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Lenovo ThinkPad Yoga 14 Offers the Best of Both Worlds

At their Yoga event in London this week, Lenovo is showing off a new size for their ThinkPad Yoga, the business-friendly take on their popular 2-in-1 line. The same 360 degree hinge, robust keyboard, and TrackPoint are here, but now with a 14″ display that makes this one of the larger 2-in-1 devices we’ve seen yet.

The ThinkPad Yoga 14 is, for the most part, a straight port of the original ThinkPad Yoga from last year. One change is that the 1920 x 1080 resolution IPS display that was optional on the original now comes standard on the ThinkPad Yoga 14. It’s still powered by a 4th generation Intel Core processor (an i5), but now has a discrete graphics processor, adding an NVIDIA GeForce 840M card. You’ll be able to get up to 8 GB of RAM inside, as well.

The JBL speakers in the Yoga 3 Pro, also announced this week, won’t be here, but the ThinkPad Yoga 14 will have stereo speakers powered by Dolby Home Theater v4, so that’s not a bad consolation prize. Battery life is also a bit of a step down from the Yoga 3 Pro, at about eight hours. You’re getting about the same in the way of ports, though, with two USB 3.0 ports, a USB 2.0 port that doubles as the charging port, an HDMI out port, and a 4-in-1 card reader. You can also expect Bluetooth and Wi-Fi 4.0 connectivity. As a bonus for business users, Lenovo has also improved the VoIP capabilities of the ThinkPad Yoga and added noise cancelling technology to bolster the quality of video calls.

One issue around the original ThinkPad Yoga was how heavy and thick it was. The ThinkPad Yoga 14 does end up a little thinner than last year’s model, at 20 mm thin, but the extra real estate does make it heavier, at 4.1 pounds. That’s part of the trade-off with the ThinkPad Yoga—the extra weight goes toward the premium keyboard that people have come to expect from the ThinkPad line. The Lift ‘n’ Lock system will also return—when you fold the ThinkPad Yoga 14 into tablet mode, the exposed keys on the underside will lock into place and stay flush with the chassis. The tough magnesium alloy body also contributes to the weight, but provides durability that, again, is expected from the ThinkPad line. With the ThinkPad Yoga, the 360 degree hinge is more an added bonus for anyone who wants it—David Roman, VP of marketing for Lenovo, told us ‘We’ll never compromise on what makes a Think product a Think product.’ If you’ve been a longtime user of Lenovo’s ThinkPads, you probably won’t be let down.

The ThinkPad Yoga 14 will come in a 1 TB HDD configuration, which uses a 16 GB SSD for caching to help keep boot and wake times fast. It will be available only in black, and will be a Best Buy exclusive when it drops later this month for $1,200.

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