In addition to desktops and notebooks, the company also produces monitors, projectors, servers, etc. In , Lenovo took over Motorola Mobility, which gave them a boost in the smartphone market. However, the distance decreased gradually. In the smartphone market, Lenovo did not belong to the Top 5 global manufacturers in The laptop is evaluated below average, this is not really a recommendation for purchase.
Intel Core iU 2 x 2. Lenovo homepage Lenovo notebook section. The 14" ThinkPad Yoga 14 is my cut off. You of course, may be different, and Lenovo seems to have removed the 14" model from their website, so if you want a ThinkPad Yoga bigger than the Unfortunately, the convertible design feels like something of a waste in this inch, 5.
In the end, it's best viewed as a solid business system with touch capability. The most comparable Editors' Choice, the Apple MacBook Pro Inch Retina Display, bests it in both performance and battery life, while other alternatives, like the workstation Dell Precision M offer more processing muscle. The Yoga 15 has a beautiful screen with touch, a spacious keyboard, a good clickpad and has respectable speakers. The ThinkPad Yoga 15, by contrast, is a convertible with a rougher ride—its engineering is just as fine, but its size and weight eclipse its usefulness in tablet and tent modes although it's a great PowerPoint presenter in stand mode.
Thankfully Lenovo takes things a step further and the look and feel of a ThinkPad are quite distinct. You get the traditional TrackPoint in the middle of the keyboard, separate mouse buttons, a OneLink connector for a Lenovo dock and a host of Lenovo utilities to keep your laptop in perfect working order.
It's a powerful laptop with a sturdy design that can be flexed into multiple different positions. Lenovo packed this 2-in-1 machine with a gorgeous screen, a solid trackpad and a healthy selection of ports.
If you don't mind a few extra pounds, then this hybrid is ideal for the business user who seldom needs portability, but enjoys having the option. It delivers solid performance, seriously good graphics chops for the price and long battery life, all in a package that bends and flexes to my will without breaking my back, or itself.
Please share our article, every link counts! Current Prices. Even the cheap Edge models offered a consistent measure of solid build. Unfortunately, the review sample falls short in this respect. The base can be warped extremely and sometimes produces cracking noises.
When handling the device, the base unit seems too yielding and is not twist-resistant. Therefore, we do not quite understand the manufacturer's statements like "The ThinkPad Yoga 15's durable magnesium-alloy frame [ The two solid-looking hinges are not made of metal, but of a silver plastic cover and a small metal hinge hidden underneath it. The hinges are mounted on the outer sides of the base. In our opinion, although the construction is firm enough, it does not give the impression that it will keep the lid stable over many years.
Walking around with the Yoga 15 in laptop mode was enough for the display to gradually tilt back and forth just from its own weight. The lid with the touchscreen has to accept the same criticism. We think it is much too yielding for the purpose of a degree convertible. Positive: No pressure marks are passed on to the screen during normal use, i. A sturdy rubber lip lines the screen, and closes flush with the base. Lenovo has installed a retractable keyboard Lift 'n' Lock for the tablet mode.
Like in the Yoga 3 or the ThinkPad Yoga 12, the keys are fixed, but the surrounding plastic grid lifts up to level with the keys when the display is completely folded over. The keys are then locked and can no longer be pressed. This is handy because the new "underside" of the tablet becomes relatively homogeneous. The wrist rest yields slightly under pressure, and does not feature the highest strength. There are no security features, such as a fingerprint reader, TPM or SmartCard reader - aspects that are quite important for business customers.
Intel's Wireless-AC chip takes care of wireless connections; however, there is no classic RJ45 port. The signal strength was slightly above average in the author's personal setup. These are indicators of decent but not extraordinary reception strength of the Wi-Fi antennas. The Kensington Lock on the left is the only evidence of security on the exterior. Even the non-removable battery can be disabled for permanent stationary use. The user can create passwords for both general access supervisor and the hard drive.
Apart from the power supply, the Yoga 15 does not come with any noteworthy accessories. The topic of maintenance is rather insignificant in the Yoga The underside is made of one piece; there is no maintenance cover, and the battery is non-removable - at least not for nonprofessionals.
A webcam is found on the front. Not only does it have a meager resolution of p, but it also shoots pale, blurry pictures even in daylight conditions. Unsuitable for a convertible in this price range. LLenovo has equipped the ThinkPad Yoga 15 with a full-blown keyboard that utilizes the casing's entire width with large gaps. It is a standard chiclet model with conical keys and wide spacing.
