Product Lenovo Yoga 900
Specifications 13.in IPS display at 3200x1800 resolution and 277ppi, 2.5GHz dual-core Intel Core i7-6500U processor (2.3GHz dual-core Intel Core i5-6200U also available), 16GB RAM (8GB also available), Windows 10 Home, two USB 3.0, one USB 2.0 and one USB Type-C port, SD/MMC/SDXC/SDHC card reader, WiFi 802.11ac support, 324x225x14.9mm, 1.3kg
Price From £1,199.99, £1,399.99 as tested
ONE OF 2015's most prevalent hardware trends has been the spread of convertible laptops with a fully rotatable, 360-degree hinge. The resulting upside-down touchscreen setup offers a somewhat less elegant tablet experience than with detachable 2-in-1s, but firms like Lenovo have totally bought into the concept.
This latest addition to the Yoga line is perhaps its fanciest yet, with a faux-leather finish and a complex ‘watchband' hinge. The real good news, though, is that this Skylake-powered convertible is as speedy and practical as it is eye-catching.
Portability is the name of the game for the Yoga 900. It measures a super-slim 324x225x14.9mm and weighs just 1.3kg. This makes it one of the best convertibles to use in a flattened tablet configuration, although it's still a tad too heavy to easily hold one-handed.
The thin profile hasn't stopped Lenovo loading the Yoga 900 with connectors. In addition to two USB 3.0 ports, one USB 2.0 port - which doubles as the charging point - and a USB Type-C port, it includes a 4-in-1 card reader that can accept SD, MMC, SDXC and SDHC cards. It also supports the WiFi 802.11ac standard.
Lenovo's watchband hinge design is over a year old, having first appeared on the Yoga 3 Pro, but it still impresses. The way in which it unfurls outward, instead of rotating on a single pivot, makes us think that Microsoft was taking notes on the design for the Surface Book's hinge. Moreover, it feels appropriately strong and durable, and is slim enough that there's room left over on the top edge of the keyboard section for a few small cooling vents. Very clever indeed.
Speaking of the keyboard, it does take some getting used to as the positioning of the Home, End, Page Up and Page Down buttons in a column along the right-hand edge makes all the keys slightly thinner than they would be otherwise. Typing becomes easy and accurate after a short while, however, thanks in part to the keys' firm, deep action. Our main complaint is that the keys don't lock in place when the screen is rotated, like on the ThinkPad Yoga 12.
Additional comfort comes from the unusual, if welcome, synthetic leather cover around the keyboard and trackpad. It's a lovely premium touch which, sadly, isn't entirely matched by the rest of the device; the screen is highly susceptible to bending, for instance, and our review unit arrived with a small but visible scratch on the metallic lid.
Still, the hinge and keyboard contribute to a very strong sense that this is a well-built machine, which is just what we'd expect from something that starts at about £1,200.
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