Lenovo’s 360-degree Yoga 900 laptop answers the Surface Book’s challenge

19 Oct 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Lenovo Supersizes Its Yoga Line with 27-Inch Touchscreen All-In-One/Tablet.

It’s been a few years since Lenovo first introduced its giant table-top PC as a kind of hybrid solution for both family fun and productivity, and safe to say, we haven’t seen many (or any) of these in the wild since then.

Today the Chinese PC-maker introduced the Yoga Home 900 Portable All-in-One Desktop. “Portable” may seem a bit tongue-in-cheek, because the 27-inch, 16-plus-pound machine isn’t necessarily something you’re going to take with you on your next business trip (and if you do, please send us the video). It’s actually positioned as a home computer, meant to offer desktop-grade performance but with some ability to move it from location to location, while still getting three hours of battery life unplugged. 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. It can be configured with a fifth-generation Intel Core i7 processor, an optional Nvidia GeForce 9420 graphics processor and up to a one-terabyte SSHD. With the new 13.3-inch Yoga 900—a different name, yes, but a true successor to the Yoga 3 Pro—you’re getting the best Intel processor, namely a Core i7 Skylake processor, along with either 8GB or 16GB of RAM and a 256 or 512 solid-state drive respectively.

The Yoga 900 packs on about 0.2 extra pounds and adds 1.5 millimeters, but even when comparing side-by-side, the two laptops still look and feel remarkably similar. 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. Lenovo also says they’ve improved on the Yoga’s (arguably) stylish watchband hinge, adding more durability so when using the touchscreen in laptop mode, the screen doesn’t give under the pressure of your finger. 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. But the keys themselves keep the scissor-hinge design and pretty minimal key travel, which could be a plus or minus depending on your personal typing preference.

Oh, and the Yoga family will also be joining the USB Type-C party, but its charger remains the fantastically convenient USB charger, which gives you another USB 3.0 port (when you don’t need the juice.) And finally, a few things are staying the same.

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