ĐÁNH GIÁ LENOVO YOGA BOOK

With the Lenovo Yoga Book, it’s hard lớn describe a device that doesn’t adhere to lớn any conventions. How does this unusual device fare in our tests, however?

Anirudh RegidiMay 15, 2018 20:42:38 IST





Where do I even start with the Lenovo Yoga Book? It’s hard to lớn describe a device that doesn’t adhere to lớn any conventions or standards. The device is powered by a low-power Intel Atom chip, it’s slimmer & lighter than any laptop, it comes with a stylus, has no usable ports, offers great battery life và a keyboard unlượt thích any other.

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Do these assorted features make for a great device, however? Let’s find out.

Build and Design: 8/10

The Lenovo Yoga Book can turn heads; I’ll give sầu it that. Its astonishingly slim khung factor, unusual keyboard và touch surface & various tiệc ngọt tricks mean that you’ll spover a great khuyễn mãi giảm giá of time explaining khổng lồ strangers what it is and what it does.

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For a “laptop” that’s this thin và light, the device feel surprisingly good to lớn hold. Lenovo claims that the Yoga Book is made of some Magnesium alloy, but it feels more lượt thích premium plastic. An ipad definitely feels lượt thích metal, this doesn’t.

That said, it’s very sturdy and there’s no squeaking lớn be heard anywhere. The hinge in particular is rather nice. It’s the same thiết kế that Lenovo uses on its premium Yoga 900 and it’s right at trang chủ on the Yoga Book as well.

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At 690 gm, the Yoga Book is very light. It’s by no means a device that you can use one-handed for long-stretches, but toss it inkhổng lồ a bag & you’ll forget it’s there. The hinge is a little stiff & you can’t open the device with one finger, as you would a regular máy tính. I found that the best way lớn open the device is to literally hold it like a book & open it.

Once open, you find a glass surface that doubles as a keyboard, touchpad & digital notepad. Above this is the 10.1-inch IPS LED screen with some rather thiông xã bezels.

On the side is where our complaints start. The left side is host khổng lồ a single micro-USB port (for charging và data transfer) and a mini-HDMI port. Beside the two ports is the bộ combo SIM thẻ và microSD thẻ tray.

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The right side hosts a single 3.5milimet bộ combo jaông xã and you’ll also find the power và volume control buttons here. As far as I/O is concerned, that’s it. This is very limiting.

I understvà why Lenovo did this though. The device is incredibly thin và I doubt a full-size USB port would fit comfortably.

Speaker grills are also present on the sides.

You also get a stylus/pen device that Lenovo calls the Real Pen. It’s bulky, but it works. I’m disappointed that there’s no magnetic clip or some such mounting mechanism on the Yoga Book itself. However, unlượt thích Apple’s Pencil, at least you can clip the Real Pen to your shirt pocket. And it won’t roll all over the place.

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The Real Pen’s cap is very stiff và it takes a giảm giá khuyến mãi of effort to separate the body toàn thân from the cap. This is good because it means that the Pen won’t fall off, but it’s also bad because of the effort involved.

The Pen can also be used lượt thích a real pen, but you need khổng lồ change tips. This is, again, a convoluted process involving the cap and some amount of pressure. I had khổng lồ consult the user manual lớn figure out how khổng lồ vì chưng this. What gadget makes you consult a user manual in 2017?

Keyboard, Trackpad & Pen: 6/10

The USPhường of the Yoga Book is its rather unusual writing surface. At first glance, it looks like a slab of glass. On closer inspection, you see the outlines of a keyboard and touchpad.

When powered on, the Halo keyboard, as it’s called by Lenovo, lights up. You see the outlines of the keys and touchpad clearly.

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Typing on this keyboard is disconcerting at first, but you quickly get the hang of it. However, it’s not a keyboard that’s meant for typing.

My main problem with the keyboard is a lack of any sort of feedbaông chồng. There is a vibration motor that vibrates when you tap a key, but that motor makes more noise than vibration and sounds lượt thích a buzzing bee. The very first thing I did on hearing it was lớn find a way khổng lồ turn it off.

