Lenovo releases Yoga 900 laptops featuring Intel Skylake
Lenovo Drops a New Bendy, Twisty Yoga Laptop.
Improving on its predecessor, however, the Yoga 900 (below) ditches Intel’s low-powered Core M chip for the firm’s latest and greatest Skylake line, offering a choice of i5 or i7 Core processors. During the Lenovo Yoga event in San Francisco, I got a chance to sit down with the Lenovo Yoga Home 900, the company’s hulking ‘portable desktop’ solution.Lenovo, the company best known for its stoic ThinkPad business machines, has been enjoying a great deal of buzz over the last few years around its Yoga range of affordable consumer laptops.Laptop-tablet hybrids never quite took off, with consumers eschewing the all-in-one devices because they neither wanted an over-powered tablet or an underpowered work station.
Key to the Yoga’s popularity is its hybrid design, with a bendy hinge that lets the touchscreen notebook operate as both a laptop and a tablet without detaching the keyboard. It also ships with 16GB of storage, up to a 512GB SSD, JBL stereo speakers with Dolby Audio, and a bigger battery that Lenovo claims will offer eight hours of life. Running Windows 10 and powered by Intel’s 6th and 5th gen i7 processors, respectively, the Yoga laptop and desktop are positioned as both powerful and portable devices; powerful enough to replace workstations, portable enough to double as a tablet. But if you collapse the kickstand, you can lay the massive 27-inch screen flat, on your lap or on top of a table, said Dilip Bhatia, Lenovo’s VP of marketing. “The Yoga Home is a big computer that you can actually move around your house and get the whole family around,” Mr.
When the stand is out and the monitor is standing upright, the screen can be tilted if significant force is applied, yet the unit is stable enough to stay in place when I jab or swipe the screen. We’ve seen a design like this before from Lenovo (the Horizon series all-in-ones) and while it’s peculiar, it likely works well in family rooms or offices where there’s a lot of touchy-swipey gameplay or collaboration.
The touchscreen seems about as responsive as that of most tablets, although there were no apps installed (such as Photoshop or Sketchbook), that would have allowed me to test the sensitivity to pressure. It looks largely the same as last year’s Yoga 3, replacing it with a new naming convention. (The “900” indicates a flagship model.) This year’s premium Yoga has more power, however. Using Lenovo’s Aura 3.0 touch interface, we were able to grab photos, but the unit seemed to have a difficult time telling if we were two people trying to snag separate elements on the screen, or a single user simply trying to resize an open image.
I like the concept, but it seems figuring out who gets priority when touching the screen is an app-side challenge that software developers need to tackle. In order for it to become a substitute for a Wacom Cintiq, for example, the user is going to either need to look for a third-party stylus or enjoy finger painting. Bhatia said it’ll be the thinnest “convertible” laptop/tablet hybrid computer on the market, coming in at 0.59 inches thick and weighing 2.84 pounds.
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