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conclusion:We like it

80 July 23rd 2013 11:58 am

The Yoga 11S takes what made the Yoga 13 unique and packages it down into a smaller alternative without too many compromises. The Yoga 11S maintains the same design language as the other Yoga laptops, which Ars Technica was happy with, saying "we were fans of the larger version's style, and that style has been retained here." CNET calls Lenovo's attempt at a hybrid tablet "arguably the best." Even though the specs aren't as high as the 13, nor does it have the latest Intel chip, the 11S still performs admirably, with as Trusted Reviews saying that "regular tasks fly by, and boot up times are as snappy." Unfortunately, without the latest Intel processor, battery life isn't as long as it could have been, though Pocket-Lint still calls the battery life "good."

Critic reviews

7.6
13 reviews
  • Speed and features
    7.2
  • Design and form factor
    8.4
  • Battery life
    6.6
  • Display
    7.5
  • Durability
    8.0
  • Expandability
    7.2
  • Noise
    6.0
  • Portability (size / weight)
    6.3

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User reviews

8.8
6 reviews
8.0
CNET Jun 26, 2013

Like the larger 13-inch model, the 11-inch Lenovo IdeaPad Yoga 11S is a useful hybrid that doesn't forget it's a laptop first, but it's stuck with what feels like old hardware for now.

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8.0
Wired Sep 4, 2013

If you need a computer now, and you want a Windows 8 hybrid, there isn’t anything better than the Yoga 11S available...It’s a great everyday laptop, and thanks to its new smaller form factor, you’ll actually use it in its various modes.

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7.0
Laptop Magazine Jun 24, 2013

The addition of an Intel Core processor and full Windows 8 have transformed the IdeaPad Yoga 11S from a cute and somewhat capable hybrid into a legitimate Ultrabook.

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7.0
Ars Technica Jul 17, 2013

If I had to guess, I'd say that the 11S was something that Lenovo began considering only once it was clear that Windows RT ... was getting off to a bad start. Unfortunately, Lenovo didn't take the extra time to address any of our gripes with the Yoga 13.

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6.0
PC Mag Jun 25, 2013

The Lenovo IdeaPad Yoga 11S is a versatile touch-enabled convertible laptop/tablet combo. We applaud Lenovo for its innovation, but internal components and battery life in particular leave us asking for more.

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9.0
Pocket-Lint Jul 17, 2013

While the spec is decent enough for most uses, it's not exactly a powerhouse either. ... It is, however, a solid machine and it's light and flexible - get it - enough to impress.

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8.0
TrustedReviews Jul 12, 2013

If you’re looking for both an ultrabook and a tablet, but don’t want too many devices kicking around, the IdeaPad Yoga 11S is a great solution. It’s powerful and fully featured, with great flexibility. There are better tablets and ultrabooks, but this is as good as we’ve seen in a hybrid.

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8.0
TechRadar Jul 16, 2013

While it currently lacks a Haswell option, it's still plenty fast enough for whatever you want to do, with the exception of hardcore PC gaming.

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8.0
ChipChick Aug 6, 2013

The Lenovo IdeaPad Yoga 11s is pretty much everything we wanted the Yoga 11 RT to be, so it’s pretty much a no brainer to shell out the extra cash for the Yoga 11S over the RT model.

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7.0
PC Pro Jul 5, 2013

The only thing which could make the IdeaPad Yoga 11S substantially better is a battery-extending Haswell processor. If you’re desperate to buy now, you won’t be disappointed, but we’ll be keeping our credit card on standby for the time being.

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7.0
TechSpot Jul 18, 2013

In reality, it’s only marginally lighter than its bigger brother and the exact same thickness. Ultimately if it were up to me, I’d sit on my funds a bit longer and wait for Haswell to find its way into Lenovo’s next convertible Ultrabook.

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9.0
The Inquirer Jul 9, 2013

The Lenovo Ideapad Yoga 11S has a unique design and is perhaps one of our favourite hybrid ultrabooks on the market. It's an ultra-flexible and powerful laptop with the option to convert into various different modes, making it a close to ideal hybrid laptop.

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First Looks

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CNET Jan 6, 2013

The 13-inch Yoga seemed to be everyone's choice for a great Windows 8 ambassador during the holiday season. ... Shrinking the idea down to an 11-inch system creates a product that, in tablet mode, feels a lot closer to an iPad than the 13-inch convertible/hybrid laptops we've seen.

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Laptop Magazine Jan 6, 2013

As you’d expect, the Yoga 11s boasts a spacious and comfortable keyboard along with a roomy and accurate touchpad. Lenovo is targeting about 7 hours of battery life, which is significantly less than the ARM-powered Yoga 11′s rated 12 hours.

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TrustedReviews Apr 12, 2013

It’s best thought-of as a laptop first and a tablet second, as it’s a bit too heavy to carry for long periods and having a keyboard on the rear is not always desirable. But it’s a well-made, good-looking, powerful hybrid.

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9.0
want2cbetter want2cbetter

Let's address the negative first. The Hard drive is only 128G. I wish it was bigger BUT it was easily fixable by buying an external drive for my personal media files. An extra $89 bought me 1TB of storage on USB 3.0 (fast access). Also, for me, a 3rd USB port would have been nice. Neither of...

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9.0
BaconandEggs BaconandEggs

This is my first Lenovo product, and I'm very impressed. For me it came down to this or a refurbished MacBook Air. The touch-screen and tablet conversion is what sold me. My first experience with Windows 8 was on a non-touchscreen laptop, and I have to say I hated it, so this was a tough...

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8.0
MrRoland2u MrRoland2u

The bad - lots of bloatware. The "transitions" and "keyboard" software by Lenovo are buggy. The thing was constantly flipping its screen orientation. I turned it off to be manual with keyboard shortcuts (which is annoying in tablet mode). Then I updated the graphics drivers. Now I can only...

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9.0
bmbvideo bmbvideo

I've tried a number of Windows 8 devices. Small tablets, ultrabooks with sliding screens, desktops, etc. This is by far the best form factor I have used for Windows 8 yet. Feels like it was designed with this device in mind. Buy the Haswell version from Best Buy to get the best battery life. Good...

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