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Lenovo Ideapad Yoga 13 review

Fri Nov 30 2012, 15:03

Display
The Ideapad Yoga has a 13.3in HD 1600x900 IPS widescreen display. High definition movies look brilliant on it, appearing clear and sharp. The Yoga display's high brightness level means that the great picture quality is viewable in a wide range of light conditions.

We think the native resolution of 1600x900 is fine for a 13in display, giving plenty of screen real estate without making onscreen text appear too small. Pixels aren't visible unless you inspect closely and viewing angles are good, with moving images appearing sharp and vibrant.

Lenovo Ideapad Yoga Laptop screen

We can't find fault with how the screen looks. It is exceptionally clear, vibrant and keeps visible pixels to a minimum, though it doesn't compete with Apple's Retina display.

When on the highest resolution setting, some items on the screen such as tabs on web browsers are too small to hit accurately first time when using touch and require a few attempts before registering your commands. However, this might be overcome by changing the text size configurations in the Windows 8 display settings, which will make text boxes bigger.

Performance and OS
Not only does the Ideapad Yoga allow for a range of positions and present a display with great colour reproduction, but it is also a powerhouse for its size.

Running the Windows 8 operating system, the Ideapad Yoga 13 is powered by a choice of Intel Core I7 processors with up to 8GB of RAM and up to 256GB of SSD drive storage.

In our test, the Yoga scored a Windows 8 Performance Index score of 4.7. The score is determined by the lowest sub-score, in this case desktop graphics performance, and not an average result of the performance of components.

Lenovo Ideapad Yoga Laptop back screenshot

Though the score was pulled down by the Yoga's Integrated Intel HD 4000 graphics power, all other results scored much better, with processor calculations per second scoring 6.9 out of 9.9, disk data transfer gaining a 7.7 score and RAM operations per second earning a score of 5.9.

Unless you're using the Yoga for highly intense gaming on high graphic settings then you're not going to notice any lag, as in our tests both touchscreen and non-touchscreen operations were fluid, with the Yoga responding very quickly to commands.

The Yoga handled the Windows 8 operating system (OS) very well, with no lag when swiping between pages and programs popping up almost as soon as we selected them. The Yoga is a great device to showcase the new Microsoft operating system. Check out our review of the Windows 8 OS to see how we liked it.

It's also worth noting that sound reproduction is excellent on the Yoga, with bass being heavier than we were expecting, especially when used with headphones.

 

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