When Microsoft released their Windows 8 operating system last month various OEM’s were already prepared to release their devices that attempted to combine the features of the laptop and the tablet. Lenovo is taking a different approach by introducing the IdeaPad Yoga 13. This device has a hinge that can fold in multiple positions making it transform into a tablet. You can even convert it into a digital display with the cover folded to act as a stand.
IdeaPad Yoga 13 Technical Specs
- Display: 13.3″ HD IPS capacitive multitouch display,16:9 widescreen,1600×900
- Processor: Ivy Bridge Family (3rd generation Intel Core i7-3517U, 3rd generation Intel Core i5-3317U,3rd generation Intel Core i3-3217U
- RAM: 4GB, 8GB DDR3
- OS: Windows 8 Pro, Windows 8
- Graphics: Intel HD Graphics 4000
- Storage: 128GB SSD
- Camera: 1.0MP 720p HD integrated webcam
- Battery Life: 8 Hours
When used as a laptop its dimensions are slightly similar to the MacBook Air. The Yoga 13 is 0.67 inches thick throughout while the MacBook Air is 0.68 inches at its thickest and tapers down to 0.11 inches. One thing that you will love about this model is its excellent screen resolution. Its 10 point IPS panel has the one of the highest resolutions in the market today when other manufacturers are using 1366×768 with poor viewing angles on their devices.
Unlike other laptop-tablet combo devices that flip or slide their keyboard to transform, the Yoga has a hinge that allows flipping the screen all the way to the back. It is then held in place by hidden magnets that I must say do a good job in keeping everything in place. In its tablet mode users might find it uncomfortable to use especially those who are used to using an iPad.
Another mode you can convert the device into is the “Tent mode” where you can use it as a display screen on a table.
The IdeaPad Yoga 13 definitely makes for an excellent Ultrabook however when transformed into a tablet it need further refinement. This device is available in the market now with prices starting at $999.99.