Review: Lenovo’s IdeaPad Yoga 11 is convertible, transportable, and…it runs Windows RT
Microsoft’s vice president of Windows planning can be confident which Windows RT is destined for ideal things, yet I—and the rest of the world—have several doubts. The ARM-based running program has limits (including the inability to install legacy apps, or apps from outside the Windows Store) which only don’t belong about laptops.
A computer you’ll flip over
And when Lenovo’s $ 949 IdeaPad Yoga 11 can be trending towards pill status, it’s nevertheless a lot a computer. In truth, the Yoga 11 is more of the computer than a few of its competitors, like the Dell XPS 10 as well as the Asus VivoTab RT. The XPS 10 as well as the VivoTab RT have detachable keyboard docks, when the Yoga 11 has a more specific shape factor: Its keyboard doesn’t detach, however you are able to flip the whole screen about 360 levels to have a slate-like experience.
So for all intents plus reasons, the Yoga 11 is a computer, not a pill, yet it’s running a tablet’s working program. As you are able to imagine, this creates a limited issues: We can’t download a third-party browser, for illustration, neither are you able to install a few of the elder applications you’re utilized to using. You’re limited to apps to download inside the Windows Store, that may not be a superb thing considering Windows 8 application development has slowed inside latest months. All of the is very unpleasant, considering the Yoga 11 is an otherwise well-made product with possible because a substitution for the 15-incher plus the pill.
Stylish shape, user friendly, plus yes, rather convertible
The Yoga 11 is the young, lesser-equipped brother of Lenovo’s IdeaPad Yoga 13, that, because you might remember, I liked…a lot. The Yoga 11 qualities the same silver-gray rubbery finish, black chiclet-style keyboard, plus reasonably thick bezel surrounding its smooth glass touchscreen, because its predecessor. Its 11.6-inch capacitive touchscreen has a native resolution of 1366 by 768 pixels, plus attributes bright, crisp hues. It’s a awesome touchscreen to utilize, too: exact, smooth, plus because synonymous to a pill experience because you’ll receive about a computer. The touch sensitivity appears to extend really beyond the bezel, that makes sure Windows RT gestures (including swiping within the proper side to find the menu) easy plus intuitive.
The Yoga 11 lives about its name: It’s super, super flexible, both virtually plus figuratively. You are able to employ it inside conventional clamshell mode (keyboard inside front, screen at a 90- or near-90-degree angle), or you are able to bend the screen 360 levels about the hinge. There are 4 methods which Lenovo sanctions: the aforementioned clamshell computer mode, pill mode (the screen folded all of the method back thus which the keyboard is today found on the back), tent mode (the screen folded back thus which the computer is propped up about its edges), plus stand mode (like reverse clamshell—this time, the keyboard is behind the screen plus facing downward, when the screen is at an angle to observe films or play games).
Impressively superior keyboard compared to additional laptop-tablet hybrids
The Yoga 11’s largest benefit over different laptop-tablet hybrids is its built-in keyboard. Not just is the keyboard built-in (thus that’s an inherent benefit over plain tablets), nevertheless it’s really a certainly, great keyboard. It’s full-sized, with island-style keys along with a tiny glass touchpad. The keys provide great tactile suggestions, plus they’re truly comfortable plus simple to kind about for lengthy periods of time. For a little program, the keys have simply enough fat to confirm exact typing. I truthfully like this keyboard much better than the 1 found on the 11-inch MacBook Air (plus that’s my main computer, at the moment).
It’s moreover got ideal power life: In the tests you managed simply shy of 9 hours.
The Yoga 11 has a couple of disadvantages value noting (apart from Windows RT). Our review model comes with 2GB of RAM plus 64GB of onboard storage, both of that are a small weak inside this era of processing. We absolutely recognize it runs about an ARM processor (an Nvidia Tegra 3, to be exact), as well as its speakers are a small found on the quiet side. It’s equally got just 2 USB 2.0 ports—no USB 3.0 inside sight. So it’s nevertheless more pill than computer inside several methods.
Windows RT has restrictions which can’t be ignored
I’ve been a big enthusiast of Lenovo’s Yoga series within the begin, plus I love laptops which could fit inside my purse…so the Yoga 11 is very tempting. However it’s not thin enough (0.61 inches) or light enough (2.8 pounds) to justify its pill OS, plus Windows RT has too various restrictions for this to be a worthwhile function computer. So, unlike its big brother (that was too thick to be a pill, nevertheless effective plus usable enough to be a laptop), the Yoga 11 is stuck someplace inside the center.
The Yoga 11 has a distinctive, easy-to-use shape along with a superb keyboard. The Windows RT as well as its dwindling application selection, though, makes me wait till Lenovo chooses to release a full Windows 8-equipped 11-incher.