The Lenovo Yoga A940 is a Surface Studio competitor


– Hey, it’s Nick Statt with The Verge and we’re here checking
out the Lenovo Yoga A940. (upbeat music) Now the A stands for all-in-one and as you might have guessed from just looking at the device, it’s Lenovo’s answer to the
Microsoft Surface Studio. Two things that jump out at me right away from just playing around with
this device for a few minutes, are that it’s got a
different sliding mechanism than the Surface Studio, so it has a place to put
your mouse and keyboard uh, right under the monitor. It’s also got all of its components here in this base station with
two easy to remove screws. That way you can upgrade
things like SSD and the RAM, which is something the Surface
Studio doesn’t let you do. So, that can be a big boon
for creative professionals who are looking for a cheaper alternative. Like the Surface Studio,
the A940 is designed for people who do a lot of photo editing, a lot of illustration, that kind of work. People who would need to
kind of, take this monitor, pull it down, and get like,
up and close and personal with the images that they’re working on. So, with that you get a stylus, which sits over here in the
wireless charging stand. And uh, you also get this
nifty little knob on the side, similar to the Surface Style in that you can customize what it does. You can tap in for uh, Settings. And the Settings are app specific, they change depending on
whether you press the button, whether you’re rotating the first dial, or whether you’re
rotating the second dial. You can change those for Photoshop, for, you can customize
them for Illustrator, for Lightroom, whatever you want. So with this dial, you can also, if you don’t like it being on the left, you can just pull it out, and switch it to the other side. Uh, each of the two
USB-A ports on each side, have magnetic covers and then you can just take them out and stick them to the back of the machine, if you don’t like. So Lenovo is also bundling a stylus here, it’s just a standard, standard stylus using Wacom technology. It’s got 4,096 points of pressure. You also got two buttons on the side here, for customizable settings depending on what apps you’re using. (upbeat music) So the most important
component of the A940 is obviously the display,
so it’s a 27 inch, touchscreen, 4K display. What makes it different
than the Surface Studio, is obviously how you’re gonna be using it. So, you have an area to put
your keyboard right here, and then you have an
area to put your mouse. And then you just pull this down now that your desk in front
of you is uncluttered. And from there, you can just get to work right on the screen. So this light isn’t quite as high quality as the Surface Studio, which is more than $1000 more expensive. But it is still a 27 inch, 4K display. It looks great, it’s very responsive. You use it really easily
without a keyboard. It’s, the whole point is that you would basically pull this down, keep
the keyboard out of the way, and do all your work
right here on the display, up close and personal with every image. So powering the A940
is a Intel HN Core i7. Um, you get AMD Radeon RX 560 graphics. Uh, that can’t be upgraded. But you can upgrade the
memory and the storage, so you uh, it starts
with 8 gigabytes of RAM. And 128 gigabytes of storage
on the solid-state drive. The RAM goes up to 32 gigabytes, and the solid-state
drive can go up to 512. You also get a separate hard drive, that’s just one terabyte or two terabytes. So there are two display configurations. You can get the 27 inch UHD
model with the IPS touchscreen. You can also get the QHD model,
which is a lower resolution. Uh, that also has the IPS touchscreen. So the big differentiating factor here with the A940 is obviously the price. It’s more than $1000 cheaper
than the Surface Studio 2. It starts at $2,349,
that includes the dial, the keyboard, the mouse, the stylus, and the inductive charger,
all-in-one package. The device is slated
to ship in March 2019. And considering it’s $1000 cheaper than the Surface Studio 2, the A940 could really give Microsoft’s all-in-one desktop, a run for its money. For more videos like this,
keep it locked to The Verge on YouTube at YouTube.com/TheVerge.

100 Comments

  1. I really like Surface Studio design. It makes anything looks organized and simplified for a workstation desktop.

  2. OMG I want this!

  3. and you lost me with RX 560, come on seriously…

  4. The modularity and design is great but the display seems very lacking. More company's need to compete with the Surface Studio. After all Microsoft wants their OEMs to try and beat their surface line up so more developers are enticed to develop for Windows

  5. MEH..

  6. Why screen is so thick?

  7. Hopefully the screen looks much better in person than how it comes across on the video. Would love an HDR version. Can you use this an external monitor?

