Yoga 3 (14-inch)by Lenovo

  • Yoga 3 (14-inch)
  • Yoga 3 (14-inch)
  • Yoga 3 (14-inch)
TECHWALLA
VERDICT
Recommended, but seriously flawed. There are probably better alternatives.
74%
TECHWALLA SCORE
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PROS

  • The battery life of the Yoga 3 is great for a hybrid laptop--sufficient for at least a full workday on a single charge.
  • The multiple modes--laptop, tablet, tent, and stand--provide a lot of flexibility.
  • The JBL speakers sound great, especially in tent and tablet modes.

CONS

  • The Yoga 3 includes a lot of bloatware, including several of Lenovo's own apps.
  • It's too heavy to use comfortably in tablet mode unless you set it down on a flat surface.
  • The display is dim, which might not be an issue indoors, but it makes seeing in outdoor settings challenging.
Lenovo’s 14-inch hybrid Yoga 3 uses Intel’s fifth generation Broadwell processors. The touch screen supports a resolution of 1920 X 1080 pixels and is powered by Intel’s HD Graphics 5500 integrated graphics chip. The Yoga 3 can be configured with up to 8GB of memory and 256GB of flash storage. It supports Bluetooth 4.0 and AC Wi-Fi. Ports include two USB 3.0 ports, a USB 2.0 port, an SD card reader, a micro HDMI port, and a combo audio jack. Battery life is rated at about seven hours, and the 14-inch Yoga 3 weighs 3.52 pounds.
NameYoga 3 (14-inch)Satellite Click 10ZenBook Pro UX501Chromebook C100 Flip (2015)Yoga 3 Pro
ManufacturerLenovoToshibaAsusAsusLenovo
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List Price$959$349$1500$250$1099
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The Yoga 3 14 inch that I tested was rocking an Intel Core i5 processor with 8GB of RAM and an Intel HD 5500 graphics card. With this setup …

The Yoga 3 14 inch that I tested was rocking an Intel Core i5 processor with 8GB of RAM and an Intel HD 5500 graphics card. With this setup you can run programs like Photoshop, Lightroom, After Effects and other graphics intense programs.

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The Pro's performance with the Core M was underwhelming as was the system's battery life. That wasn't the case here with the Yoga 3 14, whic…

The Pro's performance with the Core M was underwhelming as was the system's battery life. That wasn't the case here with the Yoga 3 14, which turned in both excellent battery life and performance for a sub-$1,000 convertible.

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The 14-inch In-Plane Switching (IPS) screen has a 1,920-by-1,080 resolution, which is perfect for viewing movies from Netflix or other onlin…

The 14-inch In-Plane Switching (IPS) screen has a 1,920-by-1,080 resolution, which is perfect for viewing movies from Netflix or other online video services.

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Unless you are gaming or constantly doing some heavy lifting work with the Yoga 3, you can easily get close to 10 hours of on-screen time wh…

Unless you are gaming or constantly doing some heavy lifting work with the Yoga 3, you can easily get close to 10 hours of on-screen time which is good enough for most users.

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The matte lid is prone to picking up fingerprints, and the entire package is a little plain.

The matte lid is prone to picking up fingerprints, and the entire package is a little plain.

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In terms of real-life usage, the Yoga 3 14 was able to play a YouTube video on 50% screen brightness and 50% volume for 7 hours and 30 minut…

In terms of real-life usage, the Yoga 3 14 was able to play a YouTube video on 50% screen brightness and 50% volume for 7 hours and 30 minutes.

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Weighing in at 3.52 pounds, however, the Yoga is heavy enough that we found it uncomfortable to hold in tablet mode for more than a few minu…

Weighing in at 3.52 pounds, however, the Yoga is heavy enough that we found it uncomfortable to hold in tablet mode for more than a few minutes.

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The Core i5 is the perfect middle-of-the-road option in the Core series and you won’t encounter any problems unless you get into incredibly …

The Core i5 is the perfect middle-of-the-road option in the Core series and you won’t encounter any problems unless you get into incredibly intensive tasks.

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These flexible modes allow you to utilize the laptop is just about any setting -- positioning it with the keyboard down and the display vert…

These flexible modes allow you to utilize the laptop is just about any setting -- positioning it with the keyboard down and the display vertical is nice for watching movies, for example, while folded completely open gets the keyboard out of the way when you're using a stylus.

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