179 of 185 people found the following review helpful
on November 26, 2012
== First things first ==
My wife has been looking for a laptop to replace her old Vaio SZ (very nice laptop, still lighter than many and lasted her 5 years!). She was a little picky when it comes to aesthetics and didn't like Macbooks, so it took us a while to find a good looking and solid Windows laptop. So we were looking for a laptop that:
- is good looking as in the design not being an afterthought but a part of the whole package
- has a quality screen with above average resolution (average as in 1366x768, which comes with even some 15" laptops for heaven's sake!)
- is light but well built and durable
- has less optical drives and more space for battery instead, so that it can last a while (more than 5 hrs would be good)
- has a large and smooth track pad (hopefully with not-so-horrible multi-touch support, as I got used to see in even high-end PC hardware)
- has a 180 degree tilt-able screen like her old Vaio SZ (not sure why this is a requirement, but I know better not to ask too much at this point)
- has enough power to support daily tasks (she is not a gamer, so an i3-5 with integrated graphics should be fine)
- has an SSD (best thing happened to laptops since sliced bread with some PB & J: well worth real-world-not-just-benchmark performance gains and more portability)
So we finally settled with Yoga. And lo and behold, Yoga ticks all of the boxes above, only coming slightly behind modern Vaio Z in looks (Yoga's processor is good enough, thank you very much), but hey, this is a Lenovo quality Ultrabook slash Tablet that is built for Windows 8 not just compatible, has a *touch screen* and we have $600 left we can use on something else.
We bought ours from BestBuy for ~$1000 the week it came out (wasn't on Amazon yet). Ours is the gray version with i5 processor and a 128G SSD. Along with 3 years in-home repair + accidental damage protection for just $220 that I bought from Lenovo directly. Man, that is not even close to what I would have paid for a similar warranty coverage with Dell or HP or most anyone else as far as I know.
Now, on to the more specific points:
== Pros ==
- Very good display!
It has an IPS panel (go look it up if you don't know how good that is) with a sharp looking 1600x900 resolution (good enough for a 13") with *very* good
viewing angles (can't get colors to wash up no matter where I look at it). Don't let the resolution frenzy trick you; this is a laptop, not a smartphone, and while Windows 8 apps (Metro apps) are resolution agnostic, regular Windows desktop doesn't play well with high DPI screens unless you like looking at tiny icons all day long (in short hi-res with regular Windows is good when you have a 27" monitor, not so much when you have a 13" laptop)
- Touch screen is a lot better than expected
There was never a moment when the screen missed a touch or couldn't handle multi-finger gestures. It even has these nice little dots or trails that show up where you touch or drag, so you know if it is the screen that is unresponsive or the app (it happens, not all applications respond to touch well, especially gestures). Touch scrolling is even smoother than touchpad scrolling, which is why my wife prefers to move things around by touch instead of using touchpad/keyboard combo.
- Nice and sturdy double-hinge design
When I first saw the Yoga I though "That's a very elegant way to break your screen" but boy was I wrong. Right now the hinges are proving to be stiff enough to hold the screen in any position without being uncomfortable or giving out. Time will tell but right now it seems like job well done, especially compared to the old convertible PC-tablet hinge designs with a swiveling single hinge base.
- Solid and thin&light at the same time, just like what an ultrabook supposed to be
So this thing weighs 3.4 lbs and is very thin. Not sure if there is much else to say about this. Just know that it doesn't bend or squeak when you grab it from its corner and hold it in the air (can't say that about many)
- An ultrabook with user replaceable parts? Dream come true!
Yep, you can replace the memory, SSD or the battery, unlike Macbook Air or 13 Retina (regular MBP 13 is not fair comparison). Oh I almost forgot: Did you know that there is an empty SATA slot that you can use to put in a second SSD? Blew my mind when I learned about it.
- Smooth and sensitive large touch-pad, nice keyboard; overall good ergonomics
Touch pad is nice. It is sensitive and has a smooth surface with built-in buttons (anywhere is clickable, but there are still buttons integrated on the bottom). It supports quite a few multi-touch gestures along with Win8 specials like slide-in gestures. It is missing a few gestures (more on that later) but one it support are nicely done. First time I can comfortably use two finger scrolling, pinching etc.
Keyboard is good. It could be better, a little firmer keys could have been used but, again, this is a subjective observation and it is better than most. The only thing my wife doesn't like is the layout of some of the keys: placement of the home/end, small right-shift key etc. We'll see if we can get used to that.
