The Yoga also has a slightly bigger trackpad and, of course, both machines come with the iconic red ThinkPad TrackPoint trackstick. The trackstick has proper buttons, located above the touchpad. The available warranty options for both machines are myriad and business-friendly. Despite the MIL spec toughness, few screens can survive that. Performance-wise, the machines both do as expected, handling business applications without breaking a sweat.
As with any computer decision, the choice between these models comes down to what you want to do with the machine. If you want the flexibility of a laptop and tablet in a single device, pick the ThinkPad Yoga Sign up to receive the daily top stories from the Financial Post, a division of Postmedia Network Inc. A welcome email is on its way. If you don't see it, please check your junk folder.
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The Yoga 's hinge-mounted speakers are powerful enough to fill a small room, but if you're planning a presentation for a midsize conference room, pack some speakers. When I played both the guitar-heavy "Holy Diver" and the bass-driven "Forget Me Nots," high tones were tinny, and even at maximum volume, the laptop didn't sound particularly loud.
The laptop has Dolby Audio software on board, which lets you switch between sound profiles for Movie, Music, Gaming and Voice uses, or manually adjust a graphic equalizer. I found that Dynamic mode, where the software decides which profile you need, provided the loudest and most accurate sound. The ThinkPad Yoga comes with an active stylus -- the ThinkPad Pen Pro -- which provides 2, levels of pressure for a highly accurate drawing and handwriting experience. When I drew in the Fresh Paint app, strokes appeared thicker or thinner based on how hard I pressed.
Scribbling letters in Windows 10's handwriting keyboard felt natural, and letters I wrote on the screen looked as good as any I've written on paper. Unlike many other laptops that come with styluses, including the Vaio Z Flip, the Yoga has a built-in compartment for its pen. The pen charges its internal battery when docked, and Lenovo claims that it will get 19 hours' worth of charge in just 20 seconds; I had no problems with its endurance.
Weighing less than an ounce and measuring just 4. The tip on the stylus offered good friction, providing the illusion of using a real pen on paper as I pushed against the screen glass. Lenovo also includes its WRITEit app, which allows you to handwrite directly into any text field in any application or Web page. While Windows 10's built-in handwriting keyboard also provides a way to scribble on screen and have your longhand converted into ASCII characters, it places the writing area at the bottom of the screen rather than letting you draw right on top of a page -- a huge advantage.
I found that WRITEit worked really well in applications with large text areas, such as Google Docs or WordPad, but trying to scribble into small fields like Chrome's address bar or the Windows search box was more of a challenge. WRITEit also supports a variety of gestures for common commands like erasing text, hitting Enter or inserting a tab, but they often did not register when I attempted to perform them.
Lenovo's ThinkPads are known for having the best laptop keyboards in the business, and the Yoga fully lives up to this rich tradition, offering strong feedback, deep travel and comfortably curved keys that are easy to feel. Whereas a typical laptop keyboard's keys have around 1. With 60 grams of actuation force required to press down, the keys feel really snappy, too.
On the 10FastFingers typing test, I managed a speedy 99 words per minute, which is a bit better than my typical 94 to 95 wpm, with a reasonable 1. The spill-resistant keyboard also has a backlight that was more than bright enough to let me see the keys at both its high and low settings. The ThinkPad Yoga 's 3. The system responded immediately and consistently to multitouch gestures, including pinch-to-zoom, three-finger swipe for switching apps or minimizing windows, and two-finger swipe for browsing through images in Windows Photo Gallery.
Using this stick to navigate, highlight text or draw boxes was even more precise than employing the touchpad. I also saved time and arm movement with the TrackPoint because I didn't have to take my hands off of the home row. If you can get used to using the nub, you can work faster. The power and volume buttons, along with the stylus, also sit on the right side. Lenovo's p webcam captured sharp images of my face, even in dim areas of our office and my home.
The images had some noise graininess but were far better than on most laptop webcams we've tested. The Yoga comes standard with a large fingerprint reader that recognizes your digits with a simple press, rather than making you swipe across a narrow sensor. Registering my index finger for use as a Windows Hello login was a breeze, as was signing in to Windows.
The ThinkPad Yoga stayed pleasantly cool throughout our tests. After the laptop streamed a video for 15 minutes, its touchpad measured a chilly 81 degrees Fahrenheit, and both its keyboard and its bottom registered 90 degrees. All of these measurements are well below our degree comfort threshold.
With its 2. Even when I had a dozen tabs open and played a 4K video in another window, I noticed no signs of lag at all. The Yoga scored a solid 6, on Geekbench 3, a synthetic test that measures overall performance. That's a modest rate of Lenovo's business 2-in-1 took 4 minutes and 42 seconds to complete the Laptop Mag Spreadsheet Macro Test, which involves matching 20, names with their addresses.
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