Lenovo IdeaPad Yoga review

The Lenovo IdeaPad Yoga mixes the usability of a laptop with the swagger of a tablet

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In real world terms, the Yoga's performance bodes well for the tablet- and mobile-inspired emphasis Windows 8 brings to bear.

In all instances across all normal and hyper-normal usage (lots of apps open, multiple browser windows, large PPT decks, multiple videos), Windows 8 felt snappy and immediate, with no lags, stutters, or delays whatsoever.

The only real exception (of course) is gaming. While the Core i5's integrated Intel HD Graphics 4000 chip makes for fast OS operations, you won't be playing anything but retro-style games (hello, FTL!) and basic MMOs and MOBAs here. This said, for a low-powered system, a 3D Mark score of 8,100 isn't too shabby.

For a consumer laptop, there's refreshingly little bloatware installed. Also refreshing: Lenovo provides some truly helpful first-party software as well, like the presentations app named Lenovo Transition. It allows you to pre-determine which applications automatically launch in full-screen and which do not when you tilt the device.

One of our only real significant problems with the Yoga is that the touch display feels inconsistently accurate. Pinpoint touches on web pages, menus, navigation, and windows felt precise and accurate. But swipe gestures within the Windows OS - particularly those origination off-screen - felt less precise. Most of the time, OS swipes work fine, but every now and then you'll have to repeat one.

Sound quality delivered from the stereo speakers is solid - particularly at lower volume levels - but not great. No surprise there, as very few mobile PCs can boast top-notch sound.

Lenovo's Motion Control is a simplified version of Kinect that uses the Yoga's webcam to detect simple gestures to cycle through music tracks, pages of text, and more. With it activated, all you have to do is slowly swipe your hand in the air left-to-right or right-to-left to make it happen. It's pretty cool, although having the webcam on all the time will make some people nervous.

Tech Specs

Product TypeTablet
Processor ManufacturerNVIDIA
Graphics Controller ManufacturerNVIDIA
Graphics Controller ModelULP GeForce
Wireless LANYes
Optical Drive TypeNo
Graphics Memory AccessibilityShared
Maximum Battery Run Time13 Hour
Finger Print ReaderNo
Solid State Drive Capacity64 GB
Backlight TechnologyLED
Product FamilyIdeaPad Yoga 11
Keyboard BacklightNo
Front Camera/WebcamYes
Operating System PlatformWindows
Processor ModelT30
ColourGrey, Black
Operating SystemWindows RT
Brand NameLenovo
Form FactorConvertible
Processor Speed1.40 GHz
Processor TypeTegra 3
Screen Size29.5 cm (11.6")
Number of Cells4-cell
Screen Resolution1366 x 768
Standard Memory2 GB
Weight (Approximate)1.25 kg
Cache1 MB
Processor CoreQuad-core (4 Core)
Memory Card ReaderYes
Display Screen TypeActive Matrix TFT Colour LCD
Wireless LAN StandardIEEE 802.11b/g/n
Bluetooth StandardBluetooth 4.0
Multi-touch ScreenYes
Height15.6 mm
Width298 mm
Depth204 mm
Screen ModeHD
Memory TechnologyDDR3 SDRAM
Product SeriesYoga 11
ManufacturerLenovo Group Limited
Product NameIdeaPad Yoga 11 Tablet
Product LineIdeaPad
Aspect Ratio16:9
Manufacturer Part NumberMAS24UK
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.lenovo.com/uk/en/
Marketing Information


Innovative and versatile, these convertible laptops/tablets have everyone talking. You'll love using them in four different display modes for any conceivable purpose, whether you're on the job, on the road or on the couch.


Choose from one of four modes to use your Yoga: tablet, laptop, tent or stand. Simply flip and fold the touchscreen, then start your journey.
Maximum Memory2 GB
Package Contents
  • IdeaPad Yoga 11 Tablet
  • AC Adapter
Limited Warranty1 Year