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Lenovo IdeaPad Yoga 11S review

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The Lenovo Ideapad Yoga 11S is an ultra-flexible and powerful laptop with the option to convert into various different modes, making it a close to ideal hybrid laptop.

Pros:

High-end design, sturdy build quality, full version of Windows 8, supports full Microsoft Office suite, good flexibility

Cons:

Battery life could be better, no Intel Haswell support

Overall Rating:

4 Star Rating: Recommended

Price: £700

Manufacturer: Lenovo

The Yoga 11S is Lenovo's first ever "mini ultrabook" and the latest addition to its IdeaPad Yoga lineup, giving the previous 11in Yoga model a performance boost with a choice of third-generation Intel Core processors running Windows 8, as opposed to an ARM chip with Windows RT.

The original Ideapad Yoga 11 didn't impress, with a major lack of apps and application programs available to download onto it, such as Spotify and Google Chrome, and running the more basic Windows RT. However, with the same design and featuring the full version of Windows 8, the Yoga 11S should move beyond the shortcomings of the original Yoga 11.

Notepad mode

Display
As with its less-powerful sibling, the IdeaPad Yoga 11S has an 11.6in IPS HD graphics multitouch display with 1366x768 resolution. In the same way that we found with the Yoga 11, HD movies look brilliantly clear and vibrant.

We think the native resolution of 1366x768 is just about right for an 11in display, giving it plenty of screen real estate without making on-screen text appear too small. Pixels aren't visible unless you look closely and viewing angles are good, with moving images appearing sharp.

In the sun light in the garden

Touchscreen commands are very fluid and the Yoga 11S responds to them rapidly. We enjoyed using the touchscreen to skip between tabs and apps, which is a rarity in Windows 8.

The brightness of the Yoga 11S is similar to that of the Yoga 11 and doesn't match the level of brightness of its 13in counterpart, the Yoga 13. Nevertheless, it is bright enough for general day-to-day use, with the picture quality at a good level in a wide range of lighting conditions, even bright sunlight.

We used the Yoga 11S in a garden with sun directly overhead and we were still able to read what was on the screen, although as suspected, movies did look washed out.

Next: Build quality and design

Model: Lenovo IdeaPad Yoga 11S
Display: 11.6in 1080p (1366x768) touchscreen
Processor: Third-generation Intel Core i3
Memory: 4GB DDR3
Storage: 128GB SSD
Wireless connections: 802.11a/g/n WiFi, Bluetooth
Ports: 1x USB 3.0, 2x USB 2.0, HDMI-out, headset jack (Ethernet via USB adapter)
Dimensions: 298x204x17mm
Weight: 1.39kg

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Lee Bell
About

Lee joined as a reporter on The INQUIRER in April 2012.

Prior to working at The INQUIRER, Lee was sponsored by the NCTJ to do a multimedia journalism course in London. After completing placements at local magazines and newspapers in both print and online he wrote for an online gaming news website, and it was here where his love for technology grew.

Lee's main coverage areas include processors, internet security, PCs, laptops and tablet news and reviews.

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