Back in 2016 I called the Lenovo Yoga Book the most interesting laptop I'd ever touched … and it just got a sequel.
Lenovo's calling its new impossibly-thin notebook the "Yoga Book C930," which brings it in line with the rest of the company's branding (C=Convertible) but in my opinion isn't quite flashy enough to do this product justice. After all, where else are you gonna get a Windows 10 laptop that's only 10mm thick and 799 grams, one that pops itself open with a double-tap on its casing to reveal a keyboard that's 100% E-Ink? Nowhere, that's where.
But the Yoga Book C930 isn't without its compromises, at least one of which is significant enough to penetrate even the giddy haze of a first-impressions video. Click said video above to get my hands-on from IFA 2018 in Berlin, and then check out Windows Central's take while you wait for the full Yoga Book C930 review coming soon!
Daniel Rubino is the Executive Editor of Windows Central, head reviewer, podcast co-host, and analyst. He has been covering Microsoft here since 2007, back when this site was called WMExperts (and later Windows Phone Central). His interests include Windows, Microsoft Surface, laptops, next-gen computing, and arguing with people on the internet.
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I am viewing it in the Windows Central Windows 10 app and it does not autoplay for me.
Oh goodness, the Windows 10 app. Do they still update that thing? It used to be so laggy and the comment section was totally broken. But no, you wouldn't get autoplays there as no ads show in the app.
To answer the title, No. That keyboard is not the future of laptops.
There is a generation growing up thinking typing on a flat screen is normal, but for those of us raised with proper keys, the system here is just too much compromise.
That is a lovely tabl...., lapt... erm.... computing device. I don't think I would be happy trying to learn to type by looking at the "keyboard" and not the screen of the device... well, the screen with the app on it. I am a well trained touch typist. It isn't that I don't think it is a cool idea making an e-ink display work as the keyboard - it'd be great for a quick email or note, but having used iPads, Android Tablets, Phones and even Microsoft's Surface Pro with the on-screen keyboards, which in all cases except the phone I added tactile keyboards, I know which I prefer. Still, I encourage Lenovo to keep doing innovative and exciting things. Not every innovation will be for everyone - as this one isn't for me -but I think many will enjoy this design.
It's not for me... I even have a Blackberry KeyOne Black Edition phone after being a faithful Windows phone user for years... Physical keys work best for me... Love my KeyOne and Surface Pro 4 with keyboard cover...
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