Lenovo has finally brought the IdeaPad Yoga to UK retail, with the device being sold for £999 (around $1600) by electronics chain Currys. The device was launched with the above ad on national TV. Despite the steep price the convertible laptop has promptly sold out online. In fact it seems UK does have a taste for new form factors, with the HP Envy X2 for £799 also selling out, as did the HP Spectre XT According to rumours Microsoft blamed tepid early sales of Windows 8 on disappointing products by OEMs.  It is nice to see the market responding to the more innovative form factors. Hopefully the same OEMs can address the unnecessary premium which will also work against better sales. ...

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Lenovo has posted a picture on their Facebook page of what they call the Pocket Yoga, a mini version of the IdeaPad Yoga tablet with its full-flip screen. The device features two full-sized USB ports, so presumably run a full desktop OS. Lenovo asks if we would have bought it if they did actually release it. What do our readers think? Let us know below. Via Neowin.net ...

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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 ...

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The Verge has reviewed the Lenovo Yoga Windows 8 hybrid. While they had some complaints, including finding the touch screen and track pad less than perfect, they seemed overall happy with the device. They conclude: If you ignore its awesome transformational abilities — which are a pretty great addition to a laptop, and are implemented really well — the IdeaPad Yoga 13 is just an average, pretty good laptop. It has a good keyboard, a nice-looking screen, and competent performance. It also has a frustrating trackpad, though, and a touchscreen that doesn’t work as well as it should. It’s a perfectly good laptop, and that’s about what I expect for a $1,000 ultrabook. If you’re buying a Windows 8 laptop right now, this is a really good option — it’s definitely the best device I’ve tested since the new OS came out. But if you can wait, you should — ...

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Blackwaterops posted the above user review of the Lenovo Yoga 13 Ideapad Windows 8 hybrid. The well specified device comes with either a Core i3, i5 or i7 processor and either 4 or 8 GB RAM and either 128 GB or 256 GB SSD. The reviewer above seems really like the device.  At its low price, do our readers think this is a better alternative than the Asus Taichi? Let us know below. ...

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