Lenovo - Yoga IdeaPad Ultrabook Convertible 13.3" Touch-Screen Laptop - 4GB Memory - Silver
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- Energy Star CompatibleYes
- Processor BrandIntel®
- Battery Type4-cell Lithium Polymer (Li-Polymer)
- Type of Memory (RAM)DDR3
- Optical DriveNot included
- Direct-Disc LabelingNo
- Digital Media Reader or SlotsYes, digital media card reader
- Built-in WebcamYes
- Wireless NetworkingWireless-B+G+N
- AudioDolby Home Theatre v4
- Laptop WeightUltraportable (5.5 lbs. or less)
- Pointing DeviceTouchpad
- HDMI OutputYes
- Blu-ray PlayerNo
- Operating System PlatformWindows
- Included SoftwareYouCam and more
- Best Buy PC AppNo
- Graphics ChipIntel
- Drive Capacity128GB
- Graphics CardIntel® HD 4000 Graphics
Rating 4.2 out of 5 stars with 191 reviews(191 Reviews)
Rated 2 out of 5 stars
Great concept, poorly executedPosted .
I saw this at CES 2012 and instantly loved the idea. Although I still had concerns about the longevity of keyboard (when folded in tablet mode being mashed while holding), I learned a good way to hold it! My issues with this machine have caused me to return it after SIX days! First, while using the cool and SILENT in store model for about 40 minutes to play several videos, music and explore the interface, I was shocked to find once home, the new unit's FAN NEVER TURNS OFF while the laptop is on! EVER. I realize under load or heavy use, the fan should come on, but the fan is on from the time the login screen appears until you close the lid/power down. For a $1000.00 + tax, I expect better performance. Second, the listed battery life claims are grossly overstated! Don't expect anywhere NEAR 8 hours of battery run time. My unit was in POWER SAVER mode, screen brightness turn down (1 or 2 notches from off) and wifi was on the whole time. My 6 day old laptop already has 1.4% battery wear!!! Runtime is 3 hours and 51 minutes on power saver and brightness turned DOWN. For $1000.00+ this is NOT WORTH IT. (See photos attached for runtime.) Third, Lenovo has butchered the hard drive. If you think the 128GB will be enough space...well about half is used/reserved by the system. Drive D is mostly wasted space. If you check the Lenovo website, you will see pages of people complaining about fan noise and hard drive space. (See photos attached for available space.) I wanted to love this machine. And I went through considerable lengths to purchase one. Sadly, I will exchange this for another manufacturer. The three MAJOR issues listed above PLUS the premium cost and NO back lit keyboard are TOO many negatives to accept. If this unit was $500.00, I would accept the above compromises. I will not at $1000.00 + tax. Side note, I did call Lenovo support and they said I can send the laptop in for repair (turn around 7 days). I declined with this being a SIX DAY OLD unit. Want other opinions, go check out the Lenovo support forums.No, I would not recommend this to a friend
Rated 3 out of 5 stars
Great form factor/performance, overpricedPosted .
