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Published On: Thu, Jan 3rd, 2013

Lenovo IdeaPad Yoga 13 Review: A Convertible Machine

If you wish to have a mix of both laptop and tablet then this could be an ideal choice. The Lenovo IdeaPad Yoga 13 is a laptop cum tablet that cannot be termed as a comfortable and portable device, but it has a design appeal that may like many. You can use it normally as a laptop and to get tablet experience you can just turn the hinge to 360 degrees. Read Lenovo IdeaPad Yoga 13 review to get to its core.

Pros

  • Bold and bright screen
  • Decently built quality
  • Convertible device (Tablet cum Laptop)

Lenovo IdeaPad Yoga 13

Cons

  • Disappointing performance
  • Lower resolution screen as compared to those similarly priced competitors
  • Pricey

Design and Display

The Lenovo IdeaPad Yoga 13 features a 13-inch display. Hence, its name carries 13. With a measurement of 0.67-inch (thick) and weighs 3.4 pounds, the Yoga is not introduced as the most comfortable and portable device in the market. Still it has got a charm due to its cool appearance that turns this ultrabook into a tablet form after folding it by 360 degree.

The model which we have tested was packed with a third-generation Intel Core i5-3317U processor, 128 GB SSD (solid state drive) and 4GB RAM. The Yoga sports a 13-inch multi-touch touchscreen, built-in Wi-Fi 802.11b/g/n, 720p webcam, and Windows 8 operating system.

The design that Yoga 13 has received is the only stand out feature from the crowd. It is a laptop-cum-tablet that can be folded in a number of positions. The thickness is measured at 0.69 inches and so we cannot mark it as the slimmest laptop.  However, it does fit well into the Intel’s Ultrabook thickness guidelines which are a great thing for many. The overall weight is 3.4 pounds which means it’s a bit hefty as compared to those laptops of its size, but still its build quality seems strong.

Lenovo IdeaPad Yoga 13 Features

The exterior of this device features silver-gray color with soft and rubbery touch. It cover is solid built and is square in shape. It is the small silver Lenovo logo located at the upper left corner that makes all the difference.  Inside Yoga sits the same soft rubbery texture for wrist rest and the display shows glass to glass design that makes it look more like a tablet.

It has bezel which is a bit thick than usually found in Ultrabook. This specially happens when Yoga is handled in tablet mode.

The wrist rest and the surrounding of the keyboard dedicate different buttons. You will find a small Windows button located at the bottom bezel of the screen, useful for switching between regular desktop and Metro screen. There is a power button available right at the front edge of the laptop. At the edge of the laptop sits two ports for regular use and buttons are placed for tablet use. At the left of the device sits HDMI out, USB 3.0 port, volume button, and also a combination microphone/headphone jack. At the right, you will find one USB 2.0 port, button for locking screen rotation when the device is in tablet mode, and an SD card reader. At the front edge, it carries power button as well as a small reset button.

The device boasts full-size island styled keyboard and also features a glass trackpad. The keyboard is very comfortable to use and type. It carries great tactile feedback and the keys are very nicely placed with spaces to avoid typing errors. The glass trackpad shows a small line that denotes left and right mouse clicks for the convenience of users.

Coming back to the screen, it carries a resolution of 1600 x 900 pixels. It is better as compared to those we usually seen on 13-inch Ultrabooks. It is a pleasure to look and touch this tablet cum laptop. The text and images that the display shows are very crisp and clear and the screen colors are very bright and vibrant. Still the visibility will be a pain in bright or direct sunlight.

Lenovo IdeaPad Yoga 13 Laptop

Using a 10-point multi-touch touchscreen is a real pleasure. The screen is very accurate and responsive. Also the multi-touch gestures are very smooth, giving a feel of using a tablet screen. Using the Yoga in a tablet mode is very convenient, though it looks a bit awkward for its size and weight that a laptop’s machine requires.

The device can be used in multiple positions and both its keyboard and trackpad support well while use. They come with touchscreen input methods and the screen can be flipped at around 300 degrees around the hinge.

Now coming to the speaker quality of this device, you will find in-built speakers available under the hinge. The speakers are decent to use in laptop or tablet. Audio sound is simply excellent with good bass and loudness.

Performance

We cannot judge its speed with desktop computer which obviously runs faster. Well, it’s an Ultrabook that carries some good specs to cater many businessmen. The overall performance of Yoga is just above the average, but is not a good thing for an Ultrabook. This laptop has got faster start-up time of just 7.9 seconds as compared to any other computer, desktop or laptop. In comparison, the Dell XPS 12 Convertible Touch is the second-fastest device to start-up early in just 8.8 seconds. Next to that, the competition is followed by Envy TouchSmart 4 that starts up at 11.8 seconds in testing.

As far as the graphics are concerned, the Yoga provides acceptable performance considering it has no distinct graphic card. The device also manages to deliver 30.1 frames per second which is almost twice the frame rate tested in Envy with 17.4 frames per second.

With Intel Core i5processor and 4 GB RAM, the Yoga shows a good deal to a lot of customers. In this context, Lenovo’s IdeaPad U410 comes with double RAM with low price. If you are spending a lot of money to buy this device then at least you will expect some good performance to finish your daily task pretty easily. In this matter, it could disappoint many users who literally have to sacrifice especially for power to turn it a folding touchscreen.

Lenovo IdeaPad Yoga 13 Review

The Yoga doesn’t stand in the competition with Dell XPS 12. If you are seeking a best performing convertible device then Dell would rather be a good choice. Well, the Yoga can take up burden of running HD videos, office work and social networking simultaneously. However, it is not suitable for professional photographers who want to work on their machine. It will be a real disappointment then.

Battery

While testing, we have experienced that the Yoga constantly ran for around five hours and 37 minutes on “Balanced & Power Saver” mode. This is somewhat good since there are other high-end laptops that do not run for this much time. In its contrast, the Envy managed to run for just four hours and seven minutes and the Dell XPS Duo 12 runs a bit better with four hours and 39 minutes. For an Ultrabook, this battery life is not the best, but at least it isn’t terrible to claim.

Lenovo IdeaPad Yoga 13 Specs

Price

The price is not yet fixed, but it is tagged at around 1000 euros which makes it a high end device.

Conclusion

We were initially a bit skeptical about the Yoga, but now with overall specs, at least we can say that this device has some potential. It seems like an Ultrabook has good some power to beat its competitors. It is a mediocre device but is excellent in its line. The Lenovo IdeaPad Yoga 13 is surprisingly a great device that features both laptop and tablet. Though it cannot replace the iPad, but at least can cater the needs of users while giving great experience through its vibrant screen, loud sound, amazing trackpad and touchscreen. Remember, it’s not a beast for professional photographers who seek to work on this device. It can run some apps pretty well, but cannot bear complete multitasking. Comparatively, the price is high.

Lenovo IdeaPad Yoga 13 Price

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