Lenovo 11.6″ Thinkpad Yoga
Last updated date: October 17, 2019
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In our analysis of 87 expert reviews, the Lenovo 11.6" Thinkpad Yoga placed 9th when we looked at the top 12 products in the category. For the full ranking, see below.
From The Manufacturer
Lenovo ThinkPad Yoga 11e (5th Gen) 11.6" IPS Anti-Glare HD (1366x768) Multi-Touch Business Educational Laptop ThinkPad laptops are tested against 12 military-grade requirements and pass more than 200 durability tests. Additionally, the ports and 360-degree hinges are reinforced with rubber bumpers to protect against damage to corners. The keyboard is water-resistant and houses mechanically-anchored keys to prevent restless little fingers from prying them off. The Corning Gorilla Glass display is both impact - and scratch-resistant. Should an accident occur, this tough device is built to withstand bumps and drops from up to 3 feet / 90 cm—about the height of a school desk. 5th gen 4th gen 128 4th gen 256 Yoga 11e 5th Generation Yoga 11e 4th Generation Yoga 11e 4th Generation Display 11.6-Inch HD (1366x768) TouchScreen, anti-glare, LED backlight, IPS 250 nits, 16:9 aspect ratio, 800:1 contrast ratio 11.6-Inch HD (1366x768) TouchScreen, anti-glare, LED backlight, IPS 250 nits, 16:9 aspect ratio, 800:1 contrast ratio 11.6-Inch HD (1366x768) TouchScreen, anti-glare, LED backlight, IPS 250 nits, 16:9 aspect ratio, 800:1 contrast ratio Processor Intel Quad-Core N4100 1.1 GHz Processor (4 Cores 4 Threads, 4 MB Cache) Intel Dual Core i3-7100U 2.4 GHz Processor (2 Cores 4 Threads, 3 MB Cache) Intel Dual Core i3-7100U 2.4 GHz Processor (2 Cores 4 Threads, 3 MB Cache) Graphics Integrated Intel UHD Graphics 600: Supports two independent displays; Max resolution: 3840x2160@60Hz (USB Type-C); 4096x2160@30Hz (HDMI) Integrated Intel HD Graphics 620: Supports two independent displays; Max resolution: 1920X1080 (HDMI)@30Hz Integrated Intel HD Graphics 620: Supports two independent displays; Max resolution: 1920X1080 (HDMI)@30Hz Storage 128 GB SSD 128 GB SSD M.2 Opal2 256 GB SSD M.2 Opal2 Memory 4 GB DDR4 2400MHz SDRAM 8 GB 2133 MHz DDR4 SDRAM 8 GB 2133 MHz DDR4 SDRAM Networking Intel Wireless-AC 9560, Wi-Fi 2x2 802.11ac + Bluetooth 5.0, M.2 card Intel Dual Band Wireless 7265-AC (2x2) + Bluetooth v4.0 Combo M.2 Card Intel Dual Band Wireless 7265-AC (2x2) + Bluetooth v4.0 Combo M.2 Card Operating System Windows 10 Pro 64-bit Windows 10 Pro 64-bit Windows 10 Pro 64-bit Dimensions (WxDxH) 11.81" x 8.27" x 0.86" 11.81" x 8.27" x 0.88" 11.81" x 8.27" x 0.88" Weight Starting at 3.4 lb (1.54kg) Starting at 3.51 lb (1.6kg) Starting at 3.51 lb (1.6kg) HDMI HDMI 1.4b HDMI 1.4 HDMI 1.4 Additional Specifications Yoga 11e 5th Generation Webcam 720p Webcam Expansion Slot microSD card reader AC Adapter 45W AC Adapter Energy Efficiency EPEAT Gold; ENERGY STAR 6.1; RoHS-compliant Battery 3-cell (42Wh) left right Right Side Supports two independent displays;Max resolution: 4K 3840x2160@60Hz (USB Type-C); 4096x2160@30Hz (HDMI) Power Button Audio connector USB 3.0 USB-C connector Security-lock slot Pen tether hole Ports & Buttons Left Side Pen tether hole Power connector Ethernet connector HDMI connector Always On USB 3.0 connector MicroSD card slot 1 2 3 4 Bends over backwards, for true flexibility The ThinkPad Yoga 11e laptop features a 360-degree hinge, so students can accommodate whatever they're doing. Open it the full 360 degrees to interact with learning apps or browse—it’s even easier with the 10-point multi-touch HD display. Position it as a tent to watch videos. Or use it as a laptop for taking tests or writing papers with the full-sized keyboard. It’s as flexible as a student's imagination. Easier to carry than many text books Starting at 1.54 kg / 3.4 lbs, the new ThinkPad Yoga 11e laptop is light enough so students can get on with their day without feeling bogged down. Encourages creativity With its optional ThinkPad Pen Pro (Sold separately), the ThinkPad Yoga 11e helps unleash the imagination. Students can write, sketch, annotate documents, take notes, and more. Since it's housed on-board, there's no worry about misplacing or leaving it behind. It recharges while stored, so it never runs out of ink! Leave the power cord at home Backpack, textbooks, notebooks, pencils, and more—students have enough to worry about. No need to add a power cord to that list. With up to 12 hours* of battery life, the ThinkPad Yoga 11e will last for a full day of classes and more. Bring it home, charge it up overnight, and forget the cord all over again the next day!
