Lenovo's most flexible notebook is updated for 2014 with a thinner design, faster hardware and handy new software features. The Lenovo Yoga 3 Pro features a sharp 13.3-inch display, a super-thin design, and long battery life. And like all Yoga notebooks, it features a flexible hinge that lets you fold back the display so you can use the device like a large tablet. The Yoga 3 Pro is available now for $1,350. Here are three features that make it good for work.
A tablet is a good tool for on-the-go productivity, while a notebook is better for tasks that involve typing and precise pointing. The Yoga 3 Pro is a hybrid machine that gives you the best of both worlds. Use it like a regular Windows 8.1 laptop when you want access to the keyboard and trackpad, or fold the display back a full 180 degrees when you want to use touch-screen apps. The keys on the keyboard are deactivated while you're using the device in tablet mode, so you don't make any errant key presses. You can also fold the display just over 90 degrees to make use of "stand mode," which could come in handy for business presentations.
The Yoga 3 features a 13.3-inch display that's sharper than the screen on last year's model. Lenovo upped the resolution from 1920 x 1080 pixels to a super-high resolution of 3200 x 1800 pixels. For business users, that translates into sharper text, and more content on-screen at once.
Other hardware highlights include a speedy Intel Core M-70 processor with a whopping 8GB of RAM, and a 256GB SSD. In terms of ports and connectivity, you get a pair of USB 3.0 ports, an SD card reader and a microHDMI port. Lenovo also designed the Yoga 3 Pro's proprietary power port so that it can be used as a USB 2.0 port when the device isn't plugged in, letting you attach an extra accessory when you're on the go.
The Yoga 3 Pro comes with Harmony, a new bit of context-sensitive software that Lenovo says can adapt to how you work in order to automate certain tasks. For example, when you're using presentation software, it can automatically enable touch or voice controls. Or if you're reading an e-book on the device, it can automatically change the brightness and color temperature of the display according to the environmental lighting, to make it easier on the eyes. Lenovo says Harmony works with 50 of the most popular Windows applications.