There's a trend at work in Lenovo's new "convertible family" of Windows 8 computing products: the names all suggest what they do, and the theme is flexibility. The Yoga. The Twist. The Lynx. Things connecting, transforming, bending. Will that be the legacy of Windows 8 — flexibility in tech design? If so, the Yoga is the poster child.
Look at Lenovo's new Yoga, first unveiled at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in January, in one of the still shots, and you can't see much of a difference between it and any other recent IdeaPad ultrabook. The excellent island keyboard and large touch pad are there, and the top hinge opens up like on any other laptop. Except, in the case of the Yoga, it keeps bending — all the way around. There's no swivel or detachable design, just that all-the-way-around 360-degree hinge. It's like an extra-flexible swinging door.
On the Yoga, what it means is that the 13-inch screen can flip all the way around and fold flat on the back, turning the laptop into a tablet. Or, it can stand up on its front edges like a tent (called Tent mode). Or — something that we think many people will like — it can be used with the keyboard side down and the screen bent back, becoming almost like a tiny tabletop touchscreen all-in-one (Stand mode).