Lenovo IdeaPad Yoga 11 review: a netbook by another name
7 January 2014
Summary: A few years ago, netbooks were small, light, inexpensive, often underpowered computers — and the word quickly became a pejorative term, to be used only with the greatest of disdain as you throw your netbook out the window. Then came ultrabooks — small, light, inexpensive, often underpowered computers that have taken the PC market by storm. The more things change, the more they stay the same.
Pros: Incredible battery life, Small, sleek design, Good keyboard and trackpad
Cons: Limited functionality because of Windows RT, Slow, inconsistent performance, Poor app ecosystem
Excerpt: The Lenovo Ideapad Yoga 11S in review here is a current Ultrabook, in previous generation form. The new Haswell versions are feeding-in but this Ivy Bridge version is on offer at $699 so it makes an attractive hybrid of great quality and mobility even more interesting. Ben reviewed the Core i7 version in July but we have the Core i3 version with 4GB RAM, 128GB SSD, 11.6-inch version here now. It’s mostly a great experience but there are, as always, considerations.
Lenovo IdeaPad Yoga 11S Convertible Notebook Review: A Game of Compromises
20 August 2013
Excerpt: It seems like only yesterday (okay, last month) that we were testing the IdeaPad Yoga 11 , which was certainly an interesting device. That’s primarily because of what it represents: namely, the slow merging of the tablet and notebook markets. You’ve probably heard people proclaiming the death of the PC as we know it.
Excerpt: After having our hands on the Lenovo Ideapad Yoga 11S Ultrabook convertible for a few weeks, we’re ready to bring you the full review. Is this 11.6-inch convertible with Intel’s Ivy Bridge Y-series processor right for you? Step inside to see our analysis.
Conclusion: Our sample system arrived running Windows 8 64-bit although one could opt for the Pro version when ordering. I’m a bit more versed with Windows 8 now compared to when I reviewed the original Yoga last December. If you’re new to Microsoft’s latest operating system, I would urge you to check out our in-depth review of Windows 8 to get you headed in the right direction.
Review: Lenovo’s IdeaPad Yoga 11S is good, but it’s late to the party
17 July 2013
Conclusion: The Yoga 13 was one of our favorite Windows 8 laptops in the operating system's launch lineup. It wasn't a particularly great tablet (and neither is the 11S, though the smaller size and the slip cover help), but it didn't compromise its functionality as a laptop to add the convertible functionality. Large-ish bezel aside, the Yoga's convertible mechanism is still great.
Pros: The Yoga's flexible hinge makes it one of our favorite convertible designs, Attractive, understated design, Decent keyboard, if not quite as good as a ThinkPad, Screen has excellent color and viewing angles, and the resolution is OK at this size, HDMI port and SD card reader, RAM is upgradeable and relatively easy to access
Cons: One USB 2.0 port—it's time to embrace USB 3.0 already, Slightly lower performance than the Yoga 13, Poor battery life, No backlit keyboard option, Haswell is here, and it would be perfect for the 11S—too bad it's stuck on Ivy Bridge
Summary: Lenovo has kept the same fun transforming form factor as its original 11-inch wunderkind, but has pumped up the processing power, making the 11S an attractive purchase and a better Windows 8 hybrid than Microsoft's own Surface Pro. It's not cheap, starting at £699, but if you're after a small convertible Windows 8 ultrabook that can do it all, the Yoga 11S is for you. Just make sure you take the charger with you.
Conclusion: The Lenovo Yoga 13 was a huge hit, and we can't blame the company for capitalizing on the design by bringing it to smaller and larger models. It's still attractive, wildly versatile and sturdy. You won't sacrifice laptop ergonomics or keyboard quality as you often do with other Windows 8 convertibles, yet it works nicely as a (heavy) tablet. The price is nice too, but the Yoga 11 faces competition from the HP Split x2, Sony Vaio Duo 11 and even Surface Pro 2.
Pros: Versatile Yoga design in a very compact package. Full Intel Core CPUs, sharp IPS touch screen, very good keyboard.
Cons: Hard to get excited by 3rd gen CPUs, Y series CPU doesn't offer much power savings.