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First Look: The Lenovo IdeaPad Yoga 11 will not be parted from its keyboard

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First Look: The Lenovo IdeaPad Yoga 11 will not be parted from its keyboard

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A blessing or a curse? The Lenovo IdeaPad Yoga 11 tablet includes a built-in keyboard that never detaches. Where I'm from we call that a laptop.

This is the Lenovo IdeaPad Yoga 11. It's the 4th Windows RT tablet yet released and is the best one since the Microsoft Surface. Windows RT is simply the light version of Windows 8. With RT, you still have access to the metro interface in all of the arm-based apps from the Windows store. You may get full Windows 8 versions of Microsoft Office and Internet Explorer. What you don't get is the ability to run other normal Windows programs. So, from a designed perspective, how's a Yoga different? Well, unlike every other RT tablet, the Yoga's keyboard is permanently attached that can fold back into a number of revealing poses. There's laptop mode, then there's what I like to call downward dog mode, good for just using the tablet on a desk. If you wanna watch movies and be able to easily adjust the display, there's this mode and if you simply want to go full tablet, just fold the keyboard back and you have this. The only problem with this is that it makes for a pretty thick tablet 'cause like I said, you can't separate screen from keyboard. And at 2.6 pounds that's kind of a bummer to carry around. Still that same wait makes it a pretty light laptop. The Yoga has an 11.6-inch screen. That's about 1.5 inches larger than most tablet screens and about an inch larger than surface. Thanks to the larger screen, the tablet has a wider than usual keyboard and is a bit more comfortable to type on than smaller tablets. Left side physical features include a headphone jack, a full USB port, a full HDMI port, speaker grill and a volume rocker. On the front is a power button and on the right edge is a charging port, a full SD card slot, another full USB port and another speaker grill. And the top of the bezel is a 1 megapixel front-facing camera. Navigation performance, opening apps, stuff like that is as snappy as it is on Surface but web speeds were consistently a few seconds behind. The Yoga 11 comes with 64 gigs of storage for $649. That price does include a larger screen like most tablets and a built-in keyboard. Surface makes for a better standalone tablet while the Yoga's flexible keyboard and mini full sized ports will make it appealing for those looking for productivity laptop alternative. For more information, check out my full review at cnet.com. I'm Eric Franklin and this has been a first look at the Lenovo IdeaPad Yoga 11.

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