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: Having a screen that flips all the way over is an interesting way of turning a normal laptop into a Windows 8 tablet. Sadly though, the Lenovo IdeaPad Yoga 13's high price, lower definition screen and unimpressive performance mean we can't recommend it over rival Windows 8 hybrid laptops.
Cons: Unimpressive performance; screen is lower resolution than similarly priced rivals; pricey.
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
Summary: 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.
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: The Lenovo IdeaPad Yoga 13 is one of the more eye-catching convertible tablets to commemorate Windows 8's launch. It has all the features we like from the IdeaPad U line (slimness, a classy chassis and very good keyboard) paired with a sharp and bright 1600 x 900 IPS touch screen. The Yoga is quick and responsive thanks to the SSD drive and Windows 8's spritely performance.
Pros: Lovely 1600 x 900 IPS touch screen, slim, quick, great keyboard.
Cons: Odd design leaves keyboard exposed when not in laptop mode, no backlit keyboard. Single band WiFi.
Summary: Split Personality. With full 360-degree hinges and touchscreen capabilities, the Yoga series is perhaps Lenovo’s most ambitious addition to the IdeaPad family to date. Its launch and hardware were designed to coincide with the release of Windows 8, generating even more word-of-mouth. Is this $999 hybrid Ultrabook a one trick pony? Or is it a novel concept with a promising future?
Pros: Beautiful IPS display, Fully functional 10-finger touchscreen, Extremely versatile, Relatively cool under load, Good, stylish build quality, Better than average maximum brightness, Strong hinges, User-removable SSD and RAM, The versatility and sharp glossy display make the Yoga fun to use no matter its current orientation. The chassis is an evolution of the U300s and the system brings touchscreen controls to a more affordable level for IdeaPad owners. Those not willin...
Cons: Slightly thicker/heavier than current Ultrabooks, Underwhelming GPU performance, Average battery life, Average keyboard feedback, Average outdoor usability, Non-removable battery, No included stylus, No backlight keyboard, A brighter display for unfettered outdoor use, removable battery, Gorilla Glass, more solid keyboard, backlight, and improved SATA II and GPU performance are on the top of our list. There is still a lot to improve and hopefully the inevitable succes...