There’s no visual feedbaông xã either. I’d have loved it if the keys glowed when you tapped them, or something lượt thích that. Worse still, the audio feedbaông chồng that you get when you type (from Windows) is out of sync with your keystrokes.

I blame the decision lớn go with an underpowered Atom here, but I’ll address the whole power issue further on in the đánh giá.

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The outlined touchpad can be used to lớn control the mouse, và I appreciate Lenovo’s decision khổng lồ keep the touchpad a bit small. While the whole surface is touch sensitive sầu, the mouse will only respond to touch inputs on the touchpad. This makes it comfortable to lớn rest your palms on the device while typing. Large left và right clichồng buttons as well as support for Windows’ gestures are a nice addition.

Of course, you can just tap the screen any time you lượt thích.

The second mode that the keyboard operates in is, for lack of a better word, pen mode. You tap a little pen ibé on the keyboard & the entire surface turns into lớn a Real Pen sensitive surface.

This is the Yoga Book’s tiệc nhỏ trick.

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In this mode, the touch surface is now only sensitive sầu to Real Pen inputs. Your fingers & palms are ignored. In fact, when you enable this mode, Windows automatically throws up the option to enable Windows Ink-enabled apps lượt thích Onechú ý.

I love the fact that the Yoga Book responds on a 1:1 basis when using the Real Pen. If you doodle in the top right corner of the touch surface, your doodle will appear at the top right corner of the screen. The screen, on the other h&, completely ignores the Real Pen & only responds khổng lồ touch input with your finger. One will never interfere with the other.

This is the magic of Windows Ink & I don’t believe sầu it’s possible on any other platform. Microsoft deserves kudos for this.

The Real Pen đầu vào is precise, making writing, sketching and other such actions feel natural. The Pen doesn’t feel as refined as the Apple Pencil, but I’d argue that its response is just as good. The Pen is sensitive sầu to lớn pressure, making it a nifty drawing tool.

Sadly, the laptop’s meagre CPU power lets us down in this department as well.

Another trick up the Yoga Book’s sleeve sầu comes in the khung of actual pen input đầu vào. You can literally place a piece of paper on the touch surface và take notes with the Real Pen (with an ink tip). You’ll have a paper original và a precise digital copy for your archives. Very cool.

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And if you’re wondering, no, a normal pen won’t work.

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Here’s my problem. I like the Real Pen và I enjoy the ability lớn sketch. However, a keyboard is absolutely essential, especially on a machine running Windows. The Halo keyboard is a lovely concept, but a laông xã of any kind of proper feedback & the sluggishness of the system don’t make for even a passable typing experience. The performance issues also mean that sketching isn’t quite as much fun as it could have sầu been.

I’ll put it this way: I intended to write this Đánh Giá on the Yoga Book’s keyboard. I gave up before I’d written a 100 words.

Features: 7/10

The Lenovo Yoga Book is powered by an Hãng sản xuất Intel Atom x5 Z8550 CPU & 4GB RAM. You get an 8,500 mAh battery & 64GB of onboard storage, as well as a micro-USB port và micro-HDXiaoMi MI jachồng. The speakers are Dolby certified, the keyboard is a touchpad và you get a good stylus with it.

The screen is a 10.1-inch touch-sensitive sầu LED panel with a resolution of 1920x1200, there are a number of accelerometers present within the device và you get dual-b& Wi-Fi 802.11 ac tư vấn.

This is quite a neat package on paper & I think it works, mostly.

The decision to lớn go with 4GB RAM is a sensible one; I’ve sầu seen too many devices that are let down by a measly 2GB RAM. 8GB would have sầu been nicer though. 64GB of onboard storage is also rather low và at this price, I expected better. Bear in mind that this device costs Rs 50,000. Phones come with more storage at half the price.

The real killer here is the Intel Atom chip. It’s a 1.4GHz chip that’s really meant for entry-cấp độ devices. As you’ll see later on in the performance section, a lachồng of power is what leads to this laptop’s downfall.

The lachồng of a USB-A port is very frustrating. Part of the advantage of a máy vi tính is having the freedom to connect USB devices (Looking at you, MacBook Pro!). It’s not a deal-breaker, however, and while I don’t lượt thích the decision, I appreciate the difficulty of putting one on the Yoga Book.

