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.
Conclusion: The Yoga 11S, like so many other convertibles, tries to combine a decent laptop with a good-enough tablet. And, like the Yoga 13, this smaller sibling is more successful than most. We’re still a ways away from a convertible that can rival an iPad or Nexus 10 as a tablet, but Lenovo’s latest effort comes as close as any, and does so without sacrificing traditional PC strengths.
Pros: Excellent design and quality, Very light and thin, Record-setting results in power draw, idle noise, and idle temperature, Literally silent at idle, quiet at low, Great value
Cons: Dim display, Only one USB 3.0 port, Below-average performance
Hands-on: Lenovo’s ThinkPad Helix and IdeaPad Yoga 11S
2 June 2013
Excerpt: One of Lenovo’s most hotly-anticipated ThinkPads ever announced will finally make its first retail appearance in Singapore at the PC show this Thursday. First announced at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas earlier this year, the ThinkPad Helix is the first ever ThinkPad to come in the tablet plus keyboard dock form factor. And with a starting price of S$2,199 , it’s probably the most expensive convertible we’ve seen so far.
Conclusion: The Lenovo Ideapad Yoga 11S has a unique design and is perhaps one of our favourite hybrid ultrabooks on the market. It's an ultra-flexible and powerful laptop with the option to convert into various different modes, making it a close to ideal hybrid laptop. Its HD display also offers a good touchscreen experience as well as high resolution for watching movies.
Pros: Good flexibility means the Yoga can be two different devices in one, super sleek high-end design with sturdy build quality, runs the full version of Windows 8 well.