Lenovo Yoga 3 (80JH000PUS) is one of those modern laptops that allows you to flip the screen 360 degrees, effectively turning the notebook into tablet in a split second. Under the hood, the unit comes with a 5th generation Intel Core i5 processor, 8GB RAM and a solid-state drive, promising rather powerful performance. However, the price is not very cheap, so you might want to know if you’re getting useful computer for the money. We’ll, we are here to help you with that…
This laptop is powered by Intel Core i5-5200U processor. That chip runs on two cores and 2.2GHz base frequency, although it also features turbo boost upping the clock speed to 2.7GHz. It makes sense to compare this CPU to its predecessor i5-4200U, and the newer i5-5200U is indeed ~10 percent faster than the older one. You’ll find this processor quick enough even for many complicated programs, so using it in such a laptop-tablet hybrid shouldn’t be an issue at all.
Lenovo Yoga 3 (80JH000PUS) has 8GB DDR3L (1600MHz) memory. That seems to be the maximum so you’ll have to do with the eight gigabytes. That said, it’s plenty, keeping several browser tabs open and other multitasking operations are piece of cake on a system with so much RAM.
What makes this computer especially fast is the solid-state drive. It’s 128GB big, allowing for some data storage, but performance is the real advantage. Windows (~10 seconds) and all the applications start up quickly. Furthermore, durability of such a drive is much greater than traditional hard drives. If you want to upgrade the SSD, you probably have to remove it first because I don’t think there’s an extra bay for a drive.
Display and screen
Lenovo Yoga 3 (80JH000PUS) has a compact 14″ touch display with Full HD support, something that techies and power users like. The idea is to flip the screen 360 degrees whenever you want, essentially transforming the laptop into a tablet. The keyboard should deactivate on tablet mode so you won’t accidentally hit the keys.
This computer is not a true gaming laptop due to the lack of a dedicated graphics card. Instead, the laptop has an integrated chip called Intel HD 5500. It’s an upgraded version from the older models – like the infamous HD 4000 – meaning that many games do run fine on this card. But the trick is to play on low details and resolution, otherwise newer ones will lag and badly. For example, Battlefield 4 should have alright ~30FPS with only a little eye candy turned on. GTA V reaches close to that, making it barely playable on this machine.
Lenovo Yoga 3 (80JH000PUS) has one USB 2.0 and two USB 3.0 ports to hook up some peripherals. Of course, a television or desktop monitor can be plugged in, the laptop features an HDMI output.
The notebook can be connected to Internet with its AC WiFi + Bluetooth 4.0 adapter. RJ-45 port is not present, for that you can use a cheap USB adapter.
Not really a surprise, Lenovo Yoga 3 (80JH000PUS) has no internal optical drive. Thus, you must rely on an external DVD drive. Using the built-in SD card slot is an option too, but it obviously works only with data on memory cards.
A 720p webcam with microphone is available, so feel free to attend video conferences and meetings.
Anything else to keep in mind?
For on-the-go computing Lenovo Yoga 3 (80JH000PUS) should be ideal. It weighs just 3.52 pounds so carrying it in a backpack isn’t a burden. Also, the 4-cell 45Wh battery should last around 7 hours which real life use by other reviewers confirm.
A treat for some people, the keyboard is backlit on this notebook. No dedicated numpad is attached on the right hand side because of size limitations.
Lenovo Yoga 3 (80JH000PUS) is a multifunctional device, offering tablet and laptop in one physical unit. Furthermore, poor performance of tablets, as they usually have, is not present in this model. The i5-5200 processor with 8GB memory are a powerful combo, and most programs (even many games) will work without issues on this rig. The solid-state drive also contributes to fast performance, allowing for faster boot-up times than older hard drives have. Good connectivity with USB 3.0 and Bluetooth is there, and as the unit weighs just 3.5 pounds it shouldn’t be inconvenient to travel with. All in all, the Lenovo looks like a solid laptop-tablet convertible. If you have the money, chances are high you’ll like it a lot.