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Lenovo Ideapad Yoga 11S review

The Chinese laptop maker's first 'mini ultrabook'
Tue Jul 09 2013, 14:03

Product Lenovo Ideapad Yoga 11S
Specifications 11.6in HD 1366x768 display with 16:9 widescreen and IPS technology, choice of second generation Intel Core processors, up to 8GB DDR3 memory, Integrated Intel HD Graphics 4000, up to 256GB SSD storage, 802.11b/g/n WLAN, Bluetooth 4.0, 1x USB 3.0, 2x USB 2.0, 1x HDMI out, 2in1 headphone and mic port, 3in1 SD/MMC card reader, six hour battery life, Windows 8 Professional, 298x204x17mm, 1.39kg
Price From £700

TOUTED AS a "mini ultrabook", the Yoga 11S is Lenovo's latest addition to its Ideapad Yoga lineup, giving the previous 11in Yoga model a performance boost with a choice of  second generation Intel Core processors running Windows 8, as opposed to an ARM chip with Windows RT.

We were disappointed by the Ideapad Yoga 11 when we reviewed it in January, mostly because we found it held back by Windows RT, rendering it half as useful as it could have been due to the lack of apps and application programs available for it.

However, with the same design and featuring the full version of Windows 8, the Yoga 11S should move beyond the shortcomings of the original Yoga 11.

Notepad mode

As with its less powerful sibling, the Ideapad Yoga 11S has an 11.6in IPS HD graphics multitouch display with 1366x768 resolution. In the same way that we found with the Yoga 11, HD movies look brilliantly clear and vibrant on the Yoga 11S.

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 look closely and viewing angles are good, with moving images appearing sharp.

In the sun light in the garden

Touchscreen commands are very fluid and the Yoga 11S responds to them rapidly, and we enjoyed using the touchscreen to skip between tabs and apps, which is a rarity in windows 8.

The brightness of the Yoga 11S is similar to that of the Yoga 11 and doesn't match the level of brightness of their the 13in counterpart, the Yoga 13. Nevertheless, it is bright enough for general day to day use, with the picture quality at a good level in a wide range of lighting conditions, even bright sunlight.

We sat and used the Yoga 11s in the garden with sun directly overhead and we were still able to read what was on the screen, although as suspected, movies did look washed out.


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