Lenovo ThinkPad Yoga 12
Average of 3 scores (from 3 reviews)
Reviews for the Lenovo ThinkPad Yoga 12
Business convertible. The ThinkPad Yoga fuses two of Lenovo's lines to offer professional users the 360-degree display of a Yoga convertible in a hybrid device. Is it now finely tuned or poorly twisted?
Source: Slashgear Archive.org version
Those who haven't owned a Lenovo PC would find the Yoga 12 an option very much worth considering. Unlike some of the other models, this Yoga comes with its own stylus, allowing one to fully leverage the tablet-like position option. In addition, there are fairly powerful hardware options for those who with more demanding needs, and it is all coupled with a high-quality display and svelte but robust body.
Single Review, online available, Very Short, Date: 07/15/2015
Source: Laptop Mag Archive.org version
The ThinkPad Yoga 12 is a well-built business hybrid with a durable design, bright display and great ergonomics. This 2-in-1 also happens to be one of the fastest we've tested, besting both the Surface Pro 3 and HP Spectre x360 on CPU and graphics benchmarks. However, the subpar battery life and somewhat sluggish SSD prevent the Yoga 12 from earning a higher rating.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 05/14/2015
Rating: Total score: 60%
Source: Techradar Archive.org version
If your business is looking for a powerful and versatile convertible laptop that looks good and doesn't break the bank, the Lenovo ThinkPad Yoga 12 should definitely be on your shortlist. However, don't expect this device to wow in any specific category.
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 05/05/2015
Rating: Total score: 80%
For those unfamiliar with the Lenovo Yoga brand, these flexible devices allow users to fold back its screen 360 degrees, turning a laptop configuration into a tablet configuration. For those who were familiar with the previous iterations of the Lenovo Thinkpad Yoga, having the keyboard mashing against the hand in tablet mode was widely considered a design flaw. Now, the newest 12 inch Lenovo Thinkpad Yoga has a mechanism that will extract the keys back down into the body when the screen is pushed back into tablet mode, so that the keys aren't raised, and won't be able to be depressed. Lenovo has named this innovation a lift and lock system.
Weighing in at 1.578 kg, this device is on the heavy side for tablet, which is why having the built in kickstand (the keyboard) will come in handy. Users can stand their screen up in tent mode or stand mode to move the keyboard out of the way. For a portable notebook, it is light and the 12.5 inch IPS screen is in Full HD which should ensure a good viewing experience. Under the hood is the 4th generation Intel processor which should allow for good battery life. The Haswell chips are available in configurations that go up to i7 which should facilitate a wide range of user preferences. A good selection of ports will allow for a variety of business and entertainment uses.
Intel HD Graphics 5500: Integrated graphics card (GT2) in the Core processors of the Broadwell U-series (15 W TDP).
Non demanding games should be playable with these graphics cards.
5200U: Broadwell-based ULV (ultra low voltage) dual-core processor for notebooks and ultrabooks. Offers an integrated HD Graphics 5500 GPU and is manufactured in 14 nm.» Further information can be found in our Comparison of Mobile Processsors.
This range of display format is largely the upper limit for tablets and the lower limit for subnotebooks.
The advantage of subnotebooks is that the entire laptop can be small in size and therefore easily portable. The tiny display has the added advantage of requiring little power, which further improves battery life and thus mobility. The disadvantage is that reading texts is exhausting for the eyes. High resolutions, which one is used to from a standard laptop, are almost not usable.
The same applies to tablets in this size range.» To find out how fine a display is, see our DPI List.
Lenovo: Lenovo ("Le" from English legend, novo (Latin) for new) was founded in 1984 as a Chinese computer trading company. As of 2004, the company was the largest laptop manufacturer in China and, after acquiring IBM's PC division in 2005, the fourth largest in the world. In addition to desktops and notebooks, the company manufactures monitors, projectors, servers, etc, and specializes in developing, manufacturing and marketing consumer electronics, personal computers, software, enterprise solutions and related services.
In 2016, the company ranked first in the world in computer sales. It still held it in 2023 with about 23% global market share. Important product lines are Thinkpad, Legion and Ideapad.
In 2011, it acquired a majority stake in Medion AG, a European computer hardware manufacturer. In 2014, Motorola Mobility was purchased, which gave Lenovo a boost in the smartphone market.
74.33%: This rating is poor. More than three quarters of the models are rated better. That is rather not a purchase recommendation. Even if verbal ratings in this area do not sound that bad ("sufficient" or "satisfactory"), they are usually euphemisms that disguise a classification as a below-average laptop.
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