I Loved this laptop/tablet combo. Performance was zippy, and I definitely think Windows 8 is best with a touch screen. But at this price point, I would expect more. The 2 factors that killed it for me: right out of the box, there was only about 40GB of space available out of the 128GB SSD. The second issue was the lack of an ethernet port. The wireless performance was OK, but sometimes it's nice to be able to have a wired connection when wireless connection is spotty. I also loved the feel of the rubberized coating, but did notice it peeling away from the USB port already. I have returned it, but if they addressed the issues, or slashed the price, I would definitely consider buying another one. Also, once the novelty of a tablet/laptop wears off, this is a bit bulky for use in the completely folded tablet mode.I would recommend this to a friend
Rated 4 out of 5 stars
Great laptop, crazy partitioning|Posted .I would recommend this to a friend
This is a great laptop/tablet combo. Now, because of the size and weight of the laptop when it's in "tablet mode", you'll mostly be using it as a laptop, and sometimes finding it convenient to use it as a tablet (I do so for "Angry Birds" and other gaming sessions). The screen is nice and bright, and the viewing angles are superb (granted, I'm coming from a Zenbook Prime, where if you tilted your head too far, the colors went weird and you didn't have a good viewing experience). The touchscreen is usually very responsive, but I did find that sometimes it wouldn't pick up a swipe. I did learn that's because Windows defaults to turning off the driver after so much time of no-use and that you can turn it off from doing so (with a slight, and mean very slight, hit to battery). Coming from a Zenbook Prime, this keyboard is a definite step up. The keys have nice play, but aren't mushy. They also have a nice click and feedback to them, but aren't difficult to press down. They're spaced just right for my hands and fingers to do long sessions of typing without needing a lot of breaks. I only wish they'd put more work in the touchpad. Physically, the touchpad is GREAT. It's big enough to allow you to go from one side of the screen to the next without having to lift your fingers. It clicks well, and is, well, a touchpad. The problem is in the drivers. I find myself frequently needing to restart the drivers. It's not a problem, as the touchpad still works, but you lose some of the mutli-touch support and Windows 8 gestures. It's not a huge problem, but definitely an annoyance. I bought this laptop/tablet because I do development work and wanted something with a touchscreen that I could use to develop on the go. This definitely as the power already to run through all of my work, including debugging in Visual Studio 2012, web browsing, and having a few Word Docs open at the same time. I did update the RAM myself (a fairly quick and EXTREMELY simple thing to do with this laptop) and that may be worth the extra $40 to do so. I highly recommend it as everything seemed to pick up speed and responsiveness from there. The only problem I had with this was the wonky partitioning scheme that Lenovo used. One can go into the disk management and backup/remove any partitions they don't want, but I'm also not the average consumer. For example: I can't imagine my mother knowing that that's even an option. I also wouldn't want to try and walk her through doing it. I think this partitioning scheme was a mistake, but at this point, has no effect one me. So, in conclusion, if you want a solid laptop that also makes a pretty good tablet, this is your machine. I really enjoy using it. Just know going in that you may have to restart touch pad drivers (unless Lenovo has updated them) and/or you may have to work with the partitions.
Rated 5 out of 5 stars
The Perfect Windows 8 Device|Posted .I would recommend this to a friend
I was waiting for the best mixture of hardware to make use of the new Windows 8 OS, and this is the device. It is ready for use now and in the future. With a sparse app selection from the Windows store, I did not want to be stuck with the Windows 8 RT capabilities only. This device has Windows 8 Pro so it can run all normal legacy applications and the RT apps. Right now I am using it as a Windows 8 tablet/laptop, and a Google Chrome book, using the desktop OS and Chrome to take advantage of all Chrome apps, until they are built and ready through the Microsoft store. Now, enough about the software. The hardware is excellent, you can tell a lot of thought was placed into the design and construction. You do not need a kickstand, or any other external device to set it up at a specific angle for best viewing. This device has all angles covered through its 360 degree movement, you will find all the angles you need for best viewing built in. The only problem is the power management. I understand that using Windows 8 Pro you need to be creative to save battery life, but this has created some minor issues, most notably with Bluetooth. I have to continually turn it off and back on to reinitialize the connection if it has been placed in standby. This is really the only complaint. With all said and done, you have a PC that starts up in 8 seconds, runs anything now and in the future, and bridges the gap between the laptop and tablet very well.
