The Lenovo ThinkPad Yoga is an important business hybrid with a bright keyboard, 360-degree folding screen design, and stylus used for the touch display.
- Impressive IPS touchscreen
- Top-notch keyboard
- Accurate Stylus
- Solid Construction
- Below average battery life
- Lack of Ethernet Port
Lenovo ThinkPad Yoga has a sturdy chassis; it is styled largely with durable magnesium alloy frame and smooth black surface design with splashes of colors from the buttons, a flashing red light in the logos which is located on the lid and deck and the red TrackPoint nub. It measures 12.4in x 8.7in x 0.8in and weighs 3.59lbs. It is easy to carry around anywhere you want to, and its chassis is sturdy enough to handle all environments.
The multimodal option gives you four modes: Tablet, Laptop, Tent, and Stand A. The ‘Tablet’ lets you do a 360 degrees flip while the ‘Laptop’ speaks for itself. ‘Tent’ enables you to swivel the screen 180 degrees, while in ‘Stand’ mode the screen faces outwards while the keyboard sits face down on the desk and an ‘A’ the display face outwards. For convenience, ThinkPad Yoga has a lift and lock keyboard wherein the keys sink beneath the base when you rotate the screen.
The spill resistant Chiclet AccuType keyboard has curved keys that are easy to use and feels snappy; it also features a backlight that lets you work at both low and high settings.
The touchpad offers accurate navigation, and the matte texture provides excellent traction. It supports three-finger swipe for minimizing windows, Pinch-to-zoom and two-finger swipe for browsing through pictures or images.
A Common feature for Think Pads is the red TrackPoint located between G and H keys on the keyboard. The purpose of the nub is for highlighting texts, drawing boxes and navigating through the system.
Display and Communication
The 12.5 inch Full HD screen has a 10-point capacitive touch and has a 1920 x 1080 resolution. The IPS display delivers excellent viewing angles, and it features a Gorilla Glass finish to help protect it from scratches. The wireless connectivity is stable; it supports 802.11ac courtesy of Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 7260 chipset and Bluetooth 4.0.
The ports are located on the left and right-hand side; there are two USB 3.0 ports at the left and right side which offers always-on device charging. Also, located on the right side is the screen rotation lock, a volume rocker switch, and power button. Mini HDMI, 4 in 1 media card reader, a headphone/microphone combo jack and electricity connector is also present. The Yoga lacks an Ethernet port and VGA out. The ThinkPad OneLink Dock offers 2 x USB 3.0, audio port, and 2 x USB 2.0, full sized HDMI and Gigabit Ethernet.
The Lenovo ThinkPad Yoga is a 4th Generation Intel Haswell-based business notebook. It’s available in i5-4200U, i5-4300U, i7-4500U and i7-4600U options. You can also choose from 4 or 8GB of dual channel DDR3L RAM and 128 or 256 GB SSD.
Battery & Warranty
ThinkPad Yoga comes with an eight cell 47Wh battery that lasts up to seven to eight hours. Warranty period is 12 months or 1 year.
Overall, it has an impressive keyboard, responsive touchpad and accurate stylus which makes the ThinkPad worth considering. However, for its price, it could have offered or added features to make it the ultimate business hybrid.