Hands-on with Lenovo’s New Fab 4 – the IdeaPad Yoga, Lynx, and ThinkPad Twist

Remember Lenovo’s IdeaPad Yoga that everyone was a buzz about back at CES 2012? Well the Yoga has finally arrived in the form of the IdeaPad Yoga 11 and the IdeaPad Yoga 13.

The IdeaPad Yoga 13 sports a 13.3″ display, it comes running on a 3rd gen Intel Core processor, and it will be running the full version of Windows 8. But not only is the IdeaPad Yoga 13 an Ultrabook, thanks to its unique dual-hinge design, it’s also a convertible. To that effect, the device is able to work in traditional laptop mode, tablet mode, tent mode, and stand mode. It’s even able to fold from tablet to laptop in one quick motion. Pricing for the IdeaPad Yoga 13 begins at $1099 and it will be available from Lenovo starting October 26th, although pre-orders start at Best Buy on the 12th.

Similarly, the IdeaPad Yoga 11 is able to function in all of these modes. But the 11.6″ IdeaPad Yoga 11 is running on Windows 8 RT, an ARM processor, and it has an even greater battery life of up to 13 hours. Pricing for the IdeaPad Yoga 11 will begin at $799.

Besides for the new Yoga PCs, Lenovo has introduced two other new convertibles, the IdeaTab Lynx and the ThinkPad Twist. The IdeaTab Lynx is powered by an Intel Atom processor and sports an 11.6″ display, along with an incredible battery life of up to 16 hours – when it’s in dock mode with its detachable keyboard dock. Speaking of modes, the Lynx is able to function both in Laptop mode and Tablet Mode. Pricing begins at $600 for the Lynx, as a stand-alone tablet. The keyboard dock will run you another $150, but it’s totally worth it for the extra battery life alone.

Finally, the ThinkPad Twist, which is designed for business users, comes packing a 12.5″ display and a battery life of up to 7 hours. This convertible is running on an Intel Core processor and it comes running Windows 8. And like the IdeaPad Yoga PCs, it too is able to function in laptop mode, stand mode, tent mode, and stand mode. It’s also considered to be an Ultrabook, like the IdeaPad Yoga 13. Pricing begins at $849.

There was a good reason for why the IdeaPad Yoga made such a splash at CES – the concept seemed futuristic. Well it looks like the future has finally arrived. Fortunately, Lenovo has come out with a helpful icon system to use for quick reference when identifying the different available form-factors / modes. You can check these out in the chart below. One thing is for sure, the boundaries between tablet and laptop have disappeared with these new convertibles from Lenovo. So much so, that you no longer have to own both a tablet and a laptop to get the benefits of both form-factors. Furthermore, the Stand Mode and Tent Modes offer two new ways to interact with our computing devices which we had never considered before. Now it’s up to Windows 8 and its developers to take advantage of these new form-factors.


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