Flexible laptop comes at a price

The Lenovo Yoga 3 laptop costs $2499.

The Lenovo Yoga 3 laptop costs $2499.

If you’ve ever touched your laptop screen after using your smartphone and been disappointed nothing happened, it might be time to look at a hybrid computer..

Hybrids look like a normal laptop but when flipped right over they sit flat and work like a tablet.

These two-in-one computers have got a mixed reception. Some people love the fact you only need one device while others say they make too many compromises.

Lenovo started this hybrid trend in 2012 and several other companies have followed.

The company is now on their third iteration – the Yogo 3 Pro which is an improvement on the previous model especially in terms of size.

THE GOOD

The Yogo 3 is a very good-looking piece of tech. The designers have taken advantage of the new Intel Core M chip to make it 17 per cent thinner and 15 per cent lighter than its predecessor.

It’s a pleasure to use and it’s got plenty of processing power for the average user.

Windows 8 works well on the Yoga 3 with the ability to swipe tiles taking advantage of the touchscreen. This experience should continue with Windows 10 when it’s released later this year.

The best thing is the touchscreen. It looks great with its 13.3-inch 3200 x 1800 pixels and is fun to use, which is a tough thing to say about a laptop.

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Using it as a tablet works well. The keyboard turns off when you bend the screen back more than 190 degrees and the screen’s sensitivity is the same as any other tablet.

However, this all comes at a cost.

THE BAD

Paying $2499 for a single device (even if it’s a two-in-one) is a lot of money. For that I’d expect a near-faultless product but the Yoga 3 has a few.

The screen has a large bezel around it which makes it look a bit dated in a time when many gadgets are moving away from them.

Also, the mousepad felt a bit plasticky and small compared to those on other brands.

Battery life is good at just under eight hours but there are many other ultrabooks out there that last up to 12 hours. This is a compromise you have to make for it’s sleeker design.

VERDICT

This device is more for someone who wants a laptop but occasionally would like to use a tablet. It costs too much to only be a sometimes-laptop.

It’d be great for someone who travels a lot and wants the versatility of a two-in-one device and is willing to pay for that convenience.

DETAILS

  • 13.3-inch, 3,200×1,800 touchscreen
  • 1.1GHz Intel 5Y60 processor
  • 8GB RAM
  • 256GB SSD hard drive
  • 802.11ac wireless, Bluetooth 4.0
  • $2499

 – Stuff




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