By Terry Gardner, Special to Tribune Newspapers
December 5, 2013
Name: Lenovo IdeaPad Yoga 11S
What it is: a laptop computer with a flip-and-fold hinge that allows the 11.6-inch HD touch-screen display to flex 360 degrees away from its keyboard for use as a tablet or video monitor. Yoga 11S features a speedy Intel Core i7 processor, Windows 8 64-bit format and a 256 GB solid-state drive. It weighs about 3 pounds, and its battery lasts about six hours.
The good: This is the perfect travel companion for photography buffs who shoot hundreds of images on a trip. After an SD card failed during a trip to Kenya, I realized I needed to back up images while traveling, and the Yoga 11S is a hassle-free backup solution because it has a built-in SD card reader. It can store three times as many photos as my 64 GB iPad. Yoga 11S also can play back high-definition videos shot with my GoPro camera that my iPad can't see or play. When I pack an HDMI cable, I can even watch my GoPro videos on a hotel TV. And for travelers who write notes, emails or Facebook posts while traveling, Yoga has an ergonomic keyboard that is a treat for touch typists.
The bad: It's pricey and weighty, and battery life can be limiting. I also wish it included an Ethernet input. Nevertheless, it's still a versatile travel companion.
Cost: $1,299 (models with a slower processor and a 128 GB solid-state drive start at $799)
Available from: shop.lenovo.com, bestbuy.com and amazon.com.
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