Lenovo’s quirky Yoga Ebook is again with some vital updates for 2018. The unique Yoga Ebook was a singular hybrid of a pill sporting a “halo” keyboard panel with no precise keys and an actual paper drawing pad. Half netbook and half convertible, this 12 months’s version stays quirky however appears extra sensible and fewer cumbersome than the unique.
For 2018, Lenovo ditched the halo keyboard and paper pad and opted for an E Ink panel that may change between keyboard, notice, and e-reader modes. There’s additionally a brand new embedded fingerprint sensor, new precision pen, and bumped-up specs. All collectively, these options additionally bump up the Yoga Ebook’s value to $999.
Do the adjustments add as much as a extra competent companion gadget? After spending a while with the brand new mannequin, it looks as if a whole lot of the points with the unique Yoga Ebook could also be resolved by Lenovo’s updates. Actually, the Yoga Ebook could even have some extra mainstream enchantment thanks to those enhancements. Nonetheless, this does not look like a tool made to interchange most individuals’s all-purpose convertibles.
Feel and appear
I by no means owned a netbook, however the compactness of the Yoga Ebook makes me consider I’ll have favored a kind of tiny expertise dinosaurs. In fact, most netbooks weren’t as skinny and light-weight because the Yoga Ebook is—Lenovo’s up to date gadget measures simply 9.6mm thick and weighs 1.71 kilos. It takes up much less bodily area in my backpack than a hardcover e-book does, which will probably be nice for folks like me who have already got too many issues of their baggage to start with.
Specs at a look: Lenovo Yoga Ebook 2018 (as reviewed)
10.Eight-inch 2560 x 1600 IPS touchscreen, 10.Eight-inch 1920 x 1080 E Ink
Home windows 10 Residence
Intel Core i5-7Y54
Intel HD 615
Wi-Fi 802.11a/b/g/n/ac, Bluetooth four.2
2 x USB-C three.1 Gen 1, microSD card slot
10.25 x 7.1 x zero.39-inches (260.four x 179.four x 9.96 mm)
1.71 kilos (775 grams)
One 12 months
Value as reviewed
Included Precision Pen, Knock-knock open characteristic, fingerprint reader
When closed, the brand new Yoga Ebook seems practically similar to the unique—the chassis and lid are each clear slates of iron grey, joined collectively by Lenovo’s watchband hinge. Whereas the corporate did not embody the signature hinge within the Yoga C930 convertible, its latest ultrabook, it isn’t retiring the mechanism fully. The hinge serves the Yoga Ebook properly specifically as a result of it permits each the chassis and the lid to put fully flat when opened to 180 levels—a cushty place for note-takers, artists, and pen fanatics who use the E Ink panel typically.
Lenovo upped the show to a 10.Eight-inch QHD contact panel, whereas the E Ink panel measures the identical dimension however has an FHD decision. Uniform bezels encompass the touchscreen, blemished solely by the 2MP front-facing digicam on the prime bezel and the Yoga Ebook brand on the bottom-right nook. This gadget does not have any of Lenovo’s digicam privateness options—no bodily shutter, no digicam disable button—however contemplating its area of interest nature, Lenovo most likely did not deem it needed to incorporate such options.
Nonetheless, the corporate included an optical infrared fingerprint sensor on the top-right nook of the E Ink panel. It is marked solely by a silver circle that is barely seen in low-light, permitting it to mix virtually seamlessly into the chassis. However I could not even end registering my fingerprint within the Home windows Hi there settings. After I pressed my index finger down the primary time through the preliminary setup, I continued getting errors that stated the fingerprint reader was having hassle recognizing my print.
In the long run, it appeared my evaluate unit had a faulty fingerprint reader. Lenovo despatched one other Yoga Ebook, and its fingerprint reader labored as anticipated. The setup course of solely took a minute or two of urgent my finger down onto the glass-covered reader at totally different angles, and the gadget unlocked rapidly after I used the fingerprint reader after that.
We’ll save additional dialogue of the E Ink panel, however let’s discuss presumably one of the gimmicky options of the Yoga Ebook: knock-knock. This allows you to pop open the lid when the gadget is closed by merely knocking twice on it. For the reason that edges of the chassis and lid are flush, it is tough to open together with your fingers. It is potential to take action, particularly in case you have reasonably lengthy nails like I do, however it is going to possible frustrate most customers.
Whereas knock-knock could also be gimmicky, it truly works properly. Rapping your knuckle flippantly on the highest of the lid forces the gadget to make a peculiar gear-turning sound, adopted by a cute woosh sound because the lid pops up possibly a half-inch from the chassis. I used knock-knock way more than I initially anticipated, and whereas I nonetheless assume it is a gimmick, at the least it is a helpful one.
The minute thickness of the Yoga Ebook prevents it from having a ton of ports. Two USB-C three.1 Gen 1 ports stay on its edges, one on both facet, and a microSD card slot sits on the left edge as properly. Apart from the facility and quantity buttons, that is it—there is not even a headphone jack on the brand new Yoga Ebook. It is a unusual resolution contemplating the gadget is simply thick sufficient headphone jack might match, however Lenovo determined to depart it out. Certain, wi-fi earbuds are slowly getting higher and rising in popularity, however some nonetheless admire (or demand) the reliability of a headphone jack.
The brand new Yoga Ebook now has a secondary E Ink display screen that acts as a keyboard, notepad, and an e-reader.
The included precision pen magnetically holds onto the Yoga Ebook’s body.
It nonetheless has the watchband hinge like the unique Yoga Ebook.
A brand new optical infrared fingerprint reader sits on the nook of the E Ink show.
It is fairly compact, measuring 9.6mm thick and weighing 1.71 kilos.
The facility and quantity buttons sit subsequent to one in all its two USB-C ports.
It has a microSD card slot, however no headphone jack.
E Ink panel and precision pen
E Ink expertise replaces Lenovo’s “halo” tech on the unique Yoga Ebook, and even earlier than I attempted out the brand new gadget, I assumed this was a very good resolution. Final 12 months’s Yoga Ebook had many limitations—the halo keyboard wasn’t lively when the stylus was lively, and also you could not write immediately on the halo keyboard. So as to sketch onto the digital display screen, you needed to put the accompanying paper pad on prime of the halo keyboard and sketch on that—all your scribbles had been then transfered to the PC, equally to how a Wacom digitizer works (simply not as elegant).
With the E Ink panel, the Yoga Ebook now helps contact and pen enter and drawing immediately on the panel. There’s additionally a brand new learn mode. These choices alone makes the E Ink panel way more versatile and sensible than the earlier technology, and it is a perk that most individuals are acquainted with because of e-readers.
This E Ink panel is fairly customary: it is nice to have a look at in most lighting environments, however it’s sluggish to refresh. Switching between keyboard, notice, and and studying modes took at the least one to 2 seconds earlier than the suitable interface absolutely loaded on the panel.
Nonetheless, I used to be glad to see that the panel does not fully refresh each time you press a key or make a small change to the on-screen interface. On e-readers like Kindle gadgets, the E Ink panel refreshes each time you flip the web page and the transition is not at all times seamless. On this panel, the panel does not glitch or change whilst you’re typing or when you choose sure choices which are remoted to 1 space of the panel.
However I did discover some ghosting when switching between modes. This sometimes occurred after I switched from keyboard mode to a different mode, possible as a result of keyboard mode was my main mode so it remained on the E Ink panel for lengthy intervals of time earlier than the panel wanted to refresh. Fortunately, ghosting solely lasted about three to 5 seconds after the panel refreshed.