It appears that the laptop manufacturers have gone into an experimentation mode. They seem to have had enough of giving people thin, thinner and ultra thinnest tablets and seem to be running out of innovative ideas. Then suddenly comes a spark that catches on and with a brilliant flip, you can now convert your laptop into a tablet.
The idea has now caught on with several manufacturers following suit, all because Windows 8 from Microsoft wanted them to do it. Well, necessity seems to certainly be the mother of invention.
This innovation led to the designing of the IdeaPad Yoga from Lenovo. The Yoga part of the name probably refers to the ability of the laptop to flip around to convert itself into a tablet, much like yoga enthusiast doing a headstand or some equally complex yogic posture.
The IdeaPad is a perfect example that adapts to the dual-sided OS from Microsoft , though at first sight, it looks like any other laptop. Once you flip around the lid and close the laptop, it automatically turns into a tablet with the screen that was on the inside, showing up on the top.
Turn it upside down, and you can create a make-shift stand with both edges of the both the halves, making a perfect stand (with the two sides opened out a bit)
Lenovo IdeaPad Yoga – Highlights
Of course, whether it is a better laptop or a better tablet depends on perspective, and only a real-time experience can tell you which is more comfortable for you. Whatever it is, the Yoga, which has a plastic outer body, is soft and smooth to touch and does not have the feel of a cheap laptop.
There is extra padding at the places where you would rest you writs, giving you that comfortable feeling without the hard surface hurting your wrists. You could call it one of the best laptops running Windows, and comparable to Apple’s MacBook.
Take the trackpad for instance, it is perfectly proportioned and covered in smooth glass, enabling you to effortlessly glide your fingers across. The multi-touch gestures are cool and work wonderfully without any lag, and pinch-to-zoom and two-finger scrolling and some of the specialties of this feature that you also find in other tablets in the same class.
A right click is possible by pressing the pane with both fingers, unlike in regular laptops where it is an exercise by itself to do so. The keyboard is smooth and allows fast and flawless typing without too much exertion, with breathing space in between keys a welcome plus point to the design.
Coming to the display, the 1600 X 900 pixel density is not as good as what is available with the others in the same category. The performance is guaranteed with the Intel i5 processor that is good enough for the day-to-day tasks like browsing the Internet, word processing and streaming videos. It is also good enough for playing some of the newly introduced games.
The battery life is in the range of 5 to 6 hours which is not really bad, even if you are a person constantly on the go. Overall, Lenovo’s IdeaPad Yoga has more good points than negatives.