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Lenovo Ideapad Yoga 11 review

Wed Jan 16 2013, 13:34

However, we feel the Yoga 11 could have given us a little closer to the 13 hours promised by Lenovo than the eight hours that it did. 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.

Lenovo Ideapad yoga 11 ultrabook convertible hybrid closed side connectivity

The Yoga has a 64GB flash storage drive. This might not be enough for those hungry for drive space, but it's about average for a Windows RT device of this size and specification, so we can't really fault Lenovo here.

In terms of connectivity, the Ideapad Yoga 11 has a good selection of options despite being a slim and compact system. It offers almost everything a standard notebook PC has, including WiFi as standard and Bluetooth 4.0 along with two USB 2.0 ports, a 2in1 headphone and mic port and a 3in1 SD card reader.

Lenovo Ideapad yoga 11 ultrabook convertible hybrid closed side

In Short
The Lenovo Ideapad Yoga 11 has a very unique construction and in terms of design alone is perhaps one of our favourite hybrid devices out there now for this reason. It's an ultra-flexible laptop with the option to convert into various different modes, making it a close to ideal multimode device.

Its HD display offers a good touchscreen experience as well as high display resolution for its size, and its keyboard performed well, too. However, we feel the Yoga 11 is severely held back by Windows RT, rendering it half as useful as it could be due to the lack of apps and application programs available to download onto it.

Opening the Yoga 11 up to Windows 8 could have some good potential, but we don't think its ARM processor can handle that. Strangely enough, while completing this review, Lenovo unveiled an updated version to the Yoga 11 at CES last week, named the Yoga 11S. With a similar sized touchscreen, perhaps we should wait and see what this update can offer before making a decision on the Yoga 11.

Those deliberating whether to buy the Yoga 11 or not, we'd advise that it's probably worth splashing out a bit extra and getting an ultrabook convertible running the full version of Windows 8 OS. Check out our Windows 8 hybrid Top 10 run down for an idea of the other potentials out there. Alternatively, if you're really keen on the design of the Yoga, perhaps it's worth waiting for Lenovo to launch a more powerful model capable of running Windows 8. µ

The Good
Flexible for user needs, lightweight and slim design with good build quality makes it portable, unique and innovative.

The Bad
Battery life not as good as promised, slightly dimmer than expected display, expensive for its specifications.

The Ugly
Good potential is held back by the limitations of Windows RT.

Bartender's Score
6/10

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