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Lenovo Yoga 3 Pro: Is It Good for Business?

Lenovo Yoga 3 Pro: Is It Good for Business?
Yoga laptops get the name from their flexible hinge.Yoga laptops get the name from their flexible hinge. <b><a href="http://www.amazon.com/Lenovo-Yoga-Convertible-Ultrabook-Tablet/dp/B00OCAU680/?&tag=businessnewsdaily-20" target="_blank">BUY Lenovo's Yoga 3 Pro >>></a></b> / Credit: Lenovo

Lenovo's latest ultraportable laptop is a sleek, flexible work machine. In fact, it's thinner and lighter than Apple's 13-inch (33 centimeters) MacBook Air, making it one of the most portable laptop computers around. Plus, it packs a super-sharp display and a powerful processor, and it lives up to the Yoga name with a design that folds back so you can use the laptop like a tablet. But the device isn't perfect, as it has an unimpressive battery life and a hefty price tag. Check out a full review of the Yoga 3 Pro at our sister site Laptop Mag, or read on for a quick breakdown of the device's pros and cons for business.

Pros:

  • Flexible design: Yoga laptops get the name from their flexible hinge, which lets you use the machine like a typical laptop computer for productivity, or fold the display back a full 180 degrees to use the device as a large tablet. You can also fold the screen back 90 degrees to prop it up in display mode, which is handy for business presentations.
  • Portability: At just 0.5-inches (1.3 cm) thick and 2.6 lbs. (1.2 kilograms), the Yoga 3 Pro is incredibly thin and light, so it won't weigh you down on business trips, or on your daily commute. In comparison, the Yoga 2 Pro is 0.6 inches (1.5 cm) thick and weighs 3 lbs. (1.4 kg), while Apple's 13-inch MacBook Air measures 0.68 inches (1.7 cm) thick and weighs 2.9 lbs. (1.3 kg).
  • Efficient processor: The Yoga 3 Pro is extremely snappy for a notebook this thin and light. It runs on Intel's new Core M processor, which provides good speed with a lot less energy and heat than an Intel Core i3, i5 or i7 chip. That helped Lenovo build a thinner, more compact laptop that's still very fast. Other hardware highlights include a brilliant high-res display, and compatibility with Lenovo's desktop dock.

Cons:

  • Expensive: The Yoga 3 Pro is a premium notebook at a premium price. At a whopping $1,299, it's more expensive than competing machines like the MacBook Air 13 and Microsoft's Surface Pro 3.
  • Lackluster battery: Lenovo's laptop also delivered lackluster battery life, running for a measly 6 hours and 8 minutes in our battery-life test. That's nearly 2 hours less than average among similar ultraportable laptops, and far below the long-lasting MacBook Air 13, which ran for an incredible 12 hours and 20 minutes.
  • Finicky touchpad: The Yoga 3 Pro comes with a responsive, high-quality keyboard, but we noticed that the touchpad could stand to be a bit more responsive and accurate.

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Brett Nuckles
Brett Nuckles

Brett Nuckles has been a working journalist since 2009. He got his start in local newspapers covering community news, local government, education and more before he joined the Business News Daily staff in 2013. He graduated from Ohio University, where he studied Journalism and English. Follow him on Twitter @BrettNuckles.

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