Lenovo ThinkPad Yoga
SpecificationsNotebook: Lenovo ThinkPad Yoga (ThinkPad Yoga Series)
Processor: Intel Core i5 4200U
Graphics Adapter: Intel HD Graphics 4400
Display: 12.5 inch, 16:9, 1920x1080 pixels, glossy: no
Price: 1200 euro
Average of 16 scores (from 21 reviews)
Reviews for the Lenovo ThinkPad Yoga
Business hybrid. Lenovo's new 12.5-inch ThinkPad Yoga borrows the 360-degree folding screen design from the consumer-oriented IdeaPad-line and adapts it for business use. Does the versatile Ultrabook convertible with its innovative usage-modes still offer the legendary ThinkPad quality we've come to expect from the series?
Source: Digital Trends
The ThinkPad S1 Yoga is a very good attempt to mould an iconic laptop into a functional tablet, one that comes with our full recommendation. It’s still a bit heavy to use and operate in tablet mode only, but if you look at this primarily as an ultraportable ThinkPad with the added bonus of turning into a tablet, the experience only flatters to impress from this small perception shift. Other impressive laptops for you to check out at a similar price point are the Toshiba Portege Z30T and Acer Aspire S7.
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 07/29/2014
Rating: Total score: 85%
Source: PC Perspective
The ThinkPad Yoga is, overall, a successful fusion of the ThinkPad philosophy with the Yoga design. It’s the most durable and business-like (not to mention the heaviest) Yoga to date, and yet simultaneously it’s also the most touch-versatile ThinkPad. It seeks to incorporate the best of both worlds into a package which both camps could appreciate.
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 07/28/2014
Source: Computer Shopper
Overall, we like this Lenovo. It's rugged and has the accurate and comfortable keyboard and pointing devices ThinkPad aficionados have come to expect. The 1080p display will make your presentations pop, and, when you throw in the Dolby-enhanced speakers, you get a great machine for watching movies.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 02/18/2014
Rating: Total score: 80%
Melding features from the consumer Yoga line and the business ThinkPad line affords the Yoga S1 a great deal of flexibility, but it comes at the cost of some core business features. With a high-quality keyboard, an attractive durable build and strong performance levels the Yoga S1 meets most of the criteria expected of a business notebook, but the device’s limited port selection is troublesome. Especially considering that Lenovo already offers the ThinkPad T440s which despite its added weight proves to be a far more practical enterprise-grade option. Instead the Lenovo ThinkPad Yoga S1 is best for users who want to “have their cake and eat it to”. Much as the Yoga line looks bridge the divide between the laptop and tablet, the Yoga S1 looks to pair enterprise-features with a flexible consumer ultrabook design. Just be ready to concede on a few features when attempting to achieve the best of both worlds.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 02/18/2014
Rating: Total score: 73%
There are only two things we dislike about the ThinkPad Yoga. It's heavy, which will be particularly noticeable if you need to carry it a lot and/or work standing up with the notebook in tablet mode. It's also short of on-board connectors — an Ethernet port being the most glaring omission. Otherwise it's difficult to fault. The simplicity of switching to the various multimodal configurations is particularly praiseworthy, and the chassis feels sturdy enough to accommodate them for the product's lifetime.
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 02/17/2014
Rating: Total score: 80%
Source: PC World
Battery life came in at a so-so 5 hours and 40 minutes, which is slightly better than the Yoga 2 Pro's 5:29, but more than an hour less than Dell’s comparably priced and similarly equipped XPS 12 Convertible, (although the XPS 12 doesn’t have that useful pen digitizer). Business users will appreciate the ThinkPad Yoga for its rugged design, double-jointed hinge, versatile dock, better-than-average performance, and vaunted ThinkPad keyboard. Now if Lenovo could just shoehorn an ultra-high-res display into a more-attractive housing, they'd have a hybrid Ultrabook with flash as well as substance.
