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Lenovo IdeaPad Yoga 11 review

Normally, when a company releases two laptops in different sizes (the MacBook Air, anyone?) we review just one: we assume you’ll get the gist about the design and trackpad the first time, ya know? So it’s funny, then, that we’re taking a look at the Lenovo IdeaPad Yoga 11 after we’ve already tested the Yoga 13 and named it one of our favorite Windows 8 convertibles. They look alike, with an inventive hinge allowing you to fold the screen back like a book cover. The keyboards are the same too, though the 11-incher’s is understandably a tad more crowded. They even have the same oddly shaped power port.

Except, of course, they’re totally different products. Whereas the Yoga 13 is a proper laptop, with a Core i5 processor and full Windows 8, the Yoga 11 runs Windows RT, and is powered by a Tegra 3 chip (yes, the same one you’re used to seeing in Android tablets). That means a big dip in performance, but exponentially longer battery life. Legacy x86 apps are off-limits too, given that this is Windows RT and all. Now that we’ve set up that equation for you (weaker performance plus longer battery life minus standard Windows apps equals what?) let’s meet up after the break to see if this is just as good a deal as its big brother.

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