- Windows 8 is great (though not flawless yet)
With all the fuss about Windows 8, let me tell you this: It won't bother you, really. If you like Windows 7, Windows 8 is even better in terms of under the hood performance (faster boot, smoother throughout) along with visible improvements (e.g. the new task manager, file copy system, better multi-monitor support) with only a mostly-aesthetic change that is the new Metro start screen, which you can ignore for most of the time if you *really* hate it (search for Start8 program if you would like to use Windows 8 like a better Windows 7 including the good old start menu). That said, you might even like the new Metro interface since it is *really* a joy to use with a good touch screen (which this one has). How good? We got into a fight over whose turn it is to play the Wordament game last night. Yup, it's good for your love life too!
== Cons ==
- Trackpad is missing some gestures thanks to Lenovo
This is interesting since original Synaptic drivers would allow you to do so much more (three finger flicks, four finger touches, smoother scrolling) but that won't support the tablet mode as well (I tried and had issues when in tablet mode, not being able to use on-screen keyboard etc.) Not a deal breaker but it would be nice if Lenovo supported a little more (especially three finger flicks would be nice).
- Windows 8 is not *fully* there yet
First of all, let me say this is kind of expected and not really MS' fault. Windows is undergoing a huge (and brave) paradigm shift and these things are kind of normal in transitions like these. Also, this is purely subjective; you may not feel the same. Now: The new interface is clean and nice; Everything is smooth and well suitable for touch (mostly Metro parts). However, it just seems/feels like some things could have been done better. Can't put my finger on it though; it's just a feeling I get. Sometimes the integration feels incomplete. Especially when you are dealing with relatively advanced things like picking which updates from MS to download (this involves both Metro settings screen and the classic Control Panel for some reason). Again, nothing serious but something to mention.
Also, there are a lot of Metro apps in the store but it is still in its infancy. It will get better but right now (as of Nov '12) it is lacking, and the apps they have on store are mostly beta-ish quality. Android Market in 2008 anyone? Lets say Windows 8 has a lot more incentive for developers since it is going to be on millions of devices very soon.
== Meeh ==
- It can be a tablet but it is not an actual tablet (iPad/Android) replacement
Don't expect to throw away your tablet the minute you get this. It is a little heavy and large to be a tablet. However, it is wonderful for those times you need a screen on your table/counter but you can't bother to use touchpad/keyboard. My wife uses it to read and search for recipes; she can browse through easily just by touch (even in normal Windows apps, not just Metro) and I love this setup when I browse through reddit while eating (via ReddHub app or browser). Oh by the way: Internet Explorer 10 for Metro is great. Not much to complain there. I believe Yoga would best complimented with a 7" tablet for other times.
- Battery life is very good but may not be the best
I haven't actually measured it but it doesn't seem to last as long as, say, Macbook Air. It is still good enough for our purposes (which would be anything more than 5 hrs). Though, this is when we are doing a lot of surfing, watching couple of shows on Netflix, some coding etc. It is not bad in any way but if you are looking for something that will last you the whole 7 hr flight while enjoying movies all the way, you might want to look elsewhere.
- It doesn't get hot, at all, but fan is on constantly, though not so noticeable or distractive
Not much else to say. It's just that the fan is on most of the time and it is noticeable if you are in a *very* quiet room but even than it is not really bothering us. I just wanted to point it out. On the other hand, it never got hot on us yet, so the cooling performance is good for normal usage (may not be so for gamers, not sure)
== Wrap Up ==
All in all this is a *very* good ultrabook, a capable laptop and a nice tablet alternative depending on what you use one for. It has a great screen with good colors, good resolution and nicely done touch capability. The keyboard is good the touchpad is better than most PCs (not on par with Macbook's, still) and it is overall very comfortable to use.
I would suggest this laptop if you are in the market for a good and capable Windows 8 machine that doesn't need to play latest Crysis in good settings and won't damage your wallet. It seems like Lenovo really does know how to make nice laptops :)
(P.S. I'll try to update the review if something comes up or if I have things to add, though don't hesitate to comment and ask questions, I'll try my best)
46 of 48 people found the following review helpful
on January 8, 2013
**NOTE: I purchased this in person at a large B&M retailer, (rhymes with Rest Guy) as it was not for sale on Amazon at the time and have also posted my review on their site.**
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!
78 of 85 people found the following review helpful
on October 31, 2012
Touchscreen makes navigating Windows 8 a breeze
Fairly powerful - You wont be using this as a gaming laptop but I did manage to sneak in a game of Civ 5, and XCom at work.
Boots Fast - the boot time is very quick from off to tiles in about 10 seconds.
Speakers that work - I don't know wether to credit the ultrabook side of this but probably the best sounding tablet I've played with.
Light - For a laptop at least.
