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Imperfections aside, it's the most intriguing Windows 8 convertible yet

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When we first saw the Lenovo IdeaPad Yoga, we declared it one of the most memorable things to come out of the show. That was 10 months ago, though, and thanks to that gap, there's a bit of a discrepancy between our initial impressions and our reaction following a week of real-world use. As we've discovered, it's an imperfect product, with a flaky trackpad, relatively limited storage and a fairly mediocre typing experience (this is usually Lenovo's strong suit). What's more, without the optional sleeve to cover the keyboard, the Yoga is awkward to use in tablet mode, since your fingers press up against the exposed buttons.

Still, the Yoga remains an intriguing specimen; we haven't seen another Windows 8 convertible with quite this versatile a design. And what a great design it is: As much as we complain about the keyboard, the hinge is sturdy and well-engineered. The entire package feels thin and light, despite the fact that touchscreens usually add heft. Even if you rarely flip the screen around, this is a solid Ultrabook in its own right. Sure, there are other Windows 8 PCs with sharper screens and even faster SSDs, but those cost about $200 more. Compared to the competition, then, this is still a good option. Left alone in its price class, it's an even stronger choice. Let's just hope Lenovo can quickly update that flaky trackpad. That's not too much to ask, right?

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Critic reviews

8.0
16 reviews
  • Speed and features
    7.9
  • Design and form factor
    8.0
  • Battery life
    7.4
  • Display
    8.1
  • Durability
    7.6
  • Expandability
    5.5
  • Noise
    7.2
  • Portability (size / weight)
    6.3

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8.4
11 reviews
8.0
Engadget Nov 15, 2012

Compared to the competition, then, this is still a good option. Left alone in its price class, it's an even stronger choice. Let's just hope Lenovo can quickly update that flaky trackpad. That's not too much to ask, right?

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9.0
PC World Nov 19, 2012

The Yoga is perhaps one of the most usable devices on the market. It has a great keyboard, trackpad, and touchscreen, and can be used in multiple positions.

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8.0
CNET Nov 6, 2012

The Lenovo IdeaPad Yoga 13 is a convertible touch-screen laptop/tablet that most importantly doesn't compromise the traditional laptop experience.

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8.0
Laptop Magazine Nov 13, 2012

The IdeaPad Yoga is an able contortionist, blurring the line between laptop and tablet, while enabling users to explore the full capabilities of Windows 8. The soft-touch design, comfortable keyboard and swift performance also impresss.

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8.0
PC Mag Nov 16, 2012

The Lenovo IdeaPad Yoga 13 is a solid ultrabook, but as a tablet, it's a little too big for comfort. Otherwise, the Yoga 13 has the best hybrid design we've seen so far.

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7.0
Wired Nov 12, 2012

While I’m not sure that anyone really wants a tablet that’s quite this big, at the very least it’s a solid contender for the laptop user who just wants the occasional touchscreen experience available.

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7.0
AllThingsD Nov 13, 2012

I salute Lenovo for design imagination. But the touch-pad bug, available storage and battery life, combined with the hefty price, make the Yoga 13 less than ideal.

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7.0
Ars Technica Nov 21, 2012

In attempting to accommodate Windows 8's dual nature, much of the new hardware released for it feels in some way compromised. Hardware that's trying to be both an acceptable laptop and an acceptable tablet often end up being less-than-satisfactory in either role.

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8.0
SlashGear Nov 8, 2012

I liked the time I spent with it a lot, and if you want a good Windows 8 machine that is fast, versatile, and above all else, fun to use, then I have no problem recommending the Yoga 13. ... I would even say that it’s one of the best Windows 8 machines on the market at the moment.

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8.0
Pocket-Lint Jan 15, 2013

Overall there are more powerful options out there, but the Yoga 13 does succeed in delivering enough power in a striking and luxury body. It's the build element that elevates the score, despite the noted expense which may be enough to cause some prospective buyers to look elsewhere.

