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Lenovo's IdeaPad Yoga 11S strikes a compelling pose

Brad Chacos | Aug. 12, 2013
The Yoga 11S is a major improvement over Lenovo's original ARM-powered Windows RT device, but it still falls short of being the ultimate hybrid.

Both the buttonless clickpad and the ten-point touchscreen display support Windows 8's gesture controls and are wonderfully responsive. Lenovo also includes motion-control software with the laptop, but it feels gimmicky, especially when the touchscreen and touchpad shine so brightly. Most of the preinstalled software is of dubious value, actually--and with more than a dozen apps and programs included on the Yoga 11S, "bloatware" is definitely an appropriate term.

So close, and yet so far
The Lenovo Yoga 11S is a massive improvement over the original Yoga 11, but it still falls short of hybrid heaven. No hybrid has ever come so close to marrying a notebook's ergonomics and performance with a reasonably portable 11-inch design. Discounting hobbled Windows RT slates entirely, the competition consists primarily of tablet-first designs that make extreme compromises on the typing experience, such as the Sony Duo 11 and Microsoft's own Surface Pro.

Lenovo's Yoga 11S is an absolute joy to use. With a $999 price tag, however, it's hard to overlook the laptop's ho-hum performance and medicore battery life. If Lenovo ever decides to update the Yoga 11S with one of Intel's power-sipping fourth-generation Core processors, the result could be convertible perfection.

 

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