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Molly Thornberg is a professional writer, creative and mom to four kids, living her best life outside of Dallas, Texas. With a love for all things tech, she is passionate about helping parents raise kids in the digital age. She writes about technology, parenting and humor on her blog Digital Mom Blog.
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An Overview On Mini Laptop
If you haven’t shopped for a laptop lately, you may not realize the many options now available. You don’t have to choose between one expensive laptop or another. But if you’re just writing college papers or doing presentations, there’s an easier way. You can find a mini laptop that will do the job without the expense.
In large part, this is thanks to Google. Chromebooks have created an entire market. These lightweight laptops started out as limited, but they seem to improve with each generation. Instead of being the laptop you buy for your child or use as a backup, they now can be your main laptop. Best of all, they won’t break your budget.
But you’ll need to understand their limitations before you buy. If you’re a gamer or video editor, you may find the processors on many of these laptops lacking. That doesn’t mean you can’t find a mini laptop that will handle all your needs. You may need to shop around a little, though. As you compare more expensive laptops, are the extra features worth it?
Mini laptops are, by their very nature, smaller than other laptops. That means you may be looking at a smaller screen. Molly Thornberg, technology and parenting blogger at Digital Mom Blog, advises consumers to look closely at the screen size they’ll need before investing in a smaller laptop.
“Mini laptops typically have screen sizes ranging from six inches to 12 inches,” Thornberg says.
In some cases, a smaller screen won’t be a problem. Having a smaller screen is, after all, a trade-off for having a more portable laptop to cart around. But smaller screens can be frustrating. If you’re editing pictures or designing a PowerPoint presentation, that smaller surface area can be a challenge. Keep that in mind before making a buying decision.
You’ll also probably need to plan on relying on your headphones for sound. Mini laptops limit speaker power, so you won’t be able to set it up for background music at your next party. But if you’re like many consumers, you rely on headphones or speakers for sound anyway, so this may not be an issue.
But there are many benefits to a mini laptop. Some have a design that lets you easily switch them from laptop to tablet mode. Flip the screen around, and the switchover is instant. You can also set some mini laptops up in “tent mode,” which is best when streaming your favorite TV show or a movie.
As mini laptops have advanced, manufacturers are adding features. In fact, it’s getting harder to tell the difference. You can find mini laptops that have Windows if you prefer that over the Chrome operating system. You’ll also have access to the same apps you’d find on a standard laptop, including the Microsoft Office suite. For many people, a mini laptop will be more than sufficient to meet their daily computing needs.
The Mini Laptop Buying Guide
- A smaller laptop doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice too much on screen. If screen size is important to you, you’ll prefer an 11.6-inch laptop, which provides plenty of viewing space.
- The screens on the RCA 7″ Voyager Pro and Lenovo 11.6″ Flex 11 also include touchscreen functionality. If you plan to spin your screen around to use it as a tablet, that’s an especially important feature.
- The Lenovo 11.6″ Flex 11 also operates in something called “tent mode,” which makes streaming video much easier.
