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Lenovo Yoga Book: one step closer to the perfect creative companion

The new Lenovo Yoga Book is small, light and packed with innovations and ways to explore your creativity. This digital notebook gives you insight into the future of portable screens – but also shows that we’re not quite there yet.

It’s not the first and it won’t be the last time that I’m saying this: The Lenovo Yoga Book is a real beauty. As usual, it has a few downsides, but it’s also equipped with a few clever new features.

What you see is what you get

With less than 1 kg, the Yoga Book is light as a feather. Yet, it’s stable and flexible, featuring a joint that reminds of a wristwatch and adds to the elegant design.

It’s also small, easy to carry and closes just like a laptop, making sure the screen is always protected. I packed it in my bag and was ready to go within seconds – this and its 13-hour battery life make it clear that this device really was designed for work on the go.

The Yoga Book has two symmetrical and identical screens. This might look good, but makes it tricky to open the tablet, as there’s no gap between the two screens. However, its overwhelming beauty will make you forget this minor glitch.

Typing, writing, sketching and drawing

One side of the Yoga Book is your screen, the other either a keyboard or a drawing pad.

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Press the pen symbol and the keys will light up on the surface in their usual layout. It feels like you’re in a Sci-Fi movie – Tron and Tron Legacy are what it made me think of. Typing on a hard, flat surface takes some getting used to, but it’s possible. What I couldn’t get my head around though was the tiny trackpad, which I found a real pain to work with. But the Yoga Book features touchscreen and a Stylus, so this isn’t a dealbreaker.

Coincidence? Inspiration. Back to the pen symbol. Press it twice and the surface turns into a canvas. Drawing onto the screen directly is also possible, but it’s easier to see the objects on the 10” screen if the input comes from somewhere else. Plus, the “Create Pad” – as Lenovo call it – has an excellent feel to it and detects an overwhelming 2,048 levels of pressure. This makes Microsoft products look really old-fashioned.

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If you don’t like the Create Pad’s feel, simply put a piece of paper or the magnetic notebook (included in the scope of delivery) onto the surface, transform the tip of the Real Pen into a usual ballpoint pen and start drawing away.

The notebook programme automatically synchronises every page with your Microsoft account. Great stuff.

Too good to be true

So far, so good. Right? However, there’s one tiny detail that could be a real show-stopper, especially if you’re using the Windows version.

The Lenovo Yoga Book is equipped with an Intel Atom processor. That’s fine if you’re using Microsoft Office products, browsing the internet and watching YouTube videos, but will keep you from making the most of this device by working with the usual creative programmes and graphics editors.

It took me a while to find a programme that lets you draw and paint without offering all the other features that make it too large to use on this device. Still, I ran out of storage all the time. Installing Photoshop on the Lenovo Yoga Book seems virtually impossible.

After receiving a few of these messages, I decided to finish my drawing on my own laptop. What’s the point in having a device with such great features and potential if you can’t even install most of the programmes that would make it great? An Android version should offer more alternatives, which require less processor capacity. But if you’re using the Yoga Book to read, highlight and scribble, any version will be good enough.

I made this sketch after the programme crashed for the seventh time. Mariana is not amused.

It’s a real shame the lack of processing power makes it impossible to use this beautiful gadget as a mobile art studio. I have high hopes for their next version, but until then, I’ll just keep myself busy scribbling and sketching my rage away.

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Mariana Hurtado

Grafik-Designerin, Pokémon-Trainerin, tech-savvy und keine Schriftstellerin. Seit 2014 bin ich in der Schweiz. Ich führe einen steten Kampf gegen schlechtes Design.

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User MyPictures

Naja 4 GB Arbeitsspeicher ist heutzutage einfach zu wenig. Weiss nicht was sich Lenovo dabei gedacht hat.

04.09.2017
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User YvesMundorff

Das Gleiche habe ich mir auch gedacht.

04.09.2017
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User justthink

Lenovo hat es echt geschafft einen Laptop zu bauen der schlechter ist als ein Tablet, denn es hat keine der Vorteile eines Laptops, wie gute Tastatur, mehr Leistung und professionelle Programme. Ist mir wirklich unklar für wen das Teil sein soll.

05.09.2017
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User darkprojekt

Das Schreiben auf der virtuellen Tastatur funktioniert sehr gut. Zudem gefällt mir das Konzept, nicht auf dem Bildschirm selbst mit dem Stift zu schreiben, sondern wie früher mit dem Grafik-Tablet. Aber ja, es ist ein erweitertes Tablet, kein Notebook. Die Leistung ist jedoch wirklich sehr schlecht.

05.09.2017
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User Anonymous

Ein Grafiktablett an einem Desktop macht Sinn, weil der Monitor aufrecht steht und möglicherweise kein Touchscreen hat. Bei einem Tablet nebenan zu zeichnen macht null Sinn, der Vorteil eines Tablets ist ja, dass es wie Papier-Ersatz genutzt werden kann und die Striche dort auftauchen, wo man den Stift ansetzt.

19.09.2017
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User Anonymous

Ich zeichne zwar nicht wirklich, aber mit einem Core M Prozessor und 8 GB RAM hätte ich das Yogabook sofort gekauft. Von daher kann ich Marianas Artikel nur zustimmen

05.09.2017
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User boergu

Für mich hat es das Surfrace Pro 3 ersetzt. Es bietet natürlich einige Nachteile, aber für mich als Fotograf überwiegen die Vorteile. Es ist sehr leicht und es rechenstarck genug, um Photoshop und Lightroom zu meistern.

12.09.2017
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User Anonymous

Oje. Ich hatte vor, mir ein Convertible mit Stylus zu kaufen um darauf Artrage zu nutzen (hab die Demo-Version auf meinem Desktop). Wenn das Programm aber schon nicht mit diesem Gerät gut funktioniert, dann wohl auch nicht mit günstigeren?

19.09.2017
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User kochasiech

Was hältst du von der 1000fr. teureren, 15'' Version mit i7 und GTX1050?

05.09.2017
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User darkprojekt

Ich glaube nicht, dass es eine solche YOGO Book-Version gibt.

05.09.2017
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User kochasiech

Yoga 720 heissts.

06.09.2017
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User darkprojekt

Ich sehe den Zusammenhang zwischen 720 und Book nicht. Das einzigartige Feature am Book ist die virtuelle Tastatur/Touchpad. Das 720 hat ganz offensichtlich eine physikalische Tastatur und gehört darum eindeutig in eine andere Kategorie.

06.09.2017
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User kochasiech

Na gut. Ich habe nur gefragt, weil ich mir gerade ein 720 kaufen will.

07.09.2017
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User deepsync

Also ich habe hierfür mein Surface 4 hergegeben und habe es nicht bereut. An die virtuelle TAstatur habe ich mich 100% gewöhnt und die Performance ist für meinen Normalgebrauch auch genügend. Der Formfaktor ud die Portabilität sind einfach klasse und den Kompromiss wert.

06.09.2017
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User fumo

Hmm auf wen soll man nun hören. Die begeisterte an der Messe, die behauptet man könnte damit Papier sparen während sie auf einen Papierblock kritzelt, oder auf den ernüchternden Bericht hier? ;)

06.09.2017
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