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Lenovo Yoga 300-11IBR Convertible Review

Sascha Mölck (translated by Bernie Pechlaner), 03/24/2016

Bad display choice? Lenovo's 11.6-inch convertible fails to impress in any given area - but it stands out in a negative way with its TN panel and limited viewing angle stability.

For the original German review, see here.

Frequent visitors of our website are probably familiar with the Yoga 300-11IBR already, as it is essentially the convertible edition of the recently reviewed Lenovo IdeaPad 300S-11IBR netbook. This time around, we are checking out the convertible to see if it fares any better - the netbook was not exactly impressive. Competitors are the Asus Transformer Book Flip TP200SA, the Toshiba Satellite Radius 11 L10W-C, and the Acer Aspire R11 R3-131T, but also regular netbooks like the Acer Aspire One Cloudbook 11 and the Asus EeeBook X205TA.

Lenovo Yoga 300-11IBR (Yoga 300 Series)
Graphics adapter
Intel HD Graphics (Braswell), Core: 313-600 MHz, Dual-Channel, 10.18.15.4248
Memory
4096 MB 
, DDR3-1600, Dual-Channel, soldered on
Display
11.6 inch 16:9, 1366 x 768 pixel, capacitve, AU Optronics B116XTN02.3, TN LED, glossy: yes
Storage
Seagate ST500LM000 Solid State Hybrid Drive, 500 GB 
, 5400 rpm, 390 GB free
Soundcard
Realtek HD Audio
Connections
2 USB 2.0, 1 USB 3.0 / 3.1 Gen1, 1 HDMI, 1 Kensington Lock, Audio Connections: Audio combo-jack, Card Reader: SD, Brightness Sensor, Sensors: Brightness sensor, acceleration sensor, TPM 2.0
Networking
Realtek RTL8168/8111 Gigabit-LAN (10/100/1000MBit), Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 3160 (a/b/g/n/ac), Bluetooth 4.0
Size
height x width x depth (in mm): 21.8 x 299 x 209 ( = 0.86 x 11.77 x 8.23 in)
Battery
30 Wh Lithium-Ion
Operating System
Microsoft Windows 10 Home 64 Bit
Camera
Webcam: HD webcam
Additional features
Speakers: Stereo, Keyboard: Chiclet, Keyboard Light: no, Lenovo Photo Master, McAfee LiveSafe-Internet Security (trial), MS Office (trial), 12 Months Warranty, fanless
Weight
1.39 kg ( = 49.03 oz / 3.06 pounds), Power Supply: 288 g ( = 10.16 oz / 0.63 pounds)
Price
399 Euro

 

Case & Connectivity

The chassis is made from two-tone plastic. The display lid and the bottom part of the base unit are white; all other parts are black. Three sides of the base unit are surrounded by a rubber bumper, which protects the upper base unit when the convertible is resting on it. The display can be rotated backwards a full 360 degrees to allow for different modes. The build quality is quite decent. As far as the sturdiness is concerned, the Yoga 300 exhibits the usual weaknesses: the chassis flexes in the areas next to the keyboard and below the touchpad. The base unit resists twisting quite well. To access the hardware, the bottom half of the base unit needs to be taken off, which is an easily accomplished job.

The small notebook features a decent number of ports. One of the three USB ports supports USB 3.0. HDMI out allows the user to connect a monitor or a TV. The physical ports are all located towards the rear on the left and right side.

The integrated card reader is about average as far as the speeds are concerned. Large data blocks are copied at a maximum transfer rate of 75.9 MB/s. The copy process of 250 jpeg-files (5 MB each) took place at 33.3 MB/s. For these tests we use our reference SD card Toshiba Exceria Pro SDXC 64 GB UHS-II.

Left side: lock slot, power jack, USB 2.0, card reader, automatic rotation, volume rocker switch
Left side: lock slot, power jack, USB 2.0, card reader, automatic rotation, volume rocker switch
Right side: power button, One-Key recovery (recessed), USB 2.0, USB 3.0, HDMI, Gigabit Ethernet
Right side: power button, One-Key recovery (recessed), USB 2.0, USB 3.0, HDMI, Gigabit Ethernet

Input Devices

The chiclet keyboard does not feature a backlight. The flat keys are ever so slightly rough to the touch with well-defined feedback and short travel. The keyboard only flexes minimally, so typing is not affected at all. Overall, the quality of the keyboard is acceptable. The multi-touch-capable ClickPad measures about 9 x 6 cm (~3.5 x 2.4 in) and offers plenty of space for gestures. The smooth surface allows fingers to glide easily. The travel distance is short and the feedback well defined. In addition, the convertible also features a touchscreen as an alternative input method. The screen responds instantly and can recognize up to 10 touch points.

Input Devices
Input Devices

Display

Subpixel-array
Subpixel-array

The Yoga 300 is equipped with an 11.6-inch touchscreen with a native resolution of 1366x768 pixels. Neither the brightness (241.6 cd/m²) nor the contrast (376:1) are standouts - an 11.6-inch convertible should offer more, especially since it's likely going to be used in different locations and different ambient light settings. A positive aspect: at no time did we encounter any PWM flickering.

