About two years ago, Lenovo launched a surprising new product in their line of ultrabooks called the Lenovo Yoga Book. It’s was a 10.1 inch portable that didn’t have a keyboard. Well, not a classical one at least. The Yoga Book featured a touch screen only keyboard, powered by a haptic feedback trying to mimic the sensations you’d get from a classical device.
Although the design was great and at least on paper the ultrabook sounded promising, it failed to impress. It’s main drawback: the keyboard, of course.
It was also under powered, especially the Windows version. You could either choose the Windows 10 version or the Android version.
This year however, Lenovo seem to want to reinvent the playbook in the form of an upgraded product called Yoga Book C930.
Instead of the all glass touch keyboard, they adopted a new E-Ink screen which can also be used as a keyboard. It also features a better and bigger display and a more modern although one generation behind processor. Another important downside to the Lenovo Yoga Book C930 is the price, it’s $1.000 USD.
The idea behind the new Yoga Book is to be used as a secondary device. It’s also being marketed as a travel laptop, which is what I’d be using it for.
It will ship with only the Windows version this time, since Lenovo claimed that the one powered my Microsoft’s Operating System sold much better than the Android one.
The specs are nothing to brag about, but should be enough for a travel or secondary device. It boosts a 7th generation Intel Core i5 processor, only 4GBs of RAM and a 256 SSD storage.
The biggest and most obvious difference is the keyboard. The previous model had a digitiser that acted as a keyboard, the current one is an E-Ink display, which can be considered a secondary display.
What this means is that you can basically use the second display as a reading gadget, although for now only pdf files as supported, so you won’t be able to read e-books in other formats.
You won’t be needing a white paper to draw your art this time, since you can now do it directly on the E-Ink screen.
According to Lenovo, the haptic feedback has improved from the last generation, with both vibration and sound, making it feel more natural.
On of the coolest things about the new haptic feedback is the way the keys are designed to bounce back when you press the, just like a more traditional keyboard would. It also learns from it’s users’ typing, so when for example you want to type “t” and you press it too much to the right and accidentally press “y” as well, the keyboard “knows” this and learns from it.
One of the other things users complained the most in the previous generation Yoga Book is how difficult it was to open up the lid.
you couldn’t do it with one hand and most times you’d have to pick it up and open it like a book, then put it down and do your work on it.
This time, they added a new feature they’re calling “knock to open”. You can literally knock on the top of the lid and it will open up just enough for you to lift it completely and adjust it according to your preferences.
Being a Yoga device, this means you can still turn the screen up to 360 degrees. The new devices will start shipping at the beginning of October 2018, but I’m curious to see how many will actually be willing to pay $1000 USD for a device that’s meant for traveling.