Lenovo Yoga Book Review – 2 in 1 Tablet with Keyboard and Drawing Surface
So I got one in here for us to take a look at. This is the Android version of this two in one tablet and, as you can see here, it’s got a lower portion with a keyboard, but there are no physical keys, it’s just a capacitive surface. This is not a second screen, no that’s the important thing to note. As we’re going through the rest of the review here, there’s also a Windows version available too for a little more money. We’Ll get into all the specifics in just a second, but I do want to mention in the interest of full disclosure that this is on loan. From Lenovo, so when we’re done with this, it goes back to them all the opinions are about here are my own. No one is paying for this review and no one is reviewing this content before it is posted all right, so let’s get into the hardware. Now this one is running with Android: it cost about 499 dollars. As you see, it, there’s also a Windows version, but both of these have the same hardware inside the windows version cost an extra 50 or so probably for the license. But you do get your choice of operating systems, but when you buy it you’re locked into that OS when you get it but again, otherwise they run on the same guts, 10.1 inch full HD, IPS display 1920 by 1200. Really nice crisp and sharp display looks really good, especially because you’re packing so many pixels into a very small space.
There Intel Atom, x5 z, 8550 processor, 4, gigabytes of RAM 64 gigabytes of storage there’s an SD card slot over here to augment some of that storage too. So you can go up to 128 gigabytes if you wish – and it has wireless AC built in too. You also have your USB port here, HDMI output there for connecting to an external display. You’Ve got some speaker grilles on both sides here, along with a volume rocker and a headphone jack, along with the power switch here and you’ll, see again there’s no keys on this, and this is pretty helpful for when you go into its other two in one modes. So you have on the hinge here the standard yoga design a really nicely designed hinge that is very flexible and tends to stay put. So no matter where you put the screen, it tends to stay there, which I something I really like about. Lenovo’S hinge design, which they’ve carried over to this one. You can run it in display mode like this. You can put it into tent mode. If you want, then of course, you can put it into straight up tablet mode and because you have no keys on the keyboard, it doesn’t feel as both as many other two in one tablets with keyboards feel that comes at the cost of actually typing comfort, because You don’t have any keys to touch there’s. No tactile feedback really on this. But if you are an occasional keyboard user, it’s nice that the keyboard here can get placed out of the way, because it’s completely flat and doesn’t really add a lot of bulk to it.
When it’s in tablet mode, so it feels a lot more natural as a tablet but it’s not as natural as a laptop and that’s one of the trade offs you make when you buy one of these two and ones typically with the yoga’s, especially the runs ones Running Windows, the larger ones are they’re, very good laptops and they’re kind of a passable tablet. This is a better tablet than it is a laptop because of the keyboard here. There is just simply nothing to feel as you’re typing and I’ve had a really hard time getting used to this as I’m going. So if I’m, looking at the keyboard and being very deliberative and how I am pushing my keys, I can get decent amount of accuracy to it. But I am a habitual touched hyper. I normally type just by feeling my way on the keyboard finding that home row and then looking at the screen. As I type I am really looking down at the keyboard and because I never look at the keyboard and I think a very hard time getting used to this. So I think, if you have a lot of text to type out and you don’t normally look at the keyboard as you type you’re going to have a very hard time. Adjusting to this keyboard is there’s, nothing to feel on it. It does give you some vibration and haptic feedback as you’re typing, but it’s vibrating the entire surface.
So you really don’t get a good amount of tactile feel to the keyboard. So I think, if you’re somebody who hunt in pecks or looks down at the keyboard all the time while you’re typing, you should have a decent experience with it. But for those of us who are touch typers, you’ll probably not really want to do a lot of typing on this, so maybe in the future, they’ll put some bumps or something on the surface here, so you can at least find your way back to the home Row, I think, if they had that, that might give me a little bit of a directional idea as to where my fingers should be if I lose track of where they are, and that might help me a little bit but right now, I’m, not too crazy about This keyless keyboard for typing now, because they’re trying to replicate the feel of a laptop there’s, also a trackpad area of this virtual keyboard as well right down here, I think, on the windows version, they drew a rectangle around that area for some reason on the Android. One they just have these dots to delineate where it is, but it works like a mouse. You can go ahead and select text and do all the things you would normally do with a mouse on an Android or Windows. Ice again does feel kind of weird not having physical buttons to push but that’s just me, so you do have that as another option on your laptop mode.
Now cool thing happens, though, when you push on this little pen, icon here so I’m, going to hit that the laptop vibrates and the keyboard disappears, because we are now in drawing mode and there’s a stylus that they give you in the box and a little app Here will pop open and you can start writing stuff out on the keyboard surface now, you’ll get a note that will appear on here. You can make this go away and go back to typing in your other application, and it will store this note for you later or you can click on that and jump into the full notetaking application here. So, for example, I could select a different color. Perhaps let me do the yellow here and then I can start drawing here on the surface of the keyboard and that will translate to the screen and a track pretty nicely here. So you can see this cursor moving around here, there’s, pretty much a one to one representation on the surface as to where the pen will be on screen. So it’s not hard to get used to this and figure out where you want your pen to go as you’re writing here and it does, it does ignore the wrist which is good. There is some degree of pressure sensitivity on here, so I can draw a faint line if I give it just a little bit of pressure or something darker. If I push down harder, but it seems like there’s only like two modes of this it’s, either light or it’s dark there’s, really not any kind of nuance to it, like I saw with the Apple pencil, so it’s good for doing some basic stuff, I’m, not sure For artists that this is going to cut it, but it does it’s kind of a unique experience to get that kind of Wacom tablet feel on something if you don’t, like drawing on a screen now, it’s really cool, is that this also supports lenovo’s any pen technology.
