TAK­ING A POS­TURE

Gadgets and Gizmos (India) - - TEST BENCH -

It’s taken its own sweet time coming, but the Len­ovo IdeaPad Yoga is fi­nally here. What could have been the first Wind­wos 8 con­vert­ible has been launched in In­dia af­ter most oth­ers have come out with their ver­sions.

DE­SIGN: The colour of the IdeaPad Yoga is the first thing that you will no­tice, for the de­vices oth­er­wise looks like any good Ul­tra­books. In a bright, but me­tal­lic, or­ange the Yoga is really slim and light­weight. So when you open the lid and fold the dis­play 360 de­grees to bring the screen on top with the key­board fac­ing the ground, the Yoga feels like a very man­age­able tablet. There are at least two other pos­tures in which you can use this de­vice and hence the name.

But we thought the key­board which is now fac­ing your lap or a ta­ble should have been dis­abled in this mode. For, even a crease in your pants can get the cur­sor mov­ing on the screen. Given the fact that the Ac­cuType key­board will also be the base, the Yoga has a matte-fin­ish hard rub­ber frame run­ning all around the keys. The keys are good and the smooth track­pad re­spon­sive. Many one-touch con­trols like air­plane mode have been added to the func­tion keys. The power but­ton is on the front edge so that you won’t have trou­ble switch­ing on or off in tablet mode. There are two USB ports, an HDMI port and a SD card reader.

PER­FOR­MANCE: Some con­vert­ibles have Ful­lHD dis­plays, but the HD+ IPS (1600x900p) panel on the Yoga is good enough for you not to find any­thing amiss. The touch re­sponse is good too, but when ex­e­cut­ing the touch ges­tures on Win­dows 8 it is a bit tough to gauge where the bezel is end­ing. The speak­ers are just be­hind the hinge and very good.

The Yoga 13 we tested was pow­ered by the 3rd gen­er­a­tion In­tel Core i5-3317U pro­ces­sor. It had no trou­ble with our reg­u­lar hi-res im­age, video and browser tests. This is also a very cool de­vice, even af­ter hours of brows­ing and video watch­ing. This is cru­cial if you want to use the Yoga pri­mar­ily as a tablet. Len­ovo has pre­loaded the de­vice with some handy apps like its cloud stor­age ser­vice, Ever­note and RaRa. Plus, the Yoga has cam­era-based mo­tion con­trol sup­port for some apps like Win­dows Me­dia Player, which make good sense when you are us­ing it in the tent or desk­top modes.

A mi­nor quirk kept nig­gling us though. When you hold the Yoga in tablet mode and try to log-in, the vir­tual key­board just keeps min­imis­ing. This meant we had to flip the screen back and type with the key­board. This prob­lem did not oc­cur while we used the key­board for other stuff in tablet mode. Any­way, the Yoga is the best tablet among the con­vert­ibles we have seen and this is be­cause it is the slimmest and sleek­est.

BAG IT OR JUNK IT?

Very balanced de­vice over­all. So buy it for style and power.

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