Heavy - For a tablet. Not something you'll be holding in your hand as an ereader for long.
Sensitive Touchscren - the touchscreen is a bit on the sensitive side I've doubled clicked and tabbed other windows open by accident.
Odd portrait mode - because of the resolution if you're reading it in portrait mode it is a bit thin and long.
Not 1080p - not a big deal to me but it might be to others.
Exposed keyboard as tablet - The keys will be exposed when you use this as a tablet, while they are turned off it is somewhat odd griping this and feeling buttons.
No microphone input - Sounds petty but I like the option of having a microphone input.
Outside of the finicky touchscreen, the cons are rather minor to me, while I wouldn't recommend this to anyone who is looking to use a tablet most or all of the time, I highly recommend this to anyone looking to pick up an ultrabook and is even slightly interested in having a tablet as well.
21 of 22 people found the following review helpful
on January 22, 2013
Let me first say I am a computer consultant and I have all the toys, Asus Zenbook (bye bye Zenbook), Ipad, Iphone, and Nexus 7. When the new windows 8 came out I wanted a convertible so I could have the best of both worlds, a tablet in bed that didn't limit me to playing games and surfing the web. Enter the Yoga.
I LOVE THIS MACHINE.
I am absolutely blown away by the boot and shut down times, about 6 secs and 1 sec, yes about 1 sec for it to shut off. Switching users, waking from sleep, all those tasks are so fast it is incredible. I have the zenbook with an SSD running Win 7 and it is pretty fast too, but nothing like windows 8. WOW
I have to say I couldn't give this machine to 99% of my customers without doing some updating, tweaking and a hands on windows 8 lesson. It isn't for the faint of heart. I think they call us early adopters which is just a nice way of saying people who have to have the lastest gadgets and toys even though they know they should wait until the bugs get worked out.
Most who read this will know of the issues people are having, if not just visit the Lenovo Yoga forums.
I have had no Wifi problems, My track pad really sucked but it is good now, not sure how this one got fixed. I had a little screen flicker but it turned out to be a setting in the Intel Graphics software. I had the on screen key board problem that it popped up for 1 sec but before I could type it was gone, the first windows update I did fixed this. The screen rotating is buggy, sometiimes it works fine and other times not so much. Hard to say for sure if this is a Lenovo or Windows thing but I am sure it will improve.
Windows 8 has its own strengths and weaknesses, it takes time to figure things out but being a computer guy I like exploring, the Ipad was fun for about a week then after that it is just boring.
I won't rant too much about apple here except to say I will never buy another product from them again. I had to have the Ipad when it first came out and I loved it... 2 years later they have pushed out updates that have made my Ipad 1 almost useless, it crashes all the time and is terribly slow. I thought no big deal I will just restore it to the day I bought it for 850.00. NOT, you cant restore it back, apple updates you and erases your previous software. So I thought I would just go get it from the net. NOT... each operating system is specific to each machine, so they intentionally pushed out software that they knew would cripple my ipad and also knew there was no way for me to fix it. Nice business model. Same applies for the Iphone 3 and 3GS, all useless if you upgrade to IOS5.
But I digress, the YOGA has made my Ipad expendable.
Now I wouldn't recommend the YOGA as your only machine, I use my laptop for Travel, a little on site trouble shooting and mostly to read, watch tv, surf, etc in bed at night and this machine is exceptional for that. If you cant find a comfortable position with this machine in bed you will never find a comfortable position. I LOVE IT.
I wish I had the will power to hold off and get the Orange one but I couldn't wait.
So in closing, it is a little buggy, the build is wonderful, the form factor is the most useful I have ever seen and there is NO WAY I would give up this machine.
One last thing, I bought the Lenovo sleeve for the Yoga thinking it would be a nice case and it is designed so you can slip it over the keypad when you are in tablet mode. First, the keys don't bother me at all, in bed it is a non issue. The sleeve doesn't contain the whole machine, about 1 - 1.5 inches stick out from the end. It is very thin offering almost no protection to my baby. It went back immediately and I bought a very nice protective sleeve from Puma for the same price.
Hope this helps some people out there, I know I appreciate all the other users taking the time to write reviews. I never write reviews but I had to tell people how much I LOVE THIS MACHINE!!!!!!
34 of 41 people found the following review helpful
on November 10, 2012
I purchased the yoga after being fed up with my dell, Asus, and other laptops. This computer is amazing. I am typing this review on the screen keyboard while using it in tablet mode and I am not typing any slower than I would with the regular keyboard, I could never do this on the ipad. This is a bit bigger and heavier than the iPad however it is also much more functional for work tasks and fast too. I have not yet found a con other than the lack of a zagg screen cover available yet.
