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Lenovo IdeaPad Yoga 11S

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What's Hot: Versatile Yoga design in a very compact package. Full Intel Core CPUs, sharp IPS touch screen, very good keyboard.

What's Not: Hard to get excited by 3rd gen CPUs, Y series CPU doesn't offer much power savings.


Reviewed July 10, 2013 by , Editor in Chief (twitter: @lisagade)

The Lenovo IdeaPad Yoga 11S is the baby brother to the extremely popular Yoga 13. Don't confuse the Yoga 11S with the Windows RT Yoga 11 released in the fall of 2013. The 11S is a full Intel Core convertible Ultrabook running Windows 8 64 bit, just like the Yoga 13. We first saw the Yoga 11S when we met with Lenovo at CES in January 2013, and now the Ultrabook is finally shipping. Is it still cool? Let's see.

Lenovo IdeaPad Yoga 11S

Like the Yoga 13, the Yoga 11S is a mid-range machine that sits above most IdeaPad models but below Lenovo's ThinkPad models like the considerably more expensive ThinkPad Helix. It starts at $749 for the Core i3 model with 4 gigs of RAM and a 128 gig SSD, and our 1.5GHz Core i5 with 8 gigs of RAM and a 256 gig SSD sells for $999. The Yoga 11S has Lenovo's excellent AccuType keyboard, a roomy buttonless trackpad, single band WiFi 802.11n, Bluetooth and a webcam. All Yoga 11S models have Intel HD 4000 graphics and third generation Intel Ivy Bridge Y series CPUs (at some point, we're sure Lenovo will update to Haswell 4th generation with HD 4400 graphics).

Lenovo IdeaPad Yoga 11S

The Yoga is aptly named since its robust dual hinges have 360 degrees of rotation. That means you can use it in laptop mode, tent mode, presentation mode with the display facing away from the keyboard and in tablet mode. At 3.08 lbs., it's not as comfortably to hold for long periods of time in tablet mode compared to lighter 10" Android and iOS tablets or 11.6" transformer Windows 8 tablets like Lenovo's own Helix or the Samsung ATIV 500T and ATIV 700T. In return for the weight, you get a beefier keyboard, large trackpad and Lenovo's typical strong build. The Yoga 11S is available in gray or clementine orange and it has a grippy soft touch finish.

Lenovo IdeaPad Yoga 11S

The 11.6" IPS multi-touch display is bright and sharp, and at 1366 x 768 resolution it won't beat full HD tablets and Ultrabooks for sharpness, but it's a perfectly appropriate resolution for a small screen (fonts and icons in the Windows desktop don't look tiny). I doubt anyone will look at this screen and say "yuk". It's colorful, easy to read and videos look lovely. It is a glossy display, so glare can be an issue, but the 360 degree hinge mean you're apt to find a position that mitigates glare.

Lenovo IdeaPad Yoga 11S


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Performance and Horsepower

Lenovo went with Intel third generation Ivy Bridge Y series CPUs that came out many months after Ultrabook ULV CPUs started shipping. The Y series targets Windows tablets and small Ultrabooks, and it runs at slightly lower clock speeds than U series CPUs. It has a dual voltage design so it consumes even less power than U series CPUs. The Y series typically performs a bit slower than U series counterparts, but the difference isn't huge as it is with Intel Atom vs. Core CPUs.

Lenovo offers the Yoga 11S with your choice of a 1.4GHz i3, 1.5GHz i5 or 1.5GHz i7 CPU. Benchmarks are a bit lower than U series counterparts, and our Yoga with the 1.5GHz Core i5, 8 gigs of DDR3 RAM and a Samsung mSATA 256 gig SSD scored 3,837 on PCMark 7, which is a bit below the 4,300- 4,600 we see with Core i5 U series Ultrabooks. We'd love to see how long the Yoga 11S could run on fourth gen Intel Haswell CPU Y series CPUs, but those only recently entered production. That said, so far Haswell hasn't brought significant performance improvements.


(1.5GHz Core i5-3339Y, 8 gigs RAM, 256 gig SSD)

PCMark 7: 3837

wPrime: 32 sec.

3DMark 11: P497

Windows Experience Index:
Processor: 6.4
RAM: 7.2
Graphics (for desktop): 4.7
Gaming Graphics: 6.2
HDD: 8.1

PCMark 7 Benchmark Comparison Table

Lenovo IdeaPad Yoga 11S (Core i5) 3837
HP Split x2 (Core i3) 3054
Asus Transformer Book TX300 4495
Acer Aspire S7 (Core i7-4500U) 5075
Sony Vaio Pro 13 (Core i5 Haswell) 4549
Sony Vaio Duo 13 (Haswell Core i7) 4800
Acer Aspire R7 3981
Asus Zenbook Prime UX31A Touch (Core i5) 4670
Dell XPS 12 (Core i5) 4678
Lenovo IdeaPad Yoga 13 (Core i5) 4427
Asus Taichi 21 (Core i7) 4952
Microsoft Surface Pro 4657

Lenovo IdeaPad Yoga 11S

Battery Life

Battery life is good, as you'd expect from a very low voltage CPU, but we can't help but wonder how much Haswell would improve things since Intel's 4th gen Core CPUs are much more power frugal. In fact, the Y series was supposed to be a stopgap since it uses even less power than the standard U series found in Ultrabooks, but we haven't noted significant runtime improvements in laptops and tablets that use the third gen Y Series CPUs. Lenovo claims 6 hours for the Lithium Ion battery that's sealed inside, and we averaged 5 hours with brightness set to 50% and WiFi on.


The Lenovo Yoga 13 was a huge hit, and we can't blame the company for capitalizing on the design by bringing it to smaller and larger models. It's still attractive, wildly versatile and sturdy. You won't sacrifice laptop ergonomics or keyboard quality as you often do with other Windows 8 convertibles, yet it works nicely as a (heavy) tablet. The price is nice too, but the Yoga 11 faces competition from the HP Split x2, Sony Vaio Duo 11 and even Surface Pro 2. For those who want a notebook first, and don't want to break the bank or sacrifice keyboard and screen quality, the IdeaPad Yoga 11S is worth a look.

Price: Starting at $799 for base Core i3 model up to $1,349 for Core i7/8 gigs/256 gig SSD


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Display: 11.6", 1366 x 768 IPS touch screen with 10 points of multi-touch. Intel HD 4000 integrated graphics. HDMI and VGA ports.

Battery: Lithium Ion rechargeable, sealed inside.

Performance: 3rd generation Intel Y Series CPUs, Core i3, i5 and i7 options available. 4 or 8 gigs of DDR3L RAM (dual channel), 128, 256 and 512 gig SSD options (mSATA).

Size: 11.73 x 8.03 x .67 inches. Weight: 3.08 pounds.

Camera: 1.3MP

Audio: Built-in stereo speakers, mic and 3.5mm standard stereo headphone jack.

Networking: Integrated single band WiFi 802.11b/g/n and Bluetooth 4.0.

Software: Windows 8 64 bit.

Expansion and Ports: 1 USB 3.0 port, 1 USB 2.0 port, HDMI, 3.5mm combo audio and SD card slot.



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