Lenovo IdeaPad Yoga 13 Ultrabook Review

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Lenovo's IdeaPad Yoga 13 ultrabook is designed to give users flexibility in a way other ultrabooks don't: This ultrabook features a unique hinge that lets the Yoga 13's touchscreen display fold 360 degrees, converting the ultrabook from notebook mode to tablet mode. Thanks to its dual-hinge design, the Yoga 13 can also be used in "stand" or "tent" modes as well. 

The IdeaPad Yoga 13 runs on Windows 8. When used in notebook mode, the Yoga 13 gives you the full desktop side of Windows 8 with the added benefit of a touchscreen. In tablet, tent, or stand modes, you'll appreciate all of the touch-friendly controls and features found within Windows 8.

But before we dig in much further than that, here's a quick walk-around and demo of the device to give you a feel of these key features...

As you may guess from its name, the Yoga 13 features a 13-inch screen that supports 10-point multitouch.  This screen uses direct-bonding technology to make the touchscreen even more responsive and reduce the loss of light in comparison to other screens that use air-bonding technology.

To ensure the Yoga 13 has adequate power to meet most mainstream computing demands, this ultrabook features a 3rd generation Ivy Bridge Intel Core processor. Our test configuration features the 1.7GHz Intel Core i5-3317U along with 4G of DDR3 memory and a 128GB SSD.



The IdeaPad Yoga 13 may not be the cheapest ultrabook on the market at just under $1,000, but it does offer some functionality that you won't get with the others. Let's take a look at some of the other key specifications found on the IdeaPad Yoga 13:

Lenovo IdeaPad Yoga 13 Ultrabook
Specifications & Features

3rd Generation Intel Core i5-3317U, 1.7GHz 
Operating System
Windows 8
13.3" HD+ IPS LED, 10-point capacitive multi-touch, 1600 x 900, 16:9 aspect ratio, 300 nits
Video graphics
Integrated Intel HD 4000 Graphics
Hard Drive
4GB DDR3L, 1600MHz
Optical Drive
720p HD
2 dual-cell speakers x 1 watts, 1 x internal digital mic, Dolby Home Theater v4
Integrated Communications
802.11 b,g,n WLAN, Bluetooth 4.0
McAfee AntiVirus Plus 30 Day Trial Version
System weight
3.3 lbs
System dimension
13.1” x 8.9” x 0.67”
Li-Ion Battery Life
Li-Polymer 4 cell, 3860mAh, up to 8 hrs
1 x USB 3.0 + 1 x USB 2.0, 2-in-1 card reader (SD, MMC), 1 stereo headphones output – mic input, combo jack, HDMI
Additional features
360-degree convertible hinge design allows four modes, volume buttons, one-piece touchpad, AccuType keyboard


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MayhemMatthew 2 years ago

Awesome review. I was just looking at this the other day because I need a laptop, but want a tablet. I dont really game anything past casual on the go, so this works. My only problem is battery life... Can you guys loop a 720p movie full screen and see how long it will last? It is between this and a Nexus 10 (depending on docks available). The Nexus will give me the average 8 of video and that is OK, but I can recharge that 9000mah battery with a hundred dollar 6600mah model we sell at work. The Yoga apparently has 4000mah. Now this is li-ion vs li-pol, but even so, I have no way to extend that battery, AFAIK. Sadly the Yoga also costs 200 more in canada. Ill check it out BB, get a feel for the weight.

sparkie 2 years ago

Awesome review - thanks for all the great information.

dorkstar 2 years ago

Something like this will be excellent once the prices drop a bit more. I'm still waiting for the day where us guys out in the field will be able to have a device that functions as a mobile desktop while also serving as a tablet for looking things up quickly, or taking notes. These things just don't seem economical for companies to pick up a few of just yet.

Manduh 2 years ago

Too bad it's Windows 8. I want to get a new lappy but I think I'll either wait to see what the next Windows will be or go with a completely different OS.


Thanks for the review!

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