Lenovo Yoga 11S review

The smaller Yoga still bends over backwards for you

Lenovo Yoga 11S
Lenovo Yoga 11S

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The Yoga 11S boasts a nice selection of ports, including an HDMI port and an SD card reader. However, for some reason, Lenovo went with USB 2.0, not 3.0. What's more, it's a traveler's delight - weighing in at only 3.1lbs. But again, the lack of backlit keyboard means typing on a dark nighttime flight won't be easy.

Lenovo Yoga 11S review

The display is sharp, and brighter than what we've seen on Lenovo models like the Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon Touch and the Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon. With a resolution of 1366 x 768, it's not full HD, but at only 11.6-inches it's not really an issue.

Despite its playful exterior, there's real processing power available for the Yoga 11S. You can get up to an i7 processor in this ultrabook, and complement it with a 256GB SSD and 8GB of RAM. That said, similarly sized notebooks from Apple and Sony are now shipping with Haswell processors. While this may not impact speed necessarily, Haswell-equipped machines will no doubt experience much better battery life. The Yoga 11S could do well with the battery life gains that Hawsell promises.

Performance and battery life

  • Cinebench CPU test: 1.74 pts
  • Cinebench OpenGL test: 11.52 fps
  • 3D Mark Pro Ice Storm: 25,169
  • 3D Mark Pro Cloud Gate: 2710
  • Powermark Pro Balanced: 3 hours 49 minutes
  • Powermark Pro Productivity: 5 hours 40 minutes
  • Powermark Pro Entertainment: 2 hours 53 minutes
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