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Lenovo IdeaPad Yoga 13-inch Convertible Laptop (Orange) - (Intel Core i7 3537U 2.0GHz Processor, 8GB RAM, 128GB SSD, WLAN, BT, Webcam, Integrated Graphics, Windows 8)
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- The multi-mode laptop providing the ultimate flexibility between work and play
- Features 10-point multi-touch screen that folds back 360 degree
- Lenovo Energy Management protects the long-term durability of the battery and uses energy-saving technology to increase time spent between charges
- Intelligent touchpad that is optimised for the Windows 8 interface
- Lenovo OneKey Rescue System makes data back-up and recovery simple
The Lenovo Yoga 13" -- Four Awesome Modes. One Incredible Machine.
The Lenovo Yoga combines the productivity of an Ultrabook with the touch experience of a tablet, taking full advantage of the Windows 8 functionality and Intel Core i7-3537U processor. The screen flips a full 360 degrees into four modes that make it easy to create, share, or consume content. Combine those with its long battery life and the Yoga provides ultimate versatility.
The durable hinge, tested to 25,000 cycles, makes it possible to go from notebook to tablet in a second. Software such as Lenovo Transition and Lenovo Motion Control make the Yoga effortless to navigate and a joy to use. The Yoga is the World's 1st multi-mode Ultrabook providing the ultimate flexibility between work and play in a device featuring a 10-point multi-touch screen.
360-degree Flip and Fold Design
The Yoga's patented Lenovo Lock mechanism enables you to enjoy 4 different modes for the ultimate flexibility between work and play. Switching between different modes is as easy as flipping the screen, allowing you to access the benefits of:
- Notebook Mode - You can use this machine as a traditional Ultrabook on a flat surface.
- Tent Mode - This innovative mode provides a stable and ergonomic touch experience wherever you place the machine.
- Tablet Mode - The Yoga doubles as a powerful tablet with a long battery life that you can take anywhere.
- Stand Mode - This space-saving mode brings the screen closer to you and lets you easily adjust it for the most comfortable view.
The Yoga is the latest innovation from Lenovo; the four modes blur the lines between laptop and tablet ushering in a new computing era. You'll find that the Yoga is ideal in any situation, whether it is mobile, stationary, handheld or passed around -- it fits them all. The durable dual-hinge's full range of motion has been tested 25,000 times, giving you peace of mind that the Yoga's flexibility is built to last.
Changing modes on the Yoga is as simple as flipping the screen thanks to Lenovo Transition. What Lenovo Transition does is to automatically change settings when you move the screen into one of the four modes, enabling you to get the most out of your chosen mode without any user intervention. An example of this would be switching open applications like Power Point to full-screen mode when the PC converts from normal notebook to tent, stand or tablet modes. No fuss, no stress, Lenovo's intuitive transition software ensures ease of use flows across the four modes.
Lenovo Transition also automatically enables features and input methods depending on which mode is in use:
- The keyboard and touchpad are automatically enabled or disabled whether the Yoga is folded or unfolded
- The soft keyboard is automatically enabled when the Yoga is in tent or tablet modes
- The Yoga automatically switches to full-screen mode when pictures, videos, or Power Points are presented
Easy to customise, easy to use -- Lenovo Transition helps put the fun in flexible computing.
New Ways to Control Your PC
Lenovo Motion Control
Lenovo Motion Control works with your webcam so you can control your PC with a flick of your hand. It is ultra-new, ultra-cool and can be found in the Lenovo Yoga. With this new technology, the Yoga lets you flip through photos and pages, rewind/fast forward music and videos, adjust speaker volume and more by using simple gestures -- all without touching the screen.
You'll be able to use hand gestures via the webcam in addition to touch inputs, the keyboard and mouse to interact with multimedia. Simply use a natural swiping motion to move from one page to the next when reading magazines and books. When viewing pictures, swipe to advance to the next picture. It's that easy.
10-point Multi-touch Display
The Yoga features the latest 10 finger multi-touch technology for greater accuracy. This innovative and responsive screen is more sensitive and easier to use than previous touchscreen technologies, making typing easier and offering a convenient multiplayer gaming experience.
The one-piece Intelligent Touchpad makes your entire touchpad experience more intuitive. With its large glass design, you'll find the freedom to use multi-finger gestures to perform common tasks - whether it's rotating an image or moving between multiple pages/images. This touchpad has been optimised for the new Windows 8 interface with easy scroll and zoom functions.
The finger-friendly curved key shape and ergonomic spacebar of the AccuType keyboard will work together to make it easier to type and reduce the number of typos, wherever you find yourself working.
Ultra Thin. Ultra Light. Ultra Responsive.
You'll find that the Lenovo Yoga is a joy to behold and interact with. The ultra-thin design packs in powerful processors and responsive technology, yet only weighs 1.54kg and is only 16.9mm at its thickest.
