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: 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
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...
Conclusion: As I mentioned earlier, using the Yoga 13 as a notebook is really no different than any other system in terms of usability. It’s a whole different story when you transform it to tablet mode, however. The whole tablet experience is heavily reliant on the operating system and its touch interface. That aspect of the system works surprisingly well, but it’s not without fault.
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.
Conclusion: Performance Summary: As an ultrabook alone, the IdeaPad Yoga 13 performs well. Add in the 10-point capacitive multi-touch display and the dual-hinge design and you've got a very powerful and versatile system. The system performed exceptionally well in the PCMark benchmark which measures the system's overall performance and responsiveness. In our real world testing, the system was a pleasure to use.
Pros: Very responsive, Versatile use scenarios (stand, tent, tablet, notebook modes), Solid hinges, Roomy touchpad & comfortable keyboard, Nice high res display