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A good (if slightly heavy) Ultrabook for business users

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The ThinkPad Yoga's self-flattening keyboard is a neat idea. We'd just rather see it on a machine that was smaller and lighter. As is, the so-called Lift 'n' Lock system comes with a massive catch-22: It makes the entire laptop thicker and heavier, and therefore more cumbersome to use in tablet mode. Which... sort of defeats the purpose of having a laptop that's more comfortable to hold as a standalone slate.

In the meantime, though, we're still inclined to recommend the ThinkPad Yoga, if only because this is one of the only Ultrabooks we know of (business or otherwise) that allows for pen input. And what a nice experience it is, too: The Wacom digitizer allows for nuanced pressure sensitivity, while the display's matte finish makes for some wide viewing angles. The screen is more pleasant to touch as well, thanks to that slightly textured coating.

All told, you can easily find Ultrabooks that offer sharper screens, longer battery life and comparable performance -- sometimes for about the same price. If pen input is important, though, the ThinkPad Yoga is by far your best option, and lucky for you, it also happens to be a solid performer in its own right.

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Engadget Jan 27, 2014

The ThinkPad Yoga's self-flattening keyboard is a neat idea, but it would make more sense on a smaller machine. All told, you can easily find Ultrabooks that offer sharper screens, longer battery life and comparable performance -- sometimes for about the same price.

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7.0
PC World Feb 11, 2014

Business users will appreciate the ThinkPad Yoga for its rugged design, double-jointed hinge, versatile dock, better-than-average performance, and vaunted ThinkPad keyboard.

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8.0
HotHardware Feb 6, 2014

Too often when companies roll out a tweener product like this, there are too many compromises and the product ends up unappealing as a whole. That’s not the case with the ThinkPad Yoga; for what they were trying to accomplish, Lenovo hit the nail on the head with this machine.

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