Single Review, online available, Very Short, Date: 02/11/2014
Rating: Total score: 70%
Source: Hot Hardware
The ThinkPad Yoga is essentially an interesting product; it represents an effort to give business users a prettier and (literally) more flexible notebook--or to give average users a slightly more robust version of the Yoga experience, we suppose. As the former, it succeeds. You get the great multimode options to accommodate travel and presentation situations and the slightly more svelte chassis of a Yoga.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 02/06/2014
Source: IT Reviews
While there’s a lot to like about the Lenovo ThinkPad S1 Yoga—especially the introduction of Lenovo’s excellent multimode design into the business realm—the fact remains that it falls short when compared with similar ThinkPad models and business Ultrabooks.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 01/31/2014
Rating: Total score: 60%
Source: PC Mag
While there's a lot to like about the Lenovo ThinkPad S1 Yoga—especially the introduction of Lenovo's excellent multimode design into the business realm—the fact remains that it falls short when compared with similar ThinkPad models and business Ultrabooks. The Dell Latitude 6430u remains our top pick for business ultrabooks, thanks to its superior performance, and the Lenovo ThinkPad T440s offers equally compelling performance in a traditional clamshell design. The ThinkPad S1 Yoga is the perfect business hybrid for the user who absolutely wants a Windows tablet, or who has been using the consumer version Yoga for a few months and craves the same sort of flexibility at work.
Single Review, online available, Very Short, Date: 01/29/2014
Rating: Total score: 70%
Lenovo's Yoga hybrid line has already gone through several iterations, from the original, fold-back screen version, to the 3,200x1,800 Yoga 2 Pro, to the recently announced lower-cost Yoga 2. Lenovo solves half the Yoga equation with a clever hidden keyboard on the ThinkPad Yoga.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 01/29/2014
Rating: Total score: 84% performance: 80% mobility: 80%
Source: PC Advisor
ThinkPad Yoga is a well-designed and versatile convertible device, with a high-quality IPS display that will particularly appeal to business travelers who need to give presentations when they’re visiting clients. However, the use of a sluggish hard drive is disappointing in a laptop costing the best part of £1000.00, especially when compared to SSD-equipped models from Lenovo such as the 13-inch Yoga 2 Pro.
Single Review, online available, Very Short, Date: 01/17/2014
Rating: Total score: 70% price: 80% performance: 60% features: 70% workmanship: 80%
Source: PC Pro
Aside from the smallest of niggles, this new ThinkPad has well and truly won us over. It's the same price as the consumer-orientated Yoga 2 Pro, and definitely more practical – aside from the 200g extra weight. It's cheaper than the ThinkPad Helix, and a more elegant design. It only misses out on overhauling our current A-List incumbent, the Dell XPS 12, by dint of its weight and a slightly lowlier CPU. All told, Lenovo has yet another winner on its hands with the ThinkPad Yoga: it's a simply superb business Ultrabook.
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 01/14/2014
Rating: Total score: 83% price: 100% performance: 67% features: 83% workmanship: 83%
The ThinkPad Yoga is a hybrid machine with a lot to offer users as both a laptop and as a tablet, though in slate mode it is thicker than what you'd get with a traditional tablet. There is nothing ill to speak of regarding the ThinkPad Yoga -- everything about it is solid, with the exception perhaps being a lower quality stylus than what an artist would need. The construction feels solid and durable in the hands, the keyboard is comfortable for typing in long duration stints, and the hardware is capable for a variety of tasks.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 01/01/2014
The ThinkPad Yoga offers the features and performance that business users need, thanks to Windows 8.1 Pro standard and optional 802.11ac. But despite it all, this is not a focused business-class product. No-nonsense workers might be better served by a souped up ThinkPad T440s for the extra ports, or even a 13-inch MacBook Air for the added battery endurance, plus double the storage and an even lighter load for $30 less. At any rate, the ThinkPad Yoga is a Windows business ultrabook that you'll be glad to whip out on your commute, even if you don't flip it over or tent it up.
