Lenovo launched the Yoga 3 14 at a price tag of $799 (Rs. 86,990) and it is more powerful version of the Lenovo Yoga 3 Pro which is priced much higher than this. Like the Yoga 3 Pro design, the Yoga 3 14 looks like a standard thin-and-light clamshell. Recently got the Lenovo Yoga 3 14 for review and it features a 360-degree hinge that we saw in Yoga 3 Pro, it can be rotated in 4 different ways, Conventional Laptop, Tablet, Tent and Stand.
In the box
The Lenovo Yoga 3 14’s retail box contains:
Here is the Lenovo Yoga 3 14 configuration sent to TechRadar for review ($949, £799.99, AU$1,350):
The Yoga 3 14 features the most up-to-date graphics card and the wide selection of ports.
The design of Lenovo Yoga 3 14 is something which I really like it. It comes in a sleek plastic chassis which comes in black, silver & white, feels it is ruggerdized and you enjoy using it. Although the shell does gather plenty of dust & fingerprint smudges but it is gorgeous, sleek & sexy.
Weighing at 1.6Kgs, the Yoga 3 14 sturdy enough & it is manageable to be carried around but not a cup of tea for everyone to take it. With the dimensions of 13.18 x 9.03 x 0.72 cms (W x D x H) the Lenovo Yoga 3 14 is pretty good for people who want to have a portable convertible with a large display for working as it flips into tent mode or stand mode to watch movies or presentations on the crisp.
The two metal hinges allow you to twist & bend the Yoga from a full fledged laptop to tablet & use it in different modes.
The keyboard of and the ClickPad of the Yoga 3 14 is pretty nice and easy to use. Once you twist it to use it in a Tent, Stand or Tablet mode, the keyboard & ClickPad go into sleep and there won’t be any mistaken inputs from it, which is quite impressive.
On the right side, there is an HDMI Out port, USB port, Volume Rockers, Power Button & Power Light.
On the left side, there is USB 3.0, DC-In, Headphone jack and 4-in-1 card reader.
The only disadvantage I find is that, the device is way to heavy & wide which can’t be used as a tablet.
The difference between the Yoga 3 14 & the Yoga 3 Pro is that, the Yoga 3 14 powered by fifth-generation of Intel Core i5 processors and in order to make Yoga 3 Pro as slim as light, Lenovo used fanless Core M processor which isn’t as powerful or fast as the Core i5.
The Lenovo Yoga 3 14 features 14-inch FHD LED AntiGlare Multitouch display with a resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels. The display is nice but the AntiGlare display is not effective when you use it in direct sunlight. The multitouch tough works great and you won’t face any issues on this front.
The Lenovo Yoga 3 14 comes with preinstalled Windows 8.1 OS out-of-the-box and Windows 10 update is available, you can upgrade it.
The Lenovo Yoga 3 14 comes with Core i5 processor which is coupled with 8GB DDR3 RAM & NVIDIA GeForce 940M Graphic Card, takes care of all your processing & viewing needs. There are number of times, the laptop lags and after playing high graphics game, it survive any day-to-day working.
The Lenovo Yoga 3 14 offers array of connectivity options and it includes 2 USB 3.0 ports, out of which 1 comes with DC-in function, 1 USB 2.0 port that doubles the power input, 4-in-1 card reader (SD, MMC, SDXC, SDHC), HDMI out, audio combo jack, Bluetooth 4.0 & Wi-Fi. The cable is removable from the power adapter, the adapter can be used for charing other USB device. A special USB cable is needed for charging and the included one is just 6 feet long.
The battery of the Lenovo Yoga 3 14 is pretty good and it came out 8 hours. I was able to get through full work day on a single charge, which mainly consists of playing YouTube videos & Songs most of the time at medium display brightness. For me, it is quite impressive and it is a better convertible device for the people who are looking for longer battery life at work.
What I liked
In Lenovo Yoga 3 14, the exterior has gorgeous plastic and it feels rubberized. It’s backlit, keyboard is a pleasure to use. The laptop’s metal hinge are smooth & sturdy which allows you to rotate between laptop, tablet, tent and stand modes easily & that too without caution. You really like the laptop’s long-lasting battery which offer you through the day while performing basic tasks.
When compared the Lenovo Yoga 3 14 has light weight & more powerful processor which you didn’t find in Lenovo Yoga 3 Pro.
Lenovo Yoga 3 14 costs Rs. 86,990 (MRP), which is a big amount in India but at this price tag you get all the combination of futures & portability that you want from a device. It is pretty good & versatile device which performs pretty well while doing real-life day-to-day tasks. To be frank, people who are ready to spend that much amount of money, will look to go with Macbook Air or Macbook Pro. But for me, there are number of options that Yoga 3 14 offers and these options are not offered by Macbook.