Lenovo ThinkPad Yoga 370: The enterprise Yoga 13
Lenovo has a pioneer lineage behind their laptop division. They continue the tradition of IBM every time they produce an enterprise level ThinkPad device. Lenovo has also found a way to bring new breath into the sector introducing the Yoga 2-in-1 line a few years ago. The new ThinkPad Yoga 370 is the culmination of those two devices intersecting.
If you’ve seen a ThinkPad somewhere in the last 5 years, then the 370 will not surprise or disappoint. The familiar all matte black finish is there with a carbon fiber mixed material build. The hinges are sturdy and overall quality seems top notch. It’s been through military-grade testing for durability and dust protection and is quite the tank for its size. Again, those familiar with the ThinkPad line will feel right at home here.
Touchscreen and Display
Where this laptop sets itself apart from its ThinkPad brethren is it’s Yoga flexibility. The “360-degree” hinge is what makes this guy special. Flipping the screen all the way back turns the 370 into a full tablet running Windows 10. Oh, and there’s a stylus.
The added input of the stylus might be my favorite part of this 2-in-1. My daughter was able to produce an awesome drawing of Stitch with the feature set found on the device (she’s more talented than me). The screen tracks the stylus very well and is really accurate.
The touchscreen is responsive with both finger and stylus interactions being smooth sailing. The 13.3-inch display is bright and crisp with decent, but not great, viewing angles. This mainly due to the 1920×1080 screen is super reflective. Indoors it wasn’t much of an issue, but outdoors it can be a hindrance. While I prefer still prefer this over a matte screen, I thought it was still worth mentioning.
These keyboards. I feel like I include this in every Lenovo review, but they really are top notch. It’s also another familiar ThinkPad mainstay in design. You have the chiclet-style keys with near perfect spacing and deep travel. In the middle of the home row is the “red eraser” TrackPoint mouse. Between the keys and the trackpad, you’ll find the three button layout for left, middle, and right mouse clicks. If it’s not broken there’s nothing to fix, and Lenovo has one of the best keyboards in the business.
For a convertible, the Yoga 370 has an impressive amount of ports. On the left side, you have a Lenovo proprietary charging port, USB-C, mini ethernet, USB 3, and finally a smart card slot. On the opposite side, you have the array of side mount power button, stylus storage bay, headphone-mic combo, micro-SD slot, USB 3, HDMI, and Kensington lock. For an ultraportable 2-in-1, you’d be hardpressed to find a larger variety of ports.
We’ve mentioned the stylus in a previous section but other than a few tweaks and apps by Lenovo, the software experience is a pretty standard installation of Windows 10. The Lenovo Settings app allows you to customize some of the Yoga and stylus features, while Lenovo Companion keeps the laptop “healthy” by searching for updates and system checks. Otherwise, you either like Windows 10 or you don’t.
Internals and Performance
Our test unit is packed with an Intel Core i5-7200U processor, 8GB of RAM, and a 256GB SSD. The unit provides smooth performance with few hiccups. Transitions between apps and load times were more than acceptable. I will say that I don’t have any scientific benchmarks to test it, but read and write with SSD seemed slower than my normal Dell. Another laptop sore spot can be WiFi, but I found my connection was strong and reliable.
This one was disappointing. In the current heat of the laptop market, I expect at least 9-10 hours from the average laptop these days. However, the Lenovo ThinkPad Yoga 370 consistently fell short of that. Some days I would get 7-8 hours tops. Most days of mixed use saw me getting more in the range of 6-7 hours of screen time. While it’s not a deal breaker, I wouldn’t want to go all day away from an AC adapter to top off the tank.
Overall, I enjoyed my time with the ThinkPad Yoga 370…even if it’s a mouthful to say. The excellent build quality and great keyboard paired with a convertible form factor make for an appealing combination. I wish the battery life could be closer to 10 hours or see them offer an extendable battery system like on their other ThinkPads, but I think that would be too large a compromise for the tablet usage. As with most Lenovo laptops, they carry a premium price tag. The 370 starts at $1389 at Lenovo’s website, but you get a super high-end product that can take a beating for that price, so that very well may end up being worthwhile for you.Purchase the ThinkPad Yoga 370 at Lenovo