Reviews and Problems with Lenovo IdeaPad Yoga 2 11
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Lenovo Yoga 2 11 review – the affordable 2-in-1 laptop
12 August 2014
Summary: The 11 inch Lenovo Yoga 2 is one of the most interesting affordable 2-in-1s available right now. It sports the convertible form factor and a sleek and solid body, an IPS touchscreen and a fanless Intel platform able to handle everyday activities well enough. Just don't get the base version that comes with a slow HDD (or upgrade it if you do) and don't expect too much in terms of battery life.
Pros: looks good and feels strong, 2-in-1 form factor, good IPS screen, fairly capable hardware platform, fanless, decent keyboard and trackpad
Cons: slow HDD on this version, short battery life, annoying sharp rim around the palm-rest, limited connectivity (ports), shallow keyboard, rather slow Wi-Fi
An entry-level Yoga that's flexible but affordable
23 June 2014
Summary: Lenovo's Yoga 2 11 combines the popular Yoga hybrid design with an affordable 11-inch ultraportable for a system that's budget-feeling but sturdy, and one of the best of a new breed of low-cost hybrids.
Pros: The Yoga 2 11 is well-built for a budget laptop, and offers the same tablet and kiosk modes as its more-expensive cousins. Keyboard and touch pad are similarly impressive for the price.
Cons: The lower-power CPU doesn't offer fully mainstream performance, and the keyboard flexes under even light typing.
Summary: The Atom Renaissance. Windows RT is history – the new entry-level version of the Yoga-series uses Intel's Bay Trail and a full version of Windows 8.1 64-bit. More usage scenarios and more performance also result in a significant drop of the battery runtimes.
Pros: Numerous usage scenarios, Sturdy case, High mobility, Firm touchpad buttons, Bright IPS panel, Sufficient application performance, Passive cooling, You get a surprisingly high-quality and versatile device with the inexpensive Yoga 2 11, which can be used for leisure and serious tasks at the same time.
Cons: Meager port variety, Bouncy keyboard, Low display resolution, Low graphics performance, No SSD, An SSD would improve the system performance of the IdeaPad significantly. We also think a higher display resolution would be nice.
Conclusion: It's not optimized for the most demanding multimedia apps or high-end games, but everyday tasks run just fine—and as we said, more powerful Core i3 and Core i5 models are expected soon, but we doubt they'll hit the sweet spot of performance and value the way this Best Buy model does. If you like the looks of Lenovo's Yoga family but are on a tight budget, the Yoga 2 11 is a great choice.
Pros: Strong performance for great low price, Signature Yoga 360-degree folding keyboard, Attractive design and display, Good sound system, 4GB of RAM, Runs 64-bit programs
Cons: Slightly short on ports, Weak, low-res Webcam, Cheap-feeling keyboard
Conclusion: The Lenovo Yoga 2 11-inch is smaller than the 13-inch version, but suffers from many of the same problems. While using the system as a tablet is a bit less awkward, it’s still uncomfortable due to excessive weight and the uncovered keyboard, which always lingers. Battery life is average at best, and build quality is unremarkable, though the 11-inch version’s $499 MSRP partially offsets some of these flaws. A new problem is introduced, as well; poor performance.
Pros: Affordable, Fast in multi-threaded apps, Cool and quiet
Cons: Cheap construction, Still heavy and awkward when used as a tablet, 1366x768 display, Poor keyboard and touchpad, Very slow single-core, 3D and hard drive performance
Summary: They say you can't have it all, but the sub-$500 Lenovo IdeaPad Yoga 2 11 comes close. For $499, you get a laptop with a bright, vibrant display and the Yoga line's extreme versatility and portability. Consumers looking for even more versatility should check out the ASUS Transformer Book T100, which has a detachable keyboard.
Conclusion: The latest Lenovo is another slick hybrid, with a good mechanism that's strong and easy to use. As usual, though, machines of this type involve compromises: it's too cumbersome for tablet use, and the keyboard is too poor to make this a satisfying laptop. Despite this, the Yoga 2 11 is the best cheap hybrid we've seen – but only take the plunge if you really do need a convertible device rather than a dedicated laptop or tablet.