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10
Digital Versus Jul 26, 2013

It's official, the Lenovo IdeaPad Yoga 13 is a completely different beast than the Yoga 11. This one has a great screen and sound quality of the type we'd like to see more often on ultrabooks. With good battery life and a lightweight body, the Yoga 13 is a prime choice for people on the go.

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8.0
TechRadar Oct 25, 2012

While it's not the perfect laptop, the range of movement and use offered by the Lenovo IdeaPad Yoga won us over. The more we embraced its range of movements the more the real-life benefits of a touchscreen display became apparent.

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8.0
TrustedReviews Feb 20, 2013

Like most of the Windows 8 convertible tablet/laptops we’ve looked at, the Lenovo IdeaPad Yoga 13 isn’t quite the perfect hybrid. However, if you regard it as a touch-screen Ultrabook with a cool twist, it certainly succeeds.

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9.0
HotHardware Nov 20, 2012

All in all, we really enjoyed our time with this convertible ultrabook and feel the IdeaPad Yoga 13 is a solid, well-built machine that we wouldn't hesitate to recommend to our friends and family.

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8.0
Digital Trends Nov 8, 2012

Though we wish it had more ports and the keyboard didn't have those minor frustrations, overall, we have no trouble recommending this Ultrabook.

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8.0
About Nov 2, 2012

Lenovo's IdeaPad Yoga 13 is a solid Windows 8 based ultrabook laptop with a fantastic keyboard and multitouch display that also has the added benefit of being used as a tablet.

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10
Mathematicsb Mathematicsb

I've only had this for a couple of weeks but so far it's great. My only issue was the way the hard drive is partitioned. I was expecting to have a few gigs missing for the back up partition but when I looked the hard drive was half the size it should have been it seems there are a few more...

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8.0
kimmend kimmend

The perfect ultrabook for most people. Only negative thing is the noise from the fans. Try the 3rd party fan control program to make this the ultimate machine.

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6.0
laughfactory laughfactory

So the screen was gorgeous and I loved the form factor, but the keyboard and trackpad were very mediocre, very "meh." The keyboard was work to type on after a while and the trackpad was infuriating. These two elements dramatically undermined the rest of the experience. I ultimately returned it...

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10
OwenVersteeg OwenVersteeg

An incredibly thin laptop that's awesome, fast, thin, and cheap. I'm a developer, and I've worked with more computers than I can count. I've seen Chromebooks, System76 boxes, Surfaces, iPads, and more, and nothing can come close to this. Boot times are 3 to 4 seconds. That's if I turn on the...

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7.0
cass cass

I picked this up for my job for testing on Windows, so while I don't use this everyday, I think I've used it enough to write a review for it. I chose the IdeaPad Yoga specifically because it had the traditional laptop form factor with the touchscreen. If you don't know much about this laptop,...

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8.0
sesummers sesummers

I love this thing. I thought the 13" display would be too small, but because of its light weight and hinge flexibility, I can rest it on my chest while sitting in my recliner, and view it from just a foot away, which makes the relative display size HUGE. It also works really well on an airplane...

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9.0
electrodude1029 electrodude1029

This is a very nice laptop. It is thin and quite portable with many unique features. The keyboard has a very nice feel to it and the trackpad is amazing. The touch-screen is quite accurate and a nice feature to have. The fan runs the whole time the computer is on, so that is something I will have...

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8.0
Sharpion Sharpion

I really l like the 'matt' feel of the whole notebook. It is a little bit too heavy and unwieldy to use as a tablet. Battery life is good but loses out to the Zenbook prime i also own.

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9.0
mbriggs mbriggs

I purchased this laptop about 2 weeks ago with the Core i7, 8GB RAM and 256SSD. So it has every available option from Lenovo. This laptop is incredibly fast with this configuration. Applications load in a snap, and from a cold start it only takes about 7-8 seconds to the login screen. The...

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