The Lenovo Yoga 2 11 is a notebook with an 11.6 inch display that becomes a tablet when you flip the screen 360 degrees so that it’s resting opposite the keyboard. Introduced at the Consumer Electronics Show in January, the Yoga 2 11 is now available for $520 and up.
Lenovo’s been offering Yoga tablets for a few years, but the Yoga 2 11 is the first model to feature an Intel Bay Trail processor and it’s the cheapest model to sport Windows 8 software.
Best Buy is selling a model with a 2.4 GHz Intel Pentium N3520 processor, 4GB of RAM, and a 500GB hard drive for $520. The same model is also available from Lenovo.com for a much higher price, along with a second model featuring a slower 2 GHz Pentium N2920 CPU.
Each model has a 1366 x 768 pixel touchscreen display, 802.11n WiFi, Bluetooth 4.0, and a 34Whr battery.
The convertible measures about 0.7 inches thick and weighs 2.9 pounds, making it kind of heavy for a tablet, but pretty light for a laptop. And while the Pentium chip powering the notebook is based on the same Bay Trail architecture as Intel’s latest Atom chips, it should be able to handle most day-to-day Windows tasks including web surfing, document editing, HD video playback and casual gaming.
There are cheaper Windows 8 notebooks and/or tablets, but the Yoga 2 11 is one of the most affordable devices that counts as both — at least if you buy it from Best Buy rather than the Lenovo Shop.
We had a false alarm when Best Buy listed the Yoga 2 11 in January and then removed the product page. But now it really seems to be available for purchase in the US.