228
cd/m²
245
cd/m²
243
cd/m²
231
cd/m²
256
cd/m²
246
cd/m²
235
cd/m²
249
cd/m²
241
cd/m²
Distribution of brightness
X-Rite i1Pro 2
Maximum: 256 cd/m² Average: 241.6 cd/m²
Brightness Distribution: 89 %
Center on Battery: 210 cd/m²
Contrast: 376:1 (Black: 0.68 cd/m²)
ΔE Color 8.87 | 0.4-29.43 Ø6.3
ΔE Greyscale 9.6 | 0.64-98 Ø6.5
55% sRGB (Argyll 3D) 35% AdobeRGB 1998 (Argyll 3D)
Gamma: 2.2

Screen Flickering / PWM (Pulse-Width Modulation)

To dim the screen, some notebooks will simply cycle the backlight on and off in rapid succession - a method called Pulse Width Modulation (PWM) . This cycling frequency should ideally be undetectable to the human eye. If said frequency is too low, users with sensitive eyes may experience strain or headaches or even notice the flickering altogether.
Screen flickering / PWM not detected

In comparison: 53 % of all tested devices do not use PWM to dim the display. If PWM was detected, an average of 8813 (minimum: 43 - maximum: 142900) Hz was measured.

As shipped, the color DeltaE deviation is 8.87. The goal is a value of less than 3. In addition, the display panel suffers from a bluish hue.

CalMAN - Color Checker
CalMAN - Color Checker
CalMAN - Graylevels
CalMAN - Graylevels
CalMAN - Saturation
CalMAN - Saturation

Display Response Times

Display response times show how fast the screen is able to change from one color to the next. Slow response times can lead to afterimages and can cause moving objects to appear blurry (ghosting). Gamers of fast-paced 3D titles should pay special attention to fast response times.
       Response Time Black to White
24 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 7 ms rise
↘ 17 ms fall
The screen shows good response rates in our tests, but may be too slow for competitive gamers.
In comparison, all tested devices range from 0.8 (minimum) to 240 (maximum) ms. » 32 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is similar to the average of all tested devices (25.8 ms).
       Response Time 50% Grey to 80% Grey
58 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 26 ms rise
↘ 32 ms fall
The screen shows slow response rates in our tests and will be unsatisfactory for gamers.
In comparison, all tested devices range from 0.9 (minimum) to 636 (maximum) ms. » 94 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is worse than the average of all tested devices (41.3 ms).

For some inexplicable reason, Lenovo decided to outfit the Yoga 300 with a panel based on TN technology. The viewing angles are therefore restricted, even though this particular display is one of the better ones and the viewing angles are greater than normal. IPS panels are still much better in that regard. The convertible is not easy to use outdoors because of glossy and reflective display in combination with the low maximum brightness.

The Yoga 300 outdoors (sun from behind)
The Yoga 300 outdoors (sun from behind)

Performance

The Yoga 300-11IBR is an 11.6-inch convertible notebook. The hardware is good enough for simple word processing and web browsing. Our review notebook sells for 380 Euro (~$430). Other versions are available as well with the price starting of 300 Euro (~$340). 

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Processor

The Yoga 300 is equipped with an Intel Celeron N3050 (Braswell) dual-core processor with a clock speed of 1.6 GHz. The Turbo can overclock the cores up to 2.16 GHz. The CPU is quite frugal with a TDP of 6 watts, which in turn allows for passive cooling. The Celeron is not exactly powerful and cannot handle much more than simple word processing. During our benchmark runs, the CPU maintained the Turbo-maximum both with the notebook plugged in and running on battery power.

