Lenovo, the company best known for its workhorse ThinkPad business laptops, is now riding a wave of product innovation into the consumer tablet and convertible laptop market. With the help of Ashton Kutcher, it announced the availability of the Yoga 3 Pro locally, as well as the Yoga Tablet 2 Pro, and a couple of variants of the Yoga Tablet 2.
These all sound like similar products, right? We thought we would break them down for you here so that you know what the differences are and which one might suit your needs best.
Lenovo Yoga 3 Pro
This is the cream of the crop in Lenovo's new range of products. It's a Windows 8.1-based 13.3in convertible laptop (or hybrid, if you will) with a 3200x1800-pixel touchscreen, and it's the first laptop we've seen to make use of Intel's Core M CPU. But these aren't even its most interest features.
Lenovo's Yoga 3 Pro is a slim, Core M-based hybrid with a unique hinge design.
What you immediately notice about this laptop is its hinge, which looks like the metal band on a wristwatch, and it's unlike any other laptop hinge out there. It has six points of support rather than two, and it's designed to allow the screen to fold all the way over until the laptop becomes a tablet. It's a thing of beauty, and it decreases the bulk and thickness of the unit to make it impressively comfortable when used as a slate.
Its watchband hinge looks beautiful and works as intended to allow the laptop to turn into a tablet with ease, also be used in 'stand' or 'tent' modes (and any other mode you can think of).
The design of the new hinge allows the product to be only 13mm thick (when closed or used as a tablet). And it's also very light at 1.2kg.
You should get this model if you're after a convertible product that can act as a regular notebook (the Core M CPU is more than capable of handling office apps and online tasks), as a tablet or e-book reader, or as a display device for watching videos (there are two modes called Stand and Tent that facilitate this operation).
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