A 2-in-1 that works just as well in tablet mode as it does as a laptop? Impossible, surely!
Not if Lenovo’s Yoga Book has anything to say about it.
With unique features and slick sci-fi styling, this pencil-thin hybrid is probably the most exciting convertible we’ve seen all year. And not just because of those drop-dead gorgeous looks.
It’s all down to a cunning touch-sensitive keyboard that doubles up as a drawing pad. That’s right - this is a 2-in-1 with serious sketch appeal.
Whether you’re a diagram doodle bug or art-addicted scribblenaut, be prepared to want one.
LENOVO YOGA BOOK DESIGN: AN OPEN BOOK
The Yoga Book is, at its most basic, a 10.1in Android tablet mated to a flip-out keyboard. But come on - that’s like saying a Formula One car is just an engine and some wheels.
It’s a whole lot more exciting than that sounds.
Lenovo has been pumping out convertible laptops for years now, but the Yoga Book is the first that doesn’t just feel like a laptop with a funky hinge.
There is a funky hinge, of course - the whole thing flips open a full 360°, so you can use it as a laptop or tablet, lay it flat like a book, or fold it back on itself as a kickstand.
Closed up, the Yoga Book is just a few millimetres thick, and it’s astonishingly light too. 690 grams? I’ve got paper notebooks that weigh more than this.
Sure, it’s light enough to throw in a bag, but the super-sturdy mix of magnesium and aluminium won’t show up scratches. It looks like a million bucks, too.
LENOVO YOGA BOOK KEYBOARD: JUST MY TYPE
Flip open the Yoga Book and its gorgeous illuminated keyboard springs to life.
It’s completely flat and smooth, so it’ll take a while to get used to typing on - you’re tapping on a smooth bit of glass, after all.
Still, it’s pretty nifty for writing up emails, as you haven’t got an on-screen keyboard taking up half the display. Because it’s completely flat, it doesn’t feel weird to hold when it’s folded up in tablet mode, either.
It vibrates with every key press, so you get a bit of feedback when you’re typing, but it took me the best part of a week to get to grips with it. Expect plenty of typos until you’ve got the hang of it.
LENOVO YOGA BOOK SKETCH PAD: TAKE NOTE
Typing? Handy. Turning your keyboard into a digital drawing pad? Absolutely brilliant.
The Yoga Book’s bottom half doubles as a Wacom surface, for sketches, scribbles and other pen-based shenanigans.
You toggle the keyboard off with a short tap to an icon in the corner. From there, you can slap a piece of paper over it and get an instant digital version of whatever you sketch. Neat.
Swapping into Pen mode opens the Note Saver app, so you can power down the screen and save on battery while you scribble away. It’s harder to judge how legible your notes will be without the screen on, mind.