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    Default REVIEW: Lenovo's Bendy Windows 8 Laptop/Tablet, The IdeaPad Yoga

    Lenovo's IdeaPad Yoga is The Yoga is interesting because it can bend and twist into five different positions, which all offer a different experienc. Its a Windows 8 tablet/laptop convertible.

    IdeaPad Yoga can be laptop mode, also tablet mode with a 13-inch screen it feels a bit too large. The third position is called tent mode; this places the laptop at a reverse angle where the keyboard and screen prop each other up. I didn't really see a use for this position, but I assume some people will like it when watching videos or presentations.

    Despite the strange positions, the Yoga is constructed from quality materials that make the computer feel and look great.

    Design

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    Lenovo really got creative when it designed this laptop. The company knew it wanted users to take advantage of Windows 8's touch capabilities, but also wanted to give users a traditional laptop experience.

    Lenovo succeeded with both goals.

    The Yoga is built from a rubbery, almost-leather type of material that screams quality.

    While many companies are trying to copy Apple and its clamshell MacBook, Lenovo strayed away from that path and created something very different but also very great. It's refreshing to finally use a great laptop that doesn't try too hard to be a Mac.

    The trackpad is responsive and feels good and the 13.3-inch multitouch screen supports a decent resolution of 1600x900 pixels. While we're used to higher resolutions on our devices, we didn't have a problem with it this time.

    The Yoga weighs 3.4 pounds and is only 0.66 inches thin, making it highly portable.

    The base model Yoga comes with an i5 processor and 4 GB of RAM, but if you want more you can certainly pay for it. There is also support for Bluetooth 4.0, an integrated 720p HD webcam, stereo speakers, HDMI out, USB 2.0, USB 3.0 ports, and a SD card reader.

    Using It

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    The first thing I noticed about the Yoga was how fast it was. The computer boots up quickly and launches apps fast.

    To me, an admitted Mac user, Windows 8 is the only thing that hinders the Yoga experience. The software is clunky and it was extremely annoying when using the trackpad instead of Windows 8's touch-based navigation features.

    I don't like how Microsoft wants us to figure out how to use the software. It should just work, but certain things like searching for apps in the Microsoft Marketplace isn't as easy as it should be. (Windows 8 requires you to swipe over and reveal a "charms" bar for actions like search, but you're pretty much forced to figure that out on your own).

    I also had trouble with the keyboard keys jamming a few times while typing. I inadvertently hit the home or page up keys when I intended to hit shift, backspace, or enter. This is probably because I am used to a wider keyboard, but I feel like if you spend enough time with the keyboard you'll eventually get used to it.

    One thing I did like a lot was the Yoga's battery life. Lenovo promised eight hours, and with light browsing and word processing I achieved beyond that amount.

    Conclusion

    Despite a few shortcomings and the hindrance of Windows 8, the IdeaPad Yoga is probably the best Windows laptop you can buy right now.

    The Yoga is well-designed, lightning fast, feels great, and it has a long battery life. Lenovo delivers on every promise.

    The 13-inch Yoga starts at $999 and is available in two colors, silver gray and clementine orange. A smaller 11-inch version of the Yoga will be available later this month.

    Source: .businessinsider.com

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    Default Re: REVIEW: Lenovo's Bendy Windows 8 Laptop/Tablet, The IdeaPad Yoga

    Nice laptop by a corporation that produces quality computers. Also great to see that it's not a tablet only device.

    For Windows 8 to really sell beyond the $40 promotion, more computers of this type needs to be brought forward. Lenovo, along with MSI, also has a lineup of AIO PC's featuring Windows 8 & 8 Pro. It would also be good to see more PC's (the traditional ones) loaded with Windows 8. Some are already out, several Windows 8 PC's & notebooks can be found at Newegg.com for reasonable prices.

    Pure tablets won't be enough to keep Windows 8's sales moving, & MS cannot afford to run the OS on promo until the next Windows is released. Having a mixture of products will be good for Windows 8, & for MS.

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    Default Re: REVIEW: Lenovo's Bendy Windows 8 Laptop/Tablet, The IdeaPad Yoga

    I agree with the reviewer that Lenovo has build a good machine in the Yoga, but I would submit that...as Mac user...the reviewer is not qualified to comment on Win8. I mean, Win7 and lower iterations didn't exactly hold your hand if you didn't know how to do things with them. Windows has always held the user to a certain amount of responsibility to "figure out" how to do things. That seems to be an ability Mac users lack. They just want it to work.

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    Default Re: REVIEW: Lenovo's Bendy Windows 8 Laptop/Tablet, The IdeaPad Yoga

    So does most Windows users. There's always a learning curve, no matter the OS or brand, otherwise the brand of a particular OS would have to keep things the same, release after release. Now that would be boring. And a hacker's paradise.

    The last OS that I had that shipped with a somewhat detailed handbook was XP (Home & Pro). And that one was unpopular until SP1 was released, SP2 put XP's stamp in many homes & businesses across the globe, still running somewhat well in spite of it's age.

    It's obvious that the reviewer needs practice. However, being an self admitted Mac user, it's unlikely that this reviewer will fully grasp the many features that Windows 8 offers. This is not meant to shed negativity on the reviewer, no doubt I'd be as equally lost on a Mac computer, having used Windows since the mid 90's. Have used Linux Mint/Ubuntu some, but not enough to be proficient at it.

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    Default Re: REVIEW: Lenovo's Bendy Windows 8 Laptop/Tablet, The IdeaPad Yoga

    3.4 pounds doesn't sound for me as 'portable'. It's not a tablet nor a notebook..
    I'd rather buy 11" MacBook Air for it's price.

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    Default Re: REVIEW: Lenovo's Bendy Windows 8 Laptop/Tablet, The IdeaPad Yoga

    3.4 pounds is very light compared to 6-7 years ago, when I was last working. Those Dell Latitudes with their alloy magnesium frames (far superior to the cheap shiny recycled plastic of today), weighed a lot more than 3.4 pounds, & were in fact portables. They were also more durable, able to withstand lots of abuse with little issue.

    I could open the rear door & sling them in the rear seat, they would be ready for the next time. Same with older IBM ThinkPad notebooks. Many were dropped on the sidewalk of asphalt pavement & still worked. Try that with the notebooks of today & see how well they hold up.

    As far as the 11" MacBook Air, one many as well run Linux Mint or Ubuntu. The learning curve is going to be as steep, with a new OS, the good thing is that Linux (most versions) can legally be installed on most any Windows computer. Free of charge, except for the CD/DVD required to install it.

    This is NOT the case of a Mac OS, although there are "Hackintoshes" around, this is illegal.

    Mac computers (of any type) are too costly for the average Windows user, nor do they represent a good value for the dollar spent. On a Windows equivalent, one gets a lot more hardware (CPU, GPU, RAM & HDD) for half of the cost.

    And one thing that I've always been curious about. If these dang Mac's were so great, then why are many users also installing Windows 7 & Office 2010 for their "real work"? Does Apple offer an Office to their customers at all?

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