Checking Out the Lenovo Yoga Book

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We recently had the chance to check out the Lenovo Yoga Book. What feels like a cross between a laptop and a tablet, it’s an insanely lightweight device with a halo keyboard, real pen, and 15+ hours of battery life. It can be opened up and used as a laptop, folded and used like a tablet, or you can turn the keyboard off and sketch with the real pen stylus as you simutaneously create a physical and digital copy. And it’s available on either the Windows or Androids platform.

With a hinge that opens 360º, the Yoga Book can be used in 4 modes to fit your lifestyle: lay-flat Create Mode for drawing and taking notes, Browse Mode as a compact 10.1” tablet, Watch Mode for entertainment, and Type Mode as a productive laptop.

 

So Who Is the Yoga Book For?

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As a writer, I work mostly from home at my desk. It’s where I feel most productive and I have all of my files and products I’m currently reviewing easily accessible. When I take my work to go, I like a lightweight device I can carry to meetings or throw in my bag on the way to the coffee shop. I do a LOT of typing when responding to emails or writing features, so upon first glance, my biggest concern was the keyboard. Would I be able to comfortably type as fast or as much as I usually do?

The Results

After almost a month with the Yoga Book I would say sometimes. While it’s a lot harder to type at full speed without the feel of real keys, I noticed when I’m consistently using the tablet I am able to churn out emails at a pretty fast speed. But times where I hadn’t used it in a few days, it took some time to adjust again, and many typos were made.

And the mousepad? I have never been one to prefer a laptop mousepad over an actual mouse. I tend to be a total spazz with ultra sensitive pads and I somehow end up at the bottom of the page or closing out my work. But I’ve managed to get used to the Yoga Book mousepad, and being that it is a tablet, I turn to the touch screen for most of my scrolling and selecting anyway.

 

Windows or Android?

While I’m a writer, I work mostly from the Chrome browser. Even my drafts are written in Google docs verses Word, which allows me to transition between devices with ease. I also have to maintain several social media apps, so the Android version is a perfect fit for me.  And from other reviews I checked out before receiving this device, I found many agreed that the Android version is the best. Back when tablets first made their debut, I remember many sites not being able to perform the same functions as when on a PC. But luckily technology has advanced and that is no longer the case. Of course, if you’re a frequent user of Windows applications, then you’ll want to choose the Windows version.

 

Performance

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With 4 GB of memory and a Quad Core 2.4 GHz processer, the Yoga Book performs great for such a small device. It uploads large photo files at a decent speed and videos are crisp on the 10.1 inch screen. There is also a camera, and a microSD slot with the ability to add up to 128 GB.

 

 

Take Notes

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What has to be the coolest feature about the Yoga Book is the real pen stylus. The stylus can be used as a normal stylus on both the screen and when the keyboard is turned off, but the coolest part is when you attach the real ink tips and grab the notepad. As a writer, I love taking real notes in meetings. But going back to type them can be a real pain in the you know what. So being able to simultaneously take notes and have a digital version is brilliant.

As for the other uses of the sketch pad, I can see how an artist would love the Yoga Book. I had a moment as I imagined myself as an artist, sketching away on the blank keyboard. It was pretty cool, although I don’t think I’ll be using the Note Saver often for this purpose – moreso for note taking.

 

Final Thoughts

So if you’re in the market for a tablet that can function as a super portable laptop, the Yoga Book is a great option with some pretty awesome features that you won’t find in any other tablet. The fact that the charger is a standard Android charger makes it even easier for Android phone users. You’ll only need to lug one charger around, and the long battery life is great.

And yes, I wrote this post from my Yoga Book.

For more information, visit www3.lenovo.com.

We received product to facilitate this review. As always, all opinions are our own.

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