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Len­ovo is known to come up with in­ter­est­ing de­vices un­der its Yoga se­ries which score high on in­no­va­tion and util­ity – be it adding a built-in pro­jec­tor to a lap­top or launch­ing a tablet that can be hung on the wall. Its lat­est of­fer­ing, the Yoga Book, is a hy­brid – a com­bi­na­tion of a touch tablet and lap­top, mi­nus a phys­i­cal key­board.

The Len­ovo Yoga Book is a strik­ing look­ing lap­top – car­bon black body with a 360-de­gree ro­tat­ing hinge in sil­ver ren­ders it a sleek look. For a lap­top, Yoga Book is su­per slim and weighs 690 gms. It has a 10.1-inch screen with 1,900 x 1,200 pixel res­o­lu­tion, back­lit LED ca­pac­i­tive IPS panel of­fer­ing rich colours. The tra­di­tional phys­i­cal key­board has been re­placed with what Len­ovo calls a ‘Halo key­board’. This ca­pac­i­tive full­touch flat sur­face has a built-in holo­graphic key­board, and dou­bles up as a touch­pad for sketch­ing or tak­ing dig­i­tal notes. Typ­ing on the touch key­board was a chal­lenge ini­tially, but I got a hang of it, and grad­u­ally en­joyed us­ing it. It sup­ports hap­tic feed­back and lets out a sound alert for ev­ery key press, which can be turned off from the Halo key­board set­tings un­der Con­trol Panel. Although mul­ti­ple presses at the same time are not reg­is­tered, it works smoothly for Win­dows short­cut com­mands. There is a small but­ton at the top to turn off ‘Halo Key­board’ and ac­ti­vate the sketch mode.

Len­ovo has added a com­pat­i­ble sty­lus, with 2048 lev­els of pres­sure sen­si­tiv­ity, which can be used to sketch in Mi­crosoft Paint or OneNote. There is a real pen along with ink re­fills that can be used to work on the pa­per book pad that comes with the de­vice. This book pad at­taches to the sur­face mag­net­i­cally, and any­thing one scrib­bles or sketches on it is repli­cated on OneNote.

This is a Win­dows 10 hy­brid lap­top pow­ered by In­tel Atom pro­ces­sor with 4 GB of RAM and 64 GB ROM, of­fer­ing 128 GB ex­pand­able stor­age. There is a SIM tray slot on the side with LTE sup­port. While it is good for en­ter­tain­ment, brows­ing, and day-to-day op­er­a­tions, the pro­ces­sor can­not han­dle heavy-duty apps.

Also, its su­per sleek form fac­tor has come at the cost of tra­di­tional ports. There is a mi­croUSB port for charg­ing, a mini-HDMI port, and an au­dio jack, but USB, full HDMI and LAN ports are miss­ing. Speaker grills on the side with Dolby sound of­fer clear and loud out­put. The bat­tery back-up is im­pres­sive – pow­ered by an 8,500-mAh bat­tery, the lap­top lasted for over 11 hours.

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