Lenovo Yoga 3 Pro Review: Good enough for professionals not for games

Lenovo seems to have struck a cord with buyers as the maker has been selling these light weight ultra portables machines with confidence.

This leads us to the latest Lenovo Yoga 3 Pro-1370 that follows the path of its predecessor, its still very much lightweight and still converts to a Windows tablet,  you will still get average battery life and nice performance

Hybrid laptops as they are called these days, means the laptop can fold into a tablet allowing for extra possibilities when on the road or for those who move around the house alot and need to take their laptop with them.

Its also for those who don’t yet want to move to just a tablet, instead want the versatility of having both a laptop and tablet at the same time.

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Inside the main components of the Lenovo Yoga 3 we find an Intel Core M-5Y70 processor designed at 14 nm that is nothing short of amazing and its power consumption is just 4.5 W. The CPU runs at 1.1 GHz but with Turbo Boost it can reach up to 2.6 GHz. Yoga 3 Pro comes with a M.2 SATA solid-state drive,  with 256 GB capacity.

The Yoga 3 Pro battery averages (5 hr 55 min) in a looped video test with Wi Fi enabled.

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The Lenovo Yoga 3 Pro relies on an high-def IPS display screen for good viewing angles and bright colors, its resolution is rated at 3200 x 1800, beating out Apple’s MacBook Pro with Retina display that only manges 2560 x 1600 pixels. Lenovo is using a Samsung PLS touchscreen that offers 276 ppi, this helps Windows display crisp bright colors also has a maximum contrast ratio of 320:1. Yoga 3 uses Intel HD Graphics 5300 graphics that has a maximum frequency of 850 MHz.

In Windows 8 Tablet mode

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The Lenovo Yoga 3 Pro when in tablet mode is some what heavy at 1.2 GB, the keyboard is exposed it measures 13.5 mm in thickness.

We need to reminded that the Lenovo Yoga 3 Pro is designed with power saving in mind, this means that it is not great for gaming.

    • In Geekbench 3 it it managed 2585 points in a single processor core at work.
    • In multi-core mode, the Yoga 3 Pro only averaged 4655 points.Cinebench 11.5
    • Yoga 3 Pro in single- and multi-core managed 1.05 and 1.60 points.
    • PCMark 7 Yoga 3 Pro achieved 4757 points

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Lenovo Yoga 3 Pro: Gaming potential

Expect heavy-handed throttling in games.

  • In the Batman: Arkham City game benchmark, the Yoga 3 Pro managed 27 fps, running at 1280 x 720-pixel and Medium detail setting.
  • In the OpenGL benchmarks from Cinebench 11.5 and 15, the Yoga 3 Pro achieved 17.4 and 19.7 fps respectively.

The Lenovo Yoga 3 Pro is designed for the professional minded, who is also looking for a Windows 8 Tablet experience, it has the power to run applications rather well but not enough to make it a gaming laptop.

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