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Lenovo Ideapad Yoga 11 review

Wed Jan 16 2013, 13:34

Unfortunately, the Yoga 11 did disappoint us by not having any shortcut keys for media playback, such as play, pause and skip tracks. Many of the low cost laptops out there now come with these, which are there to make life a bit easier. We might be repeating ourselves here, but as we said in the Yoga 13 review, we think this is odd as the Ideapad range is targeted at an entertainment oriented audience but doesn't have media shortcut keys. Take note, Lenovo!

Performance and OS
Running the Windows RT operating system (OS), the Ideapad Yoga 11 is powered by an Nvidia Tegra 3 processor along with 2GB of RAM.

Lenovo Ideapad yoga 11 ultrabook convertible hybrid screen

Because the Yoga 11 is running Windows RT we were unable to obtain a Windows 8 Performance Index score because this version of the OS doesn't offer the tests.

Nevertheless, general operations on the Yoga proved to be smooth, with little lag. However, compared to its bigger brother, the Yoga 13, we did notice a slight difference in performance and it wasn't as quick at opening up apps. This is expected as the Yoga 11 is a much lower specifications system in comparison.

Unless you're using the Yoga 11 for intense gaming or with multiple applications at the same time then you're not going to notice any significant lag, as in our tests both touchscreen and non-touchscreen operations were pretty fluid, with the Yoga responding quickly to commands.

Lenovo Ideapad yoga 11 ultrabook convertible hybrid side view

Overall, the Yoga handled the Windows RT OS very well, with no delay when swiping between webpages and programs.

However, one point we have to make is how irritating it is to not be able to install popular apps onto the device, such as Google's Chrome web browser and Spotify. This limitation is a fault of the OS not Lenovo, due to the limitations of Windows 8 RT. And at £700, it's rather expensive for a device that won't handle all of your needs.

Connectivity, storage and battery life
Lenovo claims the Ideapad Yoga 11 has up to 13 hours of battery life. But in our battery test, when we unplugged the Yoga from the mains we saw roughly eight hours of solid use - with intermittent web browsing, music listening and video watching on the full 10/10 brightness setting - before the battery died. This was without letting the screen go into battery saving mode or standby.

We wouldn't go so far as to say we were disappointed with the Yoga 11's battery performance, as most devices of this type rarely manage to live up to vendors' battery life claims as they are usually quoted for how long the device would run on the lowest brightness setting and with no demanding programs running.


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