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Lenovo Ideapad Yoga 13 review

Fri Nov 30 2012, 15:03

Connectivity, storage and battery Life
Lenovo claims the Ideapad Yoga 13 has up to eight hours of battery life. But in our battery test, when we unplugged the Yoga from the mains, we saw roughly four hours of solid use - with intermittent web browsing, music listening and video watching on the 8 out of 10 brightness setting - before the battery died. This was without letting the screen go into battery saving mode or standby.

Lenovo Ideapad Yoga Laptop side view

It's a shame, too, that the Yoga is a sealed unit meaning that users can't swap the battery with a spare, charged-up backup.

The Yoga has SSD drive storage options up to 256GB. This might not be enough for those hungry for drive space, but it's about average for ultrabook devices on the market and considering how portable it is, 256GB should do the trick.

Lenovo Ideapad Yoga Laptop side connections

For connectivity, the Ideapad Yoga 13 has a good selection of options despite being a slimline and compact device. It offers everything a standard notebook PC has, including WLAN WiFi as standard and Bluetooth 4.0 along with one USB 2.0 port, one USB 3.0 port, a 2in1 headphone and mic port and a 3in1 SD card reader.

In Short
The Lenovo Ideapad Yoga 13 has a clean unique design, perhaps one of our favourite ones on the market. It's an ultra-flexible and powerful laptop with the option to convert into various different modes, making it a close to ideal hybrid device. Its HD display offers a good touchscreen experience as well as a high resolution for movie watching.

It might be let down by a sluggish keyboard and battery life that isn't as good as it is promised to be, but it handles Windows 8 with ease, precision and no lag. If Lenovo manages to sort out the Yoga's keyboard problems before it is released in the UK before the end of the year, we think it could be a major contender in the hybrid laptop/tablet market. µ

The Good
Brilliant flexibility means the Yoga can be two different devices in one, super sleek high-end design with sturdy build quality.

The Bad
Keyboard can prove irritating, battery life not as good as promised.

The Ugly
Nothing

Bartender's Score
8/10

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