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Lenovo IdeaPad Yoga 13 – Screen, Speakers and Specs

Ardjuna Seghers

By Ardjuna Seghers



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Lenovo IdeaPad Yoga 13 – Screen

As its name suggests, the Lenovo Yoga 13 has a 13.3-inch screen. Naturally it’s an IPS panel, and while it might not be Full HD, a 1,600 x 900 resolution is still significantly higher than the 1,366 x 768 standard, and plenty to make everything look very sharp indeed.

Viewing angles are as good as we expect from IPS, with only the slightest bit of contrast shift from horizontal extremes. The display’s colours are reasonably vibrant with a decent 300nits maximum brightness, while backlighting is superbly even with nary a trace of bleed. In fact, our only real complaint about the IdeaPad Yoga 13’s screen – aside from the inevitable reflections caused by the protective Gorilla Glass at its front - is that a little dark detail gets lost at the gloomiest end of the greyscale, meaning you may miss a few subtleties in dark moments of movies or games.

Lenovo IdeaPad Yoga 13 – Speakers

The audio produced by this 13-inch Lenovo Yoga is just about average. The up-facing stereo speakers are hidden under the keyboard, and as such will be slightly muted if you’re resting the Yoga on a flat, soft surface in ‘tablet mode’ – but this will probably be a rare scenario.

At their just about adequate maximum volume level, they produce sound that’s lacking in detail and definition, and they’re on the tinny side too. To be honest, we’ve heard better from quite a few hybrid ultraportables, but they do the job for anything outside of music and movies.

Lenovo IdeaPad Yoga 13 – Specs

As mentioned, the headline stealer in the Lenovo IdeaPad Yoga 13 is its Core i7 muscle. The specific processor in question is the dual core Intel Core i7-3517U, which hums along at 1.9GHz by default but can turbo clock up to 3GHz. Interestingly, this is the lowest processor configuration we could find in the UK, though Core i3 configs should be available through Lenovo direct.

PCMark 07 Performance Benchmark

General: 4534

Entertainment: 3051

Oddly for a machine sporting such a nice chip by default, 4GB is the maximum amount of RAM on retail models - the Lenovo Yoga 13 doesn’t seem to be available from the company’s UK site right now, where specs tend to be configurable and the Yoga should take up to 8GB. Likewise, the solid state drive offers an average 128GB capacity if buying from third-party shops, though Lenovo lists a possible 256GB SSD.

Gaming Benchmarks (average fps, 720p, Medium Detail)

TrackMania Nations Forever


S.T.A.L.K.E.R: Call of Pripyat


Mind you, all this makes for a pretty speedy setup, and proper 3D gaming is the only area where the 13-inch Yoga will struggle. For example, while it ran good old TrackMania at a silky-smooth 50.8 frames per second (fps) average in our standard test, the more demanding Stalker only returned 25.6fps, which is barely playable. Then again, there are very few convertible tablet/laptops that will better this by a significant margin.

Under load, the Lenovo IdeaPad Yoga 13 stayed relatively quiet, producing an audible but unobtrusive hum. It also stayed fairly cool, only becoming warm to the touch.


January 11, 2012, 6:50 pm

I don't think it's a fail, if they come up with a version of it where it actually retracts the keys in (and keys would be flushed with the body), when flipping the screen it might be quite an attractive choice for me..


April 11, 2012, 11:29 pm

I've been waiting for something like this for AGES! Looking to get a decent laptop for my final year as i've been using a desktop pc at uni for the last 4 years (SHOCK! I know, uni student with no laptop!).

I consider myself a "heavy" user of OneNote (fantastic program) and would think this is IDEAL for taking notes...as the other option would be laptop with wacom tablet...but not too sure about that. Transformer prime would be great, but i'm not a fan of Andriod, and own a windows phone 7 (another shock!).

Really can't wait to get my hands on this though! What do you reckon?


April 13, 2012, 3:59 am

IPS screen, 1600 x 900 resolution? Finally a Lenovo with a decent screen and resolution!