Cinebench R10 Rendering Single 32Bit
1068
Cinebench R10 Rendering Multiple CPUs 32Bit
1999
Cinebench R10 Shading 32Bit
2227
Cinebench R15 CPU Single 64Bit
29 Points
Cinebench R15 CPU Multi 64Bit
60 Points
Cinebench R15 OpenGL 64Bit
13.82 fps
Help
Cinebench R15
CPU Single 64Bit (sort by value)
Lenovo Yoga 300-11IBR
HD Graphics (Braswell), N3050, Seagate ST500LM000 Solid State Hybrid Drive
29 Points ∼14%
Acer Aspire One Cloudbook 11 AO1-131-C58K
HD Graphics (Braswell), N3050, 32 GB eMMC Flash
35 Points ∼17% +21%
Asus Transformer Book Flip TP200SA-FV0108TS
HD Graphics (Braswell), N3050, 32 GB eMMC Flash
34 Points ∼16% +17%
Acer Aspire ES1-131
HD Graphics (Braswell), N3050, 32 GB eMMC Flash
35 Points ∼17% +21%
Asus X200MA-BING-KX366B
HD Graphics (Bay Trail), N2830, Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545050A7E680
38 Points ∼18% +31%
Lenovo IdeaPad 300S-11IBR
HD Graphics (Braswell), N3050, Seagate Momentus Thin ST500LT012-1DG142
30 Points ∼14% +3%
Toshiba Satellite Radius 11 L10W-C-108
HD Graphics (Braswell), N3700, Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545050A7E680
36 Points ∼17% +24%
Acer Aspire R11 R3-131T-C122
HD Graphics (Braswell), N3050, HBG3e 32G eMMC
35 Points ∼17% +21%
CPU Multi 64Bit (sort by value)
Lenovo Yoga 300-11IBR
HD Graphics (Braswell), N3050, Seagate ST500LM000 Solid State Hybrid Drive
60 Points ∼2%
Acer Aspire One Cloudbook 11 AO1-131-C58K
HD Graphics (Braswell), N3050, 32 GB eMMC Flash
64 Points ∼2% +7%
Asus Transformer Book Flip TP200SA-FV0108TS
HD Graphics (Braswell), N3050, 32 GB eMMC Flash
62 Points ∼2% +3%
Acer Aspire ES1-131
HD Graphics (Braswell), N3050, 32 GB eMMC Flash
66 Points ∼2% +10%
Asus X200MA-BING-KX366B
HD Graphics (Bay Trail), N2830, Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545050A7E680
71 Points ∼2% +18%
Lenovo IdeaPad 300S-11IBR
HD Graphics (Braswell), N3050, Seagate Momentus Thin ST500LT012-1DG142
56 Points ∼2% -7%
Toshiba Satellite Radius 11 L10W-C-108
HD Graphics (Braswell), N3700, Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545050A7E680
134 Points ∼4% +123%
Acer Aspire R11 R3-131T-C122
HD Graphics (Braswell), N3050, HBG3e 32G eMMC
48 Points ∼2% -20%
Cinebench R10
Rendering Single 32Bit (sort by value)
Lenovo Yoga 300-11IBR
HD Graphics (Braswell), N3050, Seagate ST500LM000 Solid State Hybrid Drive
1068 Points ∼10%
Acer Aspire One Cloudbook 11 AO1-131-C58K
HD Graphics (Braswell), N3050, 32 GB eMMC Flash
1125 Points ∼10% +5%
Asus Transformer Book Flip TP200SA-FV0108TS
HD Graphics (Braswell), N3050, 32 GB eMMC Flash
1106 Points ∼10% +4%
Lenovo Ideapad 100S 80R2
HD Graphics (Bay Trail), Z3735F, 32 GB eMMC Flash
848 Points ∼8% -21%
Acer Aspire ES1-131
HD Graphics (Braswell), N3050, 32 GB eMMC Flash
1130 Points ∼10% +6%
Asus X200MA-BING-KX366B
HD Graphics (Bay Trail), N2830, Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545050A7E680
1169 Points ∼11% +9%
Asus EeeBook X205TA-FD005BS
HD Graphics (Bay Trail), Z3735F, 32 GB eMMC Flash
813 Points ∼8% -24%
Lenovo IdeaPad 300S-11IBR
HD Graphics (Braswell), N3050, Seagate Momentus Thin ST500LT012-1DG142
1046 Points ∼10% -2%
Toshiba Satellite Radius 11 L10W-C-108
HD Graphics (Braswell), N3700, Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545050A7E680
1087 Points ∼10% +2%
Acer Aspire R11 R3-131T-C122
HD Graphics (Braswell), N3050, HBG3e 32G eMMC
779 Points ∼7% -27%
Rendering Multiple CPUs 32Bit (sort by value)
Lenovo Yoga 300-11IBR
HD Graphics (Braswell), N3050, Seagate ST500LM000 Solid State Hybrid Drive
1999 Points ∼4%
Acer Aspire One Cloudbook 11 AO1-131-C58K
