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.
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.
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.
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.
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 . 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.
Excerpt: 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...
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