Last year ZDNet judged Lenovo’s Yoga 3 Pro convertible to be ‘very good’. The new 13.3-inch Yoga 900 advances the ball by a considerable margin: the characteristic 360-degree ‘watchband’ hinge mechanism remains, as does the sleek, lightweight ultrabook design. But with a serious uplift in processor power this premium device could be the new benchmark for other high-end ultrabook convertibles.
Convertible ultrabooks are no longer a new idea, and there are several takes on what ‘convertible’ actually means. On some devices — also known as ‘detachables’ – the screen and keyboard separate completely, while others sport various 360-degree hinge mechanisms that allow the screen to lay flat against the keyboard, facing outwards in ‘tablet’ mode.