Lenovo IdeaPad Yoga 13 review by Engadget, finds it flaky

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Engadget has reviewed the Lenovo IdeaPad Yoga 13 review, and overall do not appear to be too happy with the device.

They write:

Back in January, when we first saw the Lenovo IdeaPad Yoga at CES, we declared it to be one of the most memorable things to come out of the show. That was 10 months ago, though, and thanks to that gap, there’s a bit of a discrepancy between our initial impressions and our reaction following a week of real-world use. As we’ve discovered, it’s an imperfect product, with a flaky trackpad, relatively limited storage and a fairly mediocre typing experience (this is usually Lenovo’s strong suit). What’s more, without the optional sleeve to cover the keyboard, the Yoga is awkward to use in tablet mode, since your fingers press up against the exposed buttons.

Still, the Yoga remains an intriguing specimen; we haven’t seen another Windows 8 convertible with quite this versatile a design. And what a great design it is: as much as we complain about the keyboard, the hinge is sturdy and well-engineered. The entire package feels thin and light, despite the fact that touchscreens usually add heft. Even if you rarely flip the screen around, this is a solid Ultrabook in its own right. Sure, there are other Windows 8 PCs with sharper screens and even faster SSDs, but those cost about $200 more. Compared to the competition, then, this is still a good option. Left alone in its price class, it’s an even stronger choice. Let’s just hope Lenovo can quickly update that flaky trackpad. That’s not too much to ask, right?

Read their full review here.

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  • GG002

    Of course they find it flaky.. But fear not. Just call it iYoga and it’ll be the best device they’ve ever seen!

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=708677298 Alf Lenni Erlandsen

      Im a huugge Winfan, but even i can see that this Yoga would never last 1 year in a regular users hands.

      • GG002

        “Even I”, what, compared to all the experts in hinge science out there? It’s not about the looks, as can be proven by the seemingly high quality iProducts. Seen my fair share of broken iPads, iPhones and Macbooks (pro).

  • http://www.facebook.com/chuckwhit Chuck Whitaker

    the fact that the keyboard keys are on the backside when in tablet form is stupid at best.

  • Sam

    they’re just plain crazy! had to go to 3 different at bestbuy stores in the NY area to pick one up as they were completely sold out….by far the best computer I have ever had, returned the surface when I got the yoga

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=708677298 Alf Lenni Erlandsen

      Good luck with the hinge.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=708677298 Alf Lenni Erlandsen

    It is flaky. The hinge is dumb and the fact that Lenovo could not come up with a better solution for touch is absolutely mindblowing.

    • eddmann

      They said the touchpad is flaky, not the hinge. In fact they said the hinge is “sturdy and well-engineered”.
      Don’t you read an article before commenting?

  • http://twitter.com/counterblow the person

    what we are seeing are the final death throes of engadget et al to the end days of iThing domination. people are buying these things in all shapes and sizes in droves, and pretty soon iThings will be relegated to niche status like they always are.

    • clay113

      Unlike The Verge, Engadget actually gave the Surface a good review. So I can’t say they have total MS bias.

  • grs_dev

    What do OEMs have against detachable keyboards? I don’t get it! Why do they keep doing this?

  • Windows 8

    SO they say, that the trackpad is a little flacky, right? that can and will be cured with new drivers.

    even if that is the only problem they found, why they call it flacky??
    that is a rather useless word to use.. !!
    I expected much better from engadget.

  • Smarty79

    I don’t even know the manufacturer of the trackpad but I would bet it’s not Synaptics. I’ve got no clue why it is so difficult to build something of equal quality as Synaptics. And I don’t understand the PC makers who use anything else as this small thing really influences the experience. Remember ASUS who sent Zenbooks with Synaptics to the press and ALPS to most of the customers?

  • clay113

    Reasons why MS made the Surface, and reason why I bought one. Proud owner.