Lenovo Yoga 3 review

Lenovo Yoga 3 review

Lenovo Yoga 3 review

It would seem, transformable devices have had dry mouth, so there was a lot of them lately in the mobile market. However, leading manufacturers manage to create more and more new models, most of them – really competitive!

One of the trendsetters in the transformers – the company Lenovo – a few months ago released a new model. The new model is fully consistent with the basic concept of the line Yoga. We are talking about the structure of a 4-in-1 Lenovo Yoga 3, including the merits of which – a 14-inch screen with a resolution of Full HD. And modern processor 5th generation, and stylish appearance. The new laptop is able to give each user a lot of positive emotions!

The design of the Lenovo Yoga 3

Of course, the most important feature of Lenovo Yoga 3, as well as its other counterparts, which are included in this line. It is the ability to transform. Thus, the user’s choice is available four modes: a laptop, tablet, console, and presentation. The transition from one mode to another is simple. Simply install the upper part of the device with respect to the bottom to the desired angle, and metal hinges firmly fix the situation.

Lenovo Yoga 3 review

Segment Yoga is usually teeming colorings models. In the specific case of our model, at CES 2015 were presented four variations: black, gray, orange and white. The first three colors equally in black and white only differs from them. In principle, the universal color, you can choose a neutral and bright building, which, moreover, is not spoiled. Speaking of non-staining shows and matte plastic, from which the hybrid is made: he does not collect fingerprints, and do not attract dust and dirt.

Laptop lid is decorated with a small company logo in the upper left corner. His opposite side. To remove it, it is necessary to unscrew 11 screws, but do it in person, we do not recommend, it is better to use the services of professionals. Ibid – large ventilation grille and speaker slots.

We open the laptop and see quite a large display that surrounds the average thickness of the frame. Immediately attracted the attention of a huge touchpad at the bottom, and above it – typical Lenovo ergonomic keyboard. On the side faces uniformly distributed interfaces.

Lenovo Yoga 3 review

The issue of weight and dimensions of the device, which is positioned as a 2-in-1. No less important than the same appearance, filling, or any other characteristic. As a manufacturer suggests using the Lenovo Yoga 3 including as a tablet, it is useful to find out how it is comfortable and practical. Thus, the device dimensions are the length of 335 mm, the width – 230 mm, and the thickness – 18 mm. As regards the weight, it reaches 1.6 kg. Well, call the mobile transformer is difficult, at least, hold it in your hands (not to mention the one hand) for a long time will be difficult, and uncomfortable, not because of the very small size.

At the end of the discussion the appearance of new items we would like to add a few words about the build quality. On the whole assembly is not bad, but it is impossible not to note a clear nuance inherent to thin gadgets: the slightest squeezing the lid flex. As a result, the displayed image is deformed, which affects the quality. For the rest, no complaints, all the details are well adjusted, and during the transformation there are no extraneous sounds.

Display, sound, and webcam of the Lenovo Yoga 3

Regarding the screen manufacturer has not provided the user’s choice. And let only one option. The display received 14 inches diagonal, Full HD-resolution and IPS-matrix, and its density of pixels is 156 ppi. Despite this optimistic beginning, the front panel is still far from ideal. The fact is that it has relatively low brightness and contrast values: not more than 240 cd/m2 and 595:1 respectively. The screen is covered with protective glass Gorilla Glass, which certainly is a plus. Since it protects the surface from possible mechanical damage. By the way, on the street laptop misbehaves: display much glare, so consider something possible only in the shadows.

Lenovo Yoga 3 review

However, lackluster display – is not a sentence, it also has positive aspects, such as wide viewing angles. Thus, no matter at what angle to look at the screen, the image will appear clearly without deteriorating color reproduction. Since three of the four operating modes without using the keyboard, the touch input by default should be no problem. Indeed, a quick response, commands are executed at lightning speed and repeat them several times not necessary. By the way, there is support for 10-finger multitouch.

Resolution web camera is 720p, and video calling that is enough. But this webcam to take photos very inappropriate, because they will be grainy and fuzzy.

Two JBL speakers are on the bottom, closer to the edges. Admittedly, acoustics happy despite the fact that it lacks the midrange and bass. Sound enough to play movies or videos, but for music it is better to use headphones.

Keyboard and Touchpad of the Lenovo Yoga 3

Given the fact that the device can operate in one of four modes, the classical situation is still the most popular. And if so, the keypad also hold a key role. Lenovo Yoga 3 endowed with keyboard island type, respectively, around each button is enough space, so that hurt nearby button will be difficult. Marking white plus some key painted red. Of course, gamepad missing, and it is quite predictable for such a form factor. We can not praise the turnout unit that was not the small size and is really easy to use. The most commonly used keys are also not far behind. For example, [Enter] turned single-row, right [Schift] shorter than the left, [Caps Lock], despite its compact size, too, turned out very well.

