After the launch of tablets, the tech-world saw it fit to take things a step further by launching hybrid laptops/tablets to cater to a very specific target market. A market that wanted the flexibility and convenience of a tablet, but with the performance of a good old laptop. Continuing with this trend are Toshiba and Lenovo with their most recent offerings; the Satellite Radius P55W-B5224 and the Yoga 3 Pro respectively. The 2 systems are quite different and here is why:
To start off, Lenovo has managed to make a mark with its Yoga series of hybrid laptops and the Yoga 3 Pro continues that tradition. The noticeable change in the Yoga 3’s design is that Lenovo has done away with the double-axle hinge found in previous models and replaced it with a single hinge that runs along the length of the laptop which is similar to that of a watchband in terms of design. The screen, as usual, can be folded back and used as a tablet.
This is also the slimmest model yet and consists of a plastic frame with anodized aluminum on the top and bottom. The entire laptop measures 13 x 9 inches with a thickness of half an inch.
The Satellite Radius on the other hand uses a dual-hinge design and consists of a brushed aluminum construction. The satin gold finish on the aluminum creates a luxurious feel and enhances the aesthetic appeal of the device. The Satellite Radius measures 15 x 10 inches with a thickness of .75 inches and weighs 4.9 pounds making it slightly bigger and much heavier than the Yoga 3 Pro which only weighs a mere 2.6 pounds. In terms of overall appearance, both laptops enjoy a very contemporary styling.
The Yoga 3 Pro makes things interesting here by having a few unique features such as a USB port that also functions as a DC power connector eliminating the need for a separate charging port. The drawback is that it requires a proprietary charger from Lenovo. Apart from that, Lenovo comes with a micro-HDMI port instead of a full size one which might require an adapter when connecting to a TV or projector. Then there are the usual features such as two USB 3.0 ports, SD card slot and a headphone jack.
The Satellite Radius on the other hand, comes with three 3.0 USB ports, SD card slot and a full-size HDMI port which is very convenient compared to the Yoga 3 Pro. The Radius also has a feature called WiDi (Wireless Display) from Intel which allows you to stream content from your laptop to any WiDi equipped HDTV.
Both systems come with 8 GB of RAM, but are extremely different in terms of storage. The Yoga 3 Pro offers 256 GB of SSD storage while the Radius offers 1TB of HDD storage. The choice ultimately boils down to safety vs storage capacity. Nevertheless, the Radius seems to be at an advantage considering that it offers more in terms of sheer space and users can always go for an extra external SSD storage device. The Radius also comes with an Intel Core i7-4510U 2GHZ processor making it considerably faster and more powerful than the Yoga 3 Pro’s 1.3 GHz Intel Core M 5Y70 processor. The Radius has a battery run-time of 7.27 hours which is about 45 minutes less than the Yoga 3 Pro’s run-time.
Considering aspects such as cost and performance, the Toshiba Satellite Radius P55W-B5224 is obviously a more practical choice as it retails at just $848 and provides value for money by walking the fine line between laptop performance and tablet convenience.
Whereas, the Lenovo Yoga 3 Pro is smaller, more compact and much more convenient but with a price tag of $1,199, seems a little impractical. Unless of course, money is not an issue and you just need something simple and stylish to get the job done.