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.

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