Without the flashy watch-band hinge and superthin waist of its more expensive sibling, the Yoga 3 14 has a more pedestrian appearance, featuring a simple, utilitarian design with a stiff, chunky hinge. Our black review unit has a matte-plastic lid with a silver Lenovo logo in the upper right. The lid opens to reveal a black, brushed-aluminum deck, and two thick, metal hinges. The bottom transitions back to plastic, with rubber feet at each corner and large vents toward the back. If you don’t like black, you can get the same configuration in light silver or white (but white will cost you an extra $50).
I like that Lenovo included a discrete button for screen rotation sandwiched between the volume rocker and the power button. Just be careful not to accidentally press the Novo button next to the rotation lock; it’s only there to initiate a factory reset and recovery functions.
The matte lid is