Lenovo ThinkPad Yoga 15 review

Is a 15-inch laptop too big to be considered versatile?

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You've got to credit Lenovo for attempting to provide business users with a flexible, hybrid laptop in a large format that doesn't sacrifice performance. However, the heft and size of the ThinkPad Yoga 15 begs an important question: is a 15-inch convertible something anyone really needs?

Lenovo ThinkPad Yoga 15

We liked

If you like large laptops and don't mind some extra weight, there's not much to dislike about the Lenovo ThinkPad Yoga 15. It features a stellar 9.5 hours of battery life, to start.

The laptop's also packing a pretty FHD screen that's housed in a gorgeous and durable magnesium alloy chassis. It packs enough ports to get you any connection you might need. And finally, this notebook's performance is on par with similar devices in this class.

We disliked

Unfortunately, a 5-pound laptop is essentially a portable desktop. You won't want to drag this device around, and even if you do, you likely won't use it in Tent or Display mode because of how clunky it is.

Given that it weighs so much, its performance should be more in line with much faster, more powerful, and more expensive mobile workstations. So, if money is no object and you don't mind a heavy, more standard-issue laptop, then you're better off getting a mobile workstation.

Final verdict

The Lenovo ThinkPad Yoga 15 is a dynamite device that is capable of being many different things. It's a powerful laptop with a sturdy design that can be flexed into multiple different positions.

Lenovo packed this 2-in-1 machine with a gorgeous screen, a solid trackpad and a healthy selection of ports. If you don't mind a few extra pounds, then this hybrid is ideal for the business user who seldom needs portability, but enjoys having the option.