Lenovo Yoga 11S

By Enda Crowley on September 23rd, 2013

The Lenovo Yoga laptop (is it a laptop?) is slick. The screen is on an awesome double hinge that bends all the way back, turning the laptop into a tablet. Between the two modes you can prop it up in a ‘tent’ mode and as a way to watch movies. The end result is something that you can bring and use everywhere. Tablet mode is best suited to sitting on the couch or reading long-form articles. Tent mode, which I was initially unconvinced by, was amazing for cooking steak and watching Alan Partridge, as one should always do on a Sunday evening. Movie mode is pretty self-explanatory, bend the screen back to get the keyboard out of the way.

IdeaPad Yoga 11S available from $729 from Lenovo

The touchscreen is excellent, you can use ten fingers and it seemed to be as responsive as any modern Apple or Android tablet. I found myself mostly using the Yoga in movie mode when I was in the office, using it to dip in and out of e-mails while focusing on my painting of Senior Kernel Writer, Jeremy Wilson.

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The biggest letdown of this machine is, unfortunately, the operating system. You would be hard-pressed to find a computer better suited to Windows 8, which feels like a step back without a touchscreen while the Microsoft Surface doesn’t seem like enough of a computer to get work real done. Lenovo nailed it with the Yoga but Microsoft haven’t yet delivered on their promise of an operating system that can do it all. The built-in apps for calendar, chat and e-mail are deprived of features and archaic when used in desktop mode. There are some grand promises of Windows 8.1, a free update coming on the 18th of October, fixing a lot of these issues but that remains to be seen.

Lenovo nailed it with the Yoga 11S. It’s the perfect size for both a laptop and a tablet. If the software can be improved this will be the one device allowing you to “have it all”.