- Editor's Rating
- 360 hinge design
- Quality keyboard
- Low screen resolution
- Limited battery life
- Mediocre performance
Quick TakeThe Yoga 11S offer improved performance to its predecessor, but at the cost of its battery life.
The Lenovo IdeaPad Yoga 11s is a Windows 8 convertible notebook. The device is ultraportable and offers users multiple use modes. The notebook features a thin and simplistic design with a silver soft touch metallic casing and thick black plastic frame. The Yoga 11s is 11.7 x 8 x 3.1-inches and weighs 3.08 pounds. NotebookReview found the weight makes it uncomfortable to use with one hand. While the notebook should hold up to normal wear and tear, the slight frame makes it a bit less durable. NBR found the chassis gives slightly with pressure, and the display gives considerably, although no noticeable rippling on the screen occurred during testing.
Multiple usage modes are made possible using the 360 degree hinge design of the notebook. Users can employ tent, stand, tablet and notebook modes. NBR noted screen rotation did not always function properly. The Yoga 11s has a mic/headphone jack, USB 3.0 port, HDMI out connection, volume controls, power jack, SD card reader, USB 2.0 port and power button. The notebook also features eyesight powered motion controls, which NBR noted are simple to use but have minimal compatibility.
The 11-inch IPS LED HD Display with 142.46 dpi resolution reads beautifully and produces clear images with vibrant contrast, according to NBR. The display also supports 10-point multi-touch controls, which NBR notes are very responsive. NBR also noted the display has generous viewing angles but is prone to some reflection in direct light. The Yoga 11s has two speakers, which NBR said produces “adequate sound,” but are not boisterous enough to fill an entire room. There is no sound distortion even at 100 percent volume, but there is a lack of bass.
The Yoga 11s has an Accutype Chiclet style keyboard. The keys are condensed, but NBR noted they have ample spacing. The rounded square keys have a smooth finish and limited travel, but create responsive tactile feedback. The touchpad is actually generously sized for the size of the notebook. The touchpad is void of traditional mouse buttons, instead regulating the bottom right and left hand portions of the touchpad to act as the respective mouse buttons. The touchpad also supports multi-finger gestures, but NBR found the device had some difficulty reading two-finger scrolling gestures.
A 1.5GHz Intel Core i5-3339Y processor runs the Yoga 11s, which NBR notes has sub-par performance for its $1000 price point, at the time of the review. The device also has 8GB RAM and 256GB SSD. NBR found the Yoga 11s easily handles normal Word and web functions and is also able to handle multi-tasking and some more demanding tasks. However, graphically intense functions like gaming and streaming HD video are more challenging for the notebook. NBR noted the convertible notebook’s fan is relatively quiet; however the device does heat up quickly. The battery lasted three hours and 32 minutes in NBR testing, which is a sub-par performance.
In the end, NBR found the Lenovo IdeaPad Yoga 11s may be too expensive for what if offers for many users and its innovative design is the notebook’s main draw. NBR was impressed with the design, portability and keyboard, but was disappointed in the mediocre performance and battery life. NBR concluded the Yoga 11s is a good notebook for users looking for a versatile machine who don’t mind compromising on performance.