The Lenovo Yoga 510 (14” screen) 2-in-1 laptop/tablet is lightweight, fast and effective for everyday usage. I was recently in the market for a new laptop and the LENOVO YOGA series came highly recommended.
Lenovo are a Chinese brand, around since the 1980’s developing PC, laptops, mobile phones, tablets, servers and storage devices. They grew in popularity after acquiring IBM’s PC and laptop business in 2005 and Motorola in 2014.
Their 'Yoga' series of laptops caught my eye with one of the key selling points being the 2-in-1 feature where it can be used as a laptop or tablet with a touch screen. With a decent battery life (5 hours +) and good processing power, it suits me down to the ground. My usage is fairly standard - internet browsing, watching movies, creating and editing documents (using Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint) and of course, writing.
The design is slick and lightweight. Another selling point for me was the ‘backlit keyboard’. You can turn on/off backlight on the keys which is small thing but a big bonus for me when writing in the lounge in the evenings. Little things please little minds I suppose.
Optional extras are available when buying a brand new laptop and you can opt to have Microsoft Office 365 installed giving the familiar suite of applications (Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook). Also, it is advisable to install anti-virus software, the reputable ones being Norton and McAfee. Again, these can be expensive for what they are so there are free alternatives out there.
· Screen size 14"
· RAM 8GB of Memory
· 2.5-3.1GHz dual-core Intel Core i5 (or i7)-7200U CPU
· (i3 and i7 available in some markets and retailers)
· Screen Resolution (pixels): 1366x768
· Operating system Windows 10
· Hard disk capacity 1000GB Storage
· 802.11ac Wi-Fi
· Bluetooth 4.1
· Weight 1.76kg
· USB 3.0 ports x2
· HDMI port x1
2-in-1 feature laptop and tablet/touchscreen
Good battery life (Rapid charge feature)
Backlit keyboard (I’ll shut up about that now)
Slick design, thin and lightweight
Not So Good Bits
Power adaptor is not universal
Good battery life but there are better ones out there
Optional extras such as Office 365 and Anti-virus software can end up pushing the price up
Priced from around £449.99 to £699.99 (depending on spec and processor) at Currys at the time of writing.
This is a no frills good quality and value for money laptop. Not as high end as the Microsoft ‘Surface’ or the Apple MacBook range but then this is reflected in the price as those models live at the more expensive end of the market.
I probably sound as if I’m bleating on about how good this laptop is but having used it a lot over the past few months, it does what is says on the tin and has some very nice features.
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