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Lenovo officially brought the ThinkPad Yoga to the country in December last year. This new ThinkPad model manifests the extension of the Yoga brand and design towards Lenovo's enterprise computing solutions.

Lenovo ThinkPad Yoga Review

Lenovo ThinkPad Yoga Review

Adopting the versatile multi- mode design of the IdeaPad Yoga 13, the ThinkPad Yoga can also be transformed into four modes: laptop, stand, tablet, and tent. When converting to tablet mode, the ThinkPad Yoga's "Lift 'N' Lock" mechanism slightly raises the keyboard well, making it flush with the chiclet keys, resulting in a more streamlined feel. Lenovo claims that this unique feature hasn't been seen in any other Yoga models before this one.

Continuing ThinkPad's tradition of durability and reliability, the ThinkPad Yoga uses a tough magnesium alloy body and is fitted with a layer of Corning Gorilla Glass to protect its 12.5-inch non-glossy touchscreen. On the outside, the convertible notebook is matte black, which makes it less prone to fingerprints and smudges. It also feels firm yet light when being carried around.

The ThinkPad Yoga uses Lenovo’s AccuType keyboard, which hardly manifested flex when we typed on it. Apart from the ample trackpad, there is the legendary trackpoint that helps users in maneuvering and navigating through the features of the ThinkPad Yoga.

Lenovo ThinkPad Yoga Keyboard with an ample trackpad and legendary trackpoint nub

Lenovo ThinkPad Yoga Keyboard with an ample trackpad and legendary trackpoint nub

Optimized for Window 8.1, the ThinkPad Yoga supports 10-finger multi-touch. The touch-enabled computing experience on the convertible notebook is further enhanced with the help of a bundled stylus. The ThinkPad Yoga also includes a voice input feature that users can use to voice-activate music or browse the Internet without lifting a finger. It features NFC as well, apart from the standard set of wireless connectivity options.

The ThinkPad Yoga unit that we received was powered by an Intel Core i7-4500U processor clocked at 1.8GHz with 8GB of DDR3 RAM. In spite of being equipped with a powerful processor and a SanDisk U110 16GB SSD, we noticed that the ThinkPad Yoga lagged and had a slow startup, especially when it was initializing its applications while booting up. The ThinkPad Yoga yielded 3343 (Work) in PCMark 8 and 4212 (Cloud Gate) in 3DMark 2013. These scores put the ThinkPad Yoga in the same league as the Yoga 2 Pro, which also comes with a Core i7-4500U chip. The ThinkPad Yoga lasted 208 minutes in our Powermark test.

Locally launched along with the ThinkPad X240 (USD 1,575.43), the ThinkPad Yoga is a premium offering, retailing for USD 1,600.41.

Lenovo ThinkPad Yoga Wrap-up

Lenovo ThinkPad Yoga Wrap-up

At a glance

·         Processor: Intel Core i7-4500U (1.8GHz)

·         Display: 12.5" IPS (1920 x 1080)

·         Memory: 8GB DDR3

·         Storage: 16GB SSD, 1TB HDD

·         Price: USD 1,600.41

Specifications

·         Graphics: Intel HD Graphics 4400

·         Operating system: Microsoft Windows 8.1 64-bit

·         Input / Output: 2x USB 3.0, Audio/Microphone combo, OneLink Dock, Mini HDMI, 4-in-1 card reader

·         Dimensions: 316.4 x 220.9 x 18.8-19.3mm

·         Weight: 1.59kg

Verdict: 8.0

·         Physique: 9.0

·         Features: 9.0

·         User-friendliness: 8.0

·         Performance: 7.5

·         Value: 7.5

 

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