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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

Being a Windows RT machine, our standard PC benchmarking tools are incompatible with the Lenovo IdeaPad Yoga 11, so we were forced to use the same tests we subject our Android and iOS devices to.

While these are both tests of browser performance primarily, SunSpider works the processor, while the visual nature of Peacekeeper means that it's a better indicator of graphics capabilities.

Lenovo IdeaPad Yoga 11 review

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Our SunSpider test revealed a score of 1126.3ms, which is a marginally slower time than Microsoft Surface, despite running the same processor. The reason for this is unclear, since pound for pound they are nearly identical, so perhaps Microsoft found some extra tweaks under the hood.

However, to put that relatively meaningless SunSpider score into some context, it's drastically faster than the Asus Transformer Pad Infinity, which scored a comparatively high 1730ms. It should be noted that the test was performed using IE10, which is much newer and more advanced than the standard Android offering, and dare we say it, designed with SunSpider performance in mind.

Lenovo IdeaPad Yoga 11 review

In real-life use the Lenovo performed adequately, yet still suffered with some of the lethargy levelled at Microsoft Surface. We also found a number of strange behaviours, such as being unable to close a video and the multitasking feature disappearing, which required a reboot. It's not the kind of experience you relish when turning your tablet on for the first time.

In Peacekeeper, a score of 368 was par for the course for Windows RT machines, but is thoroughly outgunned by the iPad 4 (951) and even the relatively toothless iPad mini (515). If you had any illusions that a Windows PC was going to outgun the existing tablet establishment, you'd be mistaken.

Lenovo IdeaPad Yoga 11 review

However, like Surface, the Lenovo IdeaPad Yoga 11 managed a superb battery score, which shows that Microsoft has achieved one major victory with its new version.

While Microsoft Surface RT managed a whopping 7.5 hours of looping HD video, the Lenovo IdeaPad Yoga 11 topped it with a staggering 9 hours and 32 minutes. It's a major win for longevity, and shows that Windows RT has a solid basis on which to build - we just need to see prices fall and apps increase, fast.

Benchmarks
SunSpider - 1126.3ms
Peacekeeper - 368
Battery - 570 minutes

Lenovo IdeaPad Yoga 11 review

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