Lenovo Yoga 3 Pro Review

Lenovo Yoga 3 Pro is stylish and also very lightweight (only 1.19 Kg), and, among the belt that allows the joint to 360 degrees and the outer structure where the keyboard, you really feel like you use a premium product.

Lenovo Yoga 3 Pro
Lenovo Yoga 3 Pro review

The dimensions are contained, but still the screen does not occupy the entire surface, leaving about 1 cm frame the sides: the difference is felt, especially in tablet mode. Apple, with Continuity, wanted to offer a continuous user experience across multiple devices, Lenovo instead with Yoga 3 Pro convertible wanted to offer well 4 all different from each other, on the same device.

At first it may be inconvenient to change orientation given the screen size (13 inches longer frame). However, after a while the mode change is quick and easy, and you realize that switch modes with a keyboard without making much faster some operations that are performed with greater ease with the touchscreen.

For example, you can use desktop mode to search for a video on YouTube with the physical keyboard and then, after finding the video, go to tablet mode or stand to make the most of the display in very high resolution. Or, you can write a document with the physical keyboard and then switch to tablet mode to review it by emphasizing the parties to review. In short, the possible applications are many, and it shows.

Lenovo Yoga 3 Pro is powered by a 1.3 GHz Intel Core dual core, M-5Y70 to 4 threads. The first-level cache is 128 KB: 32KBx2 and 32KBx2, the second-level cache is 256KBx2, while the third tier is 4 MB. Are also installed 8 GB of RAM and a graphics card integrated Intel HD 5300, who runs smoothly the impressive resolution of the display, while the storage is a 256 GB SSD.

Crown all a camera that takes photos and video turns up to 720 p and behaving fairly even in low-light conditions, illuminating the subject and keeping in the dark on the second floor.

The screen is composed of a panel QHD + with resolution 3200 × 1800 with refresh rate to 60 Hz, a true wonder. Not everywhere, though. This resolution, in fact, is not handled well at all by many software like iTunes, Evernote and GeekBench, or increase the space by placing items – you see, so tiny compared to desktop icons – or shells each item and, in General, all the layout and make it fit to the size of the display. A vision that could also annoy eyes after an extended period of time.

Yoga 3 Pro is provided completely on the connectivity: Wi-Fi b/g/n/ac dual band and Bluetooth 4.0 for wireless connections and 2 USB 3.0 ports, SD slot and headphone jack for connections with wire.

the power cable should be USB to proprietary formats: theoretically could be attached to any transformer or even to another PC for charging, but this system recognizes only the original transformer Lenovo.

The operating system preinstalled on Lenovo Yoga 3 Pro is Windows 64 bit, 8.1 to run smoothly and without jamming. The optimization of Lenovo in this sense is one of the best on Windows. However, moving from tablet to notebook mode, the system does not recognize the primary input, then the Exchange always cursor disappears and it becomes very difficult to navigate through the screens. The situation, curious, occurs mostly with Google Chrome, which evidently is not well optimized.

Keyboards – the physical and one onscreen – are not very intuitive: the function keys (F1, F2, etc.) are present – on your physical keyboard – as a second function compared with the number keys, and can be accessed by holding down the Fn key on the bottom right, as also the keyboard shortcuts – volume up and down, up and down and keyboard backlight brightness. In why should not access these functions using the keyboard is due to the fact that in Windows 8.1 is very simple to access them with a single swipe to the Center from the right side of the screen.

Lenovo preinstalled apps finally improve a whole range of specific parameters and enable the quick functions: Lenovo Lenovo Lenovo Support, Hightail for Setting (to share files between users), Lenovo Motion Control (for controlling functions with air gesture by exploiting the camera – but it doesn’t seem to work fine), Lenovo SHAREit, Lenovo VeriFace Pro, Lenovo’s Reach. Of these, some are perhaps of questionable usefulness, but overall help to improve the user experience.

My tests with Geekbench on Lenovo Yoga 3 Pro, is a score of 2541 in single-core and multi-core, 4803 in a result in line with the latest Ultrabooks and even some-more of the new MacBook, for example.

The fluidity in the whole system Note: the computer turns in about 8 seconds and favourable environmental conditions – i.e. outside temperature less than 30 degrees to the upper part of the base warms up only slightly, reducing to a sporadic episode starting the fan.

On the other hand the fan should not be present in Yoga 3 Pro, having a CPU Core M that doesn’t require it, but Lenovo increased power dissipation to allow increasing the CPU clock rate itself, hence the need for increased cooling. When the PC is put under stress and it becomes impossible to keep the device on your lap or in your hand due to the very high temperature generated, clearly feels a rustling sound coming from the top right corner.

The tests on the SSD turned out average: with CristalDiskMark you are reached 546.3 MB/s write and 264.0 Mb/s read. In practice this means that a file size of 2 GB is transferred to a USB 2.0 in about 3 minutes.

With CineBench score is very poor result, finally just 18.39 fps in Full HD rendering, but there is an explanation: it seems that, as already explained, some software may not support the high resolution screen and also manage items by driver Intel is not optimal. This means that the layout of the interface of a software to apply the upscaling, greatly reducing the performance.

With regard to system optimization, the Adaptive brightness is not instantaneous and it shows clearly that the system applies a scale to gradually change the luminance level of the display. It’s not a subtle step, which could annoy.

The audio will also be JBL, then stood for quality, but the choice of Lenovo is not clear: the sound comes from all over the base, is not well equalized and quite low in all four possible positions.

Also in Lenovo Yoga 3 Pro is a software for the management of audio streams, MAXXAudio, but 90% of the time the croaking sound which is activated. The problem arises because MAXXAudio would seem to be on by default, at least in test units, and this might suggest that the sound card is damaged. It probably works better with high-quality audio sources, but in everyday use it’s not often you play audio in stereo.

Test drive, finally, have problems with the configuration of wireless headphones, particularly with Wireless PowerBeats2: the sound was played despite the headphones were recognized by the operating system. This situation repeated itself often and only after few restarts the problem solved itself.

In different contexts, i.e. PDF display, audio/video playback, web browsing, autonomy has never lasted more than 5 hours. From extensive testing on the battery, stressing the CPU with particular processes, it is always reached the threshold of 4 hours.

Specifically, a typical example of heavy use this Lenovo Yoga 3 Pro is: four consecutive hours contained in video streaming to 480, about three and a half hours when it comes to 720 p resolution; with normal use, or simple word processing, web browsing with Chrome and PDF display, you are not able to go beyond the 5 hours. For a notebook that eventuality becomes tablet isn’t a good autonomy.

In Lenovo Yoga 3 Pro the potential is there. A convertible notebook like this is definitely the perfect choice for those looking for a laptop to be more efficient at work and a tablet for watching movies or Tv series or playing with a large screen.

However, the price range in which it is situated makes it very accessible to a large segment of users, especially considering the low quality of speaker (at least on test units).