How could you describe the Lenovo Yoga Book the best? The Yoga Book tries to combine productivity and entertainment. It´s a kind of hybrid between a laptop and a tablet that runs either Android or Windows 10, and has an attached notepad and pen stylus. The Halo-Keyboard, as Lenovo calls it, and the stylus are there to make taking notes as easy as possible. A big bonus is the easy foldability which provides the convenience of a basic tablet.
The Android version of the Lenovo Yoga Book starts at $499 (499€) and the Windows 10 powered version is available for $549 (599€).
The Android version is disposable in gold and gunmetal, the Windows version comes in carbon black. When you think about the price-performance ratio, the Lenovo Yoga Book is dilly cheap.
It is available from different retailers or directly form Lenovo´s website.
The Yoga Book is remarkably thin. Lenovo advertises its convertible as “the world´s thinnest 2-in-1”, because, when closed, is measures 0,377inches (9,6mm) at its bulkiest point and only 0,159inches (4,05mm) at its thinnest. Despite to its thinness it is notably robust, due to the use of magnesium and aluminum.
The Yoga Book, with just 1,52lb (690gramms), is light for a 10.1-inch convertible. The hybrid includes a micro-USB port, which is used for charging or OTG, and a mini HDMI port, are placed on the shorter side of the frame. On the opposite side, the volume rocker and the power button are seeded.
The hinge, which connects the touchscreen and the keyboard looks fragile at first sight, but once you start adjusting the screen angles to different locations, you feel how strong and stable it is instantly.
After two months of handling it regularly it still works out perfectly.
Above the volume rocker on the right side of the keyboard there is a standard 3.5mm headphone jack. Somehow it is possible for some manufacturers to build in a headphone jack, even with ridiculous thin devices. Just saying….
On the left side we find the micro-USB and the mini-HDMI ports as mentioned before, plus a microSD card slot, which supports SD cards up to 128GB.
The selfie camera is centered in the middle of the screen, in tablet mode the camera is located in the top left corner.
The 10.1-inch Full HD IPS display is interesting for its price range. The resolution of the display is just below the “classic” Full HD. The screen density is only 224 ppi.
The screen brightness is a bit delusive at first, because the pre-installed Lenovo wallpapers are pretty dark and give the impression that the brightness of the screen may be a little weak. The screen reaches a maximum brightness of 375 cd / m² and a contrast level of 1,100:1.
The Halo-Keyboard can be turned off to use the screen area the stylus. The Real Pen actually contains ink and can be used to write on paper. Just place a piece of paper, included in the scope of delivery, or any other paper on the tablet and everything you draw or write will be transferred on the tablet.
The ink refills for the real pen cost $14.99 for a pack of three.
On the other hand you can write directly onto the panel and use it as a kind of graphic tablet. The only thing you have to do is to change the ink refill and exchange it with the included plastic tip. The pen recognises the level of pressure, so the harder you press down, the thicker the lines get. The Real Pen works with electromagnetic resonance (EMR) technology. It allows the pen to work without any batteries.
Notes can also be taken when the display is turned off: all you have to do is to enable the touch surface, write or draw the things you want to have digitalized and then turn the display back on. When waking up the tablet from standby mode, you will get a notification alert that you have new notes digitalized.
As mentioned before the so called Halo Keyboard, as Lenovo names it, is a full illuminated touch screen keyboard. The screen is made of a raspy matte glass. The white outlines of the keyboard are displayed only when needed. The Halo-Keyboard uses a learning software to adapt to the typing habits of the user which can be annoying sometimes. However, every setting can be changed if you do not like this software feature.
When pressing the buttons there will be a tactile and audible feedback. The keyboard vibrates and plays some sounds when you tap on it. These settings can also get disabled with ease.
In the Android version of the tablet the trackpad is a little bit limited compared to the Windows 10 version. It can be used as a cursor, but more advanced use, like scrolling and zooming in and out, require you to use the screen.
The Yoga Book has its own Book UI which is based on Android 6.0 Marshmallow. By applying an OTG cable it can easily connect with a mouse and keyboard.
A nice benefit of the Lenovo Yoga Book is the multitasking view, which has slightly improved.
Switching between multiple apps is more convenient than it is in pure stock Android. To use the multi-window function just double tap on the top of the program and it will shrink in size, so you can open all different apps installed on your device.
For the compared low price the Yoga Book has surprisingly strong features. Lenovo´s hybrid is powered by an Intel Atom Z8550 X5 quad core 2.4GHz processor, assisted by 4GB of RAM and 64GB of internal storage. This should be enough for dozens of apps and documents. Is more storage needed it can be extended up to 128GB via microSD.
For everyday use the RAM, processor and storage combination should hold up. I didn’t notice any bugs or lags in animations or transitions.
I tried different games like FIFA17 or Fire Emblem Heroes on the tablet without having any problems.
Compared its performance to the performance of its contenders its good, but nothing special.
The Lenovo Yoga Book has a certificate of Dolby Atmos for its high quality sound setup. Due to the size of the speakers, which are placed on the side of the tablet, delivers an adequate audio experience, but nothing mesmerizing.
The front camera is a fix-focused 2 megapixel camera, which fits perfectly for the needs of Skype. The rear camera is a 8MP sensor with autofocus. The cameras are pretty decent, but they are not the main focus of the Lenovo Yoga Book, so they are not really impressive.
The Yoga Book has a built in 8,500mAh battery and Lenovo promises up to 15 hours of battery life. This is 1,200mAh more than the iPad Air 3, but 500mAh less than the Google Pixel C. The device has a quick charging system and is able to go from zero to 80 percent in about 50 minutes.
As I discovered the Yoga book I was really excited, its versatility was unmatched by others. The device has a sapid balance between entertainment and productivity, while being hyper mobile. Switching between Netlfix to taking notes with the Halo Keyboard or the Real Pen is unbeatable easy.
Although I would not recommend it as a laptop replacement, it could spice up the tablet and convertible market. Compared to other contenders the price-performance ratio is unbeatable.