  8. Stop making all-in-ones and let us buy the monitor and hook it up to a computer of our choice!!! We want the SCREENS on our computer, not an under-powered, unupgradable all-in-one that doesn't meet out needs.

  9. I seriously cannot understand how are there people getting paid to come up with product names like A940.

  10. Draw on the paper and get it scanned. Simple enough

  11. Talk about lazy journalism. How about explaining why it's $1000 cheaper.

  12. That’s chunky.

  13. STANDARD STYLUS

  14. Man, i actually like this one!

  15. What's the degree of angle for it?

  16. its good to have competition and it does look great but i'll stick to my studio since its display looks sharper and crisp

  17. Does it use laptop components like the surface, or desktop ones?

  18. Is that a speaker at the bottom front or it in the screen?

  19. Thousands of dollars in tech just to doodle around… This, surfaces, iPads. Paper and pencil work just fine.

  20. how much

  21. Seems like, at least in the video, the sliding mechanism isn't as great as Microsoft's. Idk, there was a few second when it was wobbling for a bit.

  22. WHY NO THUNDERBOLT 3!

  23. Did i just heard Wacom. Sounds promising

  24. Make it a hackintosh rx 560 will be Killin it

  25. This is 16:9 not 3:4 like the studio, could have mentioned that IMPORTANT point.

  26. They didnt answer one of the most important feature, is it laminated or not?

  27. When you know MKBHD's video is more color accurate and crisp 🤣🤣

  28. Awesome…great compition to surface studio

  29. Using wacom technology. That in itself makes it 1000x better than the surface studio

  30. where is stefan??

  31. Thunderbolt ports would have been nice, so as to use an external Graphics Card enclosure for upgradability considering the graphics card is not user upgradable.

  32. Obviously don't do too much creative work if you think you wont be using your keyboard 😛

  33. As long as it isn't as expensive as the studio, i'm buying it

  34. Display looks dull to me. And wacom? 👎👎

  35. Good job Lenovo, I was going to scroll past because I thought this was a surface studio rip off but its actually really useful and definitely adds all the stuff that the surface lacks.

  36. then you show youtube video from MKBHD , seriously ?
    you don't have confidence in your own videos? its not like you had to show anything in particular that needed that video,, poor attention to detail.

    Check Lou from unbox therapy, whenever he is reviewing the video quality of a device, he uses one of his videos to present it,, you will never see him showing the screen of a galaxy note 9 using MKBHD's videos or anyone else for that matter ,,

  37. Apple should make something like this. Why don't they…?

  38. i love how the captions have uh

  39. 1:25 Smart =D

  40. Does it Xi charge your phone?

  41. 2:25 MKHD =D

  42. I want this 😇😇😎

  43. Him: Upgrade RAM and SSD
    Me: SOLD

    I immediately sold my Surface Studio 2.

  44. Haha rhw lowkey MKBHD plugs

  45. Yes! Great job Lenovo (and Microsoft). I'd wish them to get practically better before Apple copies them.

  46. Omg you repeating the same useless information over and over… I there ware plenty of other stuff to show or tell

  47. Can the dial be used with other devices. Seems like it!

  48. What's the colour accuracy like?

  49. No love for lefties with the dial fixed on the left…

  50. Lenovo is really trying to listen to it's customer since the 2017 and I'm so glad they did.

  51. I'm checking my pocket…..

  52. The mechanism seems already wobbly where the surface seems rather solid in that respect

  53. I would fire a person that came up with the name for this device. The most generic and lame name in the universe.

  54. The screen looked wobbly.

  55. Nahh, does not really look stylish!

  56. Can the display used as a stand-alone monitor?

  57. Definitely better than Surface Studio!

  58. 0:22 it's got all off its components in his playstation,,, i mean base station 😛
    2:22 witch processor SPECIFIC!!! or are you a bunch of simple guys don`t understand computers??
    and did someone say: [thunderfury blessed blade of the windseeker] ?

