Lenovo's Yoga Home 900 is the digital easel we wish was so much better

There's so much we'd love to do with a 27-inch tablet PC – but the only one around isn't what you need.


If you want a large-scale screen you can draw on, you can plug a 27-inch Cintiq into your computer – but if you want one piece of hardware that can do both, the only game in town is Lenovo's Yoga Home 900. And, unfortunately, it's not up to the task.

As the name suggests, this Yoga tablet is aimed at families – specifically families with a decent-sized house and yards of counter space. This all-in-one PC could stand in the kitchen or family room for homework time. After dinner, it could flip onto the coffee table for games or creative projects. Unplugged, there's a three-hour battery life, which is good enough for playtime.

Inside the Yoga Home 900 you’ll find Broadwell-class CPU power, specifically the 5th-generation Core i5-5200U. Why not Skylake? Lenovo didn’t explain, but we suspect Broadwell was easier to obtain than the very new Skylake.

Home users may not care but Photoshop and Corel Painter are pretty power-hungry apps. Strike one against the Yoga Home 900.


The 27-inch screen has a resolution of 1,920 x 1,080 – less than a seventh the resolution of the 27-inch iMac's 5K screen (which is 5,120 x 2,880). Most 27-inch screens have resolutions of 2,560 x 1,440 – which has over 70 per cent more pixels than the Yoga Home 900. Strike two.

The final stike-and-you're-out is reserved for the touchscreen itself. Slow and rather lacking in pressure sensitivity, you've got little chance of drawing anything you'd be proud of on the Yoga Home 900.

So save your pennies for Wacom's Cintiq 27QHD.

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In this rear view of the Lenovo Yoga Home 900, you can see how the kickstand works.


The Lenovo Yoga Home 900's kickstand folds into the back of the display and fastens with a small latch.