Lenovo IdeaPad Yoga 13 Ultrabook Review

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Performance Summary:  As an ultrabook alone, the IdeaPad Yoga 13 performs well. Add in the 10-point capacitive multi-touch display and the dual-hinge design and you've got a very powerful and versatile system. The system performed exceptionally well in the PCMark benchmark which measures the system's overall performance and responsiveness.

In our real world testing, the system was a pleasure to use. Not only was it responsive, but the keyboard and touchpad were very comfortable to use as well. In addition, the muti-touch display was quick to respond to our demands and we found it to be useful in all configurations—tablet, stand, tent, and even laptop mode.

If you're considering the IdeaPad Yoga 13, it's important to keep in mind this isn't a system that's designed for heavy gaming or heavy multimedia use that demands a more powerful graphics card... but you knew that. That said, the system is still capable of handling games and multimedia files provided you have realistic expectations.

Prices for ultrabooks vary significantly these days. At $999.99, the IdeaPad Yoga 13 definitely isn't one of the cheapest ultrabooks out there, but it's not the most expensive, either. Plus, with the IdeaPad Yoga 13, you get some additional functionality, usage scenarios and software that you won't get with other models.

All in all, we really enjoyed our time with this convertible ultrabook and feel the IdeaPad Yoga 13 is a solid, well-built machine that we wouldn't hesitate to recommend to our friends and family.


 

 

     
  • Very responsive
  • Versatile use scenarios (stand, tent, tablet, notebook modes)
  • Solid hinges
  • Roomy touchpad & comfortable keyboard
  • Nice high res display
  • Lackluster graphics performance
  • Premium price compared to similarly equipped ultrabooks

 


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