- The Washington Times - Wednesday, August 31, 2016

If you like the clickity-click of a physical keyboard, it might stretch your comfort zone to give Lenovo’s new Yoga Book a try.

The’s what CNet describes as the computer maker’s new “unique tablet/hybrid PC with two touchscreen displays that fold in on each other.” 

“While the outline of the digital keyboard remains the same, the keys can stretch and grow based on your needs,” CNet says, explaining the design for the touchscreen keyboard. “For instance, you tend to tap below the space bar, it’ll know to stretch out the touch sensor to accommodate you. Or the space around the A button will still register if you tend to hit that letter a lot. Lenovo said the keyboard will have software to allow it to adapt to your tendencies.”

According to CNet, company executives think the new experimental design may prove popular with younger consumers accustomed to doing most of their computing on touchscreen devices, although they don’t foresee the old-school physical keyboard facing extinction anytime soon.

“I don’t think the traditional keyboard is going away,” Lenovo vice president Jeff Meredith said, reported CNet. “If you spend eights hours a day typing, this isn’t for you.”

Indeed, as a reviewer for Engadget complained in an otherwise positive review, “for a 2-in-1 to truly facilitate productivity, it needs a real keyboard.”

“Even though Lenovo thoughtfully designed the layout with more generously sized keys and spaces and implemented haptic feedback, predictive text and autocorrect (the latter two are only on the Android model), I still struggled to bang out more than a few words at once without a typo,” Engadget reviews editor Cherlynn Low wrote on Wednesday. “Lenovo said it would take about two hours to get used to the new keyboard, but I’m not sure I believe that.”

The Yoga Book will hit stores in September, retailing at $499 for models running on Android and $549 for those running on Windows 10.


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