Lenovo Yoga Book Review

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Not surprisingly, there are sacrifices when you’re working on such a tiny computer. The first is that it’s so light that it sometimes doesn’t balance very well on your lap. And, just lượt thích Apple’s 12-inch MacBook, there’s a shortage of ports. It has a Micro USB charging port, an HDMI port, a microSD port, & a tai nghe jack, và that’s pretty much it. No full-size USB or even USB Type-C. Some markets outside of the US will see a Yoga Book with a SIM thẻ slot, but unfortunately that’s not happening here.

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Its hãng intel Atom processor, which is in both the Android & Windows model of this computer, is also not the most powerful out there, và the 4GB of RAM is suitable for Android, but a bit lacking for Windows. Perhaps unsurprisingly, the performance stutters are more evident in Windows than in Android.


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The "Halo" keyboard might just wow you enough, at least temporarily, lớn forget about that. Once you put the Yoga Book into normal laptop mode, the đen nhám lower panel turns into a glowing touchpad keyboard. It also vibrates when you tap on it. This gives a sense of haptic feedback, though it feels like the whole panel itself is moving, not the isolated keys you’re tapping at.

the halo keyboard really takes getting used to

After a few days of using the Yoga Book’s keyboard, I still don’t feel completely used to it. I wasn’t kidding when I said my text is filled with typos. (And I didn’t attempt lớn write this review solely on the Yoga Book.) But just lượt thích typing on a touchscreen, I’m getting there. It’s at least more comfortable than typing directly on a virtual keyboard that forces you to lớn prop your hands up & blocks half of your display.

The keyboard panel also doubles as a Wacom surface, which requires you to use Lenovo’s "Real Pen" stylus (included in the box). & you can put a real pen tip in và write on a piece of paper or thin notepad over the panel. As a journalist, I liked the idea of opening up a physical notebook, slapping it on top of the Yoga Book, và taking notes that way, but in reality this surface is probably more appealing to designers or people who use styluses & digitizer pads more often.

Its battery life is impressive in terms of everyday usage. Lenovo is attaching a 15-hour claim to the Yoga Book, which seemed ridiculously long to me, especially after I ran Verge’s official, continuous battery chạy thử on it & it lasted about half of that. But my Verge colleague Dan Seifert, who also had a loaner unit, was able lớn use it for most of a work day and some of the next morning without charging it.


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One of the downsides of the apk version, though, is that it doesn’t ship with the latest version of Android, running 6.0 (Marshmallow) instead. Lenovo has thrown its own software layer on top of this to lớn give the mobile OS more of a desktop feel. This includes an app dock at the bottom of the screen, along with multi-window support.

But many popular apps don’t work with the multi-window mode, including Google search, Docs, YouTube, Twitter, Slack, and Kindle. Gmail, Chrome, Netflix, and Evernote do tư vấn this, but despite Lenovo’s boasts of 60–70 percent compatibility, it seems that these apps are more exceptions than the norm.

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The multi-window feature on the apk version of the Yoga Book.

Even the apps that work in multi-window mode bởi vì so in a limited way. They’re narrow, vertical boxes, & you can’t resize them or "snap" them together lượt thích you can on Windows 10. Some of the apps, like Netflix, just don’t make sense as a narrow box. And really, I spent most of my time using apps in full-screen mode anyway, which means multitasking on this is still subpar to using a PC with a desktop and windows you can manipulate. The same could be said with an máy tính bảng ipad Pro being shoehorned into a PC use case.


Because of stuff like this, it’s hard lớn recommend that someone should run out and buy the Lenovo Yoga Book right now. Lenovo has said that it plans khổng lồ build a family of Yoga Book devices, và this feels very much like the first generation of that. It needs refinement. It needs more intuitive software. Maybe a couple more ports, too, even though that may mean sacrificing thinness.

its lightness just might win you over

But the Yoga Book also feels lượt thích the more natural evolution of a hàng hóa category that has been puttering along the past few years, và that’s pretty exciting. Also, have I mentioned how cool it looks?

Photos by Sean O"Kane.

Video by Max Jeffrey and William Joel.


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The Good

Super thin and light Accessible priceFuturistic keyboardLong battery life
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The Bad

Lack of ports (especially USB-C)Intel Atom processorTiny thiết kế quirksSoftware needs work

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