Lenovo ThinkPad Yoga review: Lenovo ThinkPad Yoga

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4 stars

CNET Editors' Rating

The Good Sinking key design stops accidental key presses in tablet mode. Crisp HD touchscreen. Solid performance.

The Bad Expensive. Could use a dedicated GPU.

The Bottom Line If you’re looking for a no frills hybrid that is as comfortable as being a Tablet as it is an Ultrabook, the Lenovo Yoga gets our nod of approval.

8.3 Overall

Lenovo has a reputation for delivering relatively simple, business-focused laptops, but the Yoga demonstrates that it's also a company willing to experiment. This clever folding hybrid converts from an Ultrabook to a tablet with a flick of the screen, but it's got a neat trick up its sleeve that most other convertibles will admire.

Design and features

In Ultrabook mode, the Yoga's keyboard is just as easy to use as other Lenovo Precision keyboards, with the raised keys making it easy for your fingers to find their intended targets. However, flip the screen backwards behind the base, turning the Yoga into a tablet, and the keys ingeniously lower to become flush with the keyboard face, stopping the user from accidentally striking keys while in tablet mode. It's a very clever solution to a widespread problem, and it makes this one of the most useful hybrids we've seen.

Just because Lenovo has experimented with the sinking key design doesn't mean they've also gone for a stylish laptop; once again we see Lenovo's fondness for plain black laptops. The exterior is entirely plastic, but it's the thick, rugged type that Lenovo favours rather than the thin, flimsy plastic seen on cheaper laptops.

The rotating display is a 12.5-inch touchscreen, and it's also fully HD thanks to the 1920 x 1080 resolution. It delivers a very clear, readable image, with excellent contrast performance but slightly drab colours. Unfortunately the audio solution isn't quite as impressive, with the stereo speakers not helped in the slightest by the Dolby Home Theatre v4 software. Headphones will be a must for serious media lovers.

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