Lenovo’s thin and light Yoga 3 Pro reviewed
4.0Overall Score
Price (RRP): $2099 (starting from) Manufacturer: Lenovo

Tablets may well be taking over the computer space, but there are plenty of people out there who prefer a laptop, they just want them thinner and lighter. Fortunately, companies like Lenovo are listening, and have found a balance with the Yoga 3 Pro.

Features

Lenovo’s latest computer is here, and if you need a new machine and like them slim and light, this could well be the laptop you’re looking for.

This machine relies on a 13 inch form-factor and takes advantage of a 13.3 inch display, relying on the same 3200×1800 QHD resolution used by the Yoga 2 Pro, which is higher than the Full HD displays many laptops use, and much higher than the 1366×768 HD resolution you still see on 11-15 inch laptops.

The display type is In-Plane Switching (IPS), suggesting good viewing angles, and a touch panel has also been integrated making it into a tablet, also.

Working with this screen is a bunch of innards designed to make the Yoga 3 Pro a fast and stable Ultrabook.

As such, you’ll find an Intel Core M-5Y70 processor, a part of Intel’s fifth-generation of processors also known as “Broadwell.”

Memory for these machines comes in at 8GB RAM, while the hard drive options are solid-state only, with either 256GB or 512GB options.

Graphics are handled by Intel’s chipsets, with Intel HD5300 relied upon in this area.

Wireless technologies are also included, and you’ll find 802.11ac across the range, as well as Bluetooth 4.0, while wired ports cater for connections over USB 2.0 and USB 3.0, microHDMI, and an SD card reader.

Microsoft’s Windows 8.1 comes preloaded on the Yoga 3 Pro ready to be used out of the box, with some custom Lenovo software also preinstalled.

GadgetGuy’s review unit was the base model, with 8GB RAM, 256GB solid-state storage, and an Intel Core M-5Y70 processor.

Performance

We’re used to Lenovo building brilliant products, and have seen some great ideas come out of its R&D labs, many of which have resulted in top products, and recently, Lenovo told us another was coming.