Over the past few years I have used a Lenovo ThinkPad X230T convertible tablet, but the system is now quite old and it's time for an upgrade. Earlier this year I bought a Lenovo Thinkpad Yoga 15, with the hopes that it would have a digitizer--but it did not. So, after returning the Yoga 15 I ordered a Yoga 12 (2015/2nd Gen). The ThinkPad Yoga 12 was not my top choice because the Yoga 15 has the Nvidia graphics and the Yoga 12 only has integrated. However, the Yoga 12 is not a bad system--actually it's quite good considering that it's an "ultrabook" category convertible tablet. Perhaps, it's likely the best overall current convertible tablet with digitizer input available on the market.
Below are images and some details regarding the system and the box contents.
- Lenovo ThinkPad Yoga 15 - Box Contents and Images
- Benchmarks of Yoga 12, Yoga 15, X230T, Surface Pro 3, and Mini-ITX
- Lenovo ThinkPad Yoga Digitizer (4X80F22110)
Packaging is simple and functional.
The box contents: Lenovo ThinkPad Yoga 12 unit, power supply adapter and cable, documents, and the digitizer (inside the unit).
The documents in the box.
Most of the features of the system are covered in the image above.
There are media functions, which are also function (F1 to F12) buttons.
The power supply. The output is 20 V at 2.25 Amps.
The Yoga 12's materials are identical to the Yoga 15's.
The right side of the unit has the digitizer port, power button, volume up/down, rotation lock, card slot, USB 3.0 port, mini HDMI, and lock.
The back and bottom of the unit have vents. Depending on your power settings the fan could be running a lot or very little. This is a convertible tablet that is considered an "ultrabook" so it's also quite thin. Note that the unit has two hinges which provide much better support on the screen (prior systems, like the X series convertible tablets, used to have a single hinge at the center.). Furthermore, this convertible tablet has lost the drain holes of previous systems (which allowed for liquids to pass through the system). One more note, the battery is internal and you cannot replace it easily.
The left side of the unit has the power and docking port, USB 3.0 port, and audio+mic combo jack.
The power left most port is primarily for power. However, this port can be used with the Lenovo ThinkPad Pro Dock, a docking station for most modern Lenovo systems.
The front of the unit has no ports.
This is the Lenovo ThinkPad Yoga Digitizer (4X80F22110), which is a very thin Wacom pen. For more details on the digitizer you can click here.
The convertible looks sleek and is very light. This system is he Core i7 with the 1080p multi-touch and digitizer version. Do note that the bezel is quite pronounced, but this is a good thing because the digitizer does not seem to produce as drastic edge issues that have been seen in previous systems. By the way, the speakers are louder than the X230T's--however, they are not the best sounding speakers I have seen in a laptop (the Yoga 15's were better).
Lenovo's convertible tablets usually have a port to hold the digitizer.
Right at the middle we can see a Windows home button.
The device has a webcam, two microphones, and a light sensor that can adjust the brightness of your screen.
This is the Lenovo Precision Keyboard, but it has a few new features not seen in previous systems. There is plenty of palm rest on this device, which makes it very comfortable to type in. The touchpad is also quite big, at least when compared to previous systems. The TrackPoint is present (red little button-like joystick/nipple that controls the mouse) and we have the left, middle, and right click buttons. Note that the middle button can be used in conjunction with the red nipple to scroll. The scrolling through the TrackPoint is not as smooth as what can be achieved through the Touchpad, which I think is a shortcoming on the software design. Either the TrackPoint or the Touchpad can be disabled through the Windows software, but not both at the same time. (Bios may have other settings that I have not checked, so maybe it's possible to disable both). If the TrackPoint is your choice of input then I recommend disabling the Touchpad because this large touchpad is easy to accidentally press, and therefore you could accidentally move the mouse's position.
A new feature of the keyboard is the FnLk (function link) capability. When you press Fn + FnLk the media buttons will be switched to function buttons, and viceversa. The Fn key will have a green light on when the function buttons are enabled. Note that Fn and Ctrl keys are swappable through the Bios.
The Yoga 12 can have a variety of "modes." Lenovo advertises: laptop, tablet, tent, and stand. Above is the "stand" mode.
The tablet sits flat on a surface. Some of the previous Lenovo convertibles had a slope. The system's screen is quite thin, but the hinge is not. So, the result is that we get a ridge at the bottom side of the screen, which can be annoying.
The keyboard has several levels of back light on the keys. This is a very good thing. The keys that have their own indicator lights are the mute, mic, and Fn buttons.
Like the Yoga 15, the Yoga 12 has two ThinkPad logos with red leds. I frankly think this is completely unnecessary, but I don't find it annoying because my palm tends to block it.
In the coming days I will post a few more image-only posts, and eventually I'll make a few videos of the Yoga 12. So far it looks like I'm not going to miss my X230T too much. ;-)