The Lenovo Yoga Book is one of the most desired gadgets of 2016. The reason it was so interesting because it came with a form factor that was not available with any other devices. You can type on it, write with your hands using a pen, and copy the physical notes into a digital form. It was just like a notebook that looked perfect for students. And considering it as a laptop, it is still an impressive one. The only factor that matters is a relatively high price and a bit of slow performance that was covered in Yoga Book 2. Let us get an in-depth review of the specs and features of Lenovo Yoga Book.
Lenovo Yoga Book- design and build
The Yoga Book is one of the lightest laptops you will ever get. It weighs only 690 Gms, and it is just 9.6mm thick. The display is just 10.1 inch. The chassis comes in gray metal body with hard edges, rounded corners and stylish “watchband” hinge. This look makes the Yoga Book much more expensive. The overall keyboard design comes with a slight glossy layer and thus the stylus rolls around nicely. And it is not very slippery.
You will get the single micro-USB port for charging, a 3.5mm headphone jack and the MicroSD card slot that has a capacity of supporting up to 128 GB. It is an addition to the 64GB inbuilt storage. The light-up keyboard is stunning. Some might say that the keyboard design is thick and tactile. But there is a reason for it. It comes with a haptic keyboard that vibrates the entire keyboard while typing. It is why the keys are designed to be a bit thick.
The TouchPal keyboard feature
There is a pre-installed TouchPal keyboard. It handles both on-screen keyboards and the LED keyboards. You can pre-select the predictions, but the predictions are not great. And this can be a problem when typing usernames and passwords. But you can also install third-party keyboard software. You can use keyboards like SwiftKey, that can adapt to your typing habits and. According to Lenovo, it says that the keyboard learns as you type, but occasionally, this will not stop you in making a lot of typos.
The touchpad issue
According to the tutorial of Lenovo, you can scroll up and down using the two fingered gesture. But that does not work properly. The pad is sometimes good for tapping on it, but it is too inconsistent and frustrating. So you have to avoid it. It is easier to reach out and use the touch screen facility. Lenovo Yoga Book needs a software update to fix it.
Lenovo Yoga Book- Real pen feature
It is one of the most important and advanced features of Lenovo Yoga Book. You can use it as the regular stylus. Or you can just replace the stylus nib with one of the supplied ball pens. If you use Lenovo Ballpoints and a pack of three replacements, it will cost you £8.49. At present, Lenovo is also charging £15 for shipping. There are high chances that you will lose a nib of the pen. The usage of this Real Pen is superb. You get a Lenovo Yoga Book along with a notebook that clips to a magnetic holder. Place it on the keyboard tray and then write with the ball point pen. Everything you write can be digitally transposed within Lenovo Not Saver app. It uses the Wacom’s passive electromagnetic technology when the pen is working. Capturing real note was extremely accurate; it can even understand the pressure you are applying. But the writing surface doesn’t stretch all the way.
You can flip the notepad around the back of the device and use it for note taking when the screen is switched off. But the Note Save App of Lenovo does not automatically sync your notes in the cloud. The only way to do this is to share a letter through the preferred cloud storage provider where it becomes a PNG image file. A cloud backup third party app is missing.
Lenovo Yoga Book- performance and specifications
The Lenovo Yoga Book comes with an Intel Atom processor, and this is why it has some issues with media and ad-heavy web pages. The performance is a bit slow. There is a 4GB RAM. But that is not enough to make things pleasant.
The Lenovo Yoga Book runs on Android 6.0.1, and it is very useful with the apps like YouTube, Twitter, Facebook, and Chrome. But the problem is, with Intel Atom processor, multiple windows slow things down, and apps also stop responding. The Yoga Book comes with a modified version of Android with full windows taskbar where the icons appear when the apps are open. You can close apps by just dragging them off the task bar and then go into the overview mode to switch to other apps. The in-built storage space is 64 GB as mentioned before.
Battery life and camera
Battery life is one of the major aspects of Lenovo Yoga Book. It will offer you 10 hours of battery life completely even if you continue streaming movies for an extended period. It will be enough for a full day of work.
The 2MP front camera is just fine for video calls. Even in a harsh backlight, it can recognize faces pretty well. The rear facing camera is mounted on the keyboard tray, and it is used only when you are flipping the keyboard round. The primary camera is 8MP, and it produces good photos.
The Yoga Book’s speakers are perfect for media consumption. There are two speakers on the left and right edges of the keyboard. The sound is clear with decent mid-range coverage. But the microphone is not up to the mark. Voices sound muffled while the software is noise canceling when recording voice notes. The microphone sound is harsh and compressed.
Well, this device is useful for students and individuals who love to draw and need to take notes. For others, it can be a tough decision to buy it or not considering the specifications and performance. There are lots of new features, but the sluggish performance and software need an update.