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 incredible speakers.
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:
Summary: In this first run of Windows 8 devices, manufacturers are essentially throwing things against the wall to see what sticks. We've seen every size, every form factor, every direction and angle of rotation — companies are trying desperately to figure out the best way to take advantage of everything Windows 8 can do. Even Lenovo's lineup is all over the place. There's the Lynx convertible, which transforms from laptop to tablet.
Pros: Lots of form factors in one device, Good, high-res display, Great keyboard
Cons: Finicky touchscreen, A few software and performance bugs, Touchpad is maddeningly inconsistent
Summary: Some Amazon.com owners say they got a runaround from Lenovo's customer service when their IdeaPad Yoga 13 malfunctioned early, although most report no problems. Value Versatile, affordable. The Lenovo IdeaPad Yoga 13 is just as portable, powerful and versatile as the other top convertible, the Dell XPS 12 (Est. $1,000 and up) , but with a bigger screen, simpler folding mechanism and lower price. Experts like them both, but prefer the Yoga.
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 the best Windows 8 machines on the market at the moment. That’s because it’s so versatile.
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. Ever thought your ultrabook could sit with you on the counter, displaying the recipe while you cook? Exactly my point. Excellent battery life makes it even more of a value for money proposition.
Pros: Built very well, Flexibility in terms of form factor, Excellent battery life, IPS display is excellent for multimedia consumption
Cons: Keyboard has flex when typing, The keyboard remains exposed when in tablet or tent mode
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. So the laptop that also turns into a tablet, or the tablet that also turns into a laptop by means of a keyboard dock, only seems to be an inevitable next step. The natural evolution of mobile computers in a way.
Conclusion: The Lenovo Yoga 13 is a great touchscreen Ultrabook, but its tablet function falls flat due to the unwieldy size and heft, making it more party trick than useful talent. On the other hand, its propped up tent option more than makes up for it, and makes the Yoga a great touchscreen Windows 8 Pro Ultrabook for both work and play.
Pros: Lenovo’s taken some cues from its rock solid ThinkPad line with the Yoga: it’s a sturdy bit of kit. While there’s only a slight bit of flex in the keyboard and it’s quite hefty folded over in 'tablet' mode, the rest of the machine is rigid and definitely screams high quality when it first graces your hands. The transforming nature of the Yoga is what makes it unique: it folds back perfectly as designed, serving up double duty as a regular laptop and a tablet – as well...
Cons: Unfortunately, while the Lenovo Yoga 13 excels as an Ultrabook with a touchscreen when working with Windows 8, its size makes it too big to be truly useful as a full-time tablet. Folded on itself, as a tablet it’s a bit ungainly, and the widescreen ratio of a laptop just isn’t helpful when you’re holding the machine, rather than the table: it’s too wide to comfortably type with, and impossibly long in portrait mode. Having a keyboard and trackpad on the underside mean...