At the CES 2019 happening now in Las Vegas, Lenovo has released an all-in-one PC called the Yoga A940. Its most unique feature is its rotating hinge, which allows users to move the screen around from a normal viewing position and into drawing mode. Drawing mode allows for a stable screen for sketching and writing with a digital pen.
This PC has a 27-inch display with an 8th Gen Intel Core i7 processor. It also has 32GB RAM and a 2TB HDD or 512GB PCIe SSD storage. For graphics, there is an AMD Radeon RX 560. There is a smartphone charging dock that also functions as a storage for the mouse and keyboard.
Microsoft’s Surface Studio has always been the front-running in pressure-sensitive touch displays; this made it ideal for designers and content creators. Sporting a digital pen with a touchscreen display, the Lenovo Yoga A940 is a strong competitor to the Surface Studio.
The official website by Lenovo has announced its apparent arrival in April 2019.
Tailor Made for Content Creators
Lenovo has customized this PC for content creators. Other than the hinge to let the PC bend in a drawing mode, there are several other features that back this purpose. For example, there is an optional 4K IPS touchscreen with Dolby Vision. The hinge allows for a 25-degree bend which is ideal for drawing and drafting. The digital pen makes sketching and annotating both smooth and precise.
However, the star of this computer is the Lenovo precision dial. This controller allows content creators to select and adjust content on the screen with the utmost precision. Users can control the brush stroke size, the tip size, and the opacity of the lines their stylus makes. The controller will function with Lightroom, Adobe Photoshop, Work, PowerPoint, Excel, and Illustrator. With a mouse, a stylus, AND a precision dial, it makes the perfect package for the audience it aims to impress.
As a way of checking the box with video content creators, the A940 comes with the Dolby Atmos Speaker System. There is even a second set of speakers under the display for the luxury of powerful sound even when the PC is in drafting mode. These speakers would allow video content creators to easily modify and adjust their video and audio.
Where the Competition Stands
The first and foremost reason for accepting the Lenovo A940 as a worthy competitor to Surface Studio is the difference in price. The Lenovo A940 will be launched in March 2019 with a price tag reading $2349.99. This is more than a thousand dollars less than what the Surface Studio costs.
Another advantage the Lenovo A940 has over Surface Studio is the strategic placement of its precision control. This feature existed in Surface Studio in the form of a magnetic Surface Dial that took up screen space and disrupted the canvas. However, Lenovo presented their “precision control” in the form of a controller which could be plugged into the USB A port on either side. Now, the controller won’t get in the artist’s way.
Both of these are reasons the Lenovo A940 poses a serious threat to rival Microsoft Surface Studio.