While others are focusing on particular gadgets, some producers are looking to offer the best of two worlds. Lenovo Yoga for instance is a hybrid that’s better than your laptop or tablet. Why? Well, it isn’t called Yoga for nothing.
Laptop and notebook makers have been pushing the limits with their latest gadgets. We’re not talking in particular about ultrabooks (which by the way are the future), but about hybrids. Gadgets that combine the tablet and the laptop so users can have two for one. Lenovo’s IdeaPad Yoga is a hybrid with a twist.
Lenovo Yoga brings to the world of tablet/laptop hybrids an interesting functionality. You can basically use it as a tablet or as a laptop without having to purchase new accessories. The best word to describe Lenovo’s hybrid is convertible. The touch-screen computer has four distinct positions that allow you to fold it and flip it 360 degrees and it doesn’t even look weird. In fact, it’s a surprisingly good-looking laptop. And it’s not just us saying that.
“Out of the box, it looks like a traditional notebook, but keep tilting the 13-inch touchscreen back along its hinge, and it folds all the way around until the clamshell is closed again” writes Time.com about Lenovo Yoga. The Yoga hybrid can be opened partway with keys down and the screen facing outward, or arrange it so it will stand on both of its edges, which by the way is great for watching movies, browsing pictures or recipes in tight spaces.
Lenovo’s IdeaPad Yoga 13 is 0.67 inches thick and weighs 3.4 pounds, so as a tablet it isn’t exactly the number one choice. Time.com’s review on Lenovo Yoga reads that the approach this gadget suggests “is simple and logical enough, but after spending a week with Lenovo Yoga review unit, I think it’s a better laptop than it is a tablet”.
The hybrid costs $1099 and features a third-generation Intel Core i5-3317U processor with 4GB of RAM and a 128GB drive. It runs Windows 8 and has a 720p webcam, built-in Wi-Fi and a 13-inch multi-touch touchscreen.
Lenovo Yoga is just the beginning of a new market, where hybrids will be better than your laptop and your tablet. It’s basically just a matter of time, before laptop producers will figure out how to integrate the tablet so the hybrid will be a successful and optimized gadget.