Lenovo’s newest entry to the Yoga series of 2-in-1 hybrids are made for those who’ve seen the top end of the Yoga series, such as the Yoga 3 Pro, and wondered if they could have one of those devices without exceeding the 2k mark. Well, the Yoga 500 that we’ve received is an entry level variant of the Yoga hybrids aimed for those who find it hard to part with their money. That said, is the Yoga 500 a decent alternative? Let’s find out.
Sticking To Tradition
If your first impression of the Yoga series is the Yoga 3 Pro, and by that, I mean you’ve seen how the Yoga 3 Pro looks like and expect the same of the Yoga 500, then you might be disappointed. Where the Yoga 3 Pro looks like a 2-in-1 designed for cool and hip metrosexuals, the Yoga 500’s design is a bit more traditional. It doesn’t have the fancy hinges or the thin form factor of the Yoga 3 Pro, but the device is still quite good looking by itself. The entire device is slightly curved at the edges and comes in either red, white or black.
Options exist when it comes to the Yoga 500. This 2-in-1 can come with either a 14” screen or a 15” screen. On the 14” version, there are two configurations available. The cheaper option comes with a Core i3 processor while the slightly more expensive one has an i5 underneath it. If you want an i7 processor, you need to get the 15” version.
Just The Basics
For this review, we’ve received the base model of the 14” Yoga 500. On this machine, the Yoga 500 comes with a Core i3 processor, 4GB of RAM. Amusingly enough, the Yoga 500 we have comes with a NVIDIA GeForce 920M, which gives this machine a bit more potential than some of the other budget notebooks out there.
As the Yoga 500 is part of the Yoga family, this machine has also inherited some of the software present in other Lenovo products. Apart from the Lenovo softwares, the Yoga 500 also comes with Harmony, the application that helps to streamline your use of the machine in tablet mode. The usefulness of these tools varies from one person to another, but generally speaking, they aren’t all that intrusive so you won’t mind it that much.
Using the Yoga 500 is generally a pretty smooth affair for the most part. Doing simple tasks like word processing and web browsing is a non issue, video playback and such is smooth and you can do some very light gaming on this thing if you want to. Switching between tablet and laptop mode is as easy as any of the other Yoga series 2-in-1s where all you need to do is push the screen all the way back. That said, there are some times that the Yoga 500 can feel sluggish. One particular part of the Yoga 500 that feels slow is during boot up as things take quite a while to get running, no thanks to the multiple Lenovo software that is included in the machine by default. If you intend to use this for multimedia work, the basic configuration version of the 14” Yoga 500 is not optimal as things like Photoshop doesn’t run as fast as I would have liked.
On Par With Others
Battery life on the Yoga 500 is rather on par with the other 2-in-1s on the market. On an average day of use in the office, the Yoga 500 can last your around six to seven hours. If you’ve enabled power conservation mode however, that number can reach around the eight hour mark. Of course, intensive use will dial it around the 5 hour mark. Basically the Yoga 500 is pretty much on par, and may even beat out some office notebooks in the longevity department.
A Budget Option
In conclusion, the Lenovo Yoga 500 is a decent 2-in-1 hybrid meant for productivity purposes. For its price point, the Yoga 500 is a solid performer that doesn’t disappoint. It can get your work done, and keep you entertained without problems. If you need something meatier, you might want to take a look at the higher spec Yoga 500s instead of the base model.
Byline : by Sia Zhen Ning
Price : RM1,792
Dimensions : 340 x 235 x 21.5 mm
Weight : 1.8kg
Processor : Intel Core i3-4030U @1.90GHz
Memory : 4GB DDR3L RAM
Graphics : NVIDIA GeForce 920M
Storage : Up to 1TB HDD or up to 1TB SSD
Connectivity : WiFi 802.11 b/g/n or a/c, Bluetooth 4.0
Ports : 2x USB 3.0, 1x USB 2.0, HDMI-out, 4-in-1 Card Reader, Audio Combo Jack, RJ-4
PCMark 8 Home 1968
PCMark 8 Creative 1813
PCMark 8 Work 2320
Verdict Basic no frills 2-in-1 that gets the job done.