3rd Generation Intel Core Processor
The Lenovo Yoga features the 3rd generation Intel Core i7-3537U processor. When top-of-the-line performance is needed for the most demanding of tasks, the Intel Core i7-3537U processor is the ideal choice. Users get a laptop with amazing performance and stunning visuals due to Intel's Hyper-Threading Technology, Intel Turbo Boost Technology 2.0 and a suite of visual enhancements.
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Extra Long Battery Life
The Yoga Ultrabooks come equipped with long life batteries, so users can get the most out of their machine. Enhanced by Lenovo Energy Management 8.0, the Yoga squeezes every last bit of juice out of its high-capacity battery, providing up to eight hours of productive life.
With Lenovo Energy Management 8.0 users can choose between three main automatic settings - energy saver, normal and turbo. Further advanced settings can be accessed through the system settings menu, allowing customisable energy saving. Users can also protect and prolong their battery health by using features such as battery protection mode and battery gauge. .
Fast Memory and SSD Storage
On the Lenovo Yoga, you'll find up to 8 GB of fast DDR3 memory and up to 256 GB of Solid State Drive (SSD) storage. SSDs help you to access your files much faster than traditional hard drives, allowing faster application loading, as well as reduced start-up and shut-down times.
Thanks to the Instant Resume technology, your Yoga Ultrabook will always be ready when you need it. Simply hit the power button and you'll find the Yoga wakes up in a second from sleep mode, allowing you to begin work or play straight away. This lightning-fast wake up time is even available if your Ultrabook has been asleep for two weeks, making the Yoga an ideal digital companion when on the move.
HD+ display with IPS technology
The Lenovo Yoga features a HD+ widescreen display (16:9 HD 1600x900 pixels WXGA) with IPS technology. With an IPS screen, you'll be able to enjoy more vivid colours and a brighter backlight, making movies, games and photos come to life. You'll also be able to enjoy a wide 170-degree viewing angle, which means it's easier to see what's on the screen no matter where the Yoga is positioned. This makes the Yoga an ideal way to share content with other people, whether it's sales figures with a colleague or photos with your friends.
Dolby Home Theater v4
Listening to music, movies and games on your PC will never be the same. With the Dolby Home Theater v4 audio tools, you can experience riveting surround sound on your PC.
Dolby Home Theater v4 fixes all the problems typically associated with PC audio - tinny sound, weak volume, buzzing and rattling. Experience full-impact surround sound anywhere with Dolby Home Theater v4 on your PC. All the power and nuance of the cinema, all the immediacy of live performance - now from an Ultrabook.
HD 720p Webcam
Take your web chats to the next level thanks to the built-in HD webcam. Your friends and family will be able to see you in clear 720p resolution, which means the picture will look good even on a large TV screen. The HD webcam also has enhanced low light capabilities, which means you'll always be looking your best whatever the lighting conditions.
Windows 8 with Lenovo Enhanced Experience 8
Microsoft's sleekest, most innovative operating system yet. Built around touch technology and tiled applications, the OS takes the PC experience to a new level of customisation, consumption and creation.
Created specifically for the new Windows 8 OS, Lenovo has combined the best hardware and software features to create Lenovo Enhanced Experience 8.
Type - the legendary Lenovo keyboards are now even better. Lenovo has set a new benchmark for the industry and added simplified controls for Windows 8. These award-winning designs are used across the Lenovo ranges, helping you to enjoy comfortable, convenient keyboard input wherever you are.
Click - Many Lenovo laptops feature intelligent touchpads optimised for Windows 8. Designed with one clean, smooth surface for uninterrupted navigation, you'll be able to intuitively control your Windows 8 experience with easy scroll and zoom functions.
Lenovo Cloud - Imagine your files, everywhere. Lenovo's online storage and cloud utilities allow you the freedom to choose your device and location. With 5 GB of free storage, you'll be able to secure and access your files wherever you are, on whatever machine you find yourself on.
Exclusive Lenovo Content - Discover all the amazing things you can do with exclusive tools from Lenovo. Learn how to get the most from your PC with Lenovo Companion or monitor your system performance with Lenovo Support. Lenovo keeps you up to date and delivers music, game and video content you can't get from anyone else.
A World of Apps - Discover and download thousands of apps. Choose from Microsoft's Windows 8 store or Lenovo's curated collection of optimised apps.
Connectivity and Security
Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 4.0
The Lenovo Yoga comes with multiple wireless connection options. The built-in 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi adapter will allow you to enjoy reliable connections to the Internet, whether at home or on a public network, whilst Bluetooth 4.0 makes it easier to connect and share files with other devices.
USB 3.0 for Faster Connections
By connecting the Lenovo Yoga to a compatible USB 3.0 device, such as an external drive, 3.0 can offer up to 10 times faster transfer rates than standard USB 2.0. This means that files and folders that took hours to transfer now just take minutes and you can move whole albums to and from your laptop in just a few seconds, saving you time and making your media much more portable.
Big Screen Entertainment with HDMI
You can enjoy your multimedia on the big screen by using the built-in HDMI in/out port to hook your computer up to a HDTV, monitor or projector, or to connect to a another HD source - ideal for sharing your favourite videos and movies with friends.
