Lenovo ThinkPad Yoga (20CD00AVUS)

Lenovo ThinkPad Yoga (20CD00AVUS)

 

The Lenovo ThinkPad Yoga is an impressive business hybrid with a clever keyboard, 360 degree folding screen design and stylus used for touch display.

 

The Pros

  • Impressive IPS touchscreen
  • Top notch keyboard
  • Accurate Stylus
  • Solid Construction

The Cons

  • Below average battery life
  • Lack of Ethernet Port

Design

Lenovo ThinkPad Yoga has a tough chassis, it is styled largely with durable magnesium alloy frame and smooth black surface design with splashes of colors from the buttons, a flashing red light in the logos which is located at the lid and deck and the red TrackPoint nub. It measures 12.4in x 8.7in x 0.8in and weighs 3.59lbs. It is easy to carry around anywhere you want to and its chassis is tough enough to handle all environments.

The multimodal option gives you four modes: Tablet, Laptop, Tent, and Stand and A. The ‘Tablet’ lets you do a 360 degrees flip while the ‘Laptop’ speaks for itself, ‘Tent’ enables you to swivel the screen 180 degrees, while in ‘Stand’ mode the screen faces outwards while the keyboard sits face down on the desk and in ‘A’ the screen face outwards. For convenience, ThinkPad Yoga has a lift and lock keyboard wherein the keys sink beneath the base when you rotate the screen.

Input Devices

The spill resistant chiclet AccuType keyboard has curved keys that are easy to use and feels snappy, it also features a backlight that lets you work at both low and high settings.

The touchpad offers accurate navigation and the matte texture offers good traction. It supports three-finger swipe for minimizing windows, pinch-to-zoom and two-finger swipe for browsing through pictures or images.

A Common feature for Think Pads is the red TrackPoint located between G and H keys on the keyboard. The purpose of the nub is for highlighting texts, drawing boxes and navigating through the system.

Display and Communication

The 12.5 inch Full HD screen has a 10-point capacitive touch and has a 1920 x 1080 resolution. The IPS screen delivers excellent viewing angles and it features a Gorilla Glass finish to help protect it from scratches. The wireless connectivity is strong, it supports 802.11ac courtesy of Intel Dual Band Wireless AC 7260 chipset and Bluetooth 4.0.

Ports

Lenovo ThinkPad Yoga (20CD00AVUS)(1)

The ports are located on the left and right hand side, there are two USB 3.0 ports at the left and right side which offers always-on device charging. Also, located on the right side is the screen rotation lock, a volume rocker switch and power button. Mini HDMI, 4 in 1 media card reader, a headphone/microphone combo jack and power connector is also present. The Yoga lacks an Ethernet port and VGA out. The ThinkPad OneLink Dock offers 2 x USB 3.0, audio port, and 2 x USB 2.0, full sized HDMI and Gigabit Ethernet.

Performance

The Lenovo ThinkPad Yoga is a 4th Generation Intel Haswell-based business notebook. It’s available in i5-4200U, i5-4300U, i7-4500U and i7-4600U options. You can also choose from 4 or 8GB of dual channel DDR3L RAM and 128 or 256 GB SSD.

Battery & Warranty

ThinkPad Yoga comes with an 8 cell 47Wh battery that lasts up to seven to eight hours. Warranty period is 12 months or 1 year.

The Verdict

Overall, it has an impressive keyboard, responsive touchpad and accurate stylus which makes the ThinkPad worth considering. However for its price, it could have offered or added features to make it the ultimate business hybrid.

9 Comments

  • Ricardo says:

    The chiclet AccuType keyboard is really cool. It has enhances the feature of this laptop. You must try it. It’s really clever!

  • Dino_Van says:

    My mom says the battery gets easily drain. It doesn’t reach 7 hours as indicated.

  • Ron_4 says:

    This laptop is quite a revolution for me, this laptop is only a few millimeters bigger in length and width then the Yoga 2 pro, but manages to fit a 14″ in screen, double the number of video outputs, an additional USB port, and even the mechanics for the lift n lock keyboard tray. I would recommend this product.

  • Ivy DC44 says:

    In my observation, given that this is a Thinkpad keyboard, it goes without saying that it has an excellent feel to the key presses, good travel, and good spacing. As usual, the Fn and Ctrl keys are swapped, but if this is not something that you can get used to, there is an option in the bios to switch it, as well as an option to toggle the function keys

  • Brandy says:

    I enjoyed using this laptop ‘coz of its accurate navigation.
    Also the matte texture offers good traction. It supports three-finger swipe for minimizing windows, pinch-to-zoom and two-finger swipe for browsing through pictures or images. This is really cool!

  • Kurt says:

    The pen is the most accurate touch input I have ever used, and apparently has more pressure levels than the surface. I basically knew as soon as I saw the press releases that I was going to order this laptop, and I’m glad I did.

  • Linux_Master10 says:

    Where the heck should I connect the ethernet cable?!! What if I need to configure something that requires to be connected on the ethernet port? It sucks!

  • Raj M says:

    the speed is great. So is the pen input and the screen (its the WQHD IPS screen). It is everything I wanted or needed in a computer. This has been exactly the laptop I have been looking for for more than 2 years.

  • winona_18 says:

    It is really light! I travel a lot that’s why I asked my husband to buy me a not so heavy laptop. Looks like he found it! Now for all its durability, it weighs just 2.8 lbs / 1.27 kg, making it the world’s thinnest and lightest 14″ 2-in-1 business laptop.

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