Lenovo IdeaPad Yoga 13 review

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It certainly helps that the Yoga 13’s display is top quality. The 1,600 x 900 resolution lacks a few pixels next to its Full HD-toting counterparts, but at least there’s no need to invoke Windows 8’s DPI scaling to keep text legible.

The image quality is superb. The IPS panel’s wide viewing angles mean it looks great in any position, and while the vivid colour reproduction is a little oversaturated, tending towards the rosy end of the spectrum, it’s more than a match for its peers. The 832:1 contrast ratio imbues images with solidity and depth, and brightness is far from lacking, with the LED backlight reaching an ample 325cd/m2.

Lenovo Yoga 13 - front 1

Lenovo has outfitted the Yoga 13 with the usual suite of Ultrabook-class componentry. One of Intel’s Ivy Bridge-class low-voltage processors takes the reins: in the case of our review model, this was a 1.7GHz Core i5 CPU; however, retail units will come with the faster 1.9GHz Intel Core i7-3517U. Regardless of which CPU is at the helm, however, the 4GB of memory and 128GB Samsung SSD keep things feeling spritely and responsive, even while multitasking. With the slower Core i5 in place, the Yoga 13 achieved a middling 0.61 in our benchmarks.

The power-hungry touchscreen means battery life isn’t up there with the best Ultrabooks, but there’s enough stamina to put the Lenovo among the front-runners in this month’s Labs. With a result of 6hrs 50mins in our light-usage battery test, and a slim, lightweight power supply that fits easily in a laptop bag, the Yoga 13 is set to last the course.

Lenovo Yoga 13 - sides

The Yoga 13’s weakest hand is connectivity. Despite plenty of space around the laptop’s flattened edges, there’s only one USB 2 port, one USB 3 port, an HDMI video output, a single 3.5mm headset jack and an SD card reader. There’s no Ethernet socket, so you’ll have to rely exclusively on wireless connectivity via the single-band 802.11n and Bluetooth 4 wireless radios.


Making a usable Windows 8 hybrid is all about compromise, and Lenovo has managed to get the balance just about right. The double-jointed hinge balances flexibility with durability, performance is good and the IPS display is simply glorious.

Rather than making an overweight tablet with crippled laptop features, Lenovo has created a solid, attractive Ultrabook that doubles as an occasional, king-sized 13.3in tablet. It still isn’t perfect, but for £1,000, the Yoga 13 is the first hybrid Windows 8 device worth shelling out for.


Warranty1 yr return to base

Physical specifications

Dimensions334 x 225 x 17mm (WDH)
Travelling weight1.9kg

Processor and memory

ProcessorIntel Core i5-3317U
Motherboard chipsetIntel QS77 Express
RAM capacity4.00GB
Memory typeDDR3
SODIMM sockets free0
SODIMM sockets total1

Screen and video

Screen size13.3in
Resolution screen horizontal1,600
Resolution screen vertical900
Resolution1600 x 900
Graphics chipsetIntel HD Graphics 4000
Graphics card RAMN/A
VGA (D-SUB) outputs0
HDMI outputs1
S-Video outputs0
DVI-I outputs0
DVI-D outputs0
DisplayPort outputs0


Spindle speedN/A
Hard diskSamsung CXM13L
Optical disc technologyN/A
Optical drivenone
Battery capacity3,860mAh
Replacement battery price inc VAT£0


Wired adapter speedN/A
802.11a supportno
802.11b supportyes
802.11g supportyes
802.11 draft-n supportyes
Integrated 3G adapterno
Bluetooth supportyes

Other Features

Wireless hardware on/off switchno
Wireless key-combination switchyes
ExpressCard34 slots0
ExpressCard54 slots0
PC Card slots0
USB ports (downstream)1
FireWire ports0
PS/2 mouse portno
3.5mm audio jacks1
SD card readeryes
Memory Stick readerno
MMC (multimedia card) readeryes
Smart Media readerno
Compact Flash readerno
xD-card readerno
Pointing device typeTouchpad/Touchscreen
Hardware volume control?no
Integrated microphone?yes
Integrated webcam?yes
Camera megapixel rating0.9mp
Fingerprint readerno
Smartcard readerno
Carry caseno

Battery and performance tests

Battery life, light use6hr 50min
Overall Real World Benchmark score0.61
Responsiveness score0.71
Media score0.66
Multitasking score0.47

Operating system and software

Operating systemWindows 8 64-bit
OS familyWindows 8
Recovery methodRecovery partition

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