HD Graphics (Braswell), N3050, 32 GB eMMC Flash
2156 Points ∼4% +8%
Asus Transformer Book Flip TP200SA-FV0108TS
HD Graphics (Braswell), N3050, 32 GB eMMC Flash
2105 Points ∼4% +5%
Lenovo Ideapad 100S 80R2
HD Graphics (Bay Trail), Z3735F, 32 GB eMMC Flash
2783 Points ∼6% +39%
Acer Aspire ES1-131
HD Graphics (Braswell), N3050, 32 GB eMMC Flash
2147 Points ∼4% +7%
Asus X200MA-BING-KX366B
HD Graphics (Bay Trail), N2830, Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545050A7E680
2316 Points ∼5% +16%
Asus EeeBook X205TA-FD005BS
HD Graphics (Bay Trail), Z3735F, 32 GB eMMC Flash
2867 Points ∼6% +43%
Lenovo IdeaPad 300S-11IBR
HD Graphics (Braswell), N3050, Seagate Momentus Thin ST500LT012-1DG142
1941 Points ∼4% -3%
Toshiba Satellite Radius 11 L10W-C-108
HD Graphics (Braswell), N3700, Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545050A7E680
3054 Points ∼6% +53%
Acer Aspire R11 R3-131T-C122
HD Graphics (Braswell), N3050, HBG3e 32G eMMC
1876 Points ∼4% -6%
Geekbench 3
32 Bit Multi-Core Score (sort by value)
Lenovo Yoga 300-11IBR
HD Graphics (Braswell), N3050, Seagate ST500LM000 Solid State Hybrid Drive
1619 Points ∼5%
Acer Aspire One Cloudbook 11 AO1-131-C58K
HD Graphics (Braswell), N3050, 32 GB eMMC Flash
1583 Points ∼5% -2%
Asus Transformer Book Flip TP200SA-FV0108TS
HD Graphics (Braswell), N3050, 32 GB eMMC Flash
1488 Points ∼5% -8%
Acer Aspire ES1-131
HD Graphics (Braswell), N3050, 32 GB eMMC Flash
1604 Points ∼5% -1%
Lenovo IdeaPad 300S-11IBR
HD Graphics (Braswell), N3050, Seagate Momentus Thin ST500LT012-1DG142
1531 Points ∼5% -5%
Toshiba Satellite Radius 11 L10W-C-108
HD Graphics (Braswell), N3700, Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545050A7E680
3212 Points ∼10% +98%
Acer Aspire R11 R3-131T-C122
HD Graphics (Braswell), N3050, HBG3e 32G eMMC
1550 Points ∼5% -4%
32 Bit Single-Core Score (sort by value)
Lenovo Yoga 300-11IBR
HD Graphics (Braswell), N3050, Seagate ST500LM000 Solid State Hybrid Drive
853 Points ∼18%
Acer Aspire One Cloudbook 11 AO1-131-C58K
HD Graphics (Braswell), N3050, 32 GB eMMC Flash
865 Points ∼18% +1%
Asus Transformer Book Flip TP200SA-FV0108TS
HD Graphics (Braswell), N3050, 32 GB eMMC Flash
847 Points ∼18% -1%
Acer Aspire ES1-131
HD Graphics (Braswell), N3050, 32 GB eMMC Flash
874 Points ∼19% +2%
Lenovo IdeaPad 300S-11IBR
HD Graphics (Braswell), N3050, Seagate Momentus Thin ST500LT012-1DG142
833 Points ∼18% -2%
Toshiba Satellite Radius 11 L10W-C-108
HD Graphics (Braswell), N3700, Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545050A7E680
960 Points ∼20% +13%
Acer Aspire R11 R3-131T-C122
HD Graphics (Braswell), N3050, HBG3e 32G eMMC
868 Points ∼18% +2%
Sunspider - 1.0 Total Score (sort by value)
Lenovo Yoga 300-11IBR
HD Graphics (Braswell), N3050, Seagate ST500LM000 Solid State Hybrid Drive
418.3 ms * ∼10%
Acer Aspire One Cloudbook 11 AO1-131-C58K
HD Graphics (Braswell), N3050, 32 GB eMMC Flash
405.2 ms * ∼10% +3%
Acer Aspire One Cloudbook 11 AO1-131-C58K
HD Graphics (Braswell), N3050, 32 GB eMMC Flash
396.6 ms * ∼10% +5%
Dell Chromebook 11-3120
HD Graphics (Bay Trail), N2840, 16 GB eMMC Flash
554.4 ms * ∼14% -33%
Acer Aspire ES1-131
HD Graphics (Braswell), N3050, 32 GB eMMC Flash
378.8 ms * ∼9% +9%
Asus X200MA-BING-KX366B
HD Graphics (Bay Trail), N2830, Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545050A7E680
319 ms * ∼8% +24%
Lenovo N20 Chromebook
HD Graphics (Bay Trail), N2830, 16 GB eMMC Flash
548.2 ms * ∼14% -31%
Acer CB3-111
HD Graphics (Bay Trail), N2840
535 ms * ∼13% -28%
Asus EeeBook X205TA-FD005BS
HD Graphics (Bay Trail), Z3735F, 32 GB eMMC Flash
488 ms * ∼12% -17%
