Lenovo IdeaPad Yoga 11S: Conclusion

July 5, 2013 by Michael Wall Reads (28,936)
Editor's Rating

Ratings Breakdown (1-10)

    • Software & Support
    • 6
    • Upgrade Capabilities
    • 6
    • Usability
    • 7
    • Design
    • 9
    • Performance
    • 4
    • Features
    • 4
    • Price/Value Rating
    • 5
    • Total Score:
    • 5.86
    • Rating 1 to 10, top score 10

Conclusion

The Lenovo IdeaPad Yoga 11S isn’t a bad device by any means, but it does feel a tad too expensive for what it offers.

The main draw for the device is its iconic design. The Lenovo Yoga’s form factor with its 360 hinge design remains one of the best on the market. The device is able to switch between tablet to notebook mode and everything else in-between in the blink of an eye.

Where the Yoga 11S becomes a tough sell is its performance. The lack of a fourth-generation Haswell processor is glaringly apparent when it comes to the devices limited battery life, especially while viewing media. Granted the Lenovo Yoga 11S does manage to impress in some areas, offering an ample 8GB of RAM and a spacious 256GB SSD for far less than most competitors; but the offering doesn’t seem optimized for what consumers will likely use this device for.

The Lenovo Yoga 11S is device aimed at portability, and its portability is noticeably diminished by its relatively short battery life. Other options such as the Sony VAIO Pro 11 or the Apple 11-inch MacBook Air will offer stronger levels of performance, longer battery life and higher resolution displays.

However those devices also don’t offer the flexibility and diversity of the Yoga design. Those looking for a versatile design and don’t mind relinquishing on pure performance will be best served by the Lenovo IdeaPad Yoga 11S.

Pros:

  • 360 Hinge Design
  • Portable
  • Quality Keyboard

Cons:

  • Low Screen Resolution
  • Limited Battery Life
  • Mediocre Performance


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  1. C3citizen

    Very clever, convenient little notebook. But, after a few weeks and updates, it turns into the usual infuriating, sludge-filled, Windows fuelled hopeless wreck. It goes slower and slower, and for instance, it refuses to accept that it’s connected to the internet, although the “charms” say it is. I’ve had to reset it twice. Lenovo support is also hopeless. Search for help and you just end up reading conversations between bad-tempered wiseacres who know little but say a lot. All computers seem to be like this, hence all the rip-off cleaning programs and work-rounds etc. We don’t accept that sort of performance from cars. I loved it for the first three weeks, then the illusion faded. I wish I’d bought a Mac!