Here are key points about the Yoga Book.
Slim and Sturdy: The Lenovo Yoga Book is extremely well built. The hinge is very strong, and nothing about the device feels low in cost or flimsy. The metal body feels smooth to the touch, and weight has been evenly distributed so that the device feels like a book when you carry it around. The Yoga Book is less than half an inch thick, at only 0.38".
Create Pad: The Halo keyboard is a novel way to produce a hybrid notebook/tablet. The ability for the Halo keyboard to disappear and become a surface for drawing is one of the main reasons someone might want to buy the Yoga Book. Drawing or taking notes that will last forever can be very useful, especially if you are always in meetings or classes. It's also extremely impressive to show off to your friends.
Brilliant Display: The 10.1" IPS LED touchscreen is beautiful. The display has a rated color depth of 16.7 million with a color gamut of 70%. While it's resolution of 1920 x 1200 isn't best in class, it's enough to watch movies and utilize the multi-window function. I found that the 400 nit brightness of the display was enough to view it in sunlight.
Versatile: From the customized Google Android OS to the dual-function Create Pad, the Yoga Book lets you switch from entering data into a spreadsheet to drawing a picture of a flower seamlessly in seconds. If you are easily distracted, the Yoga Book might be your worst enemy, since you can also switch from work to play, without having to change devices or plug in an accessory.
Battery Life: The 8500mAh battery allows you to get through the entire day without having to recharge. Lenovo rates the battery for roughly 15 hours of general usage; I found it to be more along the lines of 9 to 12 hours depending on what you are doing. The battery also has a standby time of 70 days.
Fingerprints and Glare: The Yoga Book's display picks up fingerprints very easily, and glare can be an issue, especially if there is a lot of sunlight. The Create Pad also picks up fingerprints, but they are less noticeable.
Re-Learning to Type: The Halo keyboard is not something you will get used to on the first day. Many of us have learned to type through tactile feedback, and while the Yoga Book vibrates and can make a clicking sound when you press a key, it's just not the same as a physical keyboard. However, over time, I found myself getting more comfortable with the keyboard, and the keyboard also learns from your mistakes to make the experience better.
Lenovo's Yoga Book is a novel and exciting device. Offering on the go productivity mixed with creativity, it's one of the coolest little devices I have seen. It's essentially a tablet with a few tricks up its sleeve, and I found it to be an adequate replacement for an Android tablet.
The Create Pad is the most interesting part of the device. There is just nothing else out where with the digital keyboard and Wacom digitizer built into the same panel. The Yoga Book is a pinnacle of what we can do right now when it comes to ultra-portable technology, and Lenovo executed the Yoga Book well.
I found the device to be quick in doing single tasks at a time, but it's not as powerful as a notebook when it comes to having many applications open and operating simultaneously. While the Yoga Book isn't a notebook replacement, it's definitely a tablet replacement and offers much more flexibility and the ability to enhance your productivity compared to a tablet.
If you are looking for a cool gift to give a tech lover this holiday season, the Yoga Book is definitely a strong candidate.
Product Summary Breakdown
|Quality including Design and Build||96%|
|Bundle and Packaging||95%|
|Value for Money||90%|
|Overall TweakTown Rating||94%|
The Bottom Line: Lenovo's Yoga Book is in a league of its own, with a slim and sleek profile and Halo keyboard that doubles as a digital drawing surface, it merges fun and productivity in a an elegant fashion.
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