Lenovo IdeaPad 300S-11IBR
HD Graphics (Braswell), N3050, Seagate Momentus Thin ST500LT012-1DG142
411.3 ms * ∼10% +2%
Toshiba Satellite Radius 11 L10W-C-108
HD Graphics (Braswell), N3700, Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545050A7E680
343.6 ms * ∼9% +18%
Acer Aspire R11 R3-131T-C122
HD Graphics (Braswell), N3050, HBG3e 32G eMMC
387.9 ms * ∼10% +7%
JetStream 1.1 - 1.1 Total Score (sort by value)
Lenovo Yoga 300-11IBR
HD Graphics (Braswell), N3050, Seagate ST500LM000 Solid State Hybrid Drive
47.175 Points ∼14%
Acer Aspire One Cloudbook 11 AO1-131-C58K
HD Graphics (Braswell), N3050, 32 GB eMMC Flash
50.2 Points ∼15% +6%
Acer Aspire One Cloudbook 11 AO1-131-C58K
HD Graphics (Braswell), N3050, 32 GB eMMC Flash
45.5 Points ∼14% -4%
Lenovo IdeaPad 300S-11IBR
HD Graphics (Braswell), N3050, Seagate Momentus Thin ST500LT012-1DG142
46.168 Points ∼14% -2%
Mozilla Kraken 1.1 - Total Score (sort by value)
Lenovo Yoga 300-11IBR
HD Graphics (Braswell), N3050, Seagate ST500LM000 Solid State Hybrid Drive
5163.9 ms * ∼9%
Acer Aspire One Cloudbook 11 AO1-131-C58K
HD Graphics (Braswell), N3050, 32 GB eMMC Flash
4965.1 ms * ∼8% +4%
Acer Aspire One Cloudbook 11 AO1-131-C58K
HD Graphics (Braswell), N3050, 32 GB eMMC Flash
4928.3 ms * ∼8% +5%
Dell Chromebook 11-3120
HD Graphics (Bay Trail), N2840, 16 GB eMMC Flash
3842.8 ms * ∼6% +26%
Acer Aspire ES1-131
HD Graphics (Braswell), N3050, 32 GB eMMC Flash
7633.2 ms * ∼13% -48%
Lenovo N20 Chromebook
HD Graphics (Bay Trail), N2830, 16 GB eMMC Flash
4233.5 ms * ∼7% +18%
Acer CB3-111
HD Graphics (Bay Trail), N2840
4115 ms * ∼7% +20%
Asus EeeBook X205TA-FD005BS
HD Graphics (Bay Trail), Z3735F, 32 GB eMMC Flash
9362 ms * ∼16% -81%
Lenovo IdeaPad 300S-11IBR
HD Graphics (Braswell), N3050, Seagate Momentus Thin ST500LT012-1DG142
5211.3 ms * ∼9% -1%
Octane V2 - Total Score (sort by value)
Lenovo Yoga 300-11IBR
HD Graphics (Braswell), N3050, Seagate ST500LM000 Solid State Hybrid Drive
7132 Points ∼14%
Acer Aspire One Cloudbook 11 AO1-131-C58K
HD Graphics (Braswell), N3050, 32 GB eMMC Flash
7545 Points ∼15% +6%
Acer Aspire One Cloudbook 11 AO1-131-C58K
HD Graphics (Braswell), N3050, 32 GB eMMC Flash
7291 Points ∼15% +2%
Dell Chromebook 11-3120
HD Graphics (Bay Trail), N2840, 16 GB eMMC Flash
8229 Points ∼17% +15%
Acer Aspire ES1-131
HD Graphics (Braswell), N3050, 32 GB eMMC Flash
4059 Points ∼8% -43%
Lenovo N20 Chromebook
HD Graphics (Bay Trail), N2830, 16 GB eMMC Flash
7397 Points ∼15% +4%
Acer CB3-111
HD Graphics (Bay Trail), N2840
7486 Points ∼15% +5%
Asus EeeBook X205TA-FD005BS
HD Graphics (Bay Trail), Z3735F, 32 GB eMMC Flash
3483 Points ∼7% -51%
Lenovo IdeaPad 300S-11IBR
HD Graphics (Braswell), N3050, Seagate Momentus Thin ST500LT012-1DG142
6463 Points ∼13% -9%
Peacekeeper - --- (sort by value)
Lenovo Yoga 300-11IBR
HD Graphics (Braswell), N3050, Seagate ST500LM000 Solid State Hybrid Drive
612 Points ∼10%
Acer Aspire One Cloudbook 11 AO1-131-C58K
HD Graphics (Braswell), N3050, 32 GB eMMC Flash
726 Points ∼12% +19%
Acer Aspire One Cloudbook 11 AO1-131-C58K
HD Graphics (Braswell), N3050, 32 GB eMMC Flash
683 Points ∼11% +12%
Dell Chromebook 11-3120
HD Graphics (Bay Trail), N2840, 16 GB eMMC Flash
1571 Points ∼25% +157%
Acer Aspire ES1-131
HD Graphics (Braswell), N3050, 32 GB eMMC Flash
651 Points ∼11% +6%
Lenovo N20 Chromebook
HD Graphics (Bay Trail), N2830, 16 GB eMMC Flash
1593 Points ∼26% +160%
Acer CB3-111
HD Graphics (Bay Trail), N2840
1637 Points ∼26% +167%
Lenovo IdeaPad 300S-11IBR
HD Graphics (Braswell), N3050, Seagate Momentus Thin ST500LT012-1DG142
653 Points ∼11% +7%

