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News 11-21-12 07:40 AM

A good Ultrabook, a bad tablet: the Lenovo IdeaPad Yoga 13 review
http://cdn.arstechnica.net/wp-conten...de-640x475.jpg Enlarge / The IdeaPad Yoga 13's ultra-flexible hinge is its signature feature.
Andrew Cunningham

If you've been following our Windows 8 hardware coverage, you know many OEMs have put together some very unique designs attempting to marry touch computing and desktop computing. The majority of these take the form of tablets that slide into keyboard docks. Others are convertible computers with screens that slide or fold down over the keyboard.

Lenovo's IdeaPad Yoga 13 is something different. Rather than folding to cover the keyboard, it has been endowed with an extremely flexible hinge that flips all the way over. This allows you not just to convert the laptop into a tablet, but also to use the base of the laptop as a stand for the screen. The end result is something that doesn't always work, but it hits more often than it misses.

Laptop mode, screen, and build quality

http://cdn.arstechnica.net/wp-conten...de-640x439.jpgEnlarge / In laptop mode, the Yoga is practically indistinguishable from a standard Ultrabook. Note both the LCD panel's excellent viewing angles and the uniform, non-tapered base of the laptop.
Andrew Cunningham

Specs at a glance: Lenovo IdeaPad Yoga 13Screen1600?900 at 13.3" (138ppi)OSWindows 8 64-bitCPU1.7GHz Intel Core i5-3317U (Turbo up to 2.6GHz)RAM4GB 1600MHz DDR3 (one slot, upgradeable to 8GB)GPUIntel HD Graphics 4000 (integrated)HDD128GB solid-state driveNetworkingSingle-band 802.11n, Bluetooth 4.0Ports1x USB 3.0, 1x USB 2.0, HDMI, card reader, headphonesSize13.1 ? 8.9 ? 0.67"(333.4 ? 224.8 ? 16.9 mm)Weight3.4 lbs (1.54 kg)Battery4-cell Li-polymerWarranty1 yearStarting price$999.99Other perksWebcam, volume rocker, screen orientation lock buttonIn laptop mode, the Yoga 13 looks very much like any old 13-inch Ultrabook. The base of the computer is flat rather than tapered, making it just a bit thicker than entries like the MacBook Air. It is 0.67" thick throughout, while the 13-inch MacBook Air is 0.68" at its thickest point but just 0.11" at its thinnest. So overall the Yoga is still quite slim and attractive. The nicest touch is the lightly textured wrist rest, which feels much easier on the wrists than competing computers' metal wrist rests.

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