Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Lenovo ThinkPad Yoga Review: Mind and Body

Lenovo ThinkPad Yoga Review: Mind and Body
Lenovo ThinkPad Yoga Review: Mind and Body

INTRODUCTION:

Ultrabook is a term coined by Intel, although some refer to it as a marketing gimmick, we still cannot deny the fact that whenever we hear one, two things are certain - a laptop with top-tier specs for high-end productivity and a sleek design for portability.

The introduction of touch-centric Windows 8 OS adds more spice to the competition, each and every brand do their best to capitalize on the new functionality, thus the era of laptop convertibles was born.

Lenovo ThinkPad Yoga Review: Mind and Body

Lenovo is one of the early adopter with their ThinkPad Yoga, a business-oriented laptop that can be folded up to 360 degrees to form as a tablet. It is powered by a 4th Gen Intel Core i7-4500 processor clocked at 2.4GHz each, Intel HD 400 graphics coupled with 8GB of RAM.


HARDWARE:

The Lenovo ThinkPad Yoga, as the name suggests, is a marriage of the ThinkPad and Yoga series, a hybrid of both. It sports a magnesium-alloy case in a slim profile of just 0.76-inch when closed and weighs about 3.52 pounds.

Lenovo ThinkPad Yoga Review: Mind and Body

When the lid is closed, you will see the ThinkPad branding on the right corner, the dot on the small letter "i" is an LED that glows when the power is on. The Lenovo marking is located at the upper left corner, above it is the metal hinge and another hinge on the upper right.

Lenovo ThinkPad Yoga Review: Mind and Body

The left side houses the charging port that doubles as the OneLink port, a USB 3.0 and the 3.5mm audio jack.

Lenovo ThinkPad Yoga Review: Mind and Body

The right side is a bit busy, it holds the stylus/digitizer pen, the power button, the volume rocker, the screen orientation lock button, the SD card reader/port, the USB 3.0 port, the mini HDMI port and the K-Slot.

Lenovo ThinkPad Yoga Review: Mind and Body

Opening the lid will reveal the 12.5-inch Full HD (1920x1080) touchscreen display, it has a matte finish that cuts down glare and reflection. It supports up to 10-point touch and has a Corning Gorilla glass panel on top. There is also a Wacom Digitizer inside and with the included pressure-sensitive pen, you can write or sketch as much as you want. Based on our experience, it can detect even the slightest touch on the screen, as if you are just writing on a paper.

Lenovo ThinkPad Yoga Review: Mind and Body

The other half of the laptop houses the keyboard with the TrackPoint placed at the center, the track pad below it, another ThinkPad branding on the right side and the Intel/Ultrabook sticker on the left side. The keyboard has the same layout that we have seen from previous ThinkPads, each key is evenly spaced with generous labeled, it is very tactile, comfortable and convenient to use. It also flattens out when you flip the screen and use it on a tablet mode, thanks to the "Lift n Lock feature". The TrackPoint and the glass touch pad panel are both relatively easy to use and has a very small learning curve.


SOFTWARE:

Lenovo ThinkPad Yoga Review: Mind and Body

The ThinkPad Yoga comes pre-installed with Windows 8.1 OS and Microsoft Office 2013. Lenovo also includes a lot of their own programs (which is very typical of them, even on their mobile/tablet segment) such as Lenovo Quick Control, Lenovo ThinkVantage Tools, Lenovo Companion, Lenovo QuickCast, Lenovo Settings, Lenovo Support, etc. As for the third party apps, we have AccuWeather, Evernote Touch, Kindle and Zinio.


PERFORMANCE:

The Lenovo ThinkPad Yoga is powered by a 2.4GHz Intel Core i7-4500U CPU, Intel HD 4400 GPU coupled with 8GB of RAM and 64-bit Windows 8.1 Operating System. This combination tops on most benchmarks that we used. In real-world usage, it is quite fast, less than 10 seconds to power up. It handles Adobe CS6 very well, some low to mid 3D modelling (CAD, Solid Works) and mid to near high-end gaming. However, the Intel HD 4400 is still a bit weak in terms of graphics intensive application.


BATTERY:

Lenovo promised 8-hour battery life for the ThinkPad Yoga and based on our actual use, it can deliver 7 hours and 20 minutes of office work load, email, use of MS Office and web browsing. When playing Full HD movies, it barely able to finish Lord of the Rings which has a run time of 3.8 hours.


CONCLUSION:

The Lenov ThinkPad Yoga is one of the best business-oriented convertible laptop currently available. It has one of the best hardware - Intel i7 chipset, touchsceen display with Wacom digitizer, self-flattening keyboard and multi-mode features. It has good looks, rugged design, the usual ThinkPad durability and above average performance.

PROS:

Well-built
360-degree mode
1080p screen with Wacom digitizer
Comfortable input methods (touch, keyboard, TrackPoint, touch pad)

CONS:

Pricey
Fingerprints and dirt magnet
Heavier and thicker than other Ultrabook


Specifications:

  • 12.5-inch capacitive Full HD (1920x1080) touchscreen display, Wacom digitizer, Corning Gorilla Glass protection
  • Dimensions:  12.46in x 8.7in x 0.76in
  • Weight: 352lbs
  • 64-bit Microsoft Windows 8.1 Pro OS
  • 2.4GHz Intel Core i7-4500U CPU, Intel HD 4400 GPU
  • 8GB of RAM
  • 1TB HDD
  • 720p webcam
  • 3.5 Audio Jack
  • Dual Band WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
  • Bluetooth v4.0
  • USB 3.0 (x2)
  • 4-in1 card reader
  • OneLink dock
  • Price: Php71,000

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