If you need a tablet, they’re $500 or so for a good one. If you need a laptop, they too are $500 or so for a good one. So why, oh why, are computer manufacturers trying to sell us gimmicky all-in-one laptops/tablets that cost a fortune?
Seriously, first it was the Asus PadFone, which mostly exists for government contractors. And now it’s the undeniably neat, but incredibly overpriced, IdeaPad Yoga from Lenovo.
Although to be fair, it is really, really neat.
It’s not called the Yoga because it’ll stretch out your wallet or ruin your back; it’s called that because it’s a laptop that you can fold the keyboard back behind the screen and suddenly it turns into a tablet. It’s the computer equivalent of a Transformer. Well, more like the really lame ones you got as Happy Meal toys that unfolded in one step.
We’re getting off topic. The point is, it’s two useful form factors in one. And how much will having this transforming computer run you?
You know, guys, Asus just gives us a keyboard dock for another $150 on top of a $600 tablet, so that we’re saving money. Simplicity is good, but there’s only so much we’re willing to pay for it.
Lenovo Prices IdeaPad Yoga [Engadget]