I’ve been watching this laptop since it’s announcement at the end of August. The Lenovo Yoga Book, a 2-in-1 laptop/tablet, captured my eye with it’s bottom half and the included pen/stylus.
The Yoga Book specs are not all that impressive, which is normal for Lenovo convertibles, and already makes it hard for me to love this technology. The Yoga Book comes with your choice of Android Marshmallow or Windows 10. They both feature Intel Atom x5-Z8550 processors, 4GB of RAM, 64GB of on-device storage, and 1920 x 1200 resolution displays. The Android version starts at $500 and the Windows version starts at $550.
What first grabbed me was the bottom half of the 2-in-1. They’ve gone away with the normal keyboard and have replaced it with a Wacom tablet. However with the touch of a button the tablet will light up with a “halo” keyboard. Looking at photos of this in action might make you think of your favorite Sci-Fi movie, I know I did. However because this is the first of it’s kind, the keyboard comes with issues. Many places such as Gizmodo and The Verge have reported issues when using the keyboard, such as delayed response and increased typing errors, most likely due to the non-real keys.
The tablet bottom paired with the stylus can be used as a drawing/writing surface. When placing a piece of paper on top and using the stylus’ pen function not only will you get a physical copy of what you’ve done but also a digital one. Very cool for the inspiring artist/designer.
As for the rest of the Yoga Book it plays with it’s place in the world. Reviews say it’s a bit clunky and awkward running Lenovo’s version of Android, and it isn’t much better as a Windows unit. Android is awkward with the size of the screen and it’s ability to run multiple apps at once has you leaning in to read what it actually says. With Windows the entire unit is just plain slow, and Lenovo’s predicted 15 hour battery life becomes small.
The shell of this computer looks gorgeous and just needs a thin red string to complete the notebook look.
I have much hope for a computer like this to become something amazing but for now it’s just a show piece and a bit of a circus freak in the world of technology. The two futures I see in this are to bulk up the specs and appeal to the users of Wacom for use with Adobe Products or to push convertible laptops off to the side to die out.
I sincerely hope it is the first and this is the future of mobile computers.
Review of Windows 10 version: The Verge
Review of Android version: Gizmodo