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The first of a new breed - and a good one at that!
on 11 March 2018
When Lenovo first came out with this laptop in late 2016 it turned heads; today is no different. The first thing to note is that this thing is not for everyone. Some people will not be able to adjust to writing and looking at a screen, or to typing on their Halo Keyboard (trust me, many of my friends and others at school have tried it). The second is that this is not a tablet - at least not in Windows form (which I recommend).
To anyone wary, go and try one - a graphics tablet - and then try a Microsoft surface tablet PC (in a shopping centre or somewhere). Combine them and you have a Yogabook.
Onto the laptop itself: it is very well made, and premium in fit and finish, light enough to defy laptop gravity and heavy enough to feel quality. No faults there. The screen is beautiful at 1080p and good brightness too. The processor is weak, but holds up fine in general usage without too much stress on it. I imagine the android version will be faster than the full Windows 10.
The laptop is highly usable - portable like a tablet, thin, and did I mention the battery - a beautiful 10hrs usage (by my measurements) that never seems to run out. Like a note book, it is there where and when you want it.
The software (other than windows 10) is good, and I recommend sticking to the apps that come with it (MS OneNote and Word) which sync across devices and work with the pen like a charm (once you get used to it)
The pen is excellent - no charging required, it just works when you want it and can be used with the 'real pen' tips (any standard short pen nib will do and they're cheap) for actual writing on paper, which the Yogabook detects if done over the keyboard/writing pad. Any paper will do, but the included magnetic paper booklet attaches firmly to the device, making life easier.
The overall experience is very cool, attracting many people to ask 'what, how and how much' - this can be fun, especially due to the relatively low price compared to a surface tablet or iPad pro. I actually picked up my girlfriend like this (just kidding - but it does break some serious ice).
When you first turn it on, it will need a LONG LONG time to update itself completely - I wondered if mine was broken because many apps did not work, and update installation took FOREVER. Don't worry, though, because eventually it will finish (all four Yogabooks that I have seen have done this)
In the future I hope to see more pen and pad equipped Lenovo laptops, and then maybe we will also start to see some hoverboards too.
TL;DR great but not for everyone, don't worry about long update process.