The all-in-one tends to come in two flavors: a budget machine for beginners or an all-out monster with style and flexibility. Lenovo has taken the latter option with its new Yoga A940, a state-of-the-art machine designed for artists and creators.
The 27-inch machine announced on the CES includes a 4K touch screen and a double-sided display that can move from a 90 degree vertical to a smooth-25 degree drawing friendly angle. The internal components, with Intel Core 8th gene processors and up to 32GB of memory, plus a Radeon RX 560 GPU, are housed in a fleshy base. But that's the stuff around the intestines that are interesting. At the top of the main unit is a shelf for the included wireless keyboard when you are ready to get ready, and the smaller area on the page can charge your Qi-enabled smartphone. Five Dolby Atmos speakers also hide.
Take a look "around the back and you'll find four USB 3.0 ports, HDMI-in (to use the screen with another machine) and Ethernet if you need something faster than Wi-Fi. The page, which is accessible without reaching, is another USB 3.0, USB-C, a headphone jack and an SD card reader, useful for non-MicroSD photographers, and other fine details include a work light on the bottom of the screen and a manual shutter over webcam
But it is the included "Smart Dial" that makes the artists do a double recording. This gadget is analogous to the Microsoft Surface Dial but comes with the package for free, it also shows some surprisingly ergonomic thought, docking in a dedicated USB port on either the right or left side for easy use in the down position (Southpaw's thanks, Lenovo, for ambidextrous design.) Lenovo's management software can assign different scrolling tools for different applications r, such as Adobe's Creative Cloud, with a color-coded LED ring to let the user know what mode it is without checking the app.
All this, plus a powered stylus, keyboard and mouse, and the usual range of Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and a three-month Creative Cloud trial comes in at $ 2350 when the Yoga A940 launches in March . The bass specifications, with 8 GB of memory and a 128 GB SSD or 1 TB hard drive, are a bit disappointing … but this all-in-one has another trick on the sleeve. The panel below the keyboard shelf can be removed, giving the user access to the memory and storage locations. Laptop DDR4 RAM and SSDs can be replaced without further disassembly, ensuring that the intrusion is kept intact.
With a starting price of hundreds of dollars lower than Surface Studio 2 and options for cheap end-user upgrades, this is all-in-one will make a tempting option for digital artists and designers hoping to turn into a large-format touch screen input. Including a scroll wheel and gear accessories for the low price point is just sauce.