Microsoft’s new operating system Windows 8 is optimised for a touch screen. In case you’ve already upgraded to Windows 8, you must have noticed the new Start screen, the Charms, the task switcher, the hot corners. These features are provided especially for touch screens, and make no sense for regular laptops and monitors.
The latest generation of Ultrabooks boasts of a touch screen that blurs the difference between laptops and tablets. This makes it possible to totally enjoy the Windows 8 experience as it should have been. However, if you think that a touchscreen Ultrabook equals a tablet then think again. This does not hold true in case of the Lenovo IdeaPad Yoga 13. This is a device with a flexible screen which can rotate 360 degrees, turning this Ultrabook into a tablet. Though it can easily confuse anyone by its appearance, this 13.3-inch Ultrabook has a Core i5 CPU, 4GB of RAM, and a 128GB Solid State Drive. All this makes this Ultrabook much more than your regular Windows 8 tablet PC.
At the price tag of $999, the Lenovo IdeaPad Yoga 13 Ultrabook is well priced, but there are other options also if you’re searching for a touchscreen Ultrabook. The Acer Aspire S7 is similar to the Yoga in size and specs and weighs 2.9 pounds which is lighter than the IdeaPad Yoga 13. However, it doesn’t have the same screen flexibility and at $1240, it’s also costlier. HP also offers touchscreen laptops, from the economically priced 14-inch Envy 4 TouchSmart($700) to the more costlier 15.6-inch Spectre XT TouchSmart ($1630), but none of them can be easily turned into a tablet like the Lenovo IdeaPad Yoga 13.
However this is not a detailed review of the device and you can further research some exhaustive reviews before buying one.