Rated 5 out of 5 stars
Awesome laptop / tabletPosted .I would recommend this to a friend
OVERALL I love this laptop. Solid build and quality. Easy to use (after you become familiar with Windows 8). Windows 8 is great! Tablet and touch screen are great! I would highly recommend this laptop to anybody who is considering a machine that they need to do serious work on (ie: business/professional -- Excel, programming, etc are great) but that also has a personal/recreational need (ie: tablet/touchscreen -- surf web, check emails, etc). I bought my last laptop in 2007 when I was in my 2nd year at university -- it worked great; but recently it just started breaking down. After doing lots of research on BestBuy website I decided on either an ASUS or ACER or Vaio laptop. When I got to the store -- neither were what I was expecting (the specs were good, but they felt cheap in build/quality). I then overheard the sales guy talk about this "Yoga" to another couple -- and I went over and checked it out. I was absolutely in love with it after a few minutes and ended up buying it a week ago. After this last week of use, this is my review and assessment. SCREEN is amazing -- very wide so you get real estate to view programs, work spreadsheets, multi-task, etc. But at ~13" inches it is perfect (I hate large laptops). The screen is also in HD quality with LED. Comparing this screen to the other laptop screens at the store -- this was the best! WINDOWS 8 is great! Admittedly, I am VERY use to using the old style of Windows -- and I probably spent the first few days constantly Googling "How do I XXXXXX in Windows 8?" -- but now that I am use to its features, it is great. New Start screen gives you great access to apps and programs and is also great for instantly connecting with Facebook, email, etc. But there is still a Desktop to go back to. I find that for recreational or personal usage, the new Start screen is all I need. But when I need to do some professional work with spreadsheets, programming, etc -- the desktop is perfect and accessible. Also having used all versions of Windows -- I will argue this is the best version as a whole -- everything is seamless and fluid yet functional; and it is surprisingly fast -- literally seconds to boot up from a cold start. TABLET / TOUCH is amazing. It is very intuitive to use and feels like quality. My wife bought a new iPad recently and in comparison it holds up perfectly. It is a little odd at first to have a keyboard on the back after you flip it over, but you do get used to it and it isn't a bother. It is fantastic for reading books on Kindle, surfing web, etc. While my wife sits with her iPad, I am able to sit down with this -- and I love it. The flexibility from just flipping the screen is incredible. I can be in laptop mode to do business work (I am an engineer), flip to tablet to read a book or surf web, and even the text mode on the counter to show a recipe when I am cooking. You absolutely want a touch screen with Windows 8 -- it is a seamless experience. I actually find myself using my fingers on the screen even in laptop mode because it is very fluid and natural. BATTERY LIFE is great. With typical surfing and reading usage, I've been able to use it for a few hours each night of the last week for a few days without charging (ie: several hours). I suppose with watching videos, this probably decreases --- but frankly I prefer watching videos on my TV so it doesn't bother me. QUALITY is superb! The product feels absolutely solid and of top quality -- it doesn't feel like it will break or fall apart over time. The key board is solid feeling and easy to type with --- I do a lot of programming and professional work and found it seamless. The semi leathery type material of the black parts is great feeling -- it isn't just some cheap plastic. SPECS are good! The 3rd gen Intel i5 provides the processing speed+cores+threads to enable solid multi-tasking; same for RAM and other features. The harddrive being SSD is great for performance/speed. However the harddrive is only 128gb in total size -- this is my one gripe with the machine. For 2012 and $1k, you would think that they could put in a larger harddrive (my 2007 $1k laptop had 180gb). As annoying as this is, I managed to mitigate it by buying a 3TB NAS harddrive for my home and plugged it into my network --- I put all my music, photos, and other mass items onto the NAS -- so that my laptop locally only had core working documents and software -- this is quite manageable (and in a way I now prefer knowing all my photos/etc aren't just on my laptop). Also note on harddrive --- if you load up the model inside BestBuy it will look like there is only 30gb of free space --- I was like "WTF?" --- I called over the sales guy --- "This laptop has only 128gb of space, this is not a lot of space, and there is only 30gb free brand new? that is ridiculous" ---- and he had no clue, he suggested perhaps their demo software took up lots of storage. I stated I would buy it -- but if there was only 60gb free, I would return it immediately. After getting the laptop out of the box in the store -- I was relieved to see that available harddrive space was closer to about 60/80gb free. Note that Lenevo partitions the drive into about 6-8 pieces --- several GBs do to backup/recovery drives that you can't access/use (ugh). However, there is an 8gb partition just sitting there that you can't use and has nothing on it --- I deleted the partition then expanded my other primary one to include it, giving me 8gb extra space that I otherwise wouldn't have. PRICE AND COMPARISON is good overall. For $1k, I had other laptops to choose from --- these other laptops had bigger harddrives, more memory, better processor, etc. In other words, it felt like for $1k I could get way more from another laptop. However, after playing with each laptop in person -- this one won hands down due to its touchscreen and overall solid build/quality. SCREEN SIZE / WEIGHT are good. For a laptop, it is SOOOO light in weight. However, it won't be comfortable to hold 1 handed for an extended period of time -- but I'd argue who really does this with a tablet anyway? In tablet mode it is perfect for sitting on the couch surfing web, etc. USAGE is something you'll want to consider. For most users this laptop will exceed your needs. As a recent graduate student, this would have been amazing for school -- the ability to type notes, type documents/reports/projects/etc, but then also flip into tablet mode and literally write or draw notes -- wow! Obviously similar applies to business use and most personal use. However, the one thing I'm not confident this laptop will be good at is gaming --- for hardcore gaming, you probably won't have the dedicated graphics memory and such.
