What is the Lenovo Yoga Book?
To look at the Lenovo Yoga Book, you might say it had come straight out of a science fiction movie rather than seeing legitimate looking tech, but in its futuristic design you can also see the past.
So is this the best all-in-one laptop, tablet, notebook?
We’ve seen dual screen tablets before, and totally flat keyboards too, which never seem to stick around for very long. Will the Yoga Book fair any better?
Well I spent 7 days finding out, this is the Lenovo Yoga Book Review from Genius Tech Tips.
Yoga Book runs on both Android and Windows.
So there are two principle versions of the Yoga Book, running Windows 10 Home and Android. The version we review is the latter.
So you may be justified in calling this model a tablet, that’s what the software thinks it is, and in terms of specs, a tablet is pretty much what we’re dealing with.
So if you vent at me occasionally calling it something else, like a “convertible” or a “notebook” I get it, but it just feels like a lot more!
Yoga Book is a 2 in 1 hybrid
Lenovo calls the Yoga Book a 2 in 1, with the 2 halves permanently joined by the distinctive watch-band hinge. This gives the Yoga Book impressive flexibility.
I love being able to use it as a notebook, as an e-reader, as a tablet, as a personal Netflix machine. While you can do this with a lot of laptops these days, the Yoga book is so tiny, so slim that it delivers a much more comfortable experience both in the office and down the road.
Now despite the aluminium, magnesium frame the Yoga Does give a bit if you try to flex it, and the screen does a little bobbing when you tap on it in laptop mode. However neither of these is a surprise on a device so thin, and neither is it a deal-breaker either.
The Halo Keyboard
Lenovo achieved its miniaturisation by eliminating physical keys in favour of the Halo Keyboard, and this right here is what’s going to make or break the Yoga Book for a lot of folks.
On the downside it’s an absolutely flat, pane of glass. So aside from the haptics, there’s nothing in the way of physical feedback. You can’t rest your fingers on the keys ever, and I found the predictive auto correct so cumbersome that I disabled it.
The Yoga Book isn’t going to be anyones first choice for a long essay, or marathon email session, and let’s not even talk about the track-pad.
This being said, Lenovo has made typing on glass about as enjoyable as possible. The keys are big, there’s an almost rubbery coating that gives your fingertips a little traction. The software supposedly learns your typing technique so it gets more accurate over time.
I don’t know about that, but I certainly have gotten used to the keyboard. I’m much more accurate after a week and I wrote this review entirely on the Yoga Book. Original idea I know…
Just be aware that after a very short time, the device is going to be full of very visible smudge-marks. A little window cleaner takes care of it quickly but yuck!
There is another huge reason the Halo Keyboard is flat, for when you don’t want a keyword anymore!
Push a button up in the corner and suddenly you’ve got a Wacom digitiser with over 2000 levels of pressure sensitivity, which you can use to sketch, doodle, design or take hand written notes. We’ve seen this elsewhere but Lenovo takes it up a notch by reintroducing pen and ink, and paper too.
Slap the memo pad down on the Yoga Book, start notating and you get an electronic copy of your handwritten work as the Yoga Book follows along. I don’t think this is something that’s going to see wide-spread adoption, but there’s definitely a niche audience that will appreciate it.
I should mention that you can use any paper you want too, there’s nothing special about the included note pad other than the magnet that keeps it fastened to the tablet.
The pad, the pen and three extra pen tips are included in the purchase price, which is nice if you’re tired of manufacturers cheaping out on the in-box accessories.
The Lenovo Yoga Book Software
The software that runs all this isn’t just your typical, outdated android build. The Yoga Book is running a custom interface that’s equal parts good and bad.
- A task bar at the bottom of the screen showing your running apps.
- The ability to run multiple apps in their own individual Windows
- Adobe audio suite for enhanced sound.
- Useful keyboard shortcuts for common system functions.
- Not all apps support window view.
- Some apps force you into portrait mode at unexpected times.
- Other apps have formatting problems at full screen.
- The software seems to be buggy at this early stage of the release.
I used the Yoga Book before release so hopefully many of these bugs are ironed out in the launch version, but frankly the skin feels pretty half-baked. Also it’s worth noting that Lenovo isn’t necessarily known for its speedy Android updates.
The Lenovo company did mention a forthcoming update to Android N when we first saw the Yoga Book, here’s hoping that arrives sooner, rather than later.
A few details before we wrap up this review
The Yoga book features micro SD support for added storage, and some models will include a sim slot for cellular connectivity as well.
The speakers are fine, no more than that, but what do you expect on hardware this thin?
The display is fine too, however I do wish it was AMOLED instead IPS, but I don’t blame Lenovo for sticking with full HD instead of packing in more pixels.
This probably plays a role in the Yoga Books endurance, which is quite good! Even at the end of a 13 hour day with moderate to heavy usage, I still had 30% battery left.
The Yoga Book is available in 3 colors, and it retails for $499, that’s a lot of money for an android tablet, but again this is much more than a tablet. It’s a weird, funky, futuristic take on the 2 in 1, and despite its flaws I really like it, mainly thanks to the Yoga Books portability.
I have to admit it’s kind of a confused product, a flashy gadget straight out of the future, but with one of its biggest features aimed at the pen and ink crowed.
Should you buy the Lenovo Yoga Book?
So maybe it could be a little cheaper, and certainly its software should be a bit better, but that’s the price you so often have to pay to use the technology of the future, today!
So I say buy it, if it moves you! With the important note that this recommendation won’t stand for any sequels if Lenovos update game proves weak.
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