OneKey Rescue System
You can rest at ease knowing OneKey Rescue System is there to simplify data backup and recovery, allowing you to focus on using your computer instead of worrying about its maintenance. With the touch of a button, users can restore the system and recover valuable data - the OneKey Rescue System also recovers essential system files in the event of corruption and can be used to initiate a virus scan before entering Windows.
Lenovo Yoga Laptop
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Fan noise: Was noisy initially as the fan was continuously on. Fortunately there is a fix for this on the Lenovo forums that involves changing BIOS setting which results in the fan remaining idle under less intensive use. Some people have reported increased heat following this change but I have not noticed this. Does appear to be quieter following the update.
Keypad: A lot of people have commented of the flex in the middle, although I have not noticed this in mine, so perhaps I just got lucky. The reduced shift key and backspace key takes some getting used to.
Touchpad: scrolling was inverted following the windows updates (124 of them!) -this can be changed in the mouse settings. Sensitivity is fine for the moment.
Volume: The volume rocker button the side is inverted in laptop mode, this is because it is oriented to when it's used in tablet mode. The volume itself is rather low when maxed out, this is after I have disabled all enhancements.
Hard drive: Mine is 128 GB which is partitioned to 102 GB and 4 GB. The 102 GB C drive has about 65 GB of usable space. I believe that earlier models were shipped with just a 75 GB hard drive but it appears that Lenovo has corrected this on later models. Mine appears to be from April 2013. For those who have the earlier model, would like to increase their space but are not savvy enough to repartition it themselves, there is a hotfix on the Lenovo website that does it for you. I intent to add in a 256/480 GB hard drive at some point but will wait for the price to decrease further and in the meantime make do with 32/64GB SD cards for multimedia instead. Speed is great, takes 9s to start windows when shut off and 9s to turn it off.
Screen: Can't really fault it. Pretty bright and great colours. Is reflective and fingerprint prone, to be expected from Gorilla Glass. Some reports of people scratching it when using a stylus, there is screen protector available, but given the reported difficulties in applying it perfectly I'm going to leave it alone. Some people have reported flickering/spontaneous brightness changes; this has been resolved by turning the adaptive brightness off. Some people have reported screen failure which appears to be a hardware issue with the earlier units. Lenovo did replace those under warranty although in many cases appear to have taken up to two months (!) to replace it.
Tablet mode: Some people have felt uneasy about the keypad/touchpad being exposed. I have not found it to be an issue and apart from it being rather unwieldy as it is almost 14 inches, appears to work very well.
Battery: Managed over 5.5 hours of continuous use which included a number of restarts and after charging it up again, over 3.5 hours of continuously playing a full HD video. The battery will not charge beyond 60% if set for optimal battery health and since there is no evidence that suggests that this will enhance battery life I have disabled it. A lot of owners have reported significant drop in battery capacity in a year (over 60%). I will be keeping a close eye on this. It is possible to replace the battery but they are expensive (as there are limited batteries available) and involved opening it up, which voids warranty.
Bloatware: Some, as expected, but wasn't too bad, I just deleted most of it. Contains MS Office and MacAfee trial.
All in all happy with it, especially at my purchase prize (£760) but I wouldn't call it perfect, will reserve that for the second generation Yogas.
I now have a Windows Phone , Yoga and my ipad.
The yoga is tremendous, its an ipad yet also a laptop in one! The ipad is an amazing piece of kit but its more for consumption rather than production, the yoga and Windows 8 is great for both, have it in laptop mode to get some serious work done, flip it in to say tent mode to watch a movie and then into tablet mode to do some web browsing or reading.
1)No backlit keyboard is a bit of a pain but you could type using the on screen keyboard in tablet mode
2)128gb SSD - we all want bigger :-) but look at it like this its as big as the biggest ipad and has an SD card slot so can be expanded like that. Plus you get 7gb of Skydrive storage for free!
1) The YOGA bit, its not a gimmick this is a new way of making computers and it really makes windows 8 shine, you are getting multiple devices in one package!! I personally have the i5 version it cost £750 I think thats pretty decent value.
The different modes are great for standing it up while cooking, laying in bed or on the sofa, plus unlike say a regular tablet you can actually get proper things done!
2) Its really fast!
3) Its lightweight!
4) The battery is really good once a day charge is fine
5) You get a really long power cable
6) Some internet geeks moan about the screen not being retina display etc, its still HD and its 13 inches! it looks great
7) USB 3.0 port and HDMI port
8) Memory card slot
To conclude great product at a good price I got mine at PC world, my Macbook is for sale on Amazon is anyone fancies it! ;-)
Anyway the only niggles have been that the screen is super dim when watching film due to the Lenovo power saver function, so disable that and you will get a nice bright screen. Also using external Bluetooth speakers can be problematic unless you turn of the Wi-Fi (they don't seem to be able to run at the same time). Other than that this is an excellent purchase - just don't expect it to be the same as an ipad or Google tablet or a Windows laptop as it isn't, not is it trying to be.
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