Summary: The Lenovo Yoga truly breaks the traditional mold of laptops with a system that easily converts between its modes in a manner of seconds. The computer is incredibly fast, particularly during starts from cold boots, is extremely responsive (particularly with Windows 8 and its functions) and has...
Pros: System Speed and Performance:, Windows 8 Integration:, System Flexibility/System Modes:, Speakers:, Battery Life:
Cons: Tent Mode:, Visually Intensive Processing:, Solid State Partition:, System Heat and Fan:
Excerpt: The IdeaPad Yoga is indeed flexible, as its name implies. This convertible system boasts a hinge capable of swinging a full 360 degrees, allowing it to operate as a traditional laptop or as a Windows 8 tablet.
Pros: Consumer tester favorite, Many connectivity options, Good screen quality, Fast system speed
Cons: Very heavy for its size, Screen is small for its size
Pros: Lenovo motion control system lets you manage audio and video, hands free. Stays fairly cool, even under load. Solid battery life (4.5 hours) versus the competition. Special sleeve covers the underside keyboard when in slate mode so you aren’t feeling the buttons …
Cons: … but it’s sold separately for . Fan tends to run constantly. SSD bizarrely partitioned into 7 chunks, leaving just 44GB of usable space on C drive. New rectangular power port easily mistaken for USB. Hinge needs tightening.
Conclusion: At the end of everything, I have to say that I’m impressed. The folding design of the Yoga 13 definitely takes some getting used to, and it will like elicit a few strange looks from people you see on the street, but no matter – the Yoga 13 is one solid device, and I would even say that it’s one of...
Summary: The Yoga 13 has a rather enthralling design, mostly because of the dexterous design. It remains very thin as an ultrabook, and the ability to sustain various Yoga positions makes it useful in various usage scenarios otherwise unimagined till now.
Excerpt: The ultrabook doesn’t want to remain an ultrabook anymore, apparently. Not be confused with the hybrid devices that seem to be popping up here and there, but we are talking about full-fledged ultrabooks that are trying to offer a lot more than they currently do.
Excerpt: 2013 could very well become the year of the hybrids. The boundaries between tablets and laptops are growing increasingly blurry. Both devices have their own distinct advantages, but there seems to be an innate human tendency to want to combine things.
Excerpt: The IdeaPad Yoga 13 was one of the first hybrid Windows 8 systems that consumers got a look at. Lenovo unveiled a near-finished prototype at CES nearly a year ago – well before Windows 8 was finished and ready for prime time.
Summary: Lenovo deserves some credit for trying something new in the convertible notebook/tablet market. The Yoga 13 isn’t “just a laptop with a touchscreen” like many of the new Windows 8 notebooks but Lenovo also wanted to try something different than the old-fashioned pivoting hinge we’ve seen on...
Pros: Solid performance, Great display, Nice fit and finish
Cons: “Exposed” keyboard in tablet and stand modes, Potentially frustrating power button location, Limited to no more than 8GB of RAM