Lenovo Yoga 2 11 Review

Larger Yoga convertible laptops are well-liked, but this one has a regular hard drive instead of a much faster SSD. The keyboard and touchpad aren't very responsive.

Lenovo's pricier Yoga convertible laptops have been well received by experts, but this pint-size budget version (starting at $480, Amazon) didn't fare well in most Lenovo Yoga 2 11 reviews. An expert from Digital Trends says the all-plastic build doesn't feel very sturdy and the Lenovo Yoga 2 11 is heavy compared with a true tablet. The keyboard keys are fairly stiff and the touchpad isn't very responsive, although the touchscreen works well. This reviewer also notes that the mechanical hard drive makes the system slower than convertibles that use SSDs, or solid-state drives. The Intel Pentium N3520 processer is decent, he says, but not particularly fast. Digital Trends tested the four-cell battery, which lasted 5 hours and 18 minutes -- not a particularly good showing.

At PC Mag, a reviewer took the Lenovo Yoga 2 11 for a test drive and came away with mixed feelings. He found the keyboard comfortable, and the touchscreen responded quickly and accurately to touches and taps, which made navigating Windows 8.1 a snap. Although this convertible is noticeably heavier than a regular tablet, the reviewer concedes it is lighter than a typical laptop. Like the Lenovo Yoga 2 11 review at Digital Trends, this one identifies the hard drive as a drag on performance. An SSD would make for a snappier system.

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The Lenovo Yoga 2 11 (model 59416645) has an 11.6-inch touchscreen with a resolution of 1366 x 768, or 720p high definition. The system comes with 4GB of memory, a 500GB hard drive, and a memory card reader. It has only two USB ports, one USB 3.0 and one USB 2.0. There's also a micro-HDMI port, which won't connect to most TVs without an adapter. The laptop is compatible with 802.11b/g/n wireless connections as well as Bluetooth 4.0.

Making a cheap convertible laptop is a real challenge, and Lenovo doesn't quite deliver on either the tablet or the laptop experience. The Yoga 2 11 is fairly slow compared with a similarly priced laptop and pretty heavy and bulky compared with a tablet. The mechanical hard drive is a clear sore spot among experts, but of course adding an SSD of any reasonable size would increase the price of the Lenovo Yoga 2 11 considerably. It's a respectable effort on Lenovo's part, but the Yoga 2 11 doesn't impress nearly as much as the other Yoga models have.

Michael Sweet

Michael Sweet writes about consumer electronics. If something runs on electricity or ones and zeroes, he's interested in it. Sweet has written about PC technology and consumer electronics for 14 years.

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