If you are at all interested in a fast computer with a very user friendly interface and portability then this is your best option. After spending hours online and in best buy I did not find anything that even comes close.
52 of 65 people found the following review helpful
on November 14, 2012
I bought the Lenovo Yoga after observing one of my friends using it in class one day. My mistake. I should have made sure I tried the keyboard before ordering one myself. But in my defense, I never imagined that Lenovo could make a bad keyboard. After all, the keyboard on my $600 Lenovo V570 was the best thing about that particular laptop.
Imagine my surprise when I received my Yoga and discovered that it lacks a typically excellent Lenovo keyboard. In fact, the keyboard on this machine (I'm typing this review on it) is infuriating for anyone who's ever used a decent keyboard in their life (like the keyboard of a Lenovo ThinkPad or MacBook). It's simply soft and mushy with lots of springiness. And some of the keys--among them the minus, plus, and top-right row of function keys--actually creak (i.e., make a creaking sound) when pressed! As a writer and programmer who intended to use the Yoga heavily in grad school as well as at work, I need a good keyboard which isn't an exercise in frustration every time I use it. For heavy typing, I think most typists will find the Yoga's keyboard quite frustrating.
On top of the keyboard issues you can expect to experience trackpad frustration as the Synaptics drivers apparently crash intermittently making using the trackpad an adventure. Ugh. I'm sure they'll release better drivers for it soon, but in the meantime it's very frustrating.
But yes, on the bright side, the Yoga does feature an exceptional IPS screen. I love the resolution, clarity, color vibrancy, contrast, and viewing angles. It's a thing of beauty. And I really like how the Yoga looks. I just dislike the keyboard.
[EDIT ON 11/14/12]
In the process of self-upgrading the RAM in my Yoga from 4GB to 8GB I somehow managed to fix the "creaking" sound I heard before when pressing the minus and plus and F9-F12 keys. They're still not as quiet as the rest of the keys, but at least they don't produce a pronounced and odd sound for a keyboard to make. Now they just produce an louder sound when struck than the rest of the keys. It's possible that further experimentation with the metal tab behind that section of the keyboard will further improve the sound issue. We'll see. At least it doesn't sound anymore like those keys need a strong shot of WD40.
[UPDATE ON 12/1/12]
I really really really tried to get over myself and get used to the keyboard but the longer I used it the more work it was. It was just a difficult keyboard to use. You know how it is when you use a keyboard without consistent key action? Well, I found out, and it wasn't fun. When your fingers can't rely on every key responding the same way it means that your hands and brain have a difficult time learning how to use the keyboard efficiently. You're constantly hitting a key too hard or not hard enough--or letting your finger rest too long on it so you get repeated characters. And yes it's possible that I might have had a bad keyboard. But the difficult bouncy keyboard on top of the sub-par trackpad experience was just too much for me to take. I guess as I get older I have less patience with a product not being satisfactory right out of the gate. I have less patience with dinking around with support trying a new keyboard, or waiting for new drivers to come out for the trackpad. I just want things to work. So I sent the Yoga back to BestBuy and reverted to using my Lenovo V570 (with it's solid keyboard and good trackpad) while I wait for a new HP dv6t Envy to arrive next week. My hopes for the HP are that the keyboard is solid with consistent response, the trackpad is at least good, and the screen is good (I ordered the 1080p matte screen). I wish everyone else the best with their Yogas. If the keyboard is good on yours, awesome. If not, I feel for you. Like I said before: great screen, awesome form factor (the modes really are very useful), mediocre (at best) keyboard and trackpad. However, as a supplemental device I might consider purchasing one of these as long as I didn't plan on using the keyboard heavily. I.e., I suspect that the Yoga is a better device all-around than the Microsoft Surface (though I haven't used a Surface). It has a real keyboard, the screen is amazing, and the fact that it has a sturdy 360 degree hinge allows you to place it in all kinds of useful positions you'd never be able to put a tablet or laptop.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on June 30, 2013
The yoga came in working fine in all respects. It is a great laptop with cutting edge technology. Very fast with the ssd, beautiful display, highly responsive to touch which makes win 8 an overall enjoyable experience. I dl'ed Start8 so essentially I have both win 7 & win 8. I have no problems with the keyboard. I've owned the Lenovo z565 for about 2 years and its been an excellent and reliable laptop for business and pleasure. I can't tell the difference between the 2 kb's. I got the yoga for my SO and she loves it.