Rated 5 out of 5 stars
Versatile ultrabook with great display|Posted .I would recommend this to a friend
I've been using the Yoga for a month without any problems. I like the fast bootup time of about 6 seconds from cold start. Under normal web browsing and light video viewing, the battery has lasted about 5..5 hours with 50% screen brightness. Not sure how the manufacturer came up with a battery life of 8 hours. The only deficiency I see with this ultrabook is the SDD usable space which is about 40Gb on C drive and another 20Gb on D drive. I don't have much software installed other than Office 2010 and some 20 apps from the Microsoft Store that only took a couple of gigabytes. I did buy a 64Gb SDXC card to increase my storage space for future use. The Yoga came with Windows 8 and not Windows 8 Professional. I upgraded to the Pro version since I wanted to use Hyper-V to create a couple of virtual machines. The upgrade is pretty painless since it only needed to enable the missing features from the Pro version without doing a full install. I also bought the slot-in case to protect the keyboard while using in tablet mode. It was worthed spending the extra $40. In all, I've been very happy with this ultrabook.
Rated 5 out of 5 stars
Surprisingly Good for GamingPosted .I would recommend this to a friend
Most reviewers have touched on the great parts of the Yoga 13 but I will reiterate some of them: - Fantastic 1600x900 IPS display. While it is glossy, it works great at ANY angle which is a must for a multi-use device as this one is trying to be. - Hinge is of extremely good quality, as is the rest of the device. It just feels like a premium product. - Keyboard is nicely spaced and offers a very satisfying level of tactile feedback, but FYI, the backspace key, while large, is not full size. - Battery life has been about 7-8 hours for me doing light web browsing. You can get at least 5.5 if you are streaming a lot, and I watched two full length movies on Amazon on one charge. - External controls allow you to power on/off, control volume, and lock screen orientation without having to access the keyboard side of the device, which is very helpful in tablet mode. The power button is slightly recessed, but once you are familiar with where it is, this is not a problem. - The wireless antenna seems to maintain very good signal within my entire 2,000 square foot home, something my previous laptop, (a Sony Vaio TZ) did not do, and it maintains better speeds than my wife's Acer as well. - I have to again echo everyone else's comments on the great versatility of the Yoga. It is perfect for any situation and you will find yourself using it in ways you can only imagine around the house and at the office. It is absolutely great for propping up in bed on my stomach/chest with the keyboard as the base and just using the touchscreen. I used to have my iPad for bed surfing before I went to sleep, but the Yoga is so much better as you don't have to hold it, and the screen is bigger making it better for watching movies in bed. The ONE "not so good" thing I have to say about the Yoga is the trackpad is finnicky. It is a single slab with two clicky spots on the bottom representing left and right buttons on a mouse. Unfortunately, these locations on the trackpad are also used for touch, so if you are trying to click text or a box on the screen, you have to be VERY quick and precise otherwise it does not register as a click and will rather just move the cursor a slight bit. This can become infuriating after the third or fourth attempted click, and I find myself giving up and just using the touchscreen as it is far more accurate. Hopefully this will be fixed with a driver update in the future. I just don't know why almost all companies have decided to go away from dedicated mouse buttons. *Sigh* All of those things covered, I did not buy this intending to do ANY gaming on it. I want to include some details on how it is for gaming as I feel like there may be others out there that may be deciding between this and a less portable, but more powerful device. The Yoga is essentially an ultrabook and I have not read anywhere that anyone has attempted to do any gaming on it, but I have a Steam account and do some gaming on my custom built desktop gaming PC. On a whim, I downloaded Steam to the Yoga and a few games to see if they would run at all, and if so, how they would look/play. I am actually SHOCKED at how playable, and actually, how GOOD they look on the Yoga's 1600x900 display. Let's be clear here, though, this is not a gaming powerhouse. But I can play Amnesia: The Dark Descent in native resolution with all settings on at least medium, with some on high. I loaded up Dear Esther and it too plays at native 1600x900 resolution on medium/high settings maintaining around 35-50 fps. The SSD helps out I am sure, and even pushing it to the max, the Yoga doesn't get uncomfortably hot. The left side of the keyboard does get pretty warm if you are going to be using the built in keyboard