Lenovo Yoga 3 Pro Review – A Sleek Design and Great Specs
From Lenovo Yoga 2 Pro to Lenovo Yoga 3 Pro with better design, processing speed and sleek 360 degrees hinge design that has been inspired by wristwatches.
It is smaller and lighter in weight- when the lid is closed, the chassis measures 12.8 mm thick and weighs only 1.2 Kgs, 0.2 kgs less the previous Yoga 2 Pro.
It powered by the Intel new Core M processor designed for tablets, hybrids and premium laptops. The processing speed has been significantly improved. It runs cool and effectively that the system does not require internal fans. With 256GB of SD storage and Core M processor, Lenovo Yoga 3 Pro has no internal moving parts.
Just like the previous Yoga 2 Pro version, Yoga 3 Pro is designed around a more-than- HD display. It comes with a LCD- 13 inch screen with a standard resolution of 3,200 by 1,800. Undoubtedly, this is far much better than the standard 1080p screens. But with 4K displays in laptops, the high resolution may not quite be a special agenda to brag of.
There is significant reduction in power consumption- Yoga 3 Pro has TDP (Thermal Design Power) of just 4.5 watts which is half less than the previous model which uses Haswell low voltage chips. This makes Yoga 3 Pro to consume less power. In addition, it will produce less heat- this will not only impact on your energy bills, but will also improve battery life. In a light use tests, the Yoga 3 pro lasted up to 12 hours 32 minutes.
Switching to heavy use tests, Yoga 3 Pro managed to last up to 7 hours 38 minutes which is still the best performance from a Windows Ultrabook. You will comfortably work all day long without recharging.
The 8GB RAM is quite impressive. The dual-core chips runs at 1.1GHz, but can Turbo Boost to 2.6GHz when the thermal limits allows. The processing speed is quite sufficient for everyday tasks like web browsing and word processing.
The Yoga 3 Pro uses integrated Intel HD graphics 5300 GPU which is not particularly suited for gaming. On the Dirt Showdown tests, it could only manage 14.1 FPs. When the graphics are turned down to the low presets it couldn’t create efficient playable frame rate. All in all, at native resolution, Yoga 3 Pro is not good enough to play modern games.
The image quality is quite impressive. Colors are solid, vibrant and well lit thanks to sRGB color gamut that has been improved to 94.1% and high peak brightness of 276cd/m2. The color accuracy is just average, however, the green and red appear less saturated.
Yoga 3 Pro comes with windows 8.1.
Yoga 3 Pro comes with 3 USB ports, 3.5 audio jack, physical volume buttons, Bluetooth and a memory card slot.
Availability and price
The Yoga should be available by mid November this year. The introductory price will be £1,299 in the UK, $1,349 in the US and €1,299 in Europe. Date and price for other regions have not been officially communicated.
Undoubtedly, Lenovo Yoga 3 Pro has a couple of good features, but the processing speed is not quite impressing. In addition, the fact that it cannot be used to play most of the modern games also raises doubts on its use. It also seems to be expensive.