ultrabook ultraportable PC priced at $549 must be considered, especially if it's a convertible -- a system with both a keyboard and a touch screen, the latter able to swing a full 360 degrees into tablet mode.
And I'd say no convertible has received more press than the Lenovo IdeaPad Yoga, which was rightly celebrated for its slick design -- if not its operating system.
Update: I tweaked the headline to reflect that the Yoga isn't technically an ultrabook, which is Intel's designation for a system with a particular set of specs.
For a limited time, and while supplies last, Lenovo has the IdeaPad Yoga 11 convertible laptop for $549 shipped when you apply coupon code YOGA11DEAL at checkout. (Sales tax may also apply.)
The key thing you need to know: the Yoga 11 runs Windows RT. For those unfamiliar with the distinction, RT is basically an apps-only version of Windows 8. There's no Desktop mode, no way to run legacy software. Of course, an iPad won't run old Windows programs, either -- and it doesn't have a physical keyboard.
What's more, the Yoga comes with the full version of Microsoft Office Home & Student 2013, so it does offer at least that much traditional laptop productivity.
Other important specs include an Nvidia Tegra 3 processor, 2GB of RAM, 32GB of expandable flash storage, and an 11.6-inch multitouch screen. The system measures 11.7 inches by 8 inches by 0.7 inch, so it's definitely ultrabook-slim, and weighs a scant 2.8 pounds. That's heavy for a tablet, but quite light for a laptop.
And, as you're no doubt aware, the Yoga can be both. In fact, its 360-degree hinge allows for not only tablet and laptop modes, but also "tent" and "stand." Those are pretty nice for things like watching movies and using the system on a kitchen counter.
CNET had mixed feelings about the Yoga 11, which scored 3.5 stars. Much as reviewer Eric Franklin liked the design, expansion options, and battery life, he found the system too heavy for comfortable tablet use.
If you're among the folks out there who really like Windows 8 and feel it has sufficient apps for work and play, and you're in the market for a slim, lightweight laptop, the Yoga 11 might be worth a look. I'm not convinced I'd use one, but at this price, I'd be more inclined to consider it.
The Lenovo IdeaPad Yoga 11 will not be parted from its keyboard
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