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Lenovo Yoga 13 Review – Strengths And Weaknesses
Some people can struggle deciding between a tablet or laptop. Whether its purchasing one or deciding which one to bring along. The tablet is very portable and offers convenient touch-screen support. The laptop has more horsepower and can easily handle all applications.
For those struggling between the two, Lenovo has introduced an innovative product, which seeks to combine the two products into a single product. The Lenovo Ideapad Yoga 13 can be used as both a tablet or as a laptop depending on your needs at that particular moment.
What are the pros and cons of a tablet
Tablets are small and lightweight and can be carried all day long, which means that they can be available for use much more often. Their battery also tend to last much longer, allowing you to use them almost the whole day and easily the whole work day. They can also be easier to use due to their touch-screen.
On the other hand, tablets lack the horsepower needed to run all the software applications. This means that you're restricted in what you can do with a tablet. They're okay if you need to browse the web, check your email or some word processing. But for other types of work, you need something else.
What are the pros and cons of a laptop
Unlike tablets, a laptop can run every application you need to use and can be a true desktop replacement. Most software applications are designed to be used with a real computer, which a laptop is. The bigger screen is also easier on the eyes.
Laptops are bigger and heavier, which makes keeping them around all day long more of a hassle. Their battery will not last as long, usually not even a 8 hour work day. There tends to be a keyboard and touch pad only, no touch-screen as in a tablet.
What are the specs of the Levovo Yoga 13
IdeaPad Yoga 13 Model 59359567
dual-core 1.8 GHz Intel Core i5-3337U
Integrated Intel HD 4000 Graphics
4 GB DDR3L
128 GB Solid-State
13.3 inch HD+ IPS LED display, 300 nits
Max Screen Resolution
1600 x 900 pixels with 16:9 aspect ratio
Touch Screen Support
10-point capacitive multi-touch
Integrated 720p HD webcam
Dolby® Home Theater v4, 2 Watts
1 USB 2.0
1 USB 3.0
Stereo headphones output
2-in-1 (SD, MMC) card reader
Li-Polymer 4 cell, 3860mAh
Average Battery Life (in hours)
Item Dimensions L x W x H
13.10 x 8.90 x 0.67 inches
Gray / Clementine Orange
360 degree convertible hinge design allows 4 modes
What is good about the Lenovo IdeaPad Yoga 13
The Lenovo Yoga 13 has much to offer. It's very good looking due to its compact, thin and stylish design. It certainly doesn't look like any ordinary laptop, but a premium and high quality one. The build quality is good and it seems the Yoga 13 will last a very long time.
The screen itself is a pleasure to look at, including from any angle with the use of an IPS screen. Many laptops use an inferior TN screen with much poorer viewing angles, duller colors and so on. But the one on the Yoga 13 is what sets it apart from other devices.
The IdeaPad Yoga 13 is very fast and responsive due to a powerful processor and especially with the addition of a solid-state hard drive. You will be amazed by how fast applications load and respond compared to most other desktops and laptops.
Despite being very fast, the Lenovo Yoga 13 will last much longer than most other laptops. The Yoga 13 is designed to be energy-efficient with the use of quality components, including a LED screen, solid-state hard drive, low voltage memory and an energy-efficient processor. Unlike other laptops, it should last a normal 8 hour work day.
In addition to lasting much longer than other laptops, it's also much lighter than other laptops. While not as light as other tablets, it's also bigger, can do anything a desktop can and you can walk around with it for a very long time.
The ability to transform into a tablet with a touch screen is something that must be experienced for yourself. Using your hands to interact with the screen makes for an interactive experience that is not possible with a keyboard and touch pad.
What is bad about the Lenovo IdeaPad Yoga 13
The Lenovo IdeaPad Yoga 13 offers many features, but that comes at a price. So even if everyone would like to have the Yoga 13, it may not be possible due to its price tag. It's unlikely the Yoga 13 will be a viable option for everyone, even if it's worth every penny.
The Lenovo Yoga 13 comes close to matching the longevity of most tablets, but not quite. An iPad should last a couple of more hours. The Yoga 13 is really a laptop first and foremost, which can also mimic a tablet in functionality.
There are not as many ports as there are on most laptops. If you need to connect a lot of peripherals through USB ports, you may find yourself juggling around with cables. There's also no optical drive, so you can't use any CD's and DVD's. However, there are USB adapters and external optical drives available that you can purchase separately.
Using the touch-screen functionality often can leave fingerprints behind, depending on how oily your hands are. You may find yourself having to wipe the screen ever once in a while with a lint-free cloth.
Excessive, repeated and frequent flipping of the screen may wear down the hinges in the long run. However, this is something that only time can tell. Most people will probably be just fine as long as they don't abuse it.
Comparison of the Lenovo Yoga 13 strengths and weaknesses
- compact and stylish design gives a premium look
- bright, vivid screen with excellent viewing angles and colors
- very fast and responsive with a solid-state hard drive
- touch screen support
- energy-efficient design with long battery life
- flexible as both a laptop and tablet
- very light for a laptop
- excellent price to value ratio
- Windows 8 is designed for touch screen displays
- not cheap
- can get dirty
- no optical drive
- only a few expansion ports
- hinges may be more subject to wear and tear over the long run
- Windows 8 may need some time getting used to
The Lenovo IdeaPad is certainly something to be desired. It offers a lot, although at a price. If you can afford its price tag, it is definitely worth having.