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 12/18/2013
Rating: Total score: 80% price: 70% performance: 80% features: 70% workmanship: 80%
Source: Laptop Mag
With the ThinkPad Yoga Lenovo has successfully ported the innovative 360-degree hinge design of its consumer Yogas to a durable, powerful business laptop. Even without its tablet, tent and presentation modes, the ThinkPad Yoga's comfy keyboard, colorful full HD screen and 8-hour battery life would make it a strong choice for business users on the go.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 12/13/2013
Rating: Total score: 80%
Source: Mobile Tech Review
You've probably noticed that we like the ThinkPad Yoga quite a bit. At 12.5", it's slightly more portable than most 13.3" Ultrabooks, but you're not giving up that much screen real estate. In turn you're getting an extremely well built and designed machine that can handle the perils of the road, a very good keyboard, superb trackpad and robust drivers that are reliable.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 12/09/2013
Rating: Total score: 85%
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Single Review, , Length Unknown, Date: 01/01/2015
Rating: Total score: 79%
Source: c't - Heft 4/2014
Single Review, , Length Unknown, Date: 02/01/2014
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Single Review, online available, Very Short, Date: 02/20/2014
Rating: Total score: 60%
Source: PC Lab.pl PL→EN
Positive: Great quality materials and workmanship; keyboard; fantastic display; long battery life. Negative: Poor touchpad.
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 03/11/2014
Source: Hi-Tech Mail RU→EN
Positive: Great build; quality case; first-class keyboard; very good image quality of the matt screen.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 02/07/2014
For those unfamiliar with the Lenovo Yoga brand, these flexible devices allow users to fold back its screen 360 degrees, turning a laptop configuration into a tablet configuration. For those who were familiar with the previous iterations of the Lenovo Thinkpad Yoga, having the keyboard mashing against the hand in tablet mode was widely considered a design flaw. Now, the newest 12 inch Lenovo Thinkpad Yoga has a mechanism that will extract the keys back down into the body when the screen is pushed back into tablet mode, so that the keys aren't raised, and won't be able to be depressed. Lenovo has named this innovation a lift and lock system.
Weighing in at 1.578 kg, this device is on the heavy side for tablet, which is why having the built in kickstand (the keyboard) will come in handy. Users can stand their screen up in tent mode or stand mode to move the keyboard out of the way. For a portable notebook, it is light and the 12.5 inch IPS screen is in Full HD which should ensure a good viewing experience. Under the hood is the 4th generation Intel processor which should allow for good battery life. The Haswell chips are available in configurations that go up to i7 which should facilitate a wide range of user preferences. A good selection of ports will allow for a variety of business and entertainment uses.
Intel HD Graphics 4400:
ULV integrated GPU (GT2) with 20 EUs found on certain Haswell CPU models.
Non demanding games should be playable with these graphics cards.
Haswell-based ULV dual-core processor clocked at 1.6 GHz with Turbo Boost support up to 2.6 GHz. Offers an integrated HD Graphics 4400 and a dual-channel DDR3 memory controller.» Further information can be found in our Comparison of Mobile Processsors.
This screen diagoal is quite large for tablets but small for subnotebooks. Some convertibles are also represented with that size.
Large display-sizes allow higher resolutions. So, details like letters are bigger. On the other hand, the power consumption is lower with small screen diagonals and the devices are smaller, more lightweight and cheaper.» To find out how fine a display is, see our DPI List.
This weight is typical for very big tablets, subnotebooks, ultrabooks and convertibles with a 11-13 inch display-diagonal.
Lenovo: Lenovo Group Limited is China's largest and the world's fourth largest personal computer manufacturer. Lenovo produces desktops, laptops, servers, handheld computers, imaging equipment, and mobile phone handsets. Lenovo also provides information technology integration and support services, and its QDI unit offers contract manufacturing. Its executive headquarters are located in China and USA. It is incorporated in Hong Kong. Lenovo was formed in 1984 as a spin-off of the Chinese Academy of Sciences new technology unit. The company initially began as a reseller, distributor and later CM for foreign brands, including IBM, entering the Chinese market. In 1990, Lenovo started to manufacture its own PCs and by 1997 became the market leader in China. In 2004, Lenovo bought IBM’s PC business for $1.25billion. Market share regarding sales of personal computers in 2007 (market research IDC): HP 18.9 %, Dell 16.4 %, Acer 9.9 %, Lenovo 7.5 %, Apple 5.7 %
76.38%: This rating is not convincing. The laptop is evaluated below average, this is not really a recommendation for purchase.
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