Got a yogi on your holiday list? Lenovo’s Yoga Tablet might be the thing to buy. Adding to Lenovo’s long list of Windows 8 devices, the Yoga Tablet is unlike other convertible tablets on the market. In fact, it’s the one table that garnered the most attention at this year’s CES conference.
Lenovo bills the Yoga Tablet as both an ultrabook and a tablet. Surprisingly, the device actually lives up to this claim. While the Yoga isn’t on the cheap side at $1000, it is a tablet worth taking a look at.
It Bends, It Folds, It Salutes the Sun
Lenovo didn’t name this tablet the “Yoga” by accident. It has hinges that allow the tablet screen to bend into a tent-like pose, lie flat to be used as a table tablet, or fold out to reveal a keyboard. Folding the tablet is easy to do, it feel sturdy, and looks sleek. The Yoga has a leather palm rest (for your tired hands), is coated in rubber, and really feels great when in use. Lenovo has managed to keep this tablet on the thin side too.
Many of the touchscreens now on the market are thick and heavy. Often, reviewers point to the touchscreen as the source of a thick and cumbersome device. However, Lenovo has made a tablet hybrid that’s actually quite thin. In fact, it’s one of the things that makes the Yoga stand out. Lenovo has also added more than enough ports to keep the average user happy.
Ports, Features, and More
The Yoga comes with one USB 3.0 port and one USB 2.0 port. You’ll also find a 3.5mm headphone jack, a screen lock button, HDMI socket, volume controls, and a SD card reader. When using the Yoga as an ultrabook, you might be somewhat disappointed to note that this ultrabook doesn’t come with a backlit keyboard. But, this is a minor drawback to an otherwise comfortable and user-friendly device.
Since the Yoga was developed for use with Windows 8, you will find the touchscreen quite useful. Just in case you don’t want to use the touchscreen, Lenovo has included a track pad that performs all the same functions as the touchscreen, making the Yoga entirely easy to use no matter how you fold it. As far as software goes, Lenovo adds some useful things and some bloatware to the mix (like a McAfee trial).
I’d love to report that the Yoga is free of useless software, but this isn’t the case. The Yoga comes packed with a whole lot of software that you’ll want to get rid of. But, it also comes with some useful software too. The Yoga is packed with the usual Windows Media Center, MS Paint, and PowerPoint. You’ll also find various tiles (remember, this is Windows 8) are included (such as Skype, Office, and Lenovo’s own Cloud Storage).
When all is said and done, the Lenovo Yoga is one of the best convertible devices running Windows 8 on the current market. Sure, that $1000 price tag is somewhat high, but this is a quality device that will make lots of people happy. If you’re looking for a tablet/ultrabook hybrid, I strongly suggest testing out Lenovo’s latest offering.