Lenovo says the Yoga 900s is the world's thinnest convertible
It is that point of yr once more: Lenovo whips out some impossibly skinny and lightweight laptop computer. Final CES it was a 1.7-pound pocket book, and this yr it is the Yoga 900s, a half-inch-thick, 2.2-pound machine that Lenovo claims is the world’s thinnest convertible laptop computer. Certainly, I had an opportunity to deal with it in individual and it truly is absurdly, impressively skinny and lightweight. (I do know, we all the time say that. However nonetheless.) Earlier than you get too excited, although, it seems that the 12-inch Yoga 900s is the religious successor to a machine that… we did not like very a lot. That may be final yr’s Yoga three Professional, an excellent slim machine that finally obtained a lukewarm assessment on account of its sluggish efficiency and mediocre battery life.
The brand new Yoga 900s is even thinner and lighter, nevertheless it too runs on Intel’s watered-down Core M processors, which makes me assume the efficiency is not going to be higher. Lenovo says the battery life shall be longer (as much as 10.5 hours), however that seems to be with a decrease-decision display, not the QHD (2,560 x 1,440) choice. One factor you will get right here that you simply will not on the Yoga three Professional: lively pen help. That is one thing you will not even get on the current Yoga 900, Lenovo’s comparable, however greater-performing flagship machine. If you are able to do with out the pen help, although, and do not thoughts slightly additional heft, you will get higher efficiency from the present Yoga 900. Undeterred? The 900s lands in March for $1,099 and up.
That is not the one impressively skinny and lightweight machine that Lenovo unveiled at the moment. The corporate additionally took the wraps off a extra mid-vary machine referred to as the 710s, which retains its weight (and worth) down by forgoing a touchscreen. All informed, the thirteen.three-inch system is available in at 2.6 kilos and half an inch thick. And although it tops out at a reasonably middling 1080p display decision, it makes up for it with as much as a sixth-gen Core i7 processor, Intel Iris graphics and a PCIe SSD. Anticipate that to ship in July (simply in time for again-to-faculty season), priced from $799.
I saved the least fascinating for final. As well as these two skinny laptops, Lenovo additionally introduced the Ideapad seven hundred, a beefier machine with both a 15- or 17.three-inch 1080p display and as much as a Core i7 processor, 16GB of RAM and non-compulsory discrete graphics (a 4GB NVIDIA X950M on the 15-incher and a 4GB X940M on the 17-inch model). Each are provided with as much as 1TB in HDD or hybrid storage, or with a PCIe SSD (128GB or 256GB). As you’d anticipate for machines this measurement, they are not notably mild (5.1 and 5.9 kilos, respectively) and the battery life is comparatively brief: as much as 4 hours. Search for these in June, beginning at $799.
Dana Wollman is Managing Editor of Engadget, the place she runs a rising workforce of reporters and reviewers. She acquired her begin in tech journalism almost a decade in the past as a author for Laptop computer Magazine and the AP earlier than arriving at Engadget in 2011. She seems weekly on ABC Radio, and has additionally been a visitor on Bloomberg TV, CNN, CNBC, NPR and Fox Enterprise, amongst different retailers. Dana is a graduate of Wesleyan College and the Columbia Publishing Course, and lives in Brooklyn, New York.