News Update 11/4/12: Lenovo Folding Yoga Ultrabook-Tablet Hybrid Coming To UK
This preview was written by Ed Chester
Tablet/laptop hybrids have always left us slightly cold thanks to their utilitarian looks and bulk but Lenovo's new Yoga could well be the device that gets it right.
The Yoga at first looks like a smart but conventional 13in ultrabook. Its metal clad on top and bottom with a consistently slim 17mm profile, inside is an attractive and comfortable leather palm rest and keyboard surround, a normal size keyboard and a normal touchpad. However, open it up and not only does the screen fold flat (a signature feature of many Lenovo laptops) but it will continue going all the way round so that it resembles a large tablet, just with a keyboard and touchpad on the back.
The hinge mechanism works really well, providing a smooth and solid action that secure yet easy to operate. It's actually a Lenovo patent, which is part of the reason why we've never seen another laptop/tablet hybrid of this type before.
Once the screen passes the 180 degree point, the keyboard and touchpad are deactivated so you've no chance of any accidental presses.
Considering this is the first laptop of its type, the experience is surprisingly slick. the mechanism just works and once in tablet mode its easy to use with a responsive touchscreen that's sensitive to 10 touch points. And as a laptop it functions just like any other.
The touchpad wasn't the best we've used and the front edge was slightly creaky but given the timeframe for Lenovo to perfect the design we can't imagine there will be too many problems.
The Yoga is designed for Windows 8, and will arrive as soon as Microsoft releases the OS, retailing for between $1,000 and $1,200 (a reasonable amount considering what's on offer). It's a shame we'll have to wait until probably June as the combination on this demo model was very slick - all this talk of it feel disjointed having a touch skin on Windows is just silliness.
Excited by this new take on the laptop/tablet or is it just another experiment set to fail? Let us know your thoughts in the comments.
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