Lenovo IdeaPad Yoga 13: Reviewing the Windows 8-Ready Convertible Laptop

By on December 20, 2012, 3:19 AM

The IdeaPad Yoga 13 was one of the first hybrid Windows 8 systems that consumers got a look at. Lenovo unveiled a near-finished prototype at CES nearly a year ago – well before Windows 8 was finished and ready for prime time. Despite multiple attempts from manufacturers over the past several years, hybrids never gained much traction, not necessarily because of hardware issues but simply because the software to support such an environment hasn’t existed until just recently. Previous iterations of Windows did support touch in a limited capacity but the UI was never built with touch in mind.

Evidently that has all changed with Windows 8 which adds a touch friendly environment front and center (but not everywhere) and Lenovo looks to capitalize early and often with the do-it-all Yoga 13. Priced from $999, this system was one of the first portable systems to launch alongside Windows 8. I’ve spent the past several weeks learning the ins and outs of this hybrid Ultrabook and without jumping right to the conclusion from the get-go, I will let you know that it’s a very capable all-around system that doesn’t compromise on that it is first and foremost: a notebook.

Read the complete review.

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slh28 slh28, TechSpot Paladin, said:

At 3.4 pounds and 0.67-inches, it makes for one heavy tablet when you consider dedicated slates weigh a fraction of that (~1.5 pounds for a 10-inch tablet). Furthermore, it?s pretty thick as far as tablets go but given the internal hardware, that is to be expected.

To me that just defeats the whole point of trying to make this a hybrid tablet, it's far too big and heavy to hold comfortably with your hands. As an ultrabook it looks impressive though, Lenovo's screens and keyboards are always excellent. Price isn't too bad either.

Guest said:

If only it would cost $999 in Europe.....

Guest said:

Cool gadget :)

Guest said:

At that weight, it makes no sense to me as a tablet... unless you're a construction worker or something. When I think of it as a touch enabled ultrabook on the other hand, it seems kinda nice.

JC713 JC713 said:

This would be awesome if it had 8GB of RAM and a 1080P screen, otherwise awesome product

AnilD AnilD said:

Like the review says, the Yoga cannot fulfill the role of the more portable and lightweight 7-10" tablets, but instead you get touch and a high quality IPS panel on a $1000 ultraportable, so that's a win in my book.

8GB is the norm these days, and $100 is too much for the upgrade. The screen resolution, 1600x900 might be better than 1920 because of the way Windows scales. Tiny UI elements on desktop mode must be horrible to look at, let alone touch with accuracy.

slh28 slh28, TechSpot Paladin, said:

This would be awesome if it had 8GB of RAM and a 1080P screen, otherwise awesome product

1080p on a 13 inch screen just makes everything too small, e.g. the Sony Vaio Z series.

Guest said:

Congrats on the review. First clear photo I have seen of the yoga being used in portrait mode to read a document which is what I would want the capability for.. The move towards 16:9 screens has been a killer for actually reading and working on documents and this is the obvious answer unless you want carry more gadgets than the space shuttle. Or no?

Guest said:

I have this unit and it works very well. My reason for buying instead waiting for the Surface tablet pro is the screen size. Basically did not want to spend $1000 on something I would only use as a tablet. Considering the screen size it is very usable on a daily basis instead of for travel it made more sense for my application. Also buy the slide-on case from Lenovo, when removed it slides over the keyboard and you can still fold the keyboard flat against the back of display. This protects the keyboard and keeps the case from getting misplaced.

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