August 3, 2014

Quick review: Lenovo Yoga 2 11 does dual duty as laptop and tablet

The Lenovo Yoga 2 11 is an affordable option for a travel friendly notebook that can take on occasional tablet duty.

Having trouble deciding between a laptop and a tablet?

The Lenovo Yoga 2 11 indicates the No. 1 PC maker’s belief that a significant segment of consumers on a limited budget are having trouble deciding between a notebook and a tablet.

At about three pounds and .67-inches thick, this Yoga 2 is first and foremost a light and thin laptop. It has an Intel Pentium N3520 processor, 4GB of memory, two USB ports (one of them USB 3.0) a micro HDMI port, an SD Card slot, 720p webcam, an audio jack and a proprietary power port. For storage, a 500GB 5400 rpm hard drive is standard, but it can be supplemented with an SSD option.

Battery was typically between five and six hours. That’s not great for a tablet, but it’s good for a laptop. The QWERTY keyboard is full size.

The Yoga 2 11 is thicker than a tablet, but when you outfit a tablet with a keyboard case the difference becomes negligible. Like most large tablets, it is more likely to be rested in the lap or on a table because of the weight and size.

As a hybrid, it does tablet tricks. The 11.6-inch, 1366-by-768 pixel touchscreen can flip 360 degrees for effectively four display modes: notebook, tablet, tent and stand. This makes it a good choice for those most interested in watching video or giving presentations.

The keyboard flexes slightly, and the touchpad doesn’t feel as nice as more expensive options. Clearly Lenovo worked to keep it at a relatively low price point, but even so the Yoga 2 feels robust overall. The hinges feel sturdy.

Starting well under $500, the Lenovo Yoga 2 11 may not offer superlative performance, but with a good price to performance ratio, it will get the job done for the budget conscious. For those comfortable with Windows 8, the Lenovo Yoga 2 11 is an affordable option as a travel friendly notebook that can take on occasional tablet duty.

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