Lenovo Yoga 3 14 review

An elegant and affordable, but weak laptop

A big, bad Yoga
A big, bad Yoga

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Few laptops are going to look as good on your desk as the Lenovo Yoga 3 14 will. However, if portability is a major concern, and you don't want something weighing down your backpack, then you might want to purchase another hybrid laptop. Although the Yoga 3 14 is outfitted with a better processor than its competitors, its performance boost is negligible at best.

Lenovo Yoga 3 14

We liked

Other than the Dell XPS 13, there isn't another laptop out this year that looks as good as the Yoga 3 14. Its exterior is a gorgeous plastic that looks and feels rubberized. Its backlit, chiclet keyboard is a pleasure to use and stare at.

The laptop's metal hinges are smooth and sturdy, allowing you to rotate between laptop, tablet, tent and stand modes easily and without caution. And you'll love the laptop's long-lasting battery, which should help get you through the day while performing basic tasks.

We disliked

Unfortunately, the Yoga 3 14 compromised the light weight of the Yoga 3 Pro for a bigger screen and a more powerful processor that, well, doesn't provide much more power.

For most users, the difference in performance between the Yoga 3 14, Surface Pro 3, Yoga 3 Pro and Transformer Book Chi T300 won't even be noticeable. So, unless you want a giant screen, it won't make sense for anyone to purchase a laptop that is significantly heavier.

Final verdict

Call me superficial, but I was rooting for this laptop the second I took it out of the box. It's so pretty and versatile that I wanted everything to go right, so that I could rush and tell my family and friends to order it.

Unfortunately, beneath the hood, this device performs on par with similarly priced hybrids that weigh a lot less. If you're like me and love the Yoga 3 14's design, you're probably better off spending a little bit more money on the lighter and slightly less powerful Yoga 3 Pro.