April 14, 2012, 3:51 pm

Too expensive


November 19, 2012, 3:47 am

I have been demoing this laptop for a week now and I don't think there is a better laptop convertible out there. It's very well built and I have been using the touch screen constantly. I love how thin and light it is, and the processor speed is quick and snappy. I think the entire design is great although is does take a couple days to get use to feeling the keys on your lap in tablet mode. The ram is expandable to 8gb and the hdd expandable to 256gb. The overall pricing is also very fair. I'd score it a 9-10, Its all you need in a windows 8 touch device.


November 19, 2012, 3:49 am

Oh and the screen quality is fantastic and you cant go wrong with an 8 hour battery life.


February 20, 2013, 3:58 pm

Not really, it's the same price as a 'regular' Ultrabook with comparable specs...


February 20, 2013, 4:34 pm

Sorry for the late reply, just noticed this comment as the review went live.

Just BTW, I also used a desktop PC throughout most of Uni :)

Why not check out our roundup on Win 8 laptops and convertibles?


It sounds like the Asus Vivo Tab (http://www.trustedreviews.c... might be ideal for your needs.

Robert Anderson

February 23, 2013, 7:52 am

If only it had Wacom styus support...


February 24, 2013, 8:46 pm

Wouldn't the Asus Taichi be an even better choice? I know I'd rather have one of those (Taichi 21 with 11,6" screens). When will TR have a full review of the Asus Taichi??


March 8, 2013, 4:14 pm

Couldn't agree more.


March 8, 2013, 4:20 pm

Not necessarily - for one thing it's considerably more expensive, for another we doubt its battery life would hold up as well, and we're not convinced that the 'inner' screen not offering touch is a great idea. Also, there will soon be an 11-inch Yoga that runs 'proper' Windows 8.

Of course, the Taichi is very innovative and does come with a (non-Wacom) stylus.
We'll try to get the review up as soon as :)


March 11, 2013, 12:45 am

"Decent keyboard" in Pros and "Keyboard not up to highest Lenovo standards" in Cons - something one. Keyboard in this notebook is awesome (at least by my feelings).


March 12, 2013, 8:20 am

Lenovo IdeaPad stands out most because of its physical design.


March 14, 2013, 10:22 am

The keyboard is pretty good, but it's not up to that found on Lenovo's ThinkPad range, like the http://www.trustedreviews.c...


March 14, 2013, 10:23 am

Yep :)


May 5, 2013, 2:53 pm

I recently bought this laptop, and I have no problems at all! It runs all my apps beautifully, and I love the touch screen. Its perfect for watching movies in your bed in the "Theatre Mode". I highly recommend this laptop for people who stay at home, do some basic gaming, some work, but not to much. So ya, overall I give this laptop 5 stars!


May 15, 2013, 2:20 pm

But it's too big for me and the 11 is only Windows RT... Could do with a hybrid of these hybrids! Need full Windows but under 12" Very limited in choices and Lenovo only has the Twist...


August 1, 2013, 3:45 pm

I traded in a high-end T400 for this model and LOVE it. Can't find any complaints. Tested a similar ASUS and MacBook. Lenovo quality can't be beat.


September 30, 2013, 7:15 pm

The ideapad 13 freezes completely at unpredictable times - sometimes several times a day and can only be restarted by turning it on and off again. Check Google to find out that several users voice that complaint. Lenovo doesnt seem to care. I am surprised none of the reviewers noted that.


October 3, 2013, 10:30 am

I never faced this problem. I have using it for the last 1 year now! and I do my development on it. !

Lenovo Online India

October 5, 2013, 6:01 am

It's the best category laptop, I ever seen in my life.
Really, it's the best laptop model to buy for 2013.
Hoping Lenovo will come with another drastic change in coming 2014..


October 5, 2013, 2:38 pm

I have been extremely disappointed with my Lenovo Yoga13. Only six months old and sending it in for a second repair. While still under warranty, I was told the issue would be covered until it reached the service center, then $300.00 or they wouldn't fix it. Tech support feedback is "textbook" dialogue and non-supportive, screen protector was not returned with laptop upon repair and it took three times as long to fix the issue. Now my touch screen doesn't work and keyboard is having issues. Not sure how much this will cost once it reaches the service center. I should have stayed with a Mac.


April 7, 2014, 3:02 am

When you purchase something in a food library you get a print out on a piece of paper that is called a receipt you get a certain amount of time to take things back

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