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
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.
Excerpt: Slates, sliders, convertibles…. The jury’s out on exactly what type of Windows 8 tablets the market is going to embrace (if any). Lenovo figured this out early, and it’s releasing Windows 8 portables in no fewer than four different form factors. The most promising of these is arguably the IdeaPad Yoga . At first blush, this laptop looks like any old 13-inch ultrabook (and its core specs follow suit – 1.7GHz Core i5, 4GB RAM, 128GB SSD, and a scant 18mm of thickness).
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 $40. 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: 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. The Yoga showcases everything that Windows 8 has to offer. Plus, the $999 price feels like a bargain when you take all the features and specs into consideration.
Pros: 360-degree hinge and multiple modes from laptop to tablet, Hinge feels sturdy, Overall solid build, Beautiful display with wide viewing angles, Responsive touchscreen, Speedy performance
Cons: Keyboard exposed in tablet mode, Shrunken keys on the right side of keyboard, Few ports