I want Lenovo’s innovative new Yoga Book, and here’s why. It’s not because it’s small, thin, and light, making it easy for me to take it anywhere—though that’s a plus. It’s because Lenovo turned the keyboard side into a large, touch-sensitive surface, adding sketchpad superpowers that make it a tool for creativity as much as productivity. The Yoga Book stretches the boundaries of what a computer can do for you.
The Yoga Book is a full-fledged Windows PC with a highly advanced touchscreen keyboard.
Let’s take a closer look at this unique device, which will ship in October and cost $549 for the Windows version (a similar Android version will cost $499). It’s small and very slender, just 0.15 to 0.21 inches thin. It sports a 360-degree watchband hinge, much like we’ve seen on other Yoga laptops.
The Yoga Book has a 10.1-inch full HD (1920x1080) IPS touchscreen. That’s a lot of pixels for a small display, but remember, the Yoga Book has a greater mission than spreadsheets and documents.
The CPU is an Intel Atom x5 (so no, this isn’t a power user’s PC), which can be paired with 4GB to 64GB of memory. You also get 64GB of storage and a microSD slot for additional capacity. The 8500mAh battery is specified to last up to 15 hours.
The halo keyboard lights up when in use. Accompanying software learns your typing habits for greater accuracy.
The truly distinctive part of the Yoga Book is its Halo Keyboard, a large touch surface that can be a backlit typing tool or a sketchpad for writing or drawing. I know a lot of people who dislike touchscreen keyboards, but Lenovo has set it up for ease of use. For one, the touch surface is lightly textured glass rather than a smooth, smartphone-like surface, which can get so slippery. Lenovo built in haptic feedback to guide you as you type, plus predictive typing and artificial intelligence so the Yoga Book can improve accuracy over time.
What I love is the ability to tap softly as I type rather than pound keys. After years of using computers, this gives my hands a much-needed break.
You use the Real Pen to write on the Yoga Book’s touch surface, on the attachable Create Pad, or directly on paper, and see your words appear onscreen.
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