- Editor's Rating
- Solid performance
- Great display
- Nice fit and finish
- "Exposed" keyboard in tablet and stand modes
- Potentially frustrating power button location
- Limited to no more than 8GB of RAM
The Lenovo IdeaPad Yoga 13 is a powerful, full-featured Windows 8 Ultrabook with a 360-degree hinge design, allowing the computer to transform into four different modes; notebook, stand, tent and tablet. The machine remains light and thin at .67-inches thick and 3.3 pounds. Priced starting at $1,049 USD, the Lenovo IdeaPad Yoga 13 is a solid buy for anyone interested in having a great Windows 8 experience.
NotebookReview found the Lenovo IdeaPad Yoga 13 to be unique with its four user modes, while maintaining a solid feel. NBR found it to have a strong screen lid that didn\’t ripple when pressure was applied to the back. NBR found the placement of the power button on the front edge of the notebook, to be problematic, as it could be accidentally pushed. The computer has standard port selection with a 4-in-1 media card reader, HDMI output, headset jack, USB 2.0 port and USB 3.0 port.
The computer has a 13.3-inch screen, which NBR found to be of above average quality due to the IPS display panel, noting that it kept color and brightness consistent regardless of viewing angle. The screen has an impressive 138 DPI resolution and 10-point multi-touch display surface. It also comes equipped with Dolby Home Theater v4 audio for a quality sound experience, making the speakers and volume more than sufficient for basic video conferencing or watching a movie.
The machine has a Chiclet-style keyboard which NBR found to have a good layout and comfortable palm rests due to their leather texture covering. The rounded key design gives users improved typing accuracy. One drawback NBR noted was that the keyboard is exposed when the device is in tablet and stand mode, which can cause the keyboard to pick up dirt while catching on things such as wrist watches. The computer has a Synaptics touchpad with built-in palm rejection and scroll, zoom, rotate and Windows 8-specific navigation functions. Reviewers at NBR felt the lack of dedicated left and right click buttons to be frustrating, as it was difficult to register those clicks with a single press.
NBR reviewed the Lenovo IdeaPad Yoga 13 with an Intel i5 Dual Core processor and 8GB DDR3-1600 RAM. The computer ran well with 128GB SSD, but reviewers commented there may be a lack of storage space with the SSD, however cloud storage is available. NBR found the Intel HD Graphics 4000 to be good for movie watching and basic gaming. The 4-cell Li-Polymer Integrated battery performed the best of all Windows 8 PCs tested at the time of the review with a life of three hours, 35 minutes under a strenuous battery test.
Overall NBR found the Lenovo IdeaPad Yoga 13 to be a powerful, full-featured Windows 8 computer, but was not sold on the hinge design because of the exposed keyboard in stand and tablet modes. For anyone interested in entertainment, media, and basic gaming, the Lenovo IdeaPad Yoga 13 would be a good fit. Anyone interested in serious gaming or who needs more power behind a machine, will want to look at other options.