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ThinkPad Yoga 11e review: A hidden Chromebook gem

JR Raphael | Aug. 25, 2014
With its exceptional build quality and outstanding (and flexible) display, Lenovo's new Chromebook is a meaningful notch above the rest.

At a Glance

ThinkPad Yoga 11e Chromebook

LenovoPrice: $455Pros: Well-constructed; extremely durable; exceptional keyboard and trackpad; outstanding IPS display; touch-enabled screen; converts into stand-supported slate or fully flattened tablet; solid performanceCons: Somewhat clunky and heavy; lower-than-average battery life

If all of that isn't enough, the Yoga 11e Chromebook also offers the unusual opportunity to use your laptop as a stand-supported or fully flattened tablet. While I wouldn't consider that a reason in and of itself to buy the system, it's some very tasty icing on an already sweet cake.

The only real downside to the Yoga 11e Chromebook is its battery life, which is manageable but subpar. The device is a bit clunky, too, but that's all relative: Aside from the pricey Pixel and the pretty but poky HP Chromebook 11, most Chromebooks aren't exactly pinnacles of design. While it may be a bit heavier than some of its lower-end contemporaries, the Yoga 11e is also far less flimsy and cheap-feeling.

Lenovo's ThinkPad Yoga 11e Chromebook costs more than any of the entry-level systems, but remember: It isn't meant to be an entry-level system. You get what you pay for -- and if you've got the cash to spend on a midrange Chrome OS device, the Yoga 11e will give you an awesome overall experience that's a meaningful notch above the rest.

 

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