Wednesday 13 December 2017

Lenovo Yoga Book: Tech review

A flexible friend for students

Lenovo Yoga Book
Lenovo Yoga Book
Adrian Weckler

Adrian Weckler

Our Technology Editor reviews the Lenovo Yoga Book

Price: €499 Compare prices

Rating: 4/5

Of all the products at this year's giant IFA tech show in Berlin, the one that interested me most was Lenovo's new Yoga Book. When closed, the 10-inch Yoga Book looks like a super-thin laptop, measuring just under a centimetre thick. But opened up, it's like a double tablet with what appears to be two 10-inch screens.

However, one of the screens is, in fact, a hard keyboard that doubles as a notation transcriber. You can put any piece of paper against it, start scribbling on it with any pen, and the Yoga Book will record that handwriting as digital text. (You can also write or draw directly on the surface using the digital pen that comes in the box.)

Otherwise, it acts as a hard keyboard (Lenovo calls it a 'Halo' keyboard) that performs as an advanced version of typing on a tablet screen keyboard.

It comes in either Android or Windows versions. (The latter is €100 more.)

The machine is being aimed chiefly at those between 15 and 30 years of age who need something for regular (if light) productivity purposes and who have become used to typing for extended periods on hard surfaces.

According to Lenovo, up to 40pc of college students now type on tablet screens during some part of their working day.

Its Halo keyboard 'learns' from your typing-usage patterns. If you often tap on the edge of a certain key, for example, it will learn and - over time - credit you with having tapped that key. It also has some predictive-typing technology built in which is calculated to speed things up.

While Lenovo has mostly left the stock OS on the Android version alone, it has added the ability to open four different windows on the desktop screen. These can be used with most apps: Lenovo says that 734 of the top 1,000 Android apps are compatible (although not Snapchat or Netflix).

Internally, there's 64GB of storage, which is expandable via an SD memory-card slot. With a battery life of up to 15 hours, both Android and Windows versions of the device use Intel processors, although these stop some way short of laptop-grade Core i3 or i5 models.

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