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Lenovo Yoga 11S review

The smaller Yoga still bends over backwards for you

Our Verdict

If you're in the market for a Windows 8 tablet or laptop you'd be remiss to not check out the Lenovo Yoga 11S.

Product features

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

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For

  • Extremely portable
  • Strong hinges
  • Up to an i7 processor
  • Starts at just $799
  • HDMI port
  • Great touch-screen

Against

  • USB 2.0 not 3.0
  • Tablet mode leaves keys exposed
  • No backlit keyboard
  • No Haswell option

Pundits have been predicting the "death of the PC" for more than a decade. Of course, if you looked at the balance sheets of former industry juggernauts as HP and Dell you'd be inclined to think that those prophecies may actually be on the verge of coming true. And then there's Lenovo. While other manufacturers are busy pointing fingers as to why the PC seems to be struggling in the face of competition from that Cupertino-based company and myriad tablets, Lenovo is both pumping out solid Windows 8 devices while at the same time, turning a profit. Which brings us to the Lenovo Yoga 11S.

Lenovo Yoga 11S review

Lenovo is known for making primarily productivity machines for productive people. Its Thinkpad line is known the world over as a no-nonsense, reliable Windows 8 machine. However, the Yoga Lenovo has let its hair down and gotten a little bit playful. A transforming ultrabook in silver or metallic orange with an equally colorful screen, it's just as functional but much "cuter" than what we usually see from Lenovo.

Of course, this isn't Lenovo's first time on the yoga mat. The 13-inch Lenovo IdeaPad Yoga was released last year to very favorable reviews. The appropriately named 11s is a size down. At just 11.6-inches, it's the smallest form factor that can support a full QWERTY keyboard.

Design

Sporting a rather heavy duty hinge, the flexible Yoga 11S is designed to bend over backwards at a moments notice. You can easily use the Yoga 11S as you would any other laptop, replete with a full QWERTY keyboard. While it's relatively small, we had no problem writing on this keyboard. This review, for instance, was a breeze. That said, we would have appreciated the Yoga 11S having a backlit keyboard. While this is in no way a deal breaker, it's a nice feature when using the laptop in darkened classrooms or meetings.

Lenovo Yoga 11S review

Where the Yoga 11S really shines is the flexibility that that hinge provides. If you want to use the Yoga 11S as a Windows 8 tablet you simply fold the keyboard all the way to the back. In this mode, you're basically just using an 11-inch tablet. Also, since the keys are still exposed in this mode they're disabled. That said, it's still sort of weird to feel them when you're sitting on your couch using the device in tablet mode.

Lenovo Yoga 11S review

In stand mode you can orient the keyboard around 30-degrees from the display, and you can easily stand the Yoga 11S on a table or desk. In our tests we found this mode great for presentations or reading recipes in the kitchen. It's also perfect for watching movies and television shows in bed.

Tech Specs

Product TypeTablet
Processor ManufacturerNVIDIA
Graphics Controller ManufacturerNVIDIA
Graphics Controller ModelULP GeForce
BluetoothYes
Wireless LANYes
Optical Drive TypeNo
Graphics Memory AccessibilityShared
Maximum Battery Run Time13 Hour
Finger Print ReaderNo
Solid State Drive Capacity64 GB
HDMIYes
Backlight TechnologyLED
DVINo
Product FamilyIdeaPad Yoga 11
Keyboard BacklightNo
Front Camera/WebcamYes
Operating System PlatformWindows
Processor ModelT30
ColourGrey, Black
Operating SystemWindows RT
Brand NameLenovo
Form FactorConvertible
Processor Speed1.40 GHz
Processor TypeTegra 3
Screen Size29.5 cm (11.6")
Number of Cells4-cell
Screen Resolution1366 x 768
Standard Memory2 GB
Weight (Approximate)1.25 kg
Cache1 MB
Processor CoreQuad-core (4 Core)
Memory Card ReaderYes
TouchscreenYes
Display Screen TypeActive Matrix TFT Colour LCD
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 NumberMAS24UK
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.
Maximum Memory2 GB
Package Contents
  • IdeaPad Yoga 11 Tablet
  • AC Adapter
Limited Warranty1 Year