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
Conclusion: The Lenovo IdeaPad Yoga is a good Ultrabook for the price, even without some of the fancier features. The design, display, and performance are enough to capture our attention. But the touchscreen and versatile convertibility put it over the top.
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: 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
A good Ultrabook, a bad tablet: the Lenovo IdeaPad Yoga 13 review
21 November 2012
Conclusion: In attempting to accommodate Windows 8's dual nature, much of the new hardware released for it feels in some way compromised. Hardware that's trying to be both an acceptable laptop and an acceptable tablet often end up being less-than-satisfactory in either role.
Pros: A solid Ultrabook that isn't compromised by its tablet-y aspirations, Zippy performance courtesy of Ivy Bridge and the Samsung SSD (and in spite of Lenovo's typical crapware), 1600×900 IPS display has great color and viewing angles and, crucially, is not 1366×768, Surprisingly usable miniature al...
Cons: Not as thin or light as some of its peers, Only two USB ports, and one of them is USB 2.0, At best, the size, weight, and exposed keyboard make it a sub-par tablet, Labyrinthine default partition scheme essentially halves the amount of advertised disk space for the 128GB model, The top of the key...
Conclusion: Despite its quirks, however, the Lenovo IdeaPad Yoga 13 is easily one of the standouts in the first wave of finger-friendly Windows 8 convertibles—as well as a solid laptop in its own right.