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Windows 8 Launch: We check out Lenovo's lineup

When it comes to Lenovo's Windows 8 and Windows RT products, the company apparently likes to twist and shout. Well, maybe not "shout", but the many touch screen-based devices we got to check out briefly at a New York City press event Wednesday certainly had a twist theme.

We have already reported on both the Windows 8-based Yoga 13, shown above, and the Windows RT-based Yoga 11. Seeing final versions of both these products in the flesh certainly reinforced our feelings that the Yoga line is among the most unique of the hybrid devices we have seen for the Windows 8 launch. Having several ways to set up the screen (pure tablet, pure notebook and two more intermediate forms) could allow for some interesting scenario, especially for the workplace. The notebooks themselves also seem to be well made, as usual from Lenovo.

We also got a chance to check out other products, including the ThinkPad Tablet 2 and the Lynx (tablets with optional keyboard) and the Twist, which starts as a notebook. Users can twist the screen 180 degrees around on the base and then lay it down flat to turn it into a tablet. Unlike the Yoga, the Twist's back in tablet form does not expose the keyboard (Lenovo told us they will sell a cover that will protect the Yoga's keyboard in tablet mode).

Of all the PC OEMs we got to check out Wednesday, Lenovo seems to be the one who thinks Windows 8 and Windows RT will benefit the most from the hybrid hardware model the most. They certainly are pushing that theme in its hardware and we will soon see if the world's largest PC maker (sorry, HP) is correct.

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