One of the virtues of the Windows 8 operating system is the new wave of touch-enabled hardware it supports. Lenovo's IdeaPad Yoga 13 is among the new breed of computers that's part laptop, part tablet. It features a hinged display that can be flipped a full 360-degrees to put the laptop into tablet mode. The 13.3-inch display has a capacative touch screen with a resolution of 1600 x 900.
The $999 base model of the Yoga 13 delivers an Intel Core i3 processor, 4GB of RAM, an Intel HD Graphics 4000 card, 1-megapixel web camera and 128GB of internal solid state storage. As far as outputs, you'll find one USB 2.0 and one USB 3.0 port plus an HDMI output and an SD card reader. Lenovo promises a battery life of about eight hours.
Initial reviews for the Yoga 13 have been more impressed with it as a laptop than as a tablet (the 13-inch screen make it a bit too cumbersome for that). Still, the unique form factor has won praise and heralds a new era of touch computing. That is, if consumers buy in.
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