There are plenty of special keys, for example for the browser, calculator or switching screens. The F1 - F12 keys are mapped as function keys under the second assignment. The full-sized number pad has marginally smaller keys than the keyboard. The latter features a two-level backlight, but is not splash-water proof like the T-series ThinkPads. The keys' surface is very sleek, the pressure point is crisp, and the stroke is firm yet not hard, but hollow in some places.
The surface yields slightly under high pressure in the middle and on the right. Typing is enjoyable owing to the crisp pressure point and the subdued clicking noise. However, it does not match the perfection of a T series keyboard. Once again, Lenovo relies on real keys for the mouse replacement - at least for the TrackPoint that is found between the "G", "H" and "B" keys. The TrackPad itself can be either combined with the keys above it or its lower corners are used for triggering a right or left mouse click.
The ClickPad has a medium drop, a clear and responsive pressure point, and a firm stroke. The noise is rather loud and could quickly become distracting in noise-sensitive environments. Unfortunately, the pointer's keys are very smooth-running and might occasionally be triggered accidentally.
The capacitive touchscreen functions accurately with up to ten fingers at the same time. However, we find the hinges' resistance too weak; the finger pushes the display back much too quickly when touching it. This is probably due to the inch form factor. The tester did not notice this drawback in the ThinkPad Yoga The LG-Phillips screen has a resolution of x pixels. An anti-glare film makes it relatively unsusceptible to greasy fingers and streaks.
Lenovo speaks of a "scratch and smudge-resistant Dragon Trail Display". Pressure on the screen does not lead to clouding; we cannot say anything about the durability of the anti-glare film. The user will agreeably notice this: Outlines stand out clearly, and colors are crisp and bright. The ThinkPad is exactly within this range. It is a clear bluish cast that leads to a DeltaE of just below 6.
This cast is also very evident in the grayscale levels. This is not distracting in practice, but it excludes professional image and graphic editors or they will want a calibrated external monitor. We could not measure the sRGB color space coverage due to the recurrent crashing of the i1 Profiler, and thus we could not recheck the reddish cast after creating a profile. The screen's brightness in battery mode is maintained, but only when the ambient light sensor is disabled.
Our screenshots were taken in sunlight. Depending on the viewing angle, reflections still occur. No matter from which angle we looked at the screen, colors never inverted. The options in the German market are limited.
However, it is still a powerful package; the GeForce M is installed from the outset. Apparently, the manufacturer is not interested in low-cost configurations for the Yoga The Yoga 15 is powered by the Core iU dual-core processor Broadwell. The CPU clocks with a base speed of 2.
The Turbo is extensively utilized. The CPU tests of the Cinebench benchmark were processed with 2. This was the case in both AC and battery mode. We test the application performance with PCMark 7 and 8. The Samsung SSD is equally impressive in both writing and reading large and small blocks. In short: Lenovo has installed an efficient SSD model. However, this difference can be even greater in games, but this depends highly on the drivers.
The ThinkPad Yoga 15 features a graphics switching solution. The GeForce chip takes care of performance-hungry applications, and Intel's GPU is enabled in routine and battery mode. Switching between both cores is automatic, but the user can manually assign the preferred GPU when required.
The GeForce core comes from the entry-level performance category. It supports DirectX 11 and clocks with a base speed of MHz. The speed can be increased to MHz via Turbo. Users, who simply leave the Yoga 15 idling on the desk, will hardly hear anything from it. The fans are disabled when it is not loaded. This will change significantly under load when the noise level climbs to between 36 and 40 dB A.
This was the case, for example, in our stress test via Prime95 and FurMark. The surfaces remain cool, especially while idling. This is not surprising because the power consumption under Broadwell is at its lowest here. This is not a critical temperature. The Cinebench R15 single calculated with 2. Thus, the Turbo is utilized perfectly, even in battery mode.
The sound from the two speakers completely lack low pitches and bass. However, the trebles and the almost accurate volume are impressive. The microphone recording was more than decent. The tester's voice was recorded clearly and impeccably despite a distance of 0. The microphone is a very good basis for Skype chats.
The Broadwell platform's power consumption is higher than in the comparison devices. This is firstly due to the dedicated graphics card, and secondly the bright touchscreen. The Yoga 15 consumes five to eight watts when not in use, while idling.
