Lenovo Yoga 500 evaluation: A hybrid that's brief on energy
Lenovo has been having fun with a lot reward not too long ago with its 2-in-1 hybrids, however the Yoga 500 cuts brief the corporate’s run of top-form merchandise. Now changed by the Yoga 510, this cut-price laptop computer – at round £350 – is likely one of the least expensive 2-in-1s you possibly can at present purchase. Nevertheless, it merely is not definitely worth the effort; there are much better laptops on the market for the worth.
It’s a disgrace, actually, because it definitely seems to be the a part of a glossy hybrid laptop computer. My explicit evaluation mannequin had a placing white chassis, and its elegant hairline end affords a big step up from the cheaper and reasonably extra plasticky Asus Transformer Ebook Flip TP200SA.
Take an in depth take a look at the 14in show, although, and also you’ll see how Lenovo has managed to maintain the price down. With a decision of just one,366 x 768, it is not the sharpest show on the market, and textual content is reasonably fuzzy spherical the perimeters. Admittedly, the Asus Transformer Ebook Flip TP200SA additionally has a 1,366 x 768 decision, however that is crammed right into a a lot smaller 11.6in display, giving it a better pixel density than the Yoga 500.
The standard of the display is fairly sub-par, too. Our X-Ceremony colorimeter confirmed it was displaying solely 57.2% of the sRGB color gamut, leaving colors trying washed out. It’s additionally hampered by poor viewing angles and a low peak brightness of 212cd/m2, making it troublesome to make use of outdoors or in brightly lit rooms.
Keyboard and touchpad
The total-sized keyboard was extra promising. It felt responsive over lengthy typing periods, and every key gave an honest quantity of tactile suggestions.
Sadly, the identical can’t be stated for the touchpad. Not solely is it extremely unresponsive, however I typically discovered myself wrestling with it as a way to get it to do what I needed. I really most well-liked utilizing the touchscreen over the touchpad, since this not less than registered my finger faucets. That is positively a laptop computer that might profit from using a mouse when it is not being utilized in pill mode.