  59. Yeah from the looks the surface is way nicer

  60. Surface Studio is far more superior than this. And much more beautiful

  61. Really better a deal than the Studio, however much I love it. This is the way to go. Include em all, Microsoft

  62. just needs tb and a much better graphics card option.
    looks great and innovative.

  63. Can you provide me the names of background music that you used in this video please??

  64. Wtf I wasn’t looking at my phone and thought this guy sounds like MKBHD

  65. I want those displays on market. Thats new and innovative.

  66. Is it portable? If not, how is it a competitor? It could compete with the all in one models but, they've been out for years.

  67. Rats, they lost me at not upgrading video card

  68. Gonna wait until someone do a GIVEAWAY …. °○°

  69. cool

  70. impressive

  71. It's still too expensive lol

  72. The asymmetrical base puts me off.

  73. You needed an artist to demo this for a REAL DEMO but I will take this for now.

  74. I love how computers are going back to a screen on top of horizontal box architecture. It reminds me of the Apple II and C64.
    This design is far superior to the Surface Studio but I don't trust Lenovo.

  75. no nvidia card? 🥺

  76. Why has nobody started selling these displays?!

  77. If this is better than the Microsoft Surface Pro, then I hope Lenovo will sell this in my country since there is no seller of Microsoft Surface Pro here.

  78. But is it cheaper than the Microsoft Surface studio 2?

  79. Pricing?

  80. aah the old aspect ratio

  81. keyboard is not backlit just like the Surface and no one who reviewed this mentioned the screen nits, why????

  82. I hope they make wireless charging mouse and keyboard with this computer next year……

  83. The design is just perfect for someone that wants to use it with artistic purposes (just like me) but I would really want to know if it's preared to support games or make them run fluidly and all that stuff…

  84. Oh Verge, Veeerge. You could at least pretend to be professional review site and say that the mechanism is wobbly, but it's also a preproduction model.

  85. I just want the Surface Studio Display.
    Yes, there's the Wacom Cintic, but look at the price of the Cintic, the price of the Surface Studio and what it could cost without a non-upgradable combuter in the base.

  86. much better than surface studio since it comes with everything and not sold seperately

  87. much better than surface studio since it comes with everything and not sold seperately

  88. Why most computer companies offer 128GB base storage? I don't think that's enough for today's standard. Is it because of Apple?

  89. ФИРМА ЛЕНОВО ЭТО ХУЙНЯ И УЖАС1 😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😢😢😂😂😂😂😢😢😢😢😢😢😢😢😢

  90. They should have made the graphics card upgradeable

  91. Everyone wants the Surface Studio, not this.




    If they had enough money to afford it.
    Nah.

  92. Your management is on the verge of a prison sentence.

  93. Why its always need to be a bad GPU? Why rx560? I can buy notebook with 6 core i7 and gtx 1060 for 1300-1600 usd, and it be 2-3 time more powerful with 3d graphic…
    Whats wrong with normal desktop style pci for removable graphic/audio card and over periferials? It have heavi base station for balance, whats wrong if it be a 2-5 cm bigger?

    But ok, if you dont need this sort of thing its look really interesting.
    Of course big question is screen calibration and stylus percision.

  94. Studio clone….

  95. Quality vid verge, btw don't show anyone actually drawing on the screen, just do touchups on the Photoshop that will show what the M A I N P O I N T is for this kind of device is….. thanks I hate it

  96. It's still overpriced

  97. Very interesting video. I have to change my laptop to a more professional retouching workstation for photographers.
    But the Lenovo has a weak GPU. Could I change them, too? Or just the RAM & SSD?

  98. Studio's better

  99. how much video ram is included on each of the models?

  100. The display is not antiglare. That's disappointing.

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