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Lenovo 13  in tent mode

Hands On With the

Lenovo IdeaPad Yoga 13

Linda A. Epstein ~ November 2012


The wait is over.... The Lenovo Yoga 13 Ultrabook is here, and I can tell you that without question, it was worth the wait.   First shown at CES last January, the Lenovo Yoga Lenovo 13 outsidehas been the most anticipated Windows 8 Tablet released. 

It's All in the Details........

From the minute you have Yoga's elegant black box in your hands, you know you have something special... and what's inside doesn't disappoint.

Packed with power and loaded features, the Yoga 13 stands out from the crowd in may ways. Starting with the 360 degree "flip and fold" design that lets you use Yoga as a laptop, standing up in "tent" style or folded flat like a tablet.  

Having the ability to change how you view Yoga with out having to carry around extra accessories gives users the flexibility to have everything they want in one one slim, elegant machine. 

Features include your choice of Core i3, i5 or i7 Intel processors up to 8GB RAM, Windows 8, 10 point multi touch display, Lenovo Motion Control, which uses the webcam as an input device, that allows you to flip pages, rewind/forward music, change the volume, and gesture other simple commands with a flick of the hand. ( i have not had an opportunity to test this yet)

Who it's for ...

Weighing in at 3.4 pounds with a 13.3" HD+IPS capacitive multi touch display the Yoga 13 is the perfect machine for anyone who needs to work, likes play and wants do it all on one computer without squinting or having to carry around a lot of extra accessories.   

In Laptop mode the Yoga is pleasure to navigate, the Metro tiles are easy to read and the touch/swipe features of Windows 8 work easily.  I also spent time carrying it up and down the stairs and taking it outside to for photos.  Yoga impresses on every level. It feels strong and sturdy, but at the same time its remarkable thin and light.  As you can see from the photo below when closed the Yoga 13 is thinner than a tube of lipstick.

Flipping the screen into tent mode is as easy as flipping the page in a book and Yoga in tent mode Lenovo Yoga 13 thinner than a lipstickis great for watching a Movie and playing games or sharing a screen with someone.  Even in tent mode the Yoga 13 remains sturdy.

Thanks to the 360 degree hinged the Yoga 13 easily folds flat for use in tablet mode.  A 13 inch Tablet isn't ideal for for carrying around in the crook of your arm for long periods of time but if your laying it on a table or on a pillow in your lap the touch screen is easy to swipe and navigate.

After three trips to NYC in 5 weeks, its safe to say that at this time of year i'm a road warrior. I think its safe to say that the Yoga would allow me to work on the plane a see what i was doing, and then switch to tent mode to enjoy a movie or two on a beautiful screen while flying cross across the country. Laptop, tablet or tent mode all in one machine with no accessories needed, very nice indeed. 

Lenovo classifies the IdeaPad Yoga 13 as an ultra slim, multi-mode Ultrabook laptop that functions as a traditional notebook, tablet and more.   I classify the Yoga 13 as near perfection.


What's in The Box:  Lenovo Yoga 13 whats in the box

  • 13 Lenovo IdeaPad Yoga Ultrabook
  • Ac adapter
  • Power Cord
  • Quick Start Guide
  • Lenovo Limited Warranty
  • Safety & General Information Guide
  • 40% off on Selected accessories



Display:13.3" HD+IPS capacitive 16:9 wide screen multi touch display

Battery Life : Up to 8 hrs

Speaker: Built-in Stereo Speakers.  

Who is it For:   Anyone and everyone who want a full size machine in sleek slim package. the Yoga 13 give you the best of both worlds, you can use it as a laptop or fold the screen down flat like a tablet.  

Weight: 3.4 lbs (feels lighter)



Lenovo Yoga 13 beautiful screen

Look at the amazing saturation of the colors on the screen The purple on the screen is a deep as the purple in the candle sticks on the mantel

Most Notable Features:

  • Lenovo Motion Control, which uses the webcam as an input device, that allows you to flip pages, rewind/forward music, change the volume, and gesture other simple commands with a flick of the hand. Sleek, slim, sturdy & powerful!
  • Integrated 720p HD webcam
  • 13.1" screen means you can see what your working on
  • light weight - feels much lighter than 3.4 lbs
  • USB,SD & HDMI ports
Lenovo IdeaPad Yoga 13 360 Flip and Fold design

Lenovo IdeaPad Yoga 13 360 Flip and Fold design


Lenovo Yoga Specifications:

  • 3rd generation Intel® Core™ i7-3517U
  • 3rd generation Intel® Core™ i5-3317U
  • 3rd generation Intel® Core™ i3-3217U
Operating System
  • Windows 8 Pro
  • Windows 8
  • 4GB, 8GB DDR3
  • Intel® HD Graphics 4000 (integrated)
  • 333.4 x 224.8 x 16.9 mm (13.1 x 8.9 x 0.67")
  • 1.0MP 720p HD integrated webcam
  • 13.3" HD+IPS capacitive multi touch display (16:9 wide screen) (1600x900)


  • 1.54 kg (3.4 lbs)
I/O Ports
  • 1 USB 2.0 port
  • 1 USB 3.0 port
  • Combo jack
  • HDMI
  • 2-in-1 card reader (SD/MMC)
  • 128GB SSD (256GB coming soon)
Wireless Connectivity
  • 802.11 b/g/n wireless
  • Bluetooth®
  • AccuType keyboard
Battery Life
  • 8 hours
Security Features
  • OneKey® Recovery


Everything about the Yoga 13 PC feels strong and sturdy.  It's easy to hold and thanks to a non slippery coating on the case it's very comfortable in your hands. 

Lenovo Yoga 13 outside in the shade
in the Shade

The Lenovo Yoga 13 looks great outdoors


Lenovo Yoga 13 folded flat
Lenovo IdeaPad Yoga 13 Folded flat

The Pros

  • One computer that can do everything, laptop for work - watch movies in tent mode, fold flat and use like a tablet.
  • Sleek slim design feels lighter than it is
  • 8 hour battery life
  • Sturdy
  • USB 2.0 & 3.0, HDMI out and Smart Card reader slot
  • Feels food in your hand
  • Finger Nail Friendly

The Cons: I had a hard time finding any cons for Yoga..

  • in tablet mode you can feel the keys on the back of the tablet


The Lenovo IdeaPad Yoga 13 is a powerful ultrabook computer, in a sleek slim package with great screen, touch capabilities and the ability to run all of your current windows applications.  For those who are looking for a machine that can seamlessly go from work to play and back again, look no further.

The Lenovo Yoga 13 has all the options and ports you need to get your your work done anywhere you happen to be.  With your choice of Intel Core i3, i5 or i7 processors and up to 8GB RAM there is no limit to what you can work on because the Yoga can do it all.

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Dancer checks out the Lenovo Yoga 13
Dancer checks out the Lenovo Yoga 13


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