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Lenovo IdeaPad Yoga 11 Review

Lenovo IdeaPad Yoga 11 Review


So why the name "Yoga"? I thought you'd never ask. Lenovo built the tablet with a keyboard permanently connected to the base of its body. While this allows it to function as a laptop does, you can also fold the keyboard under the tablet screen, either laying it flush against the back, or propping the device up in a kind of downward dog position. Hence the yoga reference. Related stories Lenovo IdeaPad Yoga 13 Lenovo IdeaTab Lynx Lenovo ThinkPad Twist Lenovo gets flexible with new Windows notebooks Lenovo is clearly hoping the Yoga 11 straddles the line between laptop and tablet, but in our brief hands-on at Lenovo's launch even, we came away feeling like it leaned more heavily towards laptop, especially compared with the feather-light Lynx. As "the world's slimmest multimode PC" (according to Lenovo), the Yoga 11 measures 0.6 inches thick, but it feels thicker, perhaps because of the keys. And at 2.8 pounds the Yoga 11 is quite light for a laptop, but pretty heavy for a tablet. The 360-degree hinge operated exactly as expected though, smoothly going from laptop to tablet mode, as well as various points in between. And despite a preview build of Windows RT, the Yoga 11's touchscreen was generally responsive. It also flipped the image on screen appropriately as we moved the display around. Features The tablet houses a quad-core Tegra 3 for brains, features 2GB of DDR3 RAM, and will sport up to 64GB of storage. While Tegra 3 is a solid choice, it's already becoming a bit long in the tooth as newer CPUs from Qualcomm and Texas Instruments begin to surpass it in performance. Once the keyboard bends back, business time is over. It's now party time. (Credit: CNET) There's also a 720p-capable camera sitting in the top middle bezel, and the Yoga 11 has HDMI and USB 2.0 ports. Lenovo claims 13 hours of battery life for the tablet. First thoughts I can't say I'm excited about the Yoga 11. A Tegra 3 tablet running Windows RT and priced at $799 definitely wouldn't be my first choice, based purely on specs. The keyboard attachment is appreciated, but whether it justifies this tablet's very high price remains to be seen. Look for the tablet in December and check back with CNET soon for some hands-on details about the Yoga 11.
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Tuesday, November 6, 2012, 11:54 am