The Lenovo IdeaPad Yoga is a laptop that bends over backward to become a tablet… literally. The notebook has a 13.3 inch touchscreen display. You can lift the lid and use the Yoga like a normal laptop — or push the screen back 360 degrees so it’s back to back with the keyboard and use the Yoga like a tablet.
Starting today, you can pick one up for $999. That’s a little lower than the $1099 starting price we’d heard about earlier this month.
For $999, you get a model with a 1.8 GHz Intel Core i3-317U Ivy Bridge Processor, 4GB of RAM, a 128GB solid state disk, 802.11n WiFi, Bluetooth 4.0, HDMI output, and a 1600 x 900 pixel display.
The computer runs Windows 8.
Lenovo is also offering models with Core i5 and Core i7 processors and 8GB of RAM for $1099 and $1299, respectively.
The IdeaPad Yoga weighs about 3.4 pounds and is expected to get up to 8 hours of battery life. That makes it kind of heavy for a tablet, but reasonably light-weight for a laptop.
picked one up, classic ThinkPad feel, keyboard. thankfully it’s supposed to be an upgradeable ram socket.
overall very nice, a bit too big to be a comfortable tablet and sorely missing a backlit keyboard but for a jack of all trades, I’d say it works much better than anticipated.
Love the hardware. The OS? Not so much… but at the end of the day, I’m getting the kind of hardware I’ve been waiting years for that’s also running a Desktop OS.
This device, along with the Dell XPS Duo 12 and Lenovo ThinkPad Twist, are on the top of my shopping list because of the screen size (must be larger than 12″), good keyboard integration, battery life and iCore processors.
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