Lenovo IdeaPad Yoga 13 The 13-inch Lenovo Yoga was one of the first convertible Windows 8 tablet/laptops.The Lenovo IdeaPad Yoga 13 looks as good as any 13-inch ultrabook, with the added attraction of a 360-degree screen and a laptop body that can fold into a tent, stand, or slate.
But, Tablet mode leaves the keyboard exposed, and the Yoga 13 costs more than standard ultrabooks with similar components.
The bottom line: The Lenovo IdeaPad Yoga 13 is a convertible touch-screen laptop/tablet that most importantly doesn't compromise the traditional laptop experience. Specifications
ProcessorIntel 3rd Gen Core i5i5-3317U / 1.7 GHz ( 2.6 GHz ) ( Dual-Core )
Memory8 GB / 8 GB (max)
Hard Drive128 GB - Serial ATA-300
Operating SystemMicrosoft Windows 8
Display Type13.3 inIPS
Max Resolution1600 x 900 ( HD+ )
Graphics ProcessorIntel HD Graphics 4000
Optical DriveNone Price;$989.99 to $1,199.99 VS Apple MacBook Pro The new 13-inch MacBook Pro has a faster third-gen Intel Core i5 processor, and USB 3.0 ports.
But, Not much else has changed: the price, battery life, and older, thicker appearance, however well designed, remain the same.
The bottom line: While the 13-inch MacBook Pro remains a well-built laptop, it's fallen behind the MacBook Air and Retina Display MacBook Pro in design, lacks higher-end upgrades, and feels too expensive compared with the competition. Specifications
ProcessorIntel 3rd Gen Core i5 2.5 GHz ( Dual-Core )( 3.1 GHz )
Memory4 GB/ 8 GB (max)
Hard Drive500 GB - 5400 rpm- Serial ATA-300
Operating SystemApple Mac OS X Mountain Lion
Display Type13.3 in
Max Resolution1280 x 800 ( WXGA )
Graphics ProcessorIntel HD Graphics 4000 Dynamic Video Memory Technology 5.0
Optical DriveDVD±RW (±R DL) Price;$1,199 VS HP Envy Spectre XT Slim and lightweight, the HP Envy Spectre XT is portable, well-built, and easy to use, with a great keyboard.
But, The design doesn't stand out as much as the original Spectre's did, and its battery life won't get you through an entire day. From a premium product, we'd expect a higher screen resolution.
The bottom line: A high-end laptop at a mainstream price, the HP Envy Spectre XT gets much of the look and feel right, with only a few missteps. Specifications
ProcessorIntel 3rd Gen Core i3
Hard Drive128 GB
Operating SystemMicrosoft Windows 7 Home Premium
Display Type13.3 in
Weight3.07 lbs Price;$999