for WASD controls. I have been plugging in my Xbox 360 controller and using that, but did play about 3 hours of Amnesia using the keyboard and a wireless mouse and it worked great. I am sure extremely new games will have to be played on lower settings, but rest assured, if you just want to do some light gaming on the go, the Yoga will satisfy your needs. I get about 3 hours of battery life when gaming, which is generally very good on any gaming laptop, let alone one that is not meant for gaming at all. A side note FYI - the only vent opening is on the back end of the device, basically by the hinge and the speakers are under the keyboard, (and actually sound very good and get very loud). I mention the vents because it is nice that the heat is not dissipated from underneath the device, but if you fold the display so that the keyboard is facing down as a base, the vent will be facing toward you and the speakers will not be as loud. Overall I could not be any happier. I would have given it 5 stars WITHOUT knowing it can do some decent gaming, but since it can it is everything I could ever ask for in a device. I also purchased the official Lenovo sleeve which basically protects the computer while carrying it around. It is not meant to protect it from drops, but does a good job of protecting it if you put it in a bag or carry it with another device/book/note pad. The price is a little steep, but I must say it is worth it. You can also buy other, more traditional ultrabook cases that should also work just fine. Bottom line here is that the Yoga is successfully a tablet AND a laptop. I used to surf on my iPad, and then if there was anything I needed to do special, like go to a flash based site, fill out forms, or input any long lines of text, I would have to put down the iPad and go get my laptop, power it on, navigate to the site I needed to be at, and start all over. Now, with the Yoga, I simply fold the keyboard back out and put it in laptop mode. It truly is the best of both worlds. Highly, highly recommended!
Rated 5 out of 5 stars
One of the Best "Launch" Devices I've UsedPosted .I would recommend this to a friend
By total happenstance, my 4 year old cheap-o HP Latitude laptop began failing this weekend. I've been using my iPad more and more for business trips, but still require the full power of a laptop on occasion - so I rushed right out to replace it. I've been slowly moving towards Apple products, so I was thinking I might end up with a Macbook ... but when I rolled in to the store, it just so happened to be Windows 8 Launch Weekend - and the display featuring the Yoga 13 caught my eye instantly. In the past, I've always considered these "tweener" devices as interesting curiosities, but generally limited in usefulness because you generally had to sacrifice too much computing power just for a few bells and whistles. Windows 8 seems to have changed this, as I found the responsiveness of this i5 / 4 GB model to be exceptional. After having the salesperson demo the model for me, and instantly falling in love with the thin packaging and light weight, I let my impulse control go and bought it, figuring I could return it if it wasn't what I needed. Took it home, and had the unit up and running instantly, detecting my wireless printers, NAS, and my home network. Installed full versions of Office 2010 instantly, and spent the night doing normal office tasks, and connecting to my work network via Citrix. The speed and power blew me away - plenty of both for any average office worker or student. Haven't had a ton of time to play around with the multimedia functions, but displaying photos and videos to my home tv via my Xbox 360 was simple and works great. After 48 hours of heavy use, I haven't found many flaws. Graphics are great, speed is great, the form looks great and I'm totally in love with the keyboard #which I've never said before about a laptop#. The only knock I have is on the onboard storage - they've got a 128 GB SSD installed standard with 7 freaking partitions. With all the bloatware pre-installed - your actually usable storage space to install software and store files is under 50 GB. Considering I've got 4 Terabytes of storage on my network attached storage, it's not that much of a problem. I also understand that the SSD is upgradeable #as is memory# ... but Lenovo still did a pretty poor job of advertising the fact they so blot the default lode this machine you can only use less than half of the advertised drive space. At the end of the day, though, this type of device expects that you'll be keeping almost all of your media on cloud storage - and assuming you're comfortable doing that, you should be able to work around the storage space limitations. In total, I'm loving this device so far. I wasn't looking to buy a Windows 8 device, but I'm quickly becoming quite an advocate of this unit and I can tell you for the first time since the original iPads released, people around the office are interested in looking at a "PC" based product.