Friday, 30 October 2015 22:41

Lenovo strikes a pose with two new Yoga 700 models

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Lenovo has stretched out and manifested from within its factories two new premium Windows 10 convertible laptops, a sleek 11-inch model and its bigger 14-inch brother.

Promising ‘more options for performance and portability’, Lenovo’s quest to contort convertibles continues with the introduction of the Yoga 700 range with the four usage models of laptop, stand, tent and tablet, and it’s now available in Australia.

The smaller 11-inch model is the ‘thin and light option’ and is billed as the ‘ideal travel companion,’ while its bigger 14-inch brother packs a more powerful performance punch for those who Lenovo says ‘need additional speed and reliability.’

Of course, why the 11-inch model would be any less reliable is probably a slight marketing wording snafu, as one can only imagine both models are as reliable as the other, although with Windows 10 running the software side of the show, I guess one truly never knows.

Silly word niggles and the opportunity to wallop Windows aside, we can get down to the real facts of the matter - both models ‘come with a responsive 10-point multitouch Full HD (1920 x 1080) IPS display and Dolby DS 1.0 Home Theatre certified stereo speakers, allowing you to enjoy crisp visuals and clear sound whether working in a café or streaming a favourite show at home,’ as Lenovo’s description describes.

That screen resolution is nowhere near as pixel-packed as you’d find on Microsoft’s Surface Pro 4 or new Surface Book, but with both Yoga 700s available at prices well below the surface of Microsoft’s pricing strategies, this is only to be expected.

The 11-inch Yoga 700 weights just 1.1kg and is, in the modern marketing parlance, only 15.8mm ‘thin’. Promising ‘up to’ seven hours of battery life, it falls short of MacBook Air battery life but turns tricks no MacBook can muster, such as the stand, tent and tablet modes that accompany the standard laptop configuration.

Other specs include an Intel Core m3-6Y30 processor, 4GB RAM, 128GB SSD and Windows 10 Home 64-bit, and retails for $1099. 

The 14-inch Yoga 7000 sports Intel’s latest 6th-gen Core processor, in an up-to Core i7 configuration, the option of an NVIDIA GeForce 940M graphics card and up to 8GB of DDR3L memory for ‘powerful performance and enhanced productivity’.

You can order it with up to 256GB SSD storage, and it has an ‘ergonomically designed AccuType backlit keyboard that makes typing more comfortable, accurate and easier on the eyes in dim environments.’

The base configuration has a Core i5-6200U, 128GB SSD, 4GB RAM, Windows 10 Home 64-bit and Intel HD Graphics 520 and starts at $1399, while the $2099 configuration has a Core i7-6500U, 8GB RAM, 256GB SSD, NVIDIA GeForce GT 940M 2GB graphics card and Windows 10 Home 64-bit.

The YOGA 700 11-inch will be available through JB Hi-Fi and the YOGA 700 14-inch will be available through JB Hi-Fi, Harvey Norman and Officeworks.

Johnson Jia, senior vice president, PC Business Group, Lenovo said: “We know fast performance, easy portability, and rich sound and display are features consumers expect in a laptop today.

“That’s why we made the new YOGA 700 thinner and more powerful than ever with Windows 10 and Intel’s latest processor.

“We also added a Full HD IPS display and Dolby stereo speakers as part of its standard features so that consumers can get a premium quality convertible laptop for work and travel, at the price of a standard laptop.”

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