Before we move on to compare the design of these two convertible laptops, it is useful to note that these two laptops are very different machines in terms of specs and performance.
The Lenovo Yoga 11 is more of a mid-range mainstream laptop costing around $500-$650 each. The Dell XPS 12 is more of a premium product with very powerful specs, costing almost twice the price of the Yoga 11.
With that out of the way, lets dive straight into the design showdown. Personally, I think that convertible laptops like the XPS 12 and the Yoga is the future of personal computing. If Microsoft keeps up its game to catch up with iOS and Android in the tablet OS department, convertibles such as these could very become the primary computing platform for consumers in the not too distant future.
Spotlight: The Laptop-Tablet Converting Mechanisms
With the Lenovo Yoga 11, it converts into a tablet when the screen rotates back 360 degrees to meet the back of the keyboard. With the Dell XPS 12, the screen has a swivel in its center axis, where it swivels 180 degrees so that it would be facing outwards when the lid is closed.
At first glance, many would think that the XPS 12 has the better converting mechanism as while it is tablet mode, the keyboard and track-pad are faced inwards, protecting it from rough handling. The Yoga on the other hand, has the keyboard surface facing outwards, making it prone to accidental damage or rough use.
If that is what you are thinking, many of you would change your mind after watching hands on videos of the two laptops above. From the videos, you can see that hinge on the Lenovo machine feels much more sturdy than the axis swivels on the Dell. The Dell swivel screen seems much more delicate. For that reason, I do have my reservations of the durability of the swivel screen.
So what do you think? Do you prefer the design of the Yoga or the XPS 12? Do leave a comment below to vote.
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