Lenovo IdeaPad Yoga 2 (11 inch) review
Lenovo was one of the first manufacturers to really nail the Windows 8 hybrid with its folding Yoga concept, and the IdeaPad Yoga 2 is its cheapest expression yet. With its 11.6in touchscreen, it reprises the design of the £1,099 IdeaPad Yoga 11S, but slashes the price with a quad-core Pentium processor. See also: what’s the best laptop you can buy in 2014?
Lenovo IdeaPad Yoga 2 (11 inch) review: look and feel
The Yoga 2’s similarity to the 11S is no bad thing. We’re sad that it isn’t available in the distinctive orange hue of its predecessor – only in a more sedate silver and black finish – but it’s just as stylish and daintily proportioned. The subtle curves of the body are pleasingly understated and, at 1.3kg, it’s the perfect size and weight for slinging in a bag and carrying around every day. It’s fairly slim, too: the chassis measures 18mm at its thickest point, including the rubber feet on its underside.
Some compromises have been made to keep costs down, the foremost being a switch from the metal construction of the Yoga 11S to an all-plastic chassis. Thankfully, this hasn’t dramatically impacted the overall build quality. There’s a little flex in the keyboard section if you twist it viciously from side to side, but – crucially, given the Yoga 2’s portable aspirations – both the slender lid and the double-jointed hinges still feel reassuringly tough and resilient. The overall package feels solidly put together, especially for a £500 hybrid.
Lenovo IdeaPad Yoga 2 (11 inch) review: hybrid design
The Yoga design is impressively versatile. In laptop mode, the Yoga 2 does a superb impression of a high-quality 11.6in Ultrabook. The Scrabble-tile keys could do with a little more travel, and as a result aren’t quite as tactile and responsive as the best we’ve used, but we found them easy to get used to. While the keys are a little less than full-size, Lenovo hasn’t resorted to needlessly shrunken keys or awkward key placements. The buttonless touchpad doesn’t throw up any issues either, and everything from two-fingered gestures to edge swipes works reliably.
The double-jointed hinge means that the Yoga 2 can also shapeshift into a variety of other formats. Flip the lid back on itself and the keyboard section becomes an adjustable stand, allowing the display to be angled to your liking. Turn the Yoga 2 upside down and “tent mode” makes it usable even in the most cramped of spaces. Fold the display all the way round and the Yoga 2 becomes a tablet.
It’s a great piece of design. As ever, the keyboard and touchpad are automatically disabled as soon as the screen is tilted past 180 degrees, so you won’t be typing or clicking by accident in tablet mode. The power, volume and automatic-screen-rotation toggle buttons are all positioned along the Yoga 2’s edges so they’re always readily to hand, and there’s a physical Windows key embedded in the touchscreen’s lower bezel.
|Warranty||1 yr return to base|
|Dimensions||298 x 206 x 18mm (WDH)|
Processor and memory
|Processor||Intel Pentium N3520|
|SODIMM sockets free||0|
|SODIMM sockets total||0|
Screen and video
|Resolution screen horizontal||1,366|
|Resolution screen vertical||768|
|Resolution||1366 x 768|
|Graphics chipset||Intel HD Graphics|
|VGA (D-SUB) outputs||0|
|Optical disc technology||N/A|
|Replacement battery price inc VAT||£0|
|Wired adapter speed||N/A|
|802.11 draft-n support||yes|
|Integrated 3G adapter||no|
|Wireless key-combination switch||yes|
|USB ports (downstream)||1|
|3.5mm audio jacks||1|
|SD card reader||yes|
|Pointing device type||Touchpad/touchscreen|
|Camera megapixel rating||0.9mp|
Battery and performance tests
|Battery life, light use||7hr 17min|
|3D performance (crysis) low settings||19fps|
|3D performance setting||Low|
|Overall Real World Benchmark score||0.42|
Operating system and software
|Operating system||Windows 8 64-bit|
|OS family||Windows 8|