If you’re looking for a high end 2-in-1, you’ve likely come across the Lenovo Yoga 3 Pro (ad) and wondered how it stacks up to other high end convertible devices. In this review, we’ll take a look.
The Lenovo Yoga 3 Pro (ad) is an adaptable, lightweight laptop that allows you to work or play on the go. Put it in laptop mode to surf the Web or check e-mail, then flip it over to tent mode when you want to watch your favorite movies or TV shows.
|Laptop||Lenovo Yoga 3 Pro 80he000dus|
|Display||3200 x 1800|
|CPU||Intel Core M-5Y70|
|Graphics Card||Intel HD Graphics 5300|
|Storage||256 GB SSD|
The Yoga 3 Pro has several features to it including wireless capabilities, an HDMI port, 3 USB ports (two 3.0, one 2.0), an HD webcam, and it supports secure digital and multimediacard memory card formats.
Software that comes with the Yoga 3 Pro includes a year subscription to Office 360, Amazon Kindle Metro, Evernote Metro, and Yoga Chef.
Using the Yoga 3 Pro
The first thing I notice with the Lenovo Yoga 3 Pro (ad) is the design. This is a gorgeous 2-in-1. At 0.5 inches thick, this is super thin for a convertible. I like the black and grey/silver color scheme (there is one that has orange too). The new hinge makes the device look even thinner and streamlined than the Yoga 2 Pro. The way the area around the keyboard is patterned looks really sharp. I like that the Lenovo logo is in the top left and the Windows icon takes precedence at the bottom of the screen.
The screen itself is gorgeous with that amazing 3200 x 1800 better than HD display. The one aspect I think could be improved is that there is still a lot of bevel around the screen, which some devices are now removing. The device is just 2.6 pounds, which is quite light for a 13 inch screen 2-in-1. The Solid State Hard drive and new processor means this device doesn’t make much noise, which just feels good.
Once you upgrade to Windows 10 and actually get to using the Yoga 3, I was a bit underwhelmed. The new Intel Core M processor is supposed to let devices run cooler and be thinner, which is why it was used here, but it also likely is to blame for bad performance running larger programs and poor battery life (5-7 hours).
Does the Yoga 3 Pro come with a warranty?
Yes, the Yoga 3 Pro comes with a one year limited warranty for parts and labor.
Does the Yoga 3 Pro come with Windows 10 preinstalled?
No, the Yoga 3 Pro comes with Windows 8 preinstalled. You can update to Windows 10 for free.
Does the Yoga 3 Pro have a DVD/Blu-ray drive?
No, there is no disc drive for this device. This enables the device to be just 0.5 inches thick.
Does the Yoga 3 Pro have a backlit keyboard?
Yes, the Ergonomic AccuType keyboard is backlit. It also automatically deactivates in tablet mode to prevent unintended keystrokes.
What Others Are Saying
Avram Piltch, Laptop Mag: “The Yoga 3 Pro is one of the most attractive and portable 2-in-1 hybrids yet with smart software, but other ultraportables offer longer battery life.”
Dan Ackerman, CNET: “The Lenovo Yoga 3 Pro has a breakthrough design, but requires careful consideration of the trade-offs required, particularly battery life.”
Brain Westover, PC Mag: “if portability and battery life are primary concerns, the Yoga 3 Pro is well ahead, thanks to the Core M and the slimmer design it allows. Combine this with an excellent display, a solid feature set, and a striking design, and this is one of the best ultraportables we’ve seen.”
The Lenovo Yoga 3 Pro (ad) is a good device for anyone looking for a 2-in-1 for casual use. Its low weight, SSD, and better than HD display all makes this an interesting device. However, it isn’t really up to par to be used by “Pros” for any sort of heavy duty program like Photoshop or other large programs. The battery isn’t good enough to let you use the device all day without plugging it in.