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Microsoft Surface Studio is tipped to have some competition on its hands with the recent release of a Lenovo that takes many of its design cues from Microsoft’s flagship model.
Known as the Lenovo Yoga A940, the 27-inch all-in-one PC targets the same creative market using similar features, but with a price tag that comes in at $1000 less than the Studio.
So, what is the Yoga A940?
Launched at CES 2019, the Lenovo Yoga A940 is an all-in-one PC featuring a 27-inch touchscreen monitor that tilts to accommodate drawing and drafting.
It also boasts a stylus and “content creation dial”, which can be positioned on either side of the screen to allow users to adjust settings and features.
As a nifty little addition, the A940 also comes complete with an inbuilt, wireless charging pad, so you can sit your phone on the PC’s base, and it will charge as you work.
The Lenovo Yoga A940 is marketed as a top-of-the line PC for the Chinese tech manufacturer, which means it’s packed full of some hefty features and spec’s. So, let’s take a deep dive and kick off with some processing power, RAM and storage.
Lenovo notes the Yoga A940 is available with up to an 8th generation Core i7 processor, and accommodates up to 36GB RAM, with either 512GB of storage on a solid-state drive or up to 1TB on a hard disk drive.
Designed to offer “intelligent, ultrafast performance”, it also features AMD Radeon™ RX560 discrete graphics, enabling it to deliver “lightning-fast responsiveness whether you’re editing or creating content”.
The screen is the big feature of the Yoga A940 and is also the asset that sees it most likely to challenge the Surface Studio.
In this case, Lenovo has delivered a 27-inch touchscreen that tilts to a 28-degree angle. It boasts 4K resolution, Dolby Vision and an IR camera.
Lenovo has also included some flash artificial intelligence within the screen set-up, which tracks the user’s eye movements and uses facial recognition for the password.
“Artificial intelligence anticipates your needs, thanks to eye-tracking Glance software,” Lenovo notes.
“When you step away from your Yoga A940, the display automatically darkens as content is saved to protect both your privacy and your work. During video calls, your background is automatically blurred; and predictive power settings ensure the most efficient use of your battery life.”
Two sets of Dolby speakers are included, with a user-facing Dolby Atmos system in the screen and a second set on the stand beneath. Lenovo notes this allows users to enjoy clear sound, no matter what angle the screen is positioned at.
There’s no shortage of ports available in the A940, with two USB 2.0 ports in the sides of the screen, along with a 3-in-1 card reader.
At the rear, there’s also a USB 3.1 Type-C Intel Thunderbolt for power delivery, and an additional four USB 3.0 ports, plus a RJ45 and HDMI port.
As the Yoga A940 is all about creativity, a stylus comes included in the box. Known as the Active Pen, it facilitates drafting, “tweaking” and editing in software like Photoshop, InDesign and Lightroom.
Meanwhile, the stylus can be charged on the in-built charging pad, which can also accommodate smart phone and wireless mouse charging.
Lenovo touts the content creation dial as a major feature. Unlike the Surface Studio, the dial doesn’t sit on the screen face, but rather is inserted into USB ports on either side of the display. And yes, it’s in the box at purchase, which is also different to Microsoft’s offering.
Lenovo explains the dial allows for scrolling, calibrating and precision adjustments, and can be used to assign settings and features in Adobe Illustrator, Photoshop, Lightroom and more.
Lenovo’s gone for a bit of a retro feel with this model. Available in iron grey, it appears quite modular with the screen sitting on a hinged arm above the keyboard and charging pad.
Coming it at $1000 less than the Surface Studio, the sheer price of the Lenovo Yoga A940 is set to be a big plus.
The Verge explains Lenovo is planning to launch its Yoga A940 in March, priced from US$2349.99 (approximately AUD$3270).
“That’s more than $1000 cheaper than the Surface Studio, offering up some solid competition to Microsoft’s head-turning PC,” they reflect.