Review by Andrew Yew
When I mention ‘Lenovo Yoga’, people usually think of the IdeaPad Yoga, with its bright orange lid and slim chassis build. An Ultrabook through and through, the Yoga has indeed served the Chinese giant well, being one of the more well-received two-in-one devices in the market currently. The ‘Yoga’ name now also applies to Android tablets as well with the Lenovo Yoga Tablet 8 and 10. However, it seemed that the ThinkPad would be unaffected by the name… until now. Combining ThinkPad aesthetics with Yoga features… an ingenious idea, or would it be like oil and water? Let’s find out!
Not Quite a ThinkPad
The ThinkPad Yoga detracts from most of its siblings in terms of its design: whereas most ThinkPads adopt a slightly boxy form and a soft touch finish on the lid, the ThinkPad Yoga throws in some curves around the edges and has a smooth magnesium lid. The trademark ThinkPad features like the red Trackpoint (or “nub” as I call it) and the glowing ThinkPad logo remain.
Lenovo, not content with a slapping a few hinges and calling it a day, gave the ThinkPad Yoga what it is essentially a vanishing backlit keyboard. You could still feel and depress the keys when you go through tablet mode on the IdeaPad Yoga line, which, though they were non-functioning, might be a bother to some. The ‘Lift ‘n’ Lock’ keyboard of the ThinkPad Yoga now recesses into the unit when you flip it over, leaving a relatively smooth plane. You can still feel the keys, but you can’t depress them. Pretty neat, huh?
The brains of the ThinkPad Yoga is an Intel Core i7-4500U paired with 8GB of DDR3 RAM. This particular unit gets a 256GB SSD for storage, which is generous for all your applications. The 1.25in multitouch display is matte and supports digitiser pen input. In case you’re wondering, the digitiser can be found tucked in the bottom right corner.
Built to Sprint
The ThinkPad Yoga, with all its part, proved to be quite fast, with it going through the benchmarks with no slowdown. Unfortunately, the speed comes with a price – battery life. If you leave it at the default power settings, it can only muster about 3 hours, with a very slight increase if you focus of paperwork. You might want to tweak a few settings here and there (power saver, lower brightness) to maximise battery life.
Dimensions: 316.5 x 221 x 18.8 – 19.3mm
Display: 12.5in, 1920 x 1080 pixels
Processor: Intel Core i7-4500U
Memory: 8GB DDR3L
Storage: 256GB SSD
Operating System: Windows 8.1 Pro 64-bit
I/O Ports: 2 x USB 3.0 (one Powered), Audio/Mic Combo, OneLink Dock, Mini HDMI, 4-in-1 card reader, VGA and RJ45 via OneLink Dock
PCMark 8 Home: 3317
PCMark 8 Creative: 2974
PCMark 8 Work: 4480
PCMark 8 Home Battery Life: 3 hours
PCMark 8 Work Battery Life: 3 hours 15 minutes
Verdict: This is what happens when you splice a ThinkPad with a Yoga.
Total Score: 8.6/10