The Lenovo Yoga Book is a laptop-tablet hybrid that, as we found out very quickly, is a trend setter as far as capabilities go. Though there are some aspects that seem to hold it back a bit, overall we felt that the benefits far outweighed the disadvantages.
Lenovo Yoga Book Breaking Through
A First: Digital Touch Keyboard
This laptop-tablet hybrid was created with a laundry lists of firsts compared to others in its class. It’s the first laptop to feature a digital touch keyboard and touchpad. This takes a little getting used to at first, but our accuracy was still almost dead-on and you have the option for hepatic feedback should you desire. The keys are individually backlit and though the keyboard is reportedly encased behind a sheet of Gorilla Glass, ours cracked. (It was never dropped, as we mostly held it or kept it in our laptop bag).
A First: From Ink To Digital
The keyboard of the Lenovo Yoga Book isn’t just a keyboard; it doubles as a Wacom digitizer and includes a pen stylus. Oh, did we mention that the stylus can also double as a pen? This means that, using the Lenovo Real Pen on paper (in the Book Pad) transfers your notes to the screen.
A First: Choose Windows 10 or Android
Since I’m a Macbook user, the thought of using a Windows OS didn’t appeal to me in the slightest. However, as an Android phone user, I’m familiar with the platform, so it’s nice that the Lenovo Yoga Book has a Windows 10 or Android option, both with the same guts and capabilities.
The Overall Look of The Lenovo Yoga Tablet
Since we travel so often, durability is key. The sturdy hinge allows the Yoga Book to open up to360º ; lay flat for drawing or taking notes. Open completely for Browse Mode and use it as a compact 10.1 tablet. Fold for Watch Mode and enjoy the 10.1” Full-HD display and Dolby Audio Premium-enhanced speakers. Fold again for Type Mode and use it as a laptop.
I was able to use the Lenovo Yoga Tablet on two recent press trips. I love that I could go from typing to note taking in an uber second. I no longer need to carry a separate notebook and tablet, or try to type on my tablet awkwardly while trying to take notes. I was also able to leave my Macbook back at the hotel (and rarely take out my phone) because I can easily check all my social media, as well.
A Few Missteps Of The Lenovo Yoga Tablet
Besides the ability to somehow crack the Gorilla Glass – yes, we are DEVASTATED! – we were also able to break the stylus. Now, we are not overly rough on our equipment, but we do travel a lot so things get moved around. However, with the stylus, to switch it to a writing pen, you use the end of the cap to sort of ‘snap’ it out and replace the tip. When we first snapped it, it broke. Be careful of this.
We’re also not crazy about the one and only available sleeve. We would like to see a case the secures and protects the tablet and stays on during use.
Our Final Thoughts On The Lenovo Yoga Tablet
On the plus side, it has kick ass battery life, which is something we all need whether you’re a blogger taking notes or an designer using this to draw ideas. In my honest opinion, the Lenovo Yoga Tablet is now our go-to press event and conference companion – once we’re able to repair the cracked keyboard.
*This is a sponsored post. We were provided with the Android version of the Lenovo Yoga Tablet to facilitate our review. All opinions are our own and were not influenced in any way.