Lenovo IdeaPad Yoga 13 Ultrabook Review - HotHardware

Lenovo IdeaPad Yoga 13 Ultrabook Review

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When you pick up the IdeaPad Yoga 13, you'll notice it has a slightly boxy design without a lot of curves. This makes sense, especially for an ultrabook that is also designed to be used as a tablet. From front to back, the IdeaPad Yoga 13 has a uniform thickness that measures 0.67 inches.

When you rotate the IdeaPad Yoga 13's display into tablet mode, you'll notice the screen aligns perfectly with the rest of the ultrabook. We like this design and think anything other than perfect alignment and straight edges would make the IdeaPad Yoga 13 feel awkward in the hand.

The IdeaPad Yoga 13 features a 13.3-inch HD+ IPS LED display with a resolution of 1600 x 900. During our time with the IdeaPad Yoga 13, we found the display to be very vibrant and crisp with excellent viewing angles. Using the touchscreen on the IdeaPad Yoga 13, we appreciated its flush bezel which again sells the tablet experience that much more. This makes it easier to swipe your finger from the edge to the display.

Lenovo included their AccuType keyboard with the IdeaPad Yoga 13. This keyboard has a clean layout with rounded keys. Typing on the IdeaPad Yoga 13's keyboard felt very comfortable. The IdeaPad Yoga 13 also has a large touchpad that features palm rejection so you won't accidentally move the cursor while typing. This touchpad also supports Windows 8 navigation actions, scrolling, zoom, and rotate functions.

A webcam is centered above the display. Directly below the screen, you'll find a Windows button that lets you toggle between the current view and the Start screen. This button can also be used to wake the computer from sleep mode.

The shell of the IdeaPad Yoga 13 has a smooth, silver finish while the edges of the machine are matte black. On the left side of the machine, you'll find an HDMI port, USB 3.0 port, audio jack, microphone, and volume controls. Looking at the right edge of the IdeaPad Yoga 13, you'll find the screen rotation lock button, memory card slot, USB port, and the power adapter jack.

The front edge of the IdeaPad Yoga 13 houses the Novo button, power button, and a battery status indicator. The Novo button can be used to activate Lenovo's OneKey Recovery system, the BIOS setup utility, and to enter the boot menu.

You'll notice the IdeaPad Yoga 13 doesn't have a LAN port. In order to facilitate a thin, uncluttered design, it's not uncommon for ultrabooks to skip a LAN port, optical drive, and other extras. While some ultrabooks such as the Asus Zenbook Prime UX32VD come with an adapter, you'll have to purchase an adapter for the IdeaPad Yoga 13 if a LAN port is important to you.

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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.

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Awesome review - thanks for all the great information.

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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.

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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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