I received the Yoga 15 last week and I have been playing around with it. There are strengths and weaknesses to this system. On this post I will cover some of the details of this system, but not everything. There are other posts which will have further information and I recommend checking the Lenovo ThinkPad Yoga 15 label on the bottom of this page. The type-model that I have bought is the 20DQ001LUS. Below you can see the box contents of this system.
Box contents: The Yoga 15 unit, instruction manuals, and the power cable.
The unit closed. The device materials are solid and smooth.
The bottom of the unit has vents that will help cool the Core i7 and GeForce card. Also, notice that there are no drain holes--so if you spill water on this system you are out of luck.
On the right side we have a power button, volume buttons, rotation lock button, USB 2.0 and 3.0 ports, and full-sized HDMI.
The left side of the device has a headphone and microphone combo jack, and card reader.
Also on the left side: kensington lock, power port and OneLink port (for the Pro dock), USB 3.0 port, and SIM card slot.
The back of the unit has an additional vent. Compared to previous generation Lenovo systems this one is quite slim considering that it has a Nvidia Geforce graphics card.
The 15 inch screen is a 1080p full HD quality. The screen resolution may seem outdated by modern standards, but you can view plenty of content (post about this coming soon). The screen has a big bezel, webcam, and Windows button (with vibration feedback). The keyboard is Lenovo's Precision keyboard--it is backlit with multiple levels, has Function Link technology (you can swap the top row of keys from function keys to their secondary function and vice versa), has a TrackPoint, and also has a very nice sized touchpad. The configuration of the keyboard, with a number pad on the side will make you type with your body being off-center.
The hinge mechanism allows you to rotate the screen. The Yoga 15 also has some great JBL speakers that get very loud.
The keyboard comes with a number pad on the side.
The keyboard is up when in laptop mode.
The keys sink when you convert the Yoga 15 into a tablet. This is unique to Lenovo systems.
When in tablet mode the Yoga 15 will be perfectly flat on a surface.
The Yoga 15 does NOT use Wacom penabled technology. It also does NOT use Wacom Pro pen technology. And further, it also does NOT use N-Trig digitizers (either DuoSense 1 or DuoSense 2). Some documents describe the ThinkPad Yoga as having "some" models being compatible with a Wacom digitizer that uses batteries--which is extremely unusual as Wacom digitizers mostly do NOT use a battery. The screen of the Yoga 15 does accept finger touch input though. By the way, yes that's a Microsoft Surface Pro 3 tablet on the back.
The Yoga 15 is considered an Ultrabook tablet. The Ultrabooks were the devices that replaced Netbooks (tiny laptop-like low powered devices). Ultrabooks are bigger than netbooks, are thinner than netbooks, and usually have long battery life..
The Yoga 15 has annoying red lights on the i of the ThinkPad logos.
That's all for now and the first generation Lenovo ThinkPad Yoga 15. I think the next post will have more details on the digitizer, or a comparison with my X230T.