Lenovo Yoga 3 Pro
PRICE: Rs 1,14,999
Since the beginning, Intel's ultrabooks have failed to stir up the market. While manufacturers were still toying around with the idea of lightweight and slim-form factor, Lenovo can claim to have mastered it with its Yoga range. And, Lenovo Yoga 3 Pro could well be the benchmark in this category.
This 13-inch slim convertible is a head turner. To achieve a super slim design, Lenovo has used 800 steel and aluminium pieces to design this machine. It has even developed a unique hinge technology to keep the Yoga 3 Pro thin and light at 12.8 mm and 1.19 kg, respectively. The 360-degree foldable hinge converts this laptop into a tablet with ease. Opening the lid to 270 degrees can turn it into the desktop-standing mode. The world's thinnest laptop has got a 13.3-inch touch display with 3200x1800 resolution. Everything appears crisp and bright on the screen. While keeping the design elegant, yet simple, Lenovo has added a rubberised padding around the keyboard. The well spaced backlit keyboard minus the number pad is superb to type on. The touchpad, too, works well. The power key along with dedicated volume controls have been added to the right edge of the machine.
The machine runs Windows 8.1 and works on Intel Processor 5Y70. Paired with 8 GB RAM, it has got only 256 GB of onboard storage. This machine powers up in less than 10 seconds and quickly launches apps and programmes. Switching between multiple programmes was smooth. So was browsing the web and watching full HD videos. The touch response is superb, whether you use it in the laptop mode, the standing mode or as a tablet. When used in the tablet mode, the keypad facing downwards is automatically locked.
In an effort to attain the slim form factor, Lenovo has not compromised on the connectivity ports. It has two USB 3.0 ports (one doubles as a charging port), one USB 2.0, an SD card reader and a micro HDMI port. Lenovo has ditched heavy charging adapters in favour of a proprietary USB charging cable that can even be used to charge a smartphone attached to this ultrabook.
Lenovo has added Harmony Settings software that optimises settings according to the app that you use. This setting can be further customised for your favourite apps. It also shows the mode the device is being used for the most. Other than the regular Microsoft apps, it comes with Amazon, Kindle Yoga Chef, eBay and Dragon Assist, among others.
BAG IT OR JUNK IT: Performance as well as design justify the cost