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Lenovo IdeaPad Yoga 11 Video Review
      #43984 - 01/03/13 06:31 PM

And here's another tweener folks, the Lenovo IdeaPad Yoga 11, the little brother of the venerable Lenovo IdeaPad Yoga 13 convertible Ultrabook. This time we're looking at a very lovely 11.6" IPS display with 350 nits of brightness and Windows RT with the same 360 degree hinge that turns this little laptop into a tablet or tent mode presentation machine. The Yoga 11 runs on a 1.4GHz Tegra 3 quad core CPU with GeForce mobile graphics that we've seen on the MS Surface RT, Asus VivoTab RT and various Android tablets. That means it runs the Windows Modern UI (formerly called Metro UI) with Live Tile apps but not Windows 7 x86 .exe apps like Adobe Photoshop or MS Access. It does however come with MS Office 2013 RT complete with MS Word, Excel and PowerPoint (but not Outlook).

For those of you who spend most of your time in the web browser, email and MS Office, the Yoga 11 is a compelling, highly portable companion with a sharp display and long battery life. Unlike pure tablet designs running Tegra 3 and Atom CPUs, the Lenovo Yoga 11's keyboard is permanently attached, making it a prime pick for those who do a lot of typing. And the keyboard is simply amazing given its relatively small size (this is an 11.6" netbook-sized machine). Lenovo knows how to do keyboards, and the Accutype keyboard with Synaptics trackpad are a pleasure to use. The keyboard handily beats the detachable docking keyboards found on Asus transformer style tablets, the Samsung ATIV dock and Acer Iconia W510 dock.

The price, at $665 for the 32 gig model and $799 for the 64 gig, is comparable to the Samsung ATIV 500T and Acer Iconia Tab W510 Intel Atom Windows 8 tablets with their keyboard docks but $100 more than the 64 gig MS Surface RT with Touch Cover. It's cheaper than the Windows 8 Atom-powered 64 gig Asus VivoTab TF810C ($799) plus optional $199 keyboard dock (total $1,000). That said, it is the most expensive Windows RT product to date.

The Lenovo IdeaPad Yoga 11 has WiFi 802.11b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.0, a 720p webcam and 2 gigs of DDR3 RAM. It has a full size HDMI port, full size SD card slot supporting SDXC cards, two USB 2.0 ports and a combo 3.5mm audio jack. It has decent stereo speakers and a very sharp 1366 x 768 display with natural colors that make video viewing a pleasure. It's available now.

Here's our Lenovo IdeaPad Yoga 11 video review. And don't miss our Lenovo IdeaPad Yoga 11 Full Review.


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