The battery life was a nice surprise. There are no secondary batteries or such like available, since the installed battery cannot be replaced. However, the idle runtime is rather useless for the user. Our Wi-Fi test is more significant, which stopped after minutes. That equals to almost seven hours.
Black levels are OK at 0. When Lenovo first announced the ThinkPad Yoga 15, they mentioned a digital pen option that would have used a new Wacom technology. So far that active digitizer option hasn't actually appeared, so this is a pen-less model. Sorry artists and CAD designers who were hoping for a big digital canvas. We have the 2. The machine has two RAM slots for a maximum of 16 gigs of RAM, which should be more than adequate for an Ultrabook--this isn't a quad core desktop replacement meant to do insane amounts of processing while juggling several heavy hitter programs.
The laptop is perfectly fast for everyday productivity work in MS Office, coding, editing RAW files in Photoshop and even a bit of p video editing. In fact, the graphics boost from the lower end of midrange GPU is sufficient to make games like Bioshock Infinite and Skyrim playable at p resolution on medium settings. In comparison, using integrated Intel HD graphics, I drop to p and low settings to maintain playable frame rates.
The laptop has a 2. If you can afford it, go with the SSD or upgrade the machine later yourself--the speed increase is very noticeable and you won't have to worry about movement crashing an HDD's head on the disc platters.
It's fairly easy to open the ThinkPad Yoga 15 for upgrades: remove all the Phillips head screws from the bottom cover, remove the front three rubber plugs that hide three more screws, then work the cover off the plastic clips are tenacious. Lenovo claims up to 8 hour runtimes for the ThinkPad Yoga 15, and that's actually pretty close to correct according to our tests. With lowered brightness, you could conceivably reach 8 hours. The 66 Whr, 4 cell battery is nominally sealed inside but is easy enough to access for service if you remove the base cover.
The notebook ships with Lenovo's compact and light power adapter with the rectangular connector. My personal take? The 14" ThinkPad Yoga 14 is my cut off. You of course, may be different, and Lenovo seems to have removed the 14" model from their website, so if you want a ThinkPad Yoga bigger than the Even if you never use it as a 2-in-1, there are big benefits like the roomy keyboard and addition of the number pad, plus a larger display that's easier on the eyes I can comfortably use it without any Windows scaling.
Given the extra space, I do wish Lenovo had added a few more ports like Ethernet and a mini DisplayPort. I welcome the NVIDIA M graphics, which offers just the right balance of performance boost and heat management the Yoga 14 has the same GPU and is likely a nod to consumers who game and play with graphics apps more than business users.
Display: HDMI port. Battery: 66 WHr, 4 cell Lithium Ion rechargeable. Performance: 2. Size: Weight: 5. Software: Windows 8. Design and Ergonomics Like all ThinkPads, the Yoga 15 is rugged and strong without looking like something that pops out of a Hummer in the war theatre. Display Lenovo typically focuses on anti-glare displays that are decent but not class leading in terms of resolution and color gamut.
Deals and Shopping :. Battery Life Lenovo claims up to 8 hour runtimes for the ThinkPad Yoga 15, and that's actually pretty close to correct according to our tests. Conclusion My personal take? In the end, it's best viewed as a solid business system with touch capability. The most comparable Editors' Choice, the Apple MacBook Pro Inch Retina Display, bests it in both performance and battery life, while other alternatives, like the workstation Dell Precision M offer more processing muscle.
The Yoga 15 has a beautiful screen with touch, a spacious keyboard, a good clickpad and has respectable speakers. The ThinkPad Yoga 15, by contrast, is a convertible with a rougher ride—its engineering is just as fine, but its size and weight eclipse its usefulness in tablet and tent modes although it's a great PowerPoint presenter in stand mode. Thankfully Lenovo takes things a step further and the look and feel of a ThinkPad are quite distinct. You get the traditional TrackPoint in the middle of the keyboard, separate mouse buttons, a OneLink connector for a Lenovo dock and a host of Lenovo utilities to keep your laptop in perfect working order.
It's a powerful laptop with a sturdy design that can be flexed into multiple different positions.
The two metal hinges connecting the display to the ThinkPad Yoga 15's base are incredibly sturdy. However, because the upper panel weighs so much, when you try to put the laptop in Tent or Display mode, the hinges give just a bit. The laptop is built with a black magnesium-alloy frame and a plastic vent-heavy bottom plate.
