What device is set to hit the education market? What do you need to know? INTERFACE Editor Greg Adams checks out a new laptop from Lenovo that’s designed to meet the demands of both teachers and budget.
When it comes time to update your laptop, the 13w Yoga is well worth a look. The latest addition from Lenovo to the digital device leasing scheme TELA+, the 13w is easy on the eye and on the budget. This is definitely a device with attitude.
Lifting it out of the box, it feels light and portable. Weighing 1.45kg and measuring 305 x 216.8 x 17.6mm), the 13w Yoga is very easy to handle, which is always a plus for a 2-in-1 device. And it’s a tough little thing, too. The device is built to the US DoD’s MIL-STD 810H standards for reliability under extreme environmental conditions. Its drop-resistant design, spill-resistant keyboard, scratch-resistant display (courtesy of Gorilla Glass protection), and reinforced ports and hinges, make it more than ready for the rigours of the classroom.
The 13w is designed as a multi-purpose machine. The 360-degree hinges offer all the expected form factors, from laptop through tent to tablet. The colour is officially ‘Thunder Black’, with aluminium top cover, alongside a Graphite Gray keyboard. There’s also a red stylus neatly tucked away on the side, offering a little oasis of contrast and character – and extra functionality.
Open it up and the 13.3-inch touchscreen is full high definition (FHD) and IPS, along with a FHD webcam with privacy shutter at the top and and World Facing Camera. The standard Dolby Audio is good and more than adequate for general usage. The keyboard’s responsive and nice to the touch; likewise, the very smooth mylar touchpad. For a budget device with few pretentions, the screen-keyboard combo is excellent, providing an easy and comfortable way to interact effectively with your device.
Under the hood, the 13w Yoga is powered up by an AMD Ryzen 5 5625U processor (2.30GHz, 3MB) and AMD Radeon Graphics, with Windows 11, and plenty of memory and storage in the shape of 8GB RAM (with a SO-DIMM slot for an additional 8GB) and 256GB SSD. During its brief time in our office, this appeared to provide more than enough firepower to effectively open and run multiple apps and functions. Lenovo estimates battery life is around 10 hours. It chugged along quite happily for us for the day, so no argument there.
Whatever ports you need, you should be satisfied. There’s a full array to choose from that will hook you up to all kinds of devices in the classroom and the office, including USB-A (x2), USB-C (x2), HDMI 2.0, headphone/mic combo, and full SD card reader.
The Lenovo 13w Yoga doesn’t pretend to be anything that it’s not. It’s a budget-conscious device, that looks good, performs well, and is an attractive new addition to TELA+. What’s not to like?
For more information about Lenovo’s education solutions go to techtoday.lenovo.com/nz/en/ solutions/education
INTERFACE November 2022