Lenovo IdeaPad Yoga 13 First Impressions: Ultrabook Convertible
The IdaPad Yoga 13 is an Ultrabook Convertible, a new style of Windows 8 device that transforms from a notebook to a tablet and back, offering flexibility not found in a standard notebook.
The IdeaPad Yoga 13 runs a full version of Windows 8, offering more than the Windows Surface RT, and packs in an Intel 3rd generation Core i5 processor to offer plenty of power for productivity, casual games and watching movies.
Lenovo designed the IdeaPad Yoga 13 with a dual hinge that allows the Ultrabook Convertible to open as a notebook and rotate completely around to tablet mode. Check out the versatility of the IdeaPad Yoga 13 in the first impressions video below.
Ultrabook Convertible: IdeaPad Yoga 13
The IdeaPad Yoga 13 is a solid device that feels well-built in notebook and in tablet mode. The Yoga 13 is an exciting notebook to use thanks to the dual hinge that allows for use on a desk, tray table lap or while held like a standard tablet.
The touch screen on the IdeaPad Yoga 13 is responsive, offering good control of games like JetPack Joyride, fun times playing a drums app and a good keyboard for typing without switching back to notebook mode. There is a decent app selection including games and reading apps like Kindle. The Windows 8 App Store needs to grow, but it already features many popular apps, which is promising.
The Modern UI, what Microsoft calls the touch screen friendly home screen, works incredibly well with a good touchscreen, and gestures and swipes come as second nature after an hour of use.
While the Ultrabook Convertible is in tablet mode, or one of the other angles outside of notebook mode, the keyboard and touchpad is not active, preventing accidental touches.
Because the Yoga 13 runs Windows 8, not Windows RT, the notebook offers the touch friendly Modern UI and Windows 8 in desktop mode for a traditional Windows experience.
After using the Yoga 13 for a few hours, with games and non stop music from the Xbox Music pass the Ultrabook Convertible shows more than 50% battery life remaining.
The IdeaPad Yoga 13 starts at $999 with an Intel Core i5 processor and 128GB of storage. This isn’t cheap, but for one price, users get a tablet and a notebook in one.
Stay tuned for a full IdeaPad Yoga 13 review as we dive into the Ultrabook Convertible lineup, and share more about these mobile devices that are a notebook and a tablet in one.
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