Summary: We thought the Yoga worked like a charm and we were thoroughly impressed with its small size and flexible design. The Tegra 3 processor was consistently quick and display quality was crisp and beautiful.
Pros: Learn It & Love It:, Savvy Screen:, Built Tough:, Yoga Mode:, Speedy Processor:, Price & Battery Power:
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.
Excerpt: Late last year we took a look at the Lenovo Yoga 13 Ultrabook, one of the first Windows 8 convertibles to hit the scene. The system performed decently well in our testing and while it was cool to use the machine as an oversized tablet with Windows 8 touch capabilities, the size and especially the...
Summary: The smaller display makes the Lenovo IdeaPad Yoga 11 super travel friendly, yet it’s large enough to use comfortably on the road. As a matter of fact, we feel like the Yoga 11’s form-factor offers the best of both worlds for travelers.
Pros: Excellent build quality and unique travel friendly design, great display, comfortable tactile keyboard, unique design modes, impressive battery life, don’t need to carry around a tablet
Cons: Web browsing experience is sluggish, the more powerful Yoga 11s is just around the corner, Windows RT is limiting, no backlit keyboard, no USB 3.0
Lenovo IdeaPad Yoga 11 Convertible Notebook Review: The Power of Low Power
23 June 2013
Excerpt: As headlines mount championing the supposed shift toward tablets for the average consumer, PC manufacturers continue to devise clever hybrid solutions to try and lure those who are on the fence toward more traditional machines.
Conclusion: You'll have to think this one through - unlike the Lenovo IdeaPad Yoga 13, you've not got a full-powered PC on your hands here. This device is made to be a traveler, and certainly not your one single machine if you've got a computer-based job.
Summary: Final Thoughts
The IdeaPad Yoga 11 is a very interesting device. It is a laptop, but an underpowered one. It is a tablet, but is larger and thicker than other tablets out there. The Yoga 11 offers the best of both worlds, for those who need it.
Pros: – Cool convertible aspect, – Great battery life, – Two USB ports, – Feels solid and qualitymade, – Comfortable keyboard
Cons: – Underpowered for a laptop, – Windows RT makes for limited functionality
Lenovo IdeaPad Yoga 11 review: a netbook by another name
2 May 2013
Excerpt: 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.
Pros: Incredible battery life, Small, sleek design, Good keyboard and trackpad
Cons: Limited functionality because of Windows RT, Slow, inconsistent performance, Poor app ecosystem
Conclusion: And that's our conclusion. Overall, we liked the Yoga 11, but we're not sold on Windows RT. Putting aside RT's limitations (the biggest one being that it can't run legacy Windows programs), we applaud Lenovo for trying something new here.
Pros: Attractive price, Good-looking screen, Innovative 360-degree folding keyboard, Comfortable keyboard, Respectable battery life, Wide range of ports
Cons: Won't run legacy Windows programs, Keyboard position feels awkward in tablet mode, Too heavy when used in tablet mode
Conclusion: The Lenovo IdeaPad Yoga 11 is a good Windows RT convertible to have around if you want a tablet-like experience, but absolutely need a keyboard. Its flips and acrobatics help usability, but ultimately this is a laptop with a good mix of tablet functionality.
Pros: Traditional clamshell form factor. Range of convertible positions. Feels fine in hand as tablet. Very good battery life. Comfortable keyboard. Full size HDMI
Cons: Limited Windows RT app library. Can't install older Windows apps. Can't install third-party browser. Local storage a bit small. Only USB 2.0.