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System Performance

The system runs trouble-free and without any stutters. Potential buyers should be aware that the convertible was only designed to handle word processing and similar tasks. Common news and online-shop websites can take a little while to load. The results of the PC Mark benchmark tests reflect the performance of the integrated SoC. The convertible scores better than competitors with Bay Trail hardware thanks to the more powerful Braswell GPU. Swapping out the hybrid HDD for an SSD should improve the overall system performance.

PCMark 8 Home Score Accelerated v2
1633 points
PCMark 8 Creative Score Accelerated v2
1650 points
PCMark 8 Work Score Accelerated v2
1295 points
Help
PCMark 8 - Home Score Accelerated v2 (sort by value)
Lenovo Yoga 300-11IBR
HD Graphics (Braswell), N3050, Seagate ST500LM000 Solid State Hybrid Drive
1633 Points ∼27%
Acer Aspire One Cloudbook 11 AO1-131-C58K
HD Graphics (Braswell), N3050, 32 GB eMMC Flash
1602 Points ∼26% -2%
Lenovo Ideapad 100S 80R2
HD Graphics (Bay Trail), Z3735F, 32 GB eMMC Flash
1029 Points ∼17% -37%
Acer Aspire ES1-131
HD Graphics (Braswell), N3050, 32 GB eMMC Flash
1694 Points ∼28% +4%
Asus EeeBook X205TA-FD005BS
HD Graphics (Bay Trail), Z3735F, 32 GB eMMC Flash
1142 Points ∼19% -30%
Lenovo IdeaPad 300S-11IBR
HD Graphics (Braswell), N3050, Seagate Momentus Thin ST500LT012-1DG142
1511 Points ∼25% -7%

Storage Device

The Aspire is equipped with a hybrid HDD from Seagate. The drive rotates at 5400 RPM and has a capacity of 500 GB. The included SSD cache (8 GB) increases the load speed of frequently used applications. The transfer rates are equivalent to normal platter-based 5400-RPM drives.

Seagate ST500LM000 Solid State Hybrid Drive
Transfer Rate Minimum: 51.9 MB/s
Transfer Rate Maximum: 113.2 MB/s
Transfer Rate Average: 89.8 MB/s
Access Time: 17.8 ms
Burst Rate: 144.9 MB/s
CPU Usage: 8.5 %

GPU Performance

Intel's HD Graphics (Braswell) supports DirectX 12 and operates at speeds of up to 600 MHz. The results of the 3D Mark benchmarks are as expected for this particular GPU. The new graphics card is clearly better than the predecessor Bay Trail thanks to the new architecture.

An integrated decoder takes load off the processor during the playback of common video formats. The convertible can even handle H.265 (successor to H.264) 4K videos. When we ran our video (4k, H.265, 60 fps), the CPU load remained under 10%. For our tests we used the movie and TV app Windows 10 comes with, as it supports hardware acceleration of H.265 videos.

3DMark 11 Performance
434 points
3DMark Ice Storm Standard Score
14342 points
3DMark Cloud Gate Standard Score
1327 points
3DMark Fire Strike Score
256 points
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3DMark 11 - 1280x720 Performance (sort by value)
Lenovo Yoga 300-11IBR
HD Graphics (Braswell), N3050, Seagate ST500LM000 Solid State Hybrid Drive
434 Points ∼1%
Acer Aspire One Cloudbook 11 AO1-131-C58K
HD Graphics (Braswell), N3050, 32 GB eMMC Flash
437 Points ∼1% +1%
Lenovo Ideapad 100S 80R2
HD Graphics (Bay Trail), Z3735F, 32 GB eMMC Flash
192 Points ∼1% -56%
Acer Aspire ES1-131
HD Graphics (Braswell), N3050, 32 GB eMMC Flash
443 Points ∼1% +2%
Asus X200MA-BING-KX366B
HD Graphics (Bay Trail), N2830, Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545050A7E680
226 Points ∼1% -48%
Asus EeeBook X205TA-FD005BS
HD Graphics (Bay Trail), Z3735F, 32 GB eMMC Flash
212 Points ∼1% -51%
Lenovo IdeaPad 300S-11IBR
HD Graphics (Braswell), N3050, Seagate Momentus Thin ST500LT012-1DG142
414 Points ∼1% -5%
Toshiba Satellite Radius 11 L10W-C-108
HD Graphics (Braswell), N3700, Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545050A7E680
447 Points ∼1% +3%
Acer Aspire R11 R3-131T-C122
HD Graphics (Braswell), N3050, HBG3e 32G eMMC
435 Points ∼1% 0%
3DMark
1920x1080 Fire Strike Score (sort by value)
Lenovo Yoga 300-11IBR
HD Graphics (Braswell), N3050, Seagate ST500LM000 Solid State Hybrid Drive
256 Points ∼1%
Acer Aspire One Cloudbook 11 AO1-131-C58K
HD Graphics (Braswell), N3050, 32 GB eMMC Flash
241 Points ∼1% -6%
Asus Transformer Book Flip TP200SA-FV0108TS
HD Graphics (Braswell), N3050, 32 GB eMMC Flash
239 Points ∼1% -7%
Acer Aspire ES1-131
HD Graphics (Braswell), N3050, 32 GB eMMC Flash
204 Points ∼1% -20%
Lenovo IdeaPad 300S-11IBR
HD Graphics (Braswell), N3050, Seagate Momentus Thin ST500LT012-1DG142
214 Points ∼1% -16%
Toshiba Satellite Radius 11 L10W-C-108
HD Graphics (Braswell), N3700, Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545050A7E680
256 Points ∼1% 0%
1280x720 Sky Diver Score (sort by value)
Lenovo Yoga 300-11IBR
HD Graphics (Braswell), N3050, Seagate ST500LM000 Solid State Hybrid Drive
1006 Points ∼2%
Acer Aspire One Cloudbook 11 AO1-131-C58K
HD Graphics (Braswell), N3050, 32 GB eMMC Flash
1031 Points ∼2% +2%
Acer Aspire ES1-131
HD Graphics (Braswell), N3050, 32 GB eMMC Flash
1001 Points ∼2% 0%
Lenovo IdeaPad 300S-11IBR
HD Graphics (Braswell), N3050, Seagate Momentus Thin ST500LT012-1DG142
939 Points ∼2% -7%
1280x720 Cloud Gate Standard Score (sort by value)
Lenovo Yoga 300-11IBR
HD Graphics (Braswell), N3050, Seagate ST500LM000 Solid State Hybrid Drive
1327 Points ∼3%
Acer Aspire One Cloudbook 11 AO1-131-C58K
HD Graphics (Braswell), N3050, 32 GB eMMC Flash
1529 Points ∼3% +15%
Asus Transformer Book Flip TP200SA-FV0108TS
HD Graphics (Braswell), N3050, 32 GB eMMC Flash
1476 Points ∼3% +11%
Lenovo Ideapad 100S 80R2
HD Graphics (Bay Trail), Z3735F, 32 GB eMMC Flash
1133 Points ∼2% -15%
Acer Aspire ES1-131
HD Graphics (Braswell), N3050, 32 GB eMMC Flash
1539 Points ∼3% +16%
Asus EeeBook X205TA-FD005BS
HD Graphics (Bay Trail), Z3735F, 32 GB eMMC Flash
1186 Points ∼2% -11%
Lenovo IdeaPad 300S-11IBR
HD Graphics (Braswell), N3050, Seagate Momentus Thin ST500LT012-1DG142
1418 Points ∼3% +7%
Toshiba Satellite Radius 11 L10W-C-108
HD Graphics (Braswell), N3700, Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545050A7E680
2134 Points ∼4% +61%
Acer Aspire R11 R3-131T-C122
HD Graphics (Braswell), N3050, HBG3e 32G eMMC
1523 Points ∼3% +15%
1280x720 Ice Storm Standard Score (sort by value)
Lenovo Yoga 300-11IBR
HD Graphics (Braswell), N3050, Seagate ST500LM000 Solid State Hybrid Drive
14342 Points ∼1%
Acer Aspire One Cloudbook 11 AO1-131-C58K
HD Graphics (Braswell), N3050, 32 GB eMMC Flash
18329 Points ∼2% +28%
Asus Transformer Book Flip TP200SA-FV0108TS
HD Graphics (Braswell), N3050, 32 GB eMMC Flash
15880 Points ∼1% +11%
Lenovo Ideapad 100S 80R2
HD Graphics (Bay Trail), Z3735F, 32 GB eMMC Flash
14470 Points ∼1% +1%
Acer Aspire ES1-131
HD Graphics (Braswell), N3050, 32 GB eMMC Flash
17593 Points ∼2% +23%
Asus X200MA-BING-KX366B
HD Graphics (Bay Trail), N2830, Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545050A7E680
14576 Points ∼1% +2%
Asus EeeBook X205TA-FD005BS
HD Graphics (Bay Trail), Z3735F, 32 GB eMMC Flash
15265 Points ∼1% +6%
Lenovo IdeaPad 300S-11IBR
HD Graphics (Braswell), N3050, Seagate Momentus Thin ST500LT012-1DG142
16825 Points ∼2% +17%
Toshiba Satellite Radius 11 L10W-C-108
HD Graphics (Braswell), N3700, Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545050A7E680
23867 Points ∼2% +66%
Acer Aspire R11 R3-131T-C122
HD Graphics (Braswell), N3050, HBG3e 32G eMMC
17227 Points ∼2% +20%

