- Editor's Rating
- Dedicated writing/drawing area ideal for taking notes
- Sleek, flexible design
- Good Battery Life
- Virtual keyboard not well suited for long typing sessions
- Barely average performance
Quick TakeThe Yoga Book is very well suited to Windows fans who frequently take notes, sketch, or draw on their computer.
Last summer’s Windows 10 Anniversary Update brought much greater support for handwritten notes to Microsoft’s OS. Lenovo took that and ran with it, producing the Yoga Book with a strong emphasis on drawing and sketching. Thanks to a very flexible hinge this 2-in-1 can be used as laptop and a tablet, and it has an affordable $549.99 price.
We have already reviewed the version of computer that runs Google’s Android operating system. The hardware and accessories for these two devices are identical, so this article will focus on the performance of the Windows version, as well its associated software. For our thoughts on the physical design, please read our Lenovo Yoga Book Review: Great Android 2-in-1 for Notetaking.
Lenovo Yoga Book Performance
The Yoga Book looks like a high-end device, but it doesn’t have a high-end processor… which isn’t unreasonable because it also doesn’t have a high-end price. Still, potential buyers should be aware that its quad-core Intel Atom X5-Z8550 processor (1.44 GHz, 2.40 GHz burst, 2M cache) is best suited for light office work, including note taking, as well as general personal use.
Its 4GB of LPDDR3 RAM means this computer can handle running a few applications at once, but will bog down if asked to handle more. The 10.1-inch screen isn’t particularly conducive to having more than two apps open at the same time anyway.
Lenovo built 64 GB of storage into this computer. That’s not an overly-generous amount, but it’s adequate, especially as it can be easily expanded with a microSD card. Those who intend to permanently install one of these might also invest in a flash drive that has both a micro-USB jack and a full-size USB jack, as this will make swapping files with other computers easier.
Lenovo Yoga Book Software
This version of the Yoga Book comes with Windows 10 Home 64, the latest version of Microsoft’s signature operating system. This is well suited to 2-in-1s, as it boasis different modes for tablets and laptops. The tablet mode is designed to make it easier to control the computer entirely through the touchscreen, while the laptop mode emphasizes the use of keyboard and trackpad.
The Anniversary Update introduced a few months ago added the Windows Ink Workspace with Sticky Notes, a sketch pad, and screensketch baked into the OS. We found that the Create Pad works brilliantly with these, allowing the user to draw on a surface that’s flat on a table while the display is tilted up to make it easier to see. The user also has the option to draw directly on the screen, of course, but the Yoga Book’s touchscreen isn’t pressure sensitive; only the Create Pad is.
Our Lenovo Yoga Book review unit has the following technical specifications:
- 10.1-inch FHD IPS AnyPen touch display (1920 x 1200 resolution, glossy surface), capacitive touch Wacom digitizer
- Create Pad with EMR pen technology
- Windows 10 Home 64
- Intel Atom X5-Z8550 processor (1.44 GHz, 2.40 GHz burst, 2M cache)
- Intel HD 400 integrated graphics
- 4GB LPDDR3 RAM (non-expandable)
- 64GB internal capacity, expandable via microSD
- 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac Wi-Fi
- Bluetooth 4.0
- Built-in 2-megapixel front-facing webcam, 8-megapixel rear
- Dimensions: 10.1 x 6.72 x 0.38 inches
- Weight: 1.52 pounds
- Price as configured: $549.99
Lenovo Yoga Book Benchmarks
Geekbench 4 is a cross-platform benchmark measuring overall performance. Higher score is better.
PCMark8 Home (Accelerated) measures overall system performance in Windows 8 for general activities from web browsing and video streaming to typing documents and playing games (higher scores mean better performance):
PCMark8 Work (Accelerated) measures overall system performance in Windows 8 for office productivity (higher scores mean better performance):
3DMark Fire Strike is a newer DirectX 11 benchmark that measures overall graphics card performance for gaming (higher scores mean better performance):
Lenovo Yoga Book Battery Life
Lenovo promises that this computer will run for up to 13 hours on a single charge. To test this claim we used the Yoga Book under what we consider a fairly realistic usage pattern: almost continuous web browsing and video streaming over Wi-Fi with the screen set to about 80% brightness. The device lasted 8 hours and 36 minutes, which is more than enough to get through a standard work day.
The 2-in-1 gets its power through its micro-USB port, so it can have its battery topped off with an average mobile phone charger.
Lenovo Yoga Book Final Thoughts
This is easily the most innovative computer we’ve seen in some time, with a design guaranteed to turn heads. It’s lightweight and beautiful, and very well suited to people who frequently take notes, sketch, or draw on their computer. The price is reasonable, and Windows 10 makes the Yoga Book powerful enough to be someone’s only computer.
But the virtual Halo keyboard can’t be used for touch typing, so anyone planning to do a great deal of writing should consider adding an external keyboard, mouse, and monitor when using the Yoga Book at a desk. Those not planning on hand writing notes virtually every day should look elsewhere.