So you can take out a pencil, for example, and just start drawing with things that you normally would draw with on paper on your screen, and we looked at this about a year and a half two years ago on one of their Windows tablets same idea, you Can take out just about any utensil, like even a fork will write on this screen, it’s pretty cool when you turn that on. But you got to be careful not to use those utensils on the keyboard surface here, as you will scratch and damage it. So you definitely want to make sure if you put the any pen technology on that you are only any penning on your screen and not on your keyboard surface here now. If you prefer to keep your notes on paper, they have thought of that as well. They give you a pad of paper in the box with a special magnetized little holder here for the paper pad that will connect securely to the device here. So you can fold it up and carry it around with you and it doesn’t slide around at all. As you’re writing on it now, the problem, though, even though you get a nice pad of paper here to write on, is that your stylus just has a capacitive tip for working with that keyboard surface. So if I write out here on the paper, you can see that I get stuff on the screen, but nothing on the papers that what they did to solve.
This problem is, rather than come up with some mechanical way to deal with it. They want you just to pop out the capacitive tip here just with the cap just like, so you kind of work it out like that, and they give you a couple of ink cartridges in the box that you slide in like so and use the cap to Kind of seat them in place, and then you can start writing here. So if I start writing out on the next line here, you can see I’m getting ink on paper as well as ink on the screen, which is cool. But the problem, of course, is that you don’t want to then take the pad off and write on the virtual surface, because you will definitely scratch it up in the process. So this is something where you’re going to have to not lose these little tips here as you’re writing on your device. What you have to do when you’re done with the paper is go back over here, pull out the little tip put the capacitive tip back in, and then you can go back to using the virtual special space to write on versus the paper space. But I just feel it’s very inelegant for something so elegant in its design. Maybe to have some kind of mechanical way to switch between the points would have been a better solution to this other than having these little cartridges floating around. You are going to most likely lose in the process of switching between paper and virtual paper and, as a tablet does function very well, it’s, not a powerhouse per se, but it is a lot more powerful, perhaps than other Android tablets that are out there.
It’S got that Intel Atom chip, which does provide a lot of CPU horsepower and some decent graphics, as you can see here or running the Epic Citadel demo, which lets you walk through a pretty graphically intense village here. So you get a little bit of lag, but really nice experience overall, and I think for just about every casual game you throw at it. It should do just fine and just about any app that you download from a Productivity standpoint or movie watching standpoint should also work very nicely on here, because of that Intel hardware on the 3dmark sling shot test, we get a score of 2009, which puts it in A pretty good place so not too bad on the performance side there. Of course, the king of Android tablet gaming at the moment, still remains the Nvidia shield k1 tablet, but you can see, and just where that Intel chip falls into line with other similar Android devices. Out there, the Windows Device, I would expect to perform pretty well we’ve tested atom, based Windows devices quite a bit on this channel good for productivity apps for sure, but not so great for gaming overall. So that is the yoga book, and I really cannot recommend this as a laptop replacement as cool as it looks because this keyboard is so hard to work with if you’re somebody doesn’t type a lot, maybe but generally you’re not going to have a very good typing Experience on here, because you can’t feel the keys, and that is the biggest drawback with it now, if they were to add bumps to the keyboard, they would kill off its most intriguing feature to me, which is how nice it works as a drawing surface, because I Know a lot of artists like to use those Wacom tablets where you have a tablet device that translates your pen movements onto the screen.
This does it in a single unit and on the Windows version, although it doesn’t have a lot of RAM or a lot of computing horsepower. It is enough to do some basic illustration and some basic work in Photoshop and illustrator and other drawing applications, and you get that Wakeham functionality and something you can take with you and that to me is kind of intriguing for artists. So I think that might be something that if you are an artist you might want to check out, although you may want to try and use one in person before you buy it just to make sure the accuracy feels like it’s there. For you, I’m, not an artist so I’m, not familiar with how those Wacom tablets typically work on a larger computer, but I kind of like this concept – and I think that might be something worth considering so I’d love to see where they go with this concept. Next one of the great things about Lenovo is they try stuff and they’re, not afraid of failing? They just released a whole bunch of products and see what sticks, and I think this might have some life to it. For people who like to draw more than for people who need to type a lot so we’ll see where that develops one of the cool things that I thought this was going to be when I first saw it on a website, was that this was going to Be a separate screen which would have been really cool to have dual displays and maybe, as technology improves, it might be something we see in the near future, because that’d be really cool to have a to display tablet.
That would give you some really cool options for functionality, so stay tuned we’ll see what they come up with next that’s the yoga book – and this is LAN siphon thanks for watching this channel is brought to you by my patreon supporters, including gold level supporter Eric. If you want to help the channel you can, by contributing as little as a dollar a month head over to land, a TV, slash patreon, to learn more and don’t forget to subscribe visit.