Summary: Lenovo has completely discontinued the Yoga 11 Windows R/T Tablet and replaced it with this incredible shrink rayed copy of the Yoga 13. The 11s is impeccably made and performs as well as any ultrabook we have tested in the last little while. Windows 8 is still clunky and needs polishing, but the Yoga 11s improves things for us. The entire machine just works and we feel that we have not had a Windows 8 touch experience better than this.
Summary: Something new? The Lenovo IdeaPad Yoga 11S is an old acquaintance. It is now available with current Haswell processors. So, it is time to quickly check what changed.
Pros: bright IPS screen, wide viewing angles, solid construction, versatile design, good touchscreen, better battery life than the Ivy Bridge model, The strengths remained: good build quality, sophisticated hinge. Furthermore, the battery life was improved.
Cons: still very hot under load, somewhat darker screen than the Ivy Bridge model, heavy throttling, no performance gain compared to Ivy Bridge model, complicated as tablet, keyboard with poor feedback, keyboard without backlight, non-replaceable battery and difficult maintenance, glossy screen / fingerprints can be a nuisance, The weaknesses remained, too: The device is too bulky for a tablet, and the temperature increase is too high.
Summary: The Lenovo IdeaPad Yoga 11S - 59385438 isn't the cheapest cheap laptop out there, nor is it the cheapest Ultrabook or Windows 8 tablet or convertible. But you would be hard pressed to find a better combination of power and versatility at this price point. The move to Haswell technology is the icing on the cake, and it puts the Lenovo IdeaPad Yoga 11S - 59385438 head and shoulders above other Yoga 11S versions, at least for now.
Pros: Can be used as a laptop or tablet, Great design, Latest Intel processor
Cons: Available in only one configuration, and from only one retailer (Best Buy), Tablet configuration leaves keyboard exposed, though deactivated
Lenovo Yoga 11S (Core i3, $699 version) Video Review
11 December 2013
Excerpt: For those that are interested in the Lenovo Yoga 11S (and I’m sure many are because it’s a great bit of kit) I’ve put together two video reviews for you. They follow-on from the full review posted here last week and, as that review did, focuses on the value and performance of the Ivy Bridge Core i3 1.4Ghz version at $699.
Conclusion: In closing, we've enjoyed using this machine for the past few weeks. The Lenovo Ideapad Yoga 11S has a unique design, and could be one of my favorite hybrid/portables on the market. It's made for the traveler, and can do it all whether you're out and about, or sitting on the couch. With Lenovo you know it is top quality, and it shows during daily usage.
Excerpt: When Lenovo released the IdeaPad Yoga 13 last year, there was plenty to like about the 13-inch hybrid laptop. It had decent battery life, it came with a fantastic touchpad, and the 360-degree hinge mechanism that let you flip the laptop into a tablet was well thought out. There was, however, one glaring problem: size. The Yoga 13 was simply too big to enjoy as a tablet.
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.