Lenovo has brought a new version of its Yoga Book laptop / tablet / e-reader hybrid to the IFA technology conference in Berlin, and I now realize I've been looking at it all wrong. As a laptop, it's not great: I do not think I could type on its E Ink-based keyboard without throwing the laptop out the window in frustration.
But as a tablet / e-reader hybrid, it might actually be good – if you can swallow the price.
The Yoga Book C930 is an improvement over its predecessor in every way, but it's conceptually the same thing: A laptop that has an E-screen instead of a keyboard.
This secondary screen can be turned into a virtual keyboard and be used for typing. Det kan også være et overflate for tegning (en pen er inkludert), eller det kan ganske enkelt være en e-reader. The device is extremely thin and has a hinge that lets you flip the screens 180 degrees, in which case it basically turns into a two-sided tablet.
The Yoga Book's main problem is that it looks like a laptop. In een paar minuten met het, en het was onmiddellijk duidelijk dat de Yoga Book eigenlijk een laptop vervanging voor alleen de meest gemachtigde van gebruikers kan zijn. Its flat, virtual, E Ink keyboard just does not cut it for fast typing.
However, if you compare it to something like the iPad … well, Lenovo might be on something here. The device is thin and light enough to pass as a tablet and as an e-reader, and if you really have to bang something on the keyboard, the option is there. It comes with Windows (there is no Android variant), which can be a blessing and a curse, depending on your preferences. Windows-based tablets do exist, so it can not be that bad right?
Lenovo has addressed several issues with the Yoga Book C930's design with some cool features. For eksempel, hvis du slår på det, så vil det være åbent på en hånd. It's a little thing, but it makes the $ 999 a bit easier to swallow.
If that price sounds like a lot, consider the Yoga Book's specs: A 10.8-inch QHD IPS screen and a 10.8-inch FHD E Ink display, an actual laptop processor (up to 7th gen Intel Core i5), and over 9 hours of battery life according to Lenovo. Alles wat komt in een pakket die minder is dan 9,9 mm (0,39 inch) dik en weegt minder dan 775 gram (1,7 pond).
So, a good deal? It's hard to say. I would like more time to test it properly, but its value depends definitely on your perspective: If you're looking for an ultraportable, secondary PC for light work, media consumption and reading, the Yoga Book might just hit the spot.
The Lenovo Yoga Book C930 is arriving in October, a Lenovo rep told me. The $ 999 is only the starting price, though – the more powerful models will be more expensive.