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Lenovo ThinkPad Yoga: the perfect hybrid notebook

Elias Plastiras | Oct. 7, 2014
With a minimum of fuss, the Yoga goes from laptop to tablet, but its the overall package that's impressive.

We did notice that the base gets noticeably warm if the Core i7 has been doing some hard work, and this could be uncomfortable while using it on your lap or holding it as a tablet. More likely, you'll want to rest the Yoga on a desk while using it for CPU-intensive work.

The touchpad is silky smooth and great overall, but it's one of those 'clickpads', which essentially means the whole pad is a button. If you put too much pressure on it while dragging your finger over it, you'll end up pressing it, which can be annoying. There are soft button zones along the top, which are used by the TrackPoint device. We never had a reason to use the TrackPoint during this review, but could see it being useful when using the laptop on your lap in cramped circumstances.

The bottom line is this: if you're after a great laptop that's small and portable, which has a great keyboard and good overall features, and which can also be used effectively as a tablet, then the ThinkPad Yoga is definitely the one to go for. The Core i7 this review is based on cost $1699 at the time of writing.


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