Lenovo Yoga Book | £548.97 | Buy from Amazon: bit.ly/lenw431
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Lenovo’s Yoga Book is unique, even among these innovative hybrid devices. For a start, it doesn’t have a physical keyboard. Instead, you get a fancy virtual one with illuminated, futuristic-looking keys that vibrate when you tap them, giving you a reassuring (and much-needed) sense of physical feedback.
This isn’t merely an aesthetic touch, however, because the Yoga Book can also turn that virtual keyboard into a full-blown electromagnetic-resonance (EMR) writing surface, so at the flick of a switch you can be drawing pictures or jotting down notes with its bundled stylus. Simply press the small button in the top right-hand corner and the illuminated keys instantly disappear. This makes the Yoga Book incredibly versatile as an artistic, design or note-taking tool – and even more so than most other hybrids. You can even add a magnetic clip to a standard pen or pencil, then attach an A5 pad and the Yoga Book will digitise anything you write or draw on it.
The tablet runs Windows 10 perfectly well, as long as you don’t try to do too many things at once. Its score of 11 in our benchmark test put it in third place overall, although it was only one point behind the second-place Asus Transformer Mini. The screen is adequate but not brilliant, producing just 81.2% of Microsoft’s standard SRGB colours. It’s battery life is good for the price, though, lasting seven hours and 22 minutes in our video-playback test.
There are two options available: the Windows version we’ve reviewed here, and an Android version, which currently costs around £ 150 less from Amazon ( bit.ly/lena431). If you’re thinking more in terms of a tablet you can use as a laptop, rather than laptop you can use as a tablet, this alternative version is well worth considering.