Published on August 24th, 2013 | by Mr Review0
Lenovo IdeaPad Yoga 13 | Laptops
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Summary: Pros: Smart and versatile design, ample power, excellent screen and keyboard Cons: Hard to upgrade, slow to set up
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The IdeaPad Yoga 13 is a hybrid between an Ultra-book and super-sized tablet. The interesting thing about the Lenovo Ideapad Yoga 13 is that it folds, making it flexible, hence the name Yoga gives you a clue about its notable feature. This Special feature gives the Lenovo Ideapad the versatility for it to be used as a laptop or can be used as a tablet in an instant. The advantage of this handy device is that has great specs, with it being a hybrid computer giving it power, however there are downsides, which I will cover in this review.
What is the Yoga13 Ideapad?
The Lenovo ideapad Yoga 13 is an ultrabook that designed with unique hinges where the flap cover can turn right back, making it flat so it can be used as a free standing device over a flat surface like in an inverted V shape, or on a table for convenience. If you position it as an inverted L shape, you can have it standing like a monitor. As it is touch screen you can then use it in the monitor position to use the device. When the flap is swung right back, so that the keyboard is back to back with to the screen and the device is completely flat, it can be then used as a tablet. The only critiques here for when the Ideapad is used as a tablet is that it exposes the keyboard at the back, and some have argued that it looks unattractive and feels odd. The slightly raised leathery keyboard textured cover ensures that the keyboard keys do not cling onto any other surface, making it smooth and protecting it from any damage. However the good thing about it is that the keyboard becomes deactivated when used in this position, and will not prove to be a nuisance in this sense.
What are the Specifications of this device?
This device does not come cheap, however it does come with an Intel Core i7 processor and 4 Gb of RAM, with 128GB solid state Hard-disk making it super-fast. It will boot up from start-up in just a mere 8 seconds! It does perform as good as a fast mid-range laptop. They are built with 13.3 inch screens which are high resolution, a decent size, making it even more so appealing to use. The larger screen does make the device heavier than your average tablet, weighing in at 1.5Kg. Also bear in mind that it does however come with a standard graphics card, but unless you need and 3D one, you’ll not have to really worry about much else. These specifications and the device’s versatility, one would agree that the high priced it comes it is rightfully justified.
How can it be use?
It’s versatility of it being used in different positions, its touchpad and built in keyboard functionality means that you can really use it anywhere. For example you can use it when you are lounging in about on the couch, using it a s a tablet, you can use it as a laptop on resting it on a desk for both work and leisure time and you can even use it as a freestanding screen to watch your favourite videos, programmes etc..
How long does the battery run for?
If you are watching videos it’ll run for anyting between 3-4 hours, and for browsing with wi-fi over the internet it can but just under 4 hours,
What is it like to use the Lenovo Ideapad Yoga13?
It is a fun and luxurious piece of kit to use. With its high resolution 13.3 inch touch screen, and ease of using windows easy for web browsing, it makes it a pleasure to use.
The high resolution, along with it’s vibrant colours gives the screen a nice clear and crisp image. The yoga back is easy to set to its laptop configuration and the keyboard is easy to use with a decent and responsive track-pad. It is as intuitive to use as any other laptop, notebook or tablet PC and easy to carry for any occasion.
Are there any drawbacks that I should need to know?
The only main con with the Lenovo IdeaPad Yoga 13 is that it doesn’t come with an Ethernet port for it to connect up to a wired network, a configuration that is still most predominant in many workplaces. There’s also noticeable issue with slow wifi connection compared to ultrabooks. There is also absence of spare Ram slots, and you inconveniently need to undo the bottom of the casing to reach it. It’s is slow to set up the device and it is always configured to get windows 8 updates on a frequent basis.
Is there anything else I should know about?
Since utlrabooks are slimline in design, they do struggle to fit in as many connecters as possible. The good news is that the yoga 13 does come with USB 2 and 3 ports. These ports come in useful for external storage, since this ultrabook only comes with 128 GB of Solid state space. Also not forgetting the HDMI connector that is designed to hook up to a monitor Tv or projector.
It is an expensive device to have, yet it comes at this price for its decent Core i7 processor, its high resolution screen, and most importantly it’s flexble “yoga” convertible functionality that can make it become a laptop, tablet, monitor, as described above. It has great power for what it is in size, it is stylish and delivers great performance. For these reasons after weighing up the pros and cons, which any device does have, I would say that it is well worth investing in the yoga 13. It is cool and fun to use. You can get it in silver or in an glamorous burnt orange.
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