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Top 10 Windows 8 hybrid devices

Tue Jan 01 2013, 11:39

1. Lenovo Yoga 13

Lenovo Ideapad Yoga 11

The Lenovo Yoga 13 wins the best Windows 8 convertible in our top 10 rundown due to its variable design and powerful internal specifications.

Being the most flexible design we have seen in a hybrid Windows 8 device in 2012, the Yoga 13 can be used in more than just tablet or laptop mode, unlike the other hybrid devices in our list.

Doing as its name suggests, the Yoga folds into four different positions: "clamshell laptop", "tablet", "stand" and "tent" modes. This is possible due to the Yoga 13's high-definition IPS touchscreen display that is built on a hinge, allowing it to tilt 360 degrees, folding it from a laptop to a tablet in one very satisfying motion.

But not only does the Yoga allow a range of positions, it is also quite the powerhouse. Running the full version of the Windows 8 operating system, the IdeaPad Yoga 13 is powered by a choice of Intel Core processors with up to 8GB of RAM, a 256GB SSD hard drive and up to eight hours' battery life.

The Yoga 13 is also travel friendly and ultra-portable, measuring just 16.9mm thick and weighing 1.54kg. What's best about the Yoga is that if 13 inches is a little too big for you, there's an identical 11-inch model available, called the Yoga 11, for a cheaper price, though this runs the Windows RT operating system.

Available in a distinctive orange, silver or black, the IdeaPad Yoga might seem a little pricey for a laptop, retailing for a starting price of £999. However, if you want the best and most powerful Windows 8 convertible out there, then it's worth forking out for, because its super sleek and variable design doesn't just look cool, but will handle all your needs easily without any lag. For this reason, we think the Lenovo Yoga 13 will be the hybrid device to look out for in 2013. µ


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