Lenovo Yoga 3 review

Pleases the backlight, but should prepare for the fact that it is not regulated, that is, it can only be switched on or off. By the way, the key is not fully illuminated, but only on the perimeter, however, that does not stop working. On the whole, the keyboard is only positive emotions, it works quietly, the key travel – the average, and the response is very fast.

Lenovo Yoga 3 review

The touchpad is slightly shifted to the right side. Its dimensions can be called outstanding, such peculiar 15- or even 17-inch notebook. Borders manipulator grope clear and easy to find blindly. The touchpad supports multi-touch gestures, it works quickly and almost silently. Physical keys, but there are key vertical divider, which determines the location of the alleged right and left mouse buttons.

Performance of the Lenovo Yoga 3

Lenovo Yoga 3 (80JH000UUS) is based on operating system Windows 8.1 64-bit. In general, it is quite logical, given its high adaptability to the touch. On the role of the processor, manufacturer has chosen a dual-core Intel Core i7-5500U latest generation Broadwell. It is made of 14-nm process technology. And it operates with operating frequencies 2.4-3.0 GHz. In addition, CPU support DirectX 11.2, OpenCL 1.3 / 2.0 and OpenGL 4.3, has 4 MB cache level 3, and consumes less than 15 watts of power. The performance of the chip is about on par with Intel Core i5-4258U. Therefore, without a doubt, he will cope with the solution of daily problems.

Processor complements the graphics, in this case – Intel HD Graphics 5500. It supports DirectX 11.2 and OpenGL 4.3, and the clock frequency ranges from 850 MHz to 950 MHz. The video card copes with everyday tasks, in addition, it allows you to run many games, though a bit outdated. You can certainly try, and fresh, but, for example, Battlefield Hardline HD resolution at medium settings will just 15-19 frames per second, and braking will likely not be avoided. But Dota 2, and with HD-resolution and at medium settings, go to 30-32 fps, Tomb Raider, with the same parameters, playable with a frequency of 27-30 fps.

In addition to the built-in graphics, there is Transformers, and discrete – NVIDIA GeForce 940M with 2 GB of memory standard, DDR3. It is more powerful. And connected to work when you need to run demanding tasks that can not afford. Produced GPU on 28 nm process technology, functioning with a frequency of 1072 MHz (1176 MHz with support Turbo Boost). This accelerator safely run games last year at medium settings and HD-resolution. However, avid gamers a better look at the gaming notebook as filling laptop demanding games such as, for example, Assassin’s Creed, simply do not pull.

RAM – 8 GB standard DDR3L-1600 MHz, the same quantity is maximized. For data storage, you can use a solid state drive capacity of 256 GB.

Ports and Communications of the Lenovo Yoga 3

Let’s start with the fact that the back and front of the unit is not equipped with any interfaces. And on the side faces, things are much more interesting. So, the left side together a USB 3.0 port and a port USB 2.0, which is also charging a laptop. There – the combined audio jack and card reader 4-in-1 (SD / MMC / SDXC / SDHC).

Lenovo Yoga 3 review

The right side got another port USB 3.0, Micro-HDMI video output, and physical keys. That is the power button, rocker sound, key lock screen orientation, and the reset button / inclusion.

Lenovo Yoga 3 review

As for the wireless modules, they represented Bluetooth 4.0 and Wi-Fi standard 802.11ac.

The battery of the Lenovo Yoga 3

The device has a 4-cell lithium-polymer battery capacity of 45 Wh. Indicators of autonomy commendable. After idle gadget exhausted after almost 20 hours. Mode surf the web with the included Wi-Fi put him in 8 hours, and the maximum load – a little more than 2 hours. Thus, Lenovo Yoga 3 can be called a fairly hardy.

Conclusion of the Lenovo Yoga 3

Lenovo Yoga 3 is a representative of the third generation of the world-famous line of Transformers. The device looks appropriately. Undoubtedly, aluminum as the material of the housing would have added to it a greater solidity than plastic. In the gadget many advantages, such as high-resolution screen and good viewing angles, excellent filling, and capacious battery. And branded keyboard that provides comfort even during a long print run.

However, it was not without drawbacks. These include low brightness and contrast of the display. And the anti-glare properties are obviously “limping.” In addition, the interface would like to see more of, in particular, the absence of an RJ-45 bit depressing. And, in general, whether to buy a 14-inch transformer, frankly hard for tablet mode, it raises questions. In addition, the price of $ 1,100, though for maximum configuration somehow absolutely not conducive to experimentation.

Source: Lenovo

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