When Microsoft announced the Surface Studio, it was clear that Microsoft had built a marvel of a Computer, and, even today, it’s unmatched in its design … until now? Well, Lenovo thinks so, with this, their new Yoga A940, Lenovo has taken full aim at Microsoft’s Surface Studio device, and that’s not just by retailing it more than $1,000 less than Microsoft.
Whilst Lenovo’s efforts aren’t entirely in vain, it’s clear this doesn’t quite offer the same wow-factor as Microsoft’s own Surface Studio, instead of Stainless Steel and beautiful lines, you’ve a dark plastic look, which looks like it’s more set for an office rather an an artists studio. Don’t get us wrong, it’s better than a heap of All-in-ones in the PC market, but with Lenovo touting this as a Surface Studio, the looks definitely don’t spark that to us.
That’s not to say it’s bad, you’ve a 27 inch display, which has a hinge which offers the tilt motions, previously unique to the Surface Studio, the screen itself is available in either QHD or 4K resolution, and support Dolby Vision HDR, so it’s fair these will be fantastic displays. An 8th-gen Intel Core i7 processor is included, backed up by RAM up to 32GB, up to 512GB of PCIe SSD, or 2TB of traditional HDD. As for graphics, you’ve a rather mediocre AMD Radeon RX 560 graphics card, we’re not saying it should be a Vega, but, would be nice.
I/O is well equipped, with 4 USB-A style USB 3 ports, 2 USB 2 ports, a 3-in-1 card reader and a single USB-C port, though lacking Thunderbolt.
Lenovo have also built their own version of the Surface Dial, which you can see plugged to the right of the display, which, like the Dial, allows you to interact with the display using rotational movements.
One thing we do like about the Yoga A940, is the Wireless Charging dock, which charges the Pen in its own slot, but useful to charge any Smartphone or device easily!
The Lenovo Yoga A940 is expected to go on sale, March 2019, with prices starting at $2,349.99 … still a lot, but is a whole $1,000 less than Microsoft’s asking price.