Lenovo Yoga 3 Pro (80HE0109CF) Review

May 17, 2016
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So is it a powerful 2-in-1 laptop that tickles your fancy? Lenovo Yoga 3 Pro (80HE0109CF) might be an answer to your needs. There’s a mobile-level Core M processor inside as well as a quick solid-state drive. The small 13-inch screen boasts a whopping 3200×1800 resolution. Sweet for sure, but let’s not judge this notebook yet…

The good

Lenovo Yoga 3 Pro (80HE0109CF) is snappy for a 2-in-1 solution. The processor is a bit rarer Intel Core M-5Y71, which is a dual-core ultra-low voltage unit (4.5W TDP) offering a low 1.2GHz clock yet high 2.9GHz turbo speed. Indeed, it gets around 3000 points in CPU Mark which is comparable, or tad higher, than 5th generation Core i3 processors get. So don’t hesitate to use demanding applications like Photoshop here, it will work.

The storage drive is excellent. It’s a 256GB solid-state drive, far more durable and faster than a regular hard drive with spinning disk. You will be left with around 250GB space for your files after the Windows 10 Home installation.

The touch display is of high-quality, sporting 13.3 inches diagonal with QHD+ (3200×1800) resolution. That’s excellent for techies and digital artists who require a huge screen estate, however an average user might be happier with another resolution, as with 3200×1800 icons and text will look darn small. IPS is the panel type, so expect wide (almost 180 degree) viewing angles. Keep in mind the screen turns full 360 degrees but doesn’t detach from the keyboard part. The webcam supports 720p video resolution.

The neutral

8GB is the system memory in Lenovo Yoga 3 Pro (80HE0109CF), the type is DDR3 low voltage. It’s as good as it gets, just remember you can not upgrade it.

The computer doesn’t include optical drive, it has no space for one. You can however use an external optical drive. The SD/MMC card reader might be an useful feature as well.

The number of USB ports is three of which two are USB 3.0. One of the ports is used for charging. The sole video output is micro-HDMI, you can attach an external display to that.

Networking is handled by the 802.11ac WiFi adapter with Bluetooth 4.0 enabled. RJ-45 port is not built-in, however with an adapter you can get that, too.

The 4-cell 45Whr lithium-polymer battery should last for 6 hours under continuous lightweight use.

The bad

Lenovo Yoga 3 Pro (80HE0109CF) would be quite a bad computer for gaming. Not a surprise, there is no dedicated graphics in such a convertible unit, but an integrated Intel HD 5300 chip. It’s in the same category than the (in)famous Intel HD 4000, so don’t expect a lot. For example, GTA 5 would be close to unplayable, with FPS less than 20 even on lowest settings. On the other hand, less-demanding ones like Diablo 3 and CS: Go will run fine, especially if you use low to medium settings.

Summing it up

Lenovo Yoga 3 Pro (80HE0109CF) is one of the faster convertible laptops – it acts as a decent notebook, but when the time comes, you just flip the screen and it becomes a powerful tablet. I suppose that every kind of software will run here smooth and clean, but many games will be problematic due to integrated graphics. The selection of ports is not fantastic but sufficient for general use. Solid-state drive is a plus. So, if a snappy 2-in-1 laptop is what you’ve been looking for, getting this unit would be a reasonable thing to do.

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