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Lenovo IdeaPad Yoga 11 review

The laptop-tablet hybrid is back in a smaller version with Windows RT

Our Verdict

Product features

  • Screen Resolution : 1366 x 768
  • Processor Core : Quad-core (4 Core)

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For

  • Looks great
  • Easy hybrid functionality
  • Comfortable keyboard
  • Colossal battery life

Against

  • Crazy price tag
  • Barren app store
  • Average screen
  • Mediocre performance

The Nvidia Tegra 3 processor that powers the Lenovo IdeaPad Yoga 11 is the same as you'll find in heaps of Android tablets from 2012 and in 2013. However, the Windows model isn't as powerful as the ones enjoyed by its Android-based cousins, and when all four cores are used, it can run at a maximum of 1.3GHz.

When powering an Android device, Tegra can run at up to 1.6GHz, which means that the ferocious power we've seen on the likes of the Asus Transformer Prime or Google Nexus 7 doesn't quite translate here.

Lenovo IdeaPad Yoga 11 review

It's backed up by 2GB of RAM, which is standard for an ARM-based tablet. The smaller apps don't require the gargantuan amount of RAM needed in full-fat Windows PCs, so don't get too hung up about the lack of memory.

Inside you'll find a choice of 32GB or 64GB SSD hard drive (we tested the 64GB), which is a figure we are going to get hung up about. Most of the Yoga's direct rivals feature a 128GB SSD at least, with the Dell XPS 12 boasting a colossal 256GB model, albeit at nearly double the price of the Lenovo IdeaPad Yoga 11.

Lenovo IdeaPad Yoga 11 review

There's plenty of connectivity in the shape of USB ports and an SD card slot, so you can add storage via USB and cloud services such as Dropbox. But we think that if you're going to plump for a single hybrid device, you will need more space than a paltry 64GB.

Being a Tegra-based laptop/tablet, there's no dedicated graphics like you'd find on a beefier Windows laptop, so you'll have to make do with the mobile chip's 3D capabilities. That doesn't account for a great deal, and there's not enough power for the latest games - not that it matters, since they won't be compatible with Windows RT.

Lenovo IdeaPad Yoga 11 review

However, the Tegra chip does have enough power for HD movies and some of the games in the Windows Store, which are starting to pick up.

The 11-inch IPS screen has a resolution of 1366 x 768, which is nowhere near the quality of the Sony Vaio Duo 11's 1080p affair. It's a real disappointment, and means that movies and games look bland and lifeless.

Lenovo IdeaPad Yoga 11 review

In this day and age the screen is not an area on which companies can scrimp when you're up against hosts of top devices with IPS+ screens, AMOLED and Retina. The Google Nexus 10 has upped its game to feature a 2560 x 1600 pixel display, which makes a mockery of tablets with 1366 x 768, especially when they cost three times the price.

Of course, Lenovo will argue that the Windows-based ecosystem and laptop form factor make the Windows RT-toting Lenovo Yoga 11 a better buy for people who want to work on the move - and it has a point.

Lenovo IdeaPad Yoga 11 review

The Lenovo IdeaPad Yoga 11 ships with Microsoft Office 2013 and has a full-form QWERTY keyboard, and an inch extra screen real-estate to play with. However, with the lack of apps in the store and the expansion of Google Play, we're not sure how long that argument is valid.

We're fans of Windows 8, but if Microsoft Office ends up on Android, there's no reason to fork out £699/US$849 (around AU$1,069) for the Yoga 11.

Lenovo IdeaPad Yoga 11 review

The build of the Yoga 11 will also divide opinion. On the one hand it's well-built with a pleasing orange finish that looks stylish. The slim chassis weighs a competitive 1.27kg (2.79lbs), which stacks up well against full featured Ultrabooks that tend to weigh around 1.3kg (2.86lbs), and transformer-style tablets, which weigh around 900g (1.98lbs) with their keyboard docks.

The large, well-cushioned keys offer a far better experience than Microsoft Surface, and there's a large trackpad as well.

Lenovo IdeaPad Yoga 11 review

However, many tablet buyers will see the Yoga 11 as a hulking slab of plastic compared to the aluminium-adorned luxury of the iPad 4 or iPad mini. You can buy removable docks for these devices, and while there's not the connectivity, they are making strides to become usable work computers.

Tech Specs

Product TypeTablet
Flash Memory Capacity64 GB
Processor ManufacturerNVIDIA
Graphics Controller ManufacturerNVIDIA
Graphics Controller ModelULP NVIDIA
BluetoothYes
Wireless LANYes
Optical Drive TypeNo
Graphics Memory AccessibilityShared
Maximum Battery Run Time13 Hour
HDMIYes
Backlight TechnologyLED
Product FamilyIdeaPad Yoga 11
Front Camera/WebcamYes
Operating System PlatformWindows
Processor ModelT30
ColourSilver Grey
Operating SystemWindows RT
Brand NameLenovo
Form FactorConvertible
Processor Speed1.30 GHz
Processor TypeTegra 3
Screen Size29.5 cm (11.6")
Number of Cells4-cell
Screen Resolution1366 x 768
Standard Memory2 GB
Weight (Approximate)1.27 kg
Cache1 MB
Processor CoreQuad-core (4 Core)
Memory Card ReaderYes
TouchscreenYes
Display Screen TypeActive Matrix TFT Colour LCD
Display Screen TechnologyVibrantView
Wireless LAN StandardIEEE 802.11b/g/n
Bluetooth StandardBluetooth 4.0
Multi-touch ScreenYes
Height15.6 mm
Width298 mm
Depth204 mm
Screen ModeHD
Memory TechnologyDDR3 SDRAM
Product SeriesYoga 11
ManufacturerLenovo Group Limited
Product NameIdeaPad Yoga 11 Tablet
Product LineIdeaPad
Aspect Ratio16:9
Manufacturer Part NumberMAS29GE
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.lenovo.com/uk/en/
Marketing Information

MAKE THE MOST OF MULTIMODE.

Innovative and versatile, these convertible laptops/tablets have everyone talking. You'll love using them in four different display modes for any conceivable purpose, whether you're on the job, on the road or on the couch.

FOUR DEVICES IN ONE

Choose from one of four modes to use your Yoga: tablet, laptop, tent or stand. Simply flip and fold the touchscreen, then start your journey.
Package Contents
  • IdeaPad Yoga 11 Tablet
  • Lithium Polymer Battery
  • AC Adapter
Limited Warranty2 Year