Lenovo Ideapad Yoga 13 looks much like a traditional notebook. However, if you keep moving the 13-inch screen backwards along the awesomely flexible hinge, the Windows 8 machine is transformed into a full-fledged Windows 8 touch-screen tablet.
Lenovo Ideapad Yoga 13 Review, Specs
The plastic-clad convertible sports one of the most striking Windows 8 designs we’ve seen to date. Though it has a plastic covered body, it is impervious to many harsh scratches. Apart from having a sturdy plastic body, it is coated in softer materials, including a rubbery lid and leathery palm rest.
On the sides of Yoga 13 you find 2 USB ports (3.0 and 2.0), a volume rocker, a 3.5mm headphone jack, HDMI socket and a button for locking the screen orientation. Ah! I forgot, there’s even a SD card reader.
Do not mistake the power socket for USB port. The power socket takes an unusual design in IdeaPad. It is rectangular in shape and looks like a small USB port. But, instead of blue it is painted yellow inside.
Display and Design
The Lenovo product has a 1600 x 900p IPS display that could have been much brighter for viewing content. Although texts look sharp when you are browsing Internet and reading articles. Its brightness of 281 lux is not enough to beat the 434 luminous flux of Dell’s XPS 12.
On a good point, even with a capacitive touchscreen on board, the Yoga 13 measures just 0.67 inch thick and weighs around 3.3 pounds. So, it is much thinner than other notebooks. It is also much flexible due to its extremely rotatable hinge.
Talking about trackpad, Yoga 13 has a large glass trackpad that supports almost all the Windows 8 gestures you would love to make on its screen. It supports multi-touch gestures like pinch-to-zoom and two-finger scrolling.
When you switch IdeaPad Yoga from laptop mode to the tablet mode a touchscreen keyboard becomes visible on-screen, hinting you’re officially in tablet mode. When this happens, the physical keyboard is disabled automatically but it remains exposed on the backside. You can actually feel your fingers pressing against its keys on the other side. Really bad!
What you can certainly do is use a slot-in case/sleeve tucks the keyboard inside it. Lenovo is selling it at an additional price of $40. The sleeve covers just the keyboard comfortably when you’ve switched to the tablet mode.
The keys of the keyboard too have a problem. Although they have rounded edges and good u-shaped design, on most occasions they fail to register presses. Naturally, you have to use the Backspace then and re-type the word you intended to.
As for performance, the IdeaPad Yoga 13 packs a 1.7-GHz Intel Core i5-3317U CPU, capable of providing enough power for daily working tasks such as word processing, web browsing and entertainment purposes like streaming video. It’s even capable of handling some solid PC games.
Despite an advertised 128 GB of storage, Lenovo makes only about half of the memory available to the owners of the device that too divided across 2 partitions. The rest is occupied, built-in software, the recovery services, operating system itself and what not. Other hardware specifications include 8GB of RAM, a 128GB SSD and an Intel HD Graphics 4000 GPU.
Battery life of Lenovo isn’t bad considering the category under which it is listed but not solid either (5.32 hours) when compared to its counter-parts like Samsung Series 9 (7.02 hours), Dell XPS 14 (6.18 hours), etc.
Lenovo Ideapad Yoga 13 is also powered by Intel’s AppUp store and Lenovo Cloud Storage. There’s an 11-inch Yoga coming soon! It will feature ARM chip and would run on Windows RT, not Windows 8.
Lenovo Ideapad Yoga 13 Price
1.7 GHz Intel Core i5-3317U unit of the IdeaPad Yoga costs $1,099 while the one that offers 1.8-GHz Intel Core i3-3217U processor and 4GB of RAM cost $999. The $1,299 version has a 1.9-GHz Intel Core i7-3517U CPU and 8GB of RAM.
Amazon has some good deals on offer for IdeaPad Yoga 13.