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25 March 2013

Lenovo IdeaPad Yoga 13

It may be rubbish at Pranayam, but Lenovo Yoga gives Windows 8 the platform it deserves

Gagan Gupta
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Sure, the previous versions of Windows did urge you to upgrade your laptops to newer configs, but none were as essential as this. Lenovo has pulled off a great hybrid design that works as a workhorse laptop as well as a fun, touchscreen media consumption device. Oh, and on top of all that, it’s also a really thin ultrabook.

At 13.1 x 8.9 x 17 inches, the Yoga feels super-slim, and fits easily into any backpack, without making you look like you’re kidnapping a small dog. At 1.54kg, it is a bit on the heavier side, but nothing that would make it a deal killer. The 13-inch screen folds all the way back 360-degrees, so you can fold it up to use as a tablet (a really big one), or simply fold it halfway through so the keyboard section becomes a stand, or even arch it for a higher viewing angle.

It’s not a slouch when it comes to performance, either. With a device like this, media playback would be of paramount concern, and it definitely didn’t fail on that front. Heavy full high-definition playback happened without a hitch, though the screen resolution is limited to 1600x900 pixels. Even heavier applications like Adobe Photoshop functioned well through some heavy image editing. The touchscreen was fluid and lag-free, which made using Windows apps a breeze.

We tested the battery life to last around eight hours of mixed usage under the Balanced profile (video playback, Web browsing and Windows apps), but it would expectedly be lower at heavier usage under bright screen settings.

The bottomline is, after using the Yoga, going back to a regular laptop or computer feels like a downgrade. The screen flexibility combined with the slim design and great build quality make it the one perfect device for all our needs.

The numbers
13.3” 1600x900 IPS LED multi-touch display, Intel Core i5-3317U (1.7 - 2.6GHz), Intel HD Graphics 4000, 4GB of DDR3 RAM, 128GB SSD, SD/MMC card reader, one USB 3.0, one USB 2.0, HDMI, 802.11b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.0, 1MP webcam, 4-cell Li-Polymer battery

Rs 85,000 onwards; www.lenovo.com/in

Tags: hardware, windows, laptop

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