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Lenovo IdeaPad Yoga review

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

Because it's a new OS, any distillation of a Windows 8 system has to include some observations about the inner workings of the operating system, particularly in regards to how it works with, enhances, or impairs the hardware side of the equation.

Because of its versatility, the Yoga is a great way to show off the powers and capabilities of Windows 8. It is essentially capable of taking on the profile of an All-in-One PC; you can just swivel the lower half of the device into stand mode, for easy listening or viewing.

In a similar manner, when you're on the couch in front of the TV, the tablet form-factor allows you to take advantage of the redesigned Internet Explorer browsing experience as well as quickly navigating between apps in the Metro UI (aforementioned touch inconsistencies notwithstanding).

Also: This is a perfect second-screen device for Xbox 360 gaming, thanks to Microsoft's SmartGlass app.

However, this same versatility also accentuates a few of the operating system's flaws. The most obvious examples are the constant transitioning between the Metro shell and the Windows 8 desktop, or the inability to quickly access the Control Panel from the desktop. The lack of the Start button on the desktop really stands out here, as does the inability to quickly access the file manager.

At a deeper level, the Yoga's flexibility makes me want the ability to easily throw what's on it onto a bigger screen, like MacBooks and iPads can via Apple TV. Unfortunately, the OS isn't there yet, but it could be very soon.

We'll stop pining away because ultimately, Windows 8 makes the Yoga better, not worse. Once more apps starting coming through, it will function even better. Honestly, this device wouldn't even exist without it.

Tech Specs

Product TypeTablet
Processor ManufacturerNVIDIA
Graphics Controller ManufacturerNVIDIA
Graphics Controller ModelULP GeForce
BluetoothYes
Wireless LANYes
Optical Drive TypeNo
Graphics Memory AccessibilityShared
Maximum Battery Run Time13 Hour
Finger Print ReaderNo
Solid State Drive Capacity64 GB
HDMIYes
Backlight TechnologyLED
DVINo
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
TouchscreenYes
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

MAKE THE MOST OF MULTIMODE.

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.

FOUR DEVICES IN ONE

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