Windows 8 – this is the latest buzz in the operating system market…. mainly because of its typical tiles GUI. But most of the critics opinion is that a Windows 8 OS is easy to use and well defined for a Touch Screen instead of just using a Keyboard and a Mouse.

But we are very much used to play around with a Keypad and a mouse…. So the blend of having a Touch Screen (i.e using a Tablet PC) and having a Keypad (i.e using a Laptop) would really excite us right??

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Lenovo Ideapad Yoga Series is the answer to the above questions…. here are three base configurations for the Yoga 13. For $999, you get an Intel Core i3 CPU, 4GB of RAM, and a 128GB SSD. Even with a folding touch screen, that seems pricey for a Core i3. But, for only $100 more, our review unit trades up to a Core i5 CPU and doubles the RAM. Finally, for $1,299, the CPU gets a bump to a Core i7 model. Of the three, the middle-ground $1,099 version certainly seems to be the best bet.

For any 13-inch laptop, battery life is key, and even more so for an ultrabook, which is specifically designed for use on the go. Add a tablet experience to that — tablets being basically never used while connected to a power outlet — and any Windows 8 hybrid or convertible needs to have excellent battery life to be taken seriously. Most of the current wave of Windows 8 systems we’ve seen have done a decent job on this front, despite powering touch screens and accelerometers.

The Yoga 13 ran for 5 hours and 30 minutes in our video playback battery drain test. That’s an above-average time, and with some smart use of sleep mode when you’re not actively using it, could stretch to last a full workday. At the same time, pure tablets, such as Apple’s iPad or Microsoft’s Surface RT, can run much longer, and full Windows systems are not quite in that ballpark yet, absent gigantic snap-on secondary batteries.

Different Modes

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Multi Angle View

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Tablet Mode

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Laptop Mode

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Tent Mode

Specifications

Description Yoga 13
CPU
  • 3rd generation Intel® Core™ i7-3517U
  • 3rd generation Intel® Core™ i5-3317U
  • 3rd generation Intel® Core™ i3-3217U
Operating System
  • Windows 8 Pro
  • Windows 8
Memory
  • 4GB, 8GB DDR3
Graphics
  • Intel® HD Graphics 4000 (integrated)
Dimensions
  • 333.4 x 224.8 x 16.9 mm (13.1 x 8.9 x 0.67″)
Camera
  • 1.0MP 720p HD integrated webcam
Display
  • 13.3″ HD+IPS capacitive multitouch display (16:9 widescreen) (1600×900)
Weight
  • 1.54 kg (3.4 lbs)
I/O Ports
  • 1 USB 2.0 port
  • 1 USB 3.0 port
  • Combo jack
  • HDMI
  • 2-in-1 card reader (SD/MMC)
Storage
  • 128GB SSD (256GB coming soon)
Wireless Connectivity
  • 802.11 b/g/n wireless
  • Bluetooth®
Keyboard
  • AccuType keyboard
Battery Life
  • 8 hours
Security Features
  • OneKey® Recovery

Conclusion

There’s a good reason companies such as Intel and Microsoft have used the Yoga 13 as a prime example of a Windows 8 laptop done right. The folding screen opens up many possibilities for sharing and display, and the tablet mode, while not perfect, isn’t really any worse in practical terms than that of any other Windows 8 convertible. The Yoga 13 has a great, premium feel at a semipremium price.

Courtesy: cnet.com, lenovo.com

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