The top plate feels sturdy and is extremely resistant to scratches and dust. After more than a week of transporting the device from workspace to workspace, the device didn't accumulate one speck or scratch. The bottom of the laptop is less sturdy than the lid, but the plastic bottom does serve a purpose: after more than several hours of use, I didn't feel any heat emanating from the unit.
The same cannot be said about the aluminum bottom of the MacBook Pro. The Colors are bright and detailed, and the added width and height will ensure that you don't regret going with a smaller model. Although navigating a The spill resistant keyboard sports Lenovo's signature AccuType curved keys, of which I'm not a fan.
Nor am I too fond of the three buttons at the top of the clickpad, which — as I've noted in other reviews — just get in my way. As I experienced with the Lenovo Yoga ThinkPad 12, the clickpad is the perfect size, it's incredibly smooth and I found it to be accurate right out of the box. The added number pad, which can't be found on smaller ThinkPad Yoga units, is a coup for business users who are forced to input heavy amounts of data throughout the day.
Current page: Introduction. Tech Radar. North America. Home Reviews Computing. The Lift n' Lock keyboard is a dream to type on and it retracts and locks when you swivel the degree display hinge from laptop to the other modes tablet, tent and presentation. Clearly there must be a market for giant convertibles since Dell also makes a 15" Inspiron 2-in-1 and HP has ventured here as well with the Envy x I personally find a 5 pound, For those of you thinking that this would be the ultimate big canvas for drawing and digital painting; sorry the fabled pen version of this machine never shipped.
It's fingers and imprecise capacitive styli only. It has two RAM slots, a 2. The laptop has Lenovo's TrackPoint eraser stick pointer and a Synaptics trackpad with three hardware buttons for the TrackPoint. Like all ThinkPads, the Yoga 15 is rugged and strong without looking like something that pops out of a Hummer in the war theatre. Not too long ago I dropped one and it survived unscathed while leaving a deep dent in my hardwood floor. That makes ThinkPads a solid choice for road warriors, students and anyone else who lugs a laptop everywhere and doesn't have the energy or desire to pamper it.
The display is clad in Gorilla Glass too. That said, the sheer size and weight of the Yoga 15 makes it potentially more vulnerable to flexing, even with an aluminum lid and a magnesium alloy frame. When picking up the laptop by the palm rest with one hand, we didn't see any deck flex, though the plastic bottom panel can temporarily deform from the torque plastics do that--they bend.
It's nothing alarming, but those who are accustomed to ThinkPads that have absolutely no flex anywhere will notice. It wouldn't be a ThinkPad without that little red eraser stick pointer embedded in the keyboard. There are three hardware buttons at the top of the trackpad dedicated to the TrackPoint, but alas the Trackpad itself gets buttonless controls where the entire trackpad moves and clicks somewhat noisily, which is typical of ThinkPads.
It's a good Synaptics trackpad with Lenovo's usual custom software. The Accutype keyboard with sculpted keys, excellent damping and long travel is a typist's dream. It's one of my favorites, and it's large since Lenovo brought it out to the very edges.
They made good use of available real estate by including a number pad, an uncommon feature on 15" laptops. The keyboard is backlit in soft white and it has the ThinkPad Yoga Lift n' Lock mechanism that raises the keyboard frame and locks the keys so they won't wiggle against your fingers in tablet mode. The trackpad and keyboard are disabled when the display is opened beyond degrees.
Lenovo typically focuses on anti-glare displays that are decent but not class leading in terms of resolution and color gamut. Brightness is very good at nits, and we particularly appreciated that brightness since it has to combat glare this is a glossy display. Still, it remained visible outdoors with brightness set to max. Black levels are OK at 0. When Lenovo first announced the ThinkPad Yoga 15, they mentioned a digital pen option that would have used a new Wacom technology. So far that active digitizer option hasn't actually appeared, so this is a pen-less model.
Sorry artists and CAD designers who were hoping for a big digital canvas. We have the 2. The machine has two RAM slots for a maximum of 16 gigs of RAM, which should be more than adequate for an Ultrabook--this isn't a quad core desktop replacement meant to do insane amounts of processing while juggling several heavy hitter programs.
The laptop is perfectly fast for everyday productivity work in MS Office, coding, editing RAW files in Photoshop and even a bit of p video editing. In fact, the graphics boost from the lower end of midrange GPU is sufficient to make games like Bioshock Infinite and Skyrim playable at p resolution on medium settings.
In comparison, using integrated Intel HD graphics, I drop to p and low settings to maintain playable frame rates.
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