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Lenovo Yoga 3 Pro Review

Lenovo Yoga 3 Pro 2-in-1 Convertible 13.3″ Touchscreen Laptop Review

While some people simply can’t get enough of the design there are others that have so many questions you would think this isn’t even worth the money.  Today we take a look at the Lenovo Yoga 3 Pro 2-in-1 and see what the fuse and hype is all about.  As with anything you have to expect that there are going to be some trade-offs.  If you are going to spend budget many you might get budget performance and if you want to go really thin and look great you may lose some battery life.  It’s just the cost of doing business, however the question is are the tradeoffs worth the benefits that you are going to reap from buying this machine.  Let’s take a look.

When you look at the Yoga 3 Pro you can’t help but to be mesmerized by the design.  The options to be able to use this as either a tablet or laptop is remarkable with a design that should be compared to none.  The 360 degree fold back hinge on the Yoga is amazing and this version is even better than its predecessors.  This version features an even thinner strip of metal that allow the machine to be even thinner and just a flexible as the other models.  Its just so thin and light in weight that its like its not even there.  However being so thin that meant that Lenovo needed to go with a chip that was designed for thin higher end tablets and hybrids.  The new Intel Core M was suppose to be the solution for giving devices such as this the right combination of battery life and energy efficiency while still offering up decent performance.

It appears that being the first is not always the best as it appears that the Core M CPU still needs some work and the Yoga 3 Pro is bringing the problems to light.  However in all fairness this is the first product to sport the new Core M so it is hard to tell if there is a problem with the way Lenovo implemented it into their platform or just issues with the processor.  When you spend $1,300 on a device you are not just expected good performance especially when you have other devices that are more robust and even less expensive.  Some claim the Surface Pro 3 is better in every way while others just think the Yoga 3 is not worth the money.

The battery life for something that is suppose to be a portable device is just not up to par.  There are plenty of laptops out on the market that give you more than two more hours and if compared to the MacBook Air the battery life is made to look stupid.  While if you were to just set and use the convertible you may not notice some of the issues when just surfing the net and streaming a few videos.  However editing HD videos and gaming are something that are left for more powerful machine and if you just wanted something to web surf and check email you can find a lot of tablets out there for under $100.  In sure you are going to get under 6 hours of battery life.


Yoga 3 Pro Hinge
For design you are getting a laptop tablet hybrid that comes with a max screen resolution of 3,200 x 1,800 so it is just shy of 4k.  The Yoga 3 weighs only 2.6lbs and when it is in your hand feels very very light making it ultraportable.  The 1080p display surely looks good but probably doesn’t help the battery life much.  The price for this laptop is just under $1,300 and comes with a 13.3′ inch display with 1.1GHz intel 5Y60 with 256GB SSD hard drive with Windows 8.1 64 bit for the operating system.  For connectivity you get BlueTooth 4.0 an 802.11ac Wi-Fi.  The new keyboard on this model is still retains much of the designs as the other Lenovo keyboards and has slightly outward curves so it is easier not to miss your keystroke.  The keyboard is backlit and the tray comes with a rubbery thin material over it to help provide some cushion and protection for when the system is folded in a position that plays the keyboard on a table or surface.

When it comes to connections there is an Micro-HDMI for video, 2 USB 3.0, 1 USB 2.0, SD Card reader, and no optical drive.  Both the touchpad and touchscreen on the Lenovo Yoga 3 are pretty good and handles well.  All the ports are located on the left and right sides of the 2-in-1 convertible with nothing in the front or back.  The high gloss display makes it difficult to use outside but the IPS panel allows for great viewing angles.  The sound is bought to life by JBL Audio however although loud they are not great and are just suggest for general use.  For those that are more inclined to hear good music and sound adding external speakers or headphones will work best for you.

The bottom line is that when it comes to the Lenovo Yoga 3 Pro you are going to fall in love at first sight.  The design and display are enough to impress immediately and it is incredibly thin and light weight.  Add the hinge design and the high resolution screen and you are ready to believe it is all that you could want and more.  However once you turn it one and begin to work you notice the struggles in other areas like performance and battery life.  For an ultraportable device under six hours battery life just isn’t enough.  Though the screen is high resolution you have a hard time viewing it outdoors and both the contrasts and brightness left more to be desired.  You will also notice some distortions from the move to go with the PenTile pixel arrangement to save on costs.  Some of these things wouldn’t be so bad if it weren’t for the cost.  You are looking at spending $1,300 on this machine and while it looks great just doesn’t seem worth the cost.  Its a great device and clearly there is nothing out to compare it to as of yet.  If you like great design and are okay with the battery life it can be an option to put on the list.

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