- On any laptop, the keyboard is essential. Unlike desktop computers, you’ll be relying on the built-in keyboard. Some models have highly responsive keys, making typing a breeze. The keyboard on the Lenovo 11.6″ Flex 11 is ergonomic, and the mouse pad has been redesigned to be more responsive.
- Even if you rely on headphones for sound, it can be nice to have a laptop with decent speakers. Look for one that provides impressive audio, even at a low volume. With many mini laptops, you’ll likely find the audio distorts as you increase the volume.
- Each mini-laptop comes preinstalled with software, from the operating system that runs everything to the apps you can access. Thornberg notes that software is a personal choice.
“Choose an OS that you are familiar with and enjoy using,” Thornberg advises. “Determine which programs will be installed on your computer, what files will be stored locally and how much storage the OS will require.”
- One thing that sets the Lenovo 11.6″ Flex 11 apart is that it runs Windows 10. If you aren’t a fan of the Chrome or Android operating systems, this may be a big decider. With some models, you’ll also get a full year of Office 365 for free. RCA 7″ Voyager Pro comes with Android 5.0 Lollipop, which brings its own unique set of useful apps. Others come with Google Chrome installed.
- Consider a mini laptop that includes MediaTek SoC, which designed to improve Android compatibility. This will give you access to the many apps available in the Google Play store.
- Don’t forget about virus protection. This may or may not be a dealmaker, though, since you can find virus protection at little to no extra expense.
- Laptops have always challenged consumers with battery life. They usually start out strong and dwindle with use. Mini laptops can be especially problematic in this area. Surprisingly, you can find mini laptops that bust the stereotypes by providing a more than 12-hour battery life out of the box. Compare this to the four-hour battery power of the RCA 7″ Voyager Pro and the two-hour life of the Lenovo 11.6″ Flex 11. That difference can show you how valuable all-day battery power is.
- The battery on the Lenovo 11.6″ Flex 11 may last only two hours, but that’s after 15 minutes of charging. This quick-charging feature can come in handy for the traveler, as long as you have access to power outlets wherever you go.
- Although mini laptops are appealing due to their attractiveness, they do vary in price. The most affordable mini laptop you’ll find is the RCA 7″ Voyager Pro, which is smaller than other mini laptops but very inexpensive.
- Storage doesn’t come into play as much as it used to, thanks to cloud options. But if you want to store documents, videos and images on your laptop, you’ll need to look for one that offers space for it. The Lenovo 11.6″ Flex 11 offers the most, at 64 GB. With the RCA 7″ Voyager Pro you only get 16 GB. But the RCA 7″ Voyager Pro gives you the option of a microSD card for extra storage.
- Since portability is one of the biggest draws of mini laptops, it’s important to pay attention to weight and size. The RCA 7″ Voyager Pro is the lightest, at only 1.1 pounds. But the Lenovo 11.6″ Flex 11 comes in at less than 3 pounds, making it worth considering.
- Laptop manufacturers seem to consistently look for ways to reduce the number of ports to keep things simple. Some mini laptops come with USB-C, USB-A and HDMI ports. With the Lenovo 11.6″ Flex 11, you get a USB, Type-C and HDMI port, as well as a 4-in-1 card reader. The RCA 7″ Voyager Pro has one USB port each.
- Mini laptops sacrifice DVD-Rom drives for simplicity. But this isn’t unique to mini laptops. Today’s larger-size laptops also lack this feature. If you think you’ll at least occasionally need to use a CD or DVD, make sure you purchase an external optical drive that will connect to one of your USB ports.
- You may not think about it at the time of purchase, but eventually, you might want the convenience of a webcam. The RCA 7″ Voyager Pro has a built-in 720p webcam.
- If you’re a gamer, you may find most mini laptops limiting. But for most everything else, today’s mini laptops can easily keep up. The Lenovo 11.6″ Flex 11 features an Intel Celeron quad-core processor. The 1.3 GHz quad-core processor on the RCA 7″ Voyager Pro works fine for basic games and video streaming. You may want to look for a model that runs cool, which means you won’t have a cooling fan. This helps keep things nice and quiet.
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