We love it when an old tech idea finally comes to fruition—even if it takes 10 years. We remember Microsoft talking about convertible tablets nearly a decade ago, and Tablet PCs with interchangeable designs often made it to market but fizzled on impact. We think the Lenovo IdeaPad Yoga (formerly known as IdeaCentre A720) is the first real, well-designed, sensible Tablet PC. We’re surprised that we needed to wait until the age of Windows 8 and the Ultrabook to see it.
At only .67-inches thick and 3.1 pounds, the Yoga has slimmed down the convertible form factor enough to make arm fatigue a non-issue. And with the ability to contain 8GB of RAM and 256GB SSD storage, there’s no chance that this product will be confused with a mere tablet. Lenovo didn’t skimp on the design, either: there’s lots of leather trim, and the two-point hinge for the lid doesn’t make us nervous about its ruggedness.