Lenovo Idea Pad Yoga 13 Review

6 May 2013

Lenovo has released a tablet/laptop hybrid that runs on Windows 8. Many die hard tech geeks and gadget addicts can’t decide between a tablet and a laptop, so the Lenovo Idea Pad Yoga 13 is the perfect choice for them.

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Features

This modified version of an Ultrabook has a screen that you can fold back an entire 360 degrees, basically transforming it into a 13-inch slate. Its flexible keyboard can also be folded so that it virtually disappears from sight and all you can see is the screen. With soft material covering it, the Lenovo Idea Pad Yoga 13 is ideal for travel. The lid of this device is made with rubber and the palm rest is made of leather, making it very comfortable to use for long periods of time. This thin, lightweight device is scratch resistant, which contributes to the all around physical appearance of it.

Tucked into the side of the device so conveniently you might never notice it has a handy power socket that resembles a USB port. Along with an HDMI socket, the Lenovo Idea Pad Yoga 13 has two actual USB ports, a jack for headphones and a slot for an SD card.

When it is being used as a laptop computer, you have the actual keyboard to type on and when you want to switch to tablet mode, you bend back the keyboard and a keyboard will automatically appear on the screen. You can purchase an optional sleeve to cover the keyboard when you are using the device is a tablet. Many users feel uncomfortable with the idea of the physical keyboard simply hanging off the device looking useless.

As if being able to bend the keyboard back isn’t convenient enough, the Idea Pad Yoga 13 can also be folded into a tent-like position where the device stands upside down with its hinge sticking out of the top of it. Some users find this disconcerting because we are not used to having an electronic device that can be basically be used for origami.

Users sometimes have issues with some of the buttons on the keyboard. The backspace button is one of them because it’s very small and can be hard to hit when you are typing while looking at the screen rather than the keyboard. Other heavily used keys such as the Enter, Tab and Caps Lock keys are also smaller than most of us are used to. Unlike other models of laptop computers, the keyboard on this one is not backlit. As convenient as it would be if it was, most manufacturers choose not to include the backlit feature in their laptops.

Perhaps one of the best features of this device, for some of us, is the touch screen. It can be easy to become spoiled by the availability of touchscreens on other devices when you get one that doesn’t have that ability.

The Lenovo Idea Pad Yoga 13 is a handy little device for users who are always on the go.

 



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