Display: 7/10

The 10.1-inch Full HD (1920x1200) is quite nice. It’s a little dull, even on maximum brightness, but the high pixel density of 224ppi (the iPad’s retimãng cầu display comes in at 264ppi) means that everything is sharp.

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While colours are good, we did notice that blacks were a bit too, well, blachồng. You might think that’s a good thing, but in the course of our testing, we found that the Yoga Book’s contrast ratio is bad, it was the first device to earn a zero in our blachồng levels demo.

Still, the excellent Trắng levels & lachồng of banding or significant colour bleed means that it scores higher than the Lenovo IdeaPad 110 or Smartron t.Book.

I’m very picky about my displays, which is why I’m complaining, but I don’t think the average person will care very much. It’s not the best of displays, but it’s far from being the worst one.

Performance: 3/10

Performance is tolerable at best. Even basic Windows functions like opening và closing windows và opening the start menu feel sluggish. The worst part was the lag while typing. There’s nothing more frustrating than seeing your cursor stubbornly stuchồng in the same place. This is exacerbated by the fact that there’s no actual feedback from the keyboard.

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The deal-breaker for me was Google Chrome. This underpowered máy tính is good for few things, và I expected video playback to lớn be one of them. However, đoạn Clip playbaông xã on YouTube is an infuriating experience. When it works, it’s great, but that rarely happens. On Chrome, resizing the YouTube video clip frame takes forever, the UI gets janky from time-to-time and there were times when I’d hear the audio but the video would be frozen in place.

Browsing on Chrome was also a very frustrating and lag-filled experience.

Thankfully, Microsoft Edge is at trang chính on low-over systems & it does sterling work in keeping your browsing experience alive sầu. But who uses Edge anyway? I survive sầu on Google services & if I can’t have sầu Google Chrome, I’d rather not have sầu the device, thank you very much.

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If you’re not so concerned, you’ll be fine. Edge works fluidly enough & even YouTube playbachồng isn’t so bad on that browser.

Barring YouTube on Google Chrome, Clip performance was good. I only tried 1080p files, but even high bit-rate MKV files with H.265 compression worked well. Streaming over Wi-Fi from a NAS was also good, I expect the Wi-Fi 802.11 ac support had something lớn vì with that.

The screen was a bit dull, but indoors, it was fine. Paired with its surprisingly loud speakers, the movie watching experience on the Yoga Book wasn’t so bad after all. Speaking of speakers, they’re about 50 percent louder than the speakers on my iPhone 6S Plus và stereo separation is quite apparent.

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Our benchmarks place the Yoga Book at the bottom of the pile, with only the Rs 9,999 Compbook Excellance fairing worse.

We noted that temperatures under load crossed 80 degrees, but the CPU would quickly throttle down lớn a mere 1.6GHz (it should be consistently hitting at least 2.0GHz) lớn bring the temperatures down to the low 70s. The passive cooling system is lớn blame for this.

Thankfully, the device itself doesn’t get too hot.

Battery Life: 9.5/10

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At last, some good news! The Yoga Book manages lớn provide a staggering 7.5 hours of battery life in our standard battery kiểm tra. Most laptops die at the 3-4 hour mark. 7.5 hours on our thử nghiệm means that you can easily extract a full workday’s performance from the device.

Charging the battery to lớn full from zero did take a few hours, but it wasn’t so bad và I just got into lớn the habit of leaving the device charging overnight.

Verdict và Price in India

Treat the Lenovo Yoga Book as an eye-catching indulgence và you’ll be very happy. Expect something more, và you’ll be disappointed.

If you need a media consumption device, buy a tablet. A cheap Android tablet or an máy tính bảng ipad will serve you better. If you need a workhorse, any máy tính with a real keyboard is still better. If you need something to lớn sketch on, get a Microsoft Surface Pro 4 or an Apple máy tính bảng ipad Pro.

The Lenovo Yoga Book is what it is: A bold take on the 2-in-1, a head-turner, & nothing more.

If you think Rs 49,999 is worth that, then go ahead, piông xã up one up. For everyone else, there are far better alternatives around.

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