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Lenovo IdeaPad Yoga 13 preview

|February 17 2013 |Lenovo, Laptops


Yoga not only keeps the mind calm, it also enables the body to become more flexible. Lenovo has launched its new ultrabook called The Yoga 13 and the name suits the device mainly because it’s so flexible. It can handle so many different positions with the display staying intact. Lenovo is trying to offer more than what other regular ultrabooks offer at the moment with the Yoga 13.

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The Yoga 13 shares some similar specifications with its rival, the Dell XPS 12. The device comes with an Ivy Bridge Intel Core i5-3317U processor, 4GB of RAM and the 128GB SSD. One of the good features of this ultrabook is its slimness-16.9mm to be precise. This feature makes it more comfortable to carry the device around. The keyboard is a bit of worry in this ultrabook because there is a dip when you type something. It will take some time before you actually get used to typing on this ultrabook.

The Yoga also sports a 13.3 inch display which offers a 1600 x 900 pixel resolution. The display on the Yoga is very good and this is probably the most important feature of this ultrabook. The overall performance of the display is very impressive and it offers a pleasant experience while viewing movies or reading something on the Yoga. The brightness levels on this device are higher than that on the XPS 12 although it is slightly reflective.

The touchscreen response is consistent on this device irrespective of whether it’s in tablet mode or if it’s in ultrabook mode. Lenovo has paid a lot of attention on the performance of this device and we noticed all the hard work while reviewing the Yoga. The device also boasts of a long battery life. In high performance mode, the device clocked 329 minutes beating the previous best of 300 minutes clocked by the Dell XPS 12. If the brightness levels are controlled on the device, it will easily last up to 7 hours. So basically this device can get you through an entire day of work without having to charge it more than once.

Although the Yoga comes with a storage capacity of 128GB, more than half of the space is devoted towards a default set-up and recovery partition. There is no SD card slot on the device. Although the Yoga is a thin ultrabook, it becomes a little heavy when used as a tablet as it weighs around 1.5 kg. If the user wants to switch to the tablet mode, all he or she has to do is bend the screen and the device becomes a tablet. Although initially it feels really weird when your fingers come in contact with the keys of the keyboard at the back of the device, you get used it after sometime. The keys stay locked when on tablet mode so that it does not register any key presses.


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