So what is the problem? It works fine in laptop mode with the display vertical. If I push the display to the rear, the screen goes blank. I tried the tent mode and tablet mode when it came in and both worked fine. Now, there is no screen on the latter 2. I start to bend the display into tent or tablet and after about an inch no screen. I called Lenovo, got through quickly to someone who actually spoke english, and was told it sounded like a hardware problem and to ship it back. They sent me an rma to take to fedex so no charge to return it. I always keep original packing which, in this case, was excellent for shipping. (another Lenovo plus) I got an email 2 days later saying they had received it. I'm expecting a fairly quick return if it is a hardware issue. It appears that the wiring inside the hinges from the main board to the display is faulty.
At this point I still give it 4 stars. You can't expect 100% quality control. Occasionally, something like this will happen no matter how hard they try to prevent it. And I searched the reviews and no one else mentions this issue so I assume it is a quirk in an otherwise fine laptop. I am so far highly pleased with Lenovo service for the quick and efficient way they are handling this.
Update 7-5-13 The Yoga was shipped back by fedex in less than a week. The lcd cable was replaced and it now works fine. Lenovo service was excellent in addressing this problem.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on February 28, 2013
My wife and children got me this for my birthday, a couple of weeks ago. I say this because I'm too cheap to buy something this expensive for myself. <grin> I was definitely non-plussed by it, and it took some adjusting on my part. Oh, I have been using computers since the mid-70s (gives you an idea of what birthday it was), and have all sorts of experience on HW, SW, & OSs so I'm definitely not a novice user. That said, here's a random list of my impressions after 2 1/2 weeks:
- Win8 definitely took some getting used to - I would say it's not very intuitive to use. It's also somewhat clunky with a mouse and keyboard, so I can see where using it on a non-touchscreen device could be frustrating. However, it's a good effort at a fairly new idea. One minor peeve: you can re-arrange the Start screen, but there are some limiting aspects. It forces me to group tiles in specific grids - that's very minor. More frustrating is trying to arrange the tiles in a grid. The way it shifts the existing tiles is not readily predictable - I sometimes have to move tiles around several times to get the grid arranged as I want. I hope an update will push soon to change that.
- Windows App Store. Limited, for now. I know that'll change. Apple and Android went through those periods, too.
- Some of the changes in names are puzzling. Charms? Kind of a silly name, but once I knew what those could do I forgot the name; all I care about is what it can do. But that does bring up another peeve of mine. I can accept change, when it IMPROVES on something. When it's just change for change sake I get frustrated.
- I absolutely love the laptop / tablet mechanics. It feels VERY sturdy; I don't think I'll need to worry about those hinges failing in any way. I do know from reading a lot of reviews that some people are bothered by having the keyboard exposed on the back when it's in tablet mode. I was too, but I bought a sleeve for it. The sleeve fits it nicely when closed, and when I use this as a tablet I slip it over the keyboard - end of problem, IMHO. After all, I'd want a sleeve for a tablet in any case.
- I have read complaints over its bulk and weight as a tablet. Well, it's NOT a tablet, it's a convertible. I've never bothered with a tablet - too much money for too little capability - so I don't even consider this comparison. I don't find it too heavy or bulky, given the way I use it.
- Battery life is awesome. This lasts far longer than any laptop I've ever used.
- The screen is gorgeous!! Bright, sharp, high contrast, incredibly wide viewing angle - it's got it all. I don't see (pun intended) any flaws or negatives.
- Disk space. Yes, it's limited, but so much is shifting to cloud storage so it's not as big of an issue as it would've been a few years ago. And hey, with a USB 3.0 port, and the size (physical and g-bytes) of external drives I can always get more.
- The Novo Recovery system. I like that it's got a separate button to start that - no need to bang away on a Function key, change the Boot order, and Restart. Just one press and you're in the Utility. Simple
In the end, I absolutely love it. It does what I need and does it all very well. I highly recommend it, but as always it comes down to your needs.
15 of 18 people found the following review helpful
on November 15, 2012
First let me say a couple of things about me. I like Windows 8, change does not freak me out, Apple and Google do not make products I can use, and I have tried them all.
Ok, now about the Yoga. Excellent build quality, thin and light for what it is. Someone said it's heavy for a tablet, well it's not a tablet, it's an Ultrabook laptop. The screen is bright and the resolution 1600X900 outstanding for a 13.3". Solid metal top and bottom. Good selection of USB and other ports. The 128 SSD is sufficient for my needs. Between Skydrive and the SD slot space is not a problem.
Took it with on the plane cross country and everyone who went by asked about it. For the first time you have a real choice. Andriod and iOS are really not much different and are both phones os's. I think this is the best of all the new options.
9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
on December 10, 2012
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.