a smooth action for adjusting the screen angle and wraps all the way around for Lenovo’s tablet mode. Flip it completely for the tablet or prop up the screen intent for stand modes. Full HD resolution is reasonably good for the screen size, while the panel is decently bright, but cannot be used outdoors under direct sunlight with glossy glass.
Just like a MacBook, there’s is a shortage of ports; it has a microUSB charging port, an HDMI port, a microSD port and a headphone jack and that’s pretty much it.
How does it perform?
Though Yoga Book sports a premium look and feel, but it fails to pack a premium specifications. Inside the Yoga book is a Intel Atom x5, which is not the most powerful processor out there in the market. Talking about the operating system, the Lenovo Yoga Book runs Windows 10 Home. Opening apps and loading websites are mostly fast unless you’re running lots of apps in the background which can quickly consume 4GB RAM. To achieve the best performance from the yoga book, open few apps at a time.
The battery life isn’t great either at least by the tablet standards. Lenovo claims that you should get about 15 hours with a normal usage but I didn’t get anywhere near that.
What’s so special? Halo Keyboard
So why this Yoga Book stands out of the crowd, it’s because of the Halo Keyboard. Once you click on the pen icon on the top-right, the matte black lower panel turns into a glowing digital keyboard. It also vibrates a little bit and produces a clicking sound when you tap on it which help to get the sense of the whole panel is moving and not the isolated keys you’re typing on. You can also use Lenovo’s real pen as a stylist or you can use a pen tip in the stylus and slap a paper over the touchpad panel and then write on the piece of paper. It is probably more appealing to designers or people who use styluses and digitizer pads to control multimedia software.
After a few days of using the yoga book’s keyboard, I still don’t feel totally used to it, but typing on the touchscreen is something I probably would get used to it. It is also more comfortable than typing on a touchscreen that forces you to prop your hands up and blocks half of your display. Personally, I still prefer a little bit more tactility when I’m typing even it means using a flimsy accessory keyboard.
Price: ₹ 49990/-
- Processor: Intel Atom x5-Z8550 Processor
- OS: Windows 10
- Sound: Dolby Audio Premium
- RAM: 4GB DDR3
- Memory: 64GB; microSD card support up to 128GB
- Battery: 8500 mAh
- Weight: 690 grams
- SIM: Single nano SIM Slot (4G LTE supported)
- Camera: 8MP rear camera & 2MP front camera
The Yoga Book offers a glimpse of the future in a laptop design. There are lots of reasons to seriously consider the Yoga book; first, it looks cool, it’s a sleek little computer with a Halo Keyboard that looks innovative and also a convertible that can be used as a tablet. Biggest drawbacks are that it’s not a super powerful device and lacks some basic utility ports and some people won’t like the feel of the touchscreen keyboard after prolong usage.