Friday, 11 January 2013

Introducing Lenovo 'Yoga 11S' Fully Bendable Windows 8 Laptop

| Friday, January 11, 2013 | |

Lenovo created sensation in the tech world with the launch of their Yoga laptop for Win 8. This beast is a laptop with a bendable screen which can turn it into a touch screen tablet.

The keyboard and trackpad are both excellent and along with the touch screen experience of Win 8, it is an amazing experience altogether.

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Image source: official website
Quick look at the specs:
  • 1.7 GHz Intel Core i5 chip
  • 4GB RAM
  • 10 pt multitouch IPS screen of 13 inches with 1600 x 900 pixel resolution
  • 128 GB SSD
  • One MP webcam
  • 8 hour battery life
  • Weighs 1.5 kg

As a Laptop

Its details make it an awesome Ultrabook, and the sensitive trackpad and keyboard with its brilliant display lets it double up as a superb laptop. You can actually scroll using two fingers. Only issue is that if you aren’t careful while typing you may activate the trackpad accidentally.

The build is robust, yet light enough to be portable. A special hinge on the screen lets you flip the lid all the way behind so that you can use it as a tablet. The keyboard is switched off when in tablet

As a tablet

Turning the Yoga 13 into a tablet lets you fully exploit the twofold nature of the Win8 OS. Though I must add here that the Yoga 13 makes a better laptop than a tablet; the chief reason being the size. Make no mistake, it’s not a bad touch tablet, it’s just cumbersome!

Landscape mode works better because of the resolution, adding to the unwieldiness of the device as a tablet.

Swiping gestures that are the most attractive feature of Win 8 are also a tad hard to execute here. You may have to repeat your action before achieving any results. You may also end up launching apps you didn't want, which can be pretty annoying.

As a hybrid

Being able to flip the display all the way behind means you can move the display in between the two: neither laptop nor tablet. This so called ‘hybrid’ mode is being propagated by the manufacturers as the ability to prop up the device like a tent. This is especially useful when you want to present something or just watch a video. While the Yoga 13 works well for both, I am doubtful whether it will be used for such a purpose very often.

The Metro style apps are really good, and this device runs them pretty efficiently on the big display. Windows 8 also lets you snap two apps beside each other; thanks to the wide angle display of this device, this feature works brilliantly here.

Windows 8 itself needs some time getting used to. You may be comfortably cruising in Metro mode when you touch something and you find yourself in the desktop mode pretty abruptly. When this happened, the windows are adjusted and the fonts are resized. Due to the high resolution, this happens too often for comfort, and the display on the desktop looks too small. That’s the main disadvantage I can cite for this device.

Conclusion

The Yoga 13 can be bought at a starting price of just $999. IT is an awesome laptop and the bending screen which allows its use in various positions adds to its functionality and appeal. If you use a laptop most of the time but wish for a tablet at times, then you can’t go wrong with the Yoga 13.
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