Gaming Performance

Users interested in gaming should stick with the casual games available from the Windows Store. Modern 3D games like Rise of the Tomb Raider are out of the question, since the hardware is simply not powerful enough.

low med. high ultra
BioShock Infinite (2013) 22.111.49.6fps

Emissions & Energy

System Noise

The SoC is passively cooled, so there is no fan system. The hard drive is audible, although we needed to pay close attention to hear it at all, as this particular model is very quiet. Swapping the HDD for an SSD would result in an utterly silent notebook.

Noise Level

Idle
32.4 / 32.5 / 32.5 dB(A)
HDD
32.2 dB(A)
Load
32.5 / 32.4 dB(A)
  red to green bar
 
 
30 dB
silent
40 dB(A)
audible
50 dB(A)
loud
 
min: dark, med: mid, max: light   Audix TM1 Arta (15 cm distance)

Temperature

The Yoga 300 during the stress test
The Yoga 300 during the stress test

The Yoga handles the stress test (Prime95 and FurMark are running for at least one hour) in identical fashion no matter if it is plugged in or not. The CPU (2.16 GHz) and the GPU (600 MHz) deliver the full performance for about one minute before throttling occurs (down to 1.6 GHz and 520 MHz, respectively). After the initial slowdown, further decreases happen very slowly: after one hour we recorded 1.3 to 1.4 GHz for the CPU and 500 MHz for the GPU. The convertible does not get very warm. All areas remained under 40 degrees Celsius (104 Fahrenheit).

Max. Load
 32.8 °C
91 F
37 °C
99 F
37.9 °C
100 F
 
 32.7 °C
91 F
36.7 °C
98 F
38 °C
100 F
 
 28.8 °C
84 F
30 °C
86 F
33.2 °C
92 F
 
Maximum: 38 °C = 100 F
Average: 34.1 °C = 93 F
38.3 °C
101 F
37.6 °C
100 F
34 °C
93 F
35 °C
95 F
35.7 °C
96 F
30.3 °C
87 F
34.2 °C
94 F
31.6 °C
89 F
29.3 °C
85 F
Maximum: 38.3 °C = 101 F
Average: 34 °C = 93 F
Power Supply (max.)  34.9 °C = 95 F | Room Temperature 22.8 °C = 73 F | FIRT 550-Pocket

Speakers

Pink noise
Pink noise

The stereo speakers are located towards the front edge on the bottom of the convertible. The output quality is acceptable but not great, as the sound can get a little tinny.

Power Consumption

During idle, the convertible consumes a maximum of 7.8 watts - 3 watts less than the netbook sibling. During the stress test, the power consumption increased to 16 watts, which is the same draw we measured under medium load. The reason is the throttling of both the CPU and the GPU performance during the stress test. The power adapter is rated at 45 watts.

Power Consumption
Off / Standbydarklight 0.45 / 0.5 Watt
Idledarkmidlight 5.6 / 7.7 / 7.8 Watt
Load midlight 16 / 16 Watt
 color bar
Key: min: dark, med: mid, max: light        Metrahit Energy

Battery Life

Our practical WLAN test revealed a run time of 5 hours and 8 minutes. This result matches that of the IdeaPad 300s-11IBR, which shut down after 5 hours and 15 minutes. For this test, we use the balanced profile and set the display to a brightness of 150 cd/m². 

Battery Runtime
NBC WiFi Websurfing Battery Test 1.3 (Edge 25.10586.0.0)
5h 08min
Battery Runtime
WiFi v1.3 (sort by value)
Lenovo Yoga 300-11IBR
N3050, 30 Wh
308 min ∼45%
Acer Aspire One Cloudbook 11 AO1-131-C58K
N3050, 32 Wh
445 min ∼65%
Lenovo Ideapad 100S 80R2
Z3735F, 32 Wh
406 min ∼60%
Dell Chromebook 11-3120
N2840, 43 Wh
566 min ∼83%
Acer Aspire ES1-131
N3050, 38 Wh
554 min ∼81%
Asus X200MA-BING-KX366B
N2830, 33 Wh
285 min ∼42%
Lenovo IdeaPad 300S-11IBR
N3050, 30 Wh
315 min ∼46%
Toshiba Satellite Radius 11 L10W-C-108
N3700,  Wh
222 min ∼33%
Acer Aspire R11 R3-131T-C122
N3050, 50 Wh
680 min ∼100%
WiFi (sort by value)
Lenovo N20 Chromebook
N2830, 35 Wh
532 min ∼98%
Acer CB3-111
N2840, 36 Wh
568 min ∼104%
Asus EeeBook X205TA-FD005BS
Z3735F, 38 Wh
545 min ∼100%

Pros

+ quiet
+ doesn't get hot

Cons

- battery life is just average
- weak CPU
- low viewing angle stability
- warranty only 12 months

Verdict

In review: Lenovo Yoga 300-11IBR. Test model courtesy of notebooksbilliger.de
In review: Lenovo Yoga 300-11IBR. Test model courtesy of notebooksbilliger.de

The Yoga 300-11IB is an 11.6-inch convertible designed for simple word processing and web browsing. When connected to a TV, the notebook can also function as a silent video playback station. The Yoga 300 is very quiet and does not get hot. The 500 GB hybrid HDD offers plenty of storage capacity. If desired, the HDD can be swapped out for a higher-capacity model or an SSD. The battery life is fairly average; some competitors offer substantially longer run times. The warranty coverage is also nothing to get excited about, as Lenovo covers the convertible for only one year.

For some inexplicable reason, Lenovo decided to outfit the Yoga 300 with a TN panel. The viewing angle stability is therefore not great. 

In our opinion, there is no place for a screen based on this technology within the group of tablets and convertibles. Even though this particular screen is better than normal, the viewing angles of an IPS display are much better still.

Lenovo Yoga 300-11IBR - 04/18/2016 v5.1
Sascha Mölck

Chassis
77 / 98 → 78%
Keyboard
74%
Pointing Device
84%
Connectivity
50 / 80 → 62%
Weight
70 / 35-78 → 81%
Battery
82%
Display
73%
Games Performance
40 / 68 → 59%
Application Performance
39 / 87 → 45%
Temperature
93%
Noise
95%
Audio
40 / 91 → 44%
Camera
40 / 85 → 47%
Average
66%
78%
Convertible - Weighted Average

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Sascha Mölck, 2016-03-24 (Update: 2018-05-15)
Bernhard Pechlaner
Bernhard Pechlaner - Review Editor
Ended up in the IT sector in the 90s more or less accidentally and have remained in the industry (as a sysadmin) ever since. Always been interested in laptops - first purchase was - if memory serves correctly - a Toshiba Satellite T2115CS with DX4-75 processor, 4 MB of RAM and 350 MB hard disk drive (and Windows 3.1). To this day, laptops appeal to me - much to the chagrin of my wife, who doesn’t seem understand why we need 5-10 of them at any given time ;-).