Lenovo IdeaPad Yoga 2 (11 inch) review

26 Aug 2014

Lenovo delivers what we've been all waiting for - an affordable version of its 11.6in Yoga

Price when reviewed 
500
Buy it now for 
5

Lenovo was one of the first manufacturers to really nail the Windows 8 hybrid with its folding Yoga concept, and the IdeaPad Yoga 2 is its cheapest expression yet. With its 11.6in touchscreen, it reprises the design of the £1,099 IdeaPad Yoga 11S, but slashes the price with a quad-core Pentium processor. See also: what's the best laptop you can buy in 2014?

Lenovo IdeaPad Yoga 2 (11 inch) review: look and feel

The Yoga 2’s similarity to the 11S is no bad thing. We’re sad that it isn’t available in the distinctive orange hue of its predecessor – only in a more sedate silver and black finish – but it’s just as stylish and daintily proportioned. The subtle curves of the body are pleasingly understated and, at 1.3kg, it’s the perfect size and weight for slinging in a bag and carrying around every day. It’s fairly slim, too: the chassis measures 18mm at its thickest point, including the rubber feet on its underside.

Lenovo IdeaPad Yoga 2 (11 inch)

Some compromises have been made to keep costs down, the foremost being a switch from the metal construction of the Yoga 11S to an all-plastic chassis. Thankfully, this hasn’t dramatically impacted the overall build quality. There’s a little flex in the keyboard section if you twist it viciously from side to side, but – crucially, given the Yoga 2’s portable aspirations – both the slender lid and the double-jointed hinges still feel reassuringly tough and resilient. The overall package feels solidly put together, especially for a £500 hybrid.

Lenovo IdeaPad Yoga 2 (11 inch) review: hybrid design

The Yoga design is impressively versatile. In laptop mode, the Yoga 2 does a superb impression of a high-quality 11.6in Ultrabook. The Scrabble-tile keys could do with a little more travel, and as a result aren’t quite as tactile and responsive as the best we've used, but we found them easy to get used to. While the keys are a little less than full-size, Lenovo hasn’t resorted to needlessly shrunken keys or awkward key placements. The buttonless touchpad doesn’t throw up any issues either, and everything from two-fingered gestures to edge swipes works reliably.

The double-jointed hinge means that the Yoga 2 can also shapeshift into a variety of other formats. Flip the lid back on itself and the keyboard section becomes an adjustable stand, allowing the display to be angled to your liking. Turn the Yoga 2 upside down and “tent mode” makes it usable even in the most cramped of spaces. Fold the display all the way round and the Yoga 2 becomes a tablet.

Lenovo IdeaPad Yoga 2 (11 inch)

It’s a great piece of design. As ever, the keyboard and touchpad are automatically disabled as soon as the screen is tilted past 180 degrees, so you won’t be typing or clicking by accident in tablet mode. The power, volume and automatic-screen-rotation toggle buttons are all positioned along the Yoga 2’s edges so they’re always readily to hand, and there’s a physical Windows key embedded in the touchscreen’s lower bezel.

Details

Price ex VAT £417
Price inc VAT £500
Overall rating 5
Features & Design 5
Value for Money 6
Performance 3

Warranty

Warranty 1 yr return to base

Physical specifications

Dimensions 298 x 206 x 18mm (WDH)
Weight 1.300kg
Travelling weight 1.6kg

Processor and memory

Processor Intel Pentium N3520
RAM capacity 4.00GB
Memory type DDR3L
SODIMM sockets free 0
SODIMM sockets total 0

Screen and video

Screen size 11.6in
Resolution screen horizontal 1,366
Resolution screen vertical 768
Resolution 1366 x 768
Graphics chipset Intel HD Graphics
VGA (D-SUB) outputs 0
HDMI outputs 1

Drives

Spindle speed 5,400RPM
Optical disc technology N/A
Optical drive N/A
Replacement battery price inc VAT £0

Networking

Wired adapter speed N/A
802.11a support no
802.11b support yes
802.11g support yes
802.11 draft-n support yes
Integrated 3G adapter no
Bluetooth support yes

Other Features

Wireless key-combination switch yes
USB ports (downstream) 1
3.5mm audio jacks 1
SD card reader yes
Pointing device type Touchpad/touchscreen
Integrated microphone? yes
Integrated webcam? yes
Camera megapixel rating 0.9mp

Battery and performance tests

Battery life, light use 7hr 17min
3D performance (crysis) low settings 19fps
3D performance setting Low
Overall Real World Benchmark score 0.42
Responsiveness score 0.50
Media score 0.44
Multitasking score 0.32

Operating system and software

Operating system Windows 8 64-bit
OS family Windows 8

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