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Lenovo Ideapad Yoga 11 review

Lenovo's 11in Windows RT hybrid with 360 degree rotating display
Wed Jan 16 2013, 13:34

Product Lenovo Ideapad Yoga 11
Specifications 11.7in HD 1366x768 IPS multitouch display, Nvidia Tegra 3 processor, 2GB DDR3 memory, 64GB flash storage, 802.11b/g/n WLAN, Bluetooth 4.0, 2xUSB 2.0, 1xHDMI out, 2in1 headphone and mic, 3in1 SD/MMC card reader, 13 hour battery life, Windows 8 Professional, 298x204x15.6mm, 1.19kg
Price £699

CHINESE COMPUTER MAKER Lenovo claims the Ideapad Yoga 11 is "the world's slimmest multimode computer". Released late last year running Windows RT, the Yoga 11 measures just 15.6mm thick and has an 11.6in multitouch HD screen and a rather impressive quoted battery life of 13 hours.

The most remarkable thing about the Yoga 11 though - like its bigger brother, the Ideapad Yoga 13 - is that the lid can rotate on its hinge 360 degrees, thus transforming it into a tablet.

It might sound all good and well on paper, but this hybrid convertibility is priced at £700. We had the Yoga 11 delivered to The INQUIRER's reviews desk for a test run to see if it lives up to Lenovo's claims and is worth its rather hefty price tag.

Lenovo Ideapad yoga 11 ultrabook convertible hybrid

Unsurprisingly, the Ideapad Yoga 11 has an IPS HD graphics multitouch display that measures 11.7in with 1366x768 resolution. In the same way that we found with the Yoga 13, high definition movies look great on the screen, appearing rich and sharp.

We think the native resolution of 1366x768 is just about right for an 11in display, giving it 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.

Lenovo Ideapad yoga 11 ultrabook convertible hybrid stand mode

However, unlike its more expensive counterpart, the Yoga 13, this 11in model's display doesn't have the same level of brightness. It is bright enough for general day-to-day use, but users might find that the great picture quality isn't always as viewable in a wide range of light conditions, for example bright sunlight.

What earns the Ideapad Yoga 11 touchscreen display a badge of distinction, however, is its 360 degree hinge. Making it superior to many other 11in laptops out there, the Yoga's simple design enables it to be used in a number of ways by rotating the display back from "notebook mode" into either "tent mode", which allows the Yoga to be stood on its two ends so it can be watched on uneven surfaces, "stand mode", which enables the screen to be watched while being supported by the keyboard, or "tablet mode", where the bottom of the keyboard and lid meet so it can be used as a tablet.

Lenovo Ideapad yoga 11 ultrabook convertible hybrid tablet mode

For us, "tent mode" seems rather pointless and is probably more of a marketing gimmick as it offers pretty much the same functionality as "stand mode". The other three options, however, were used often during our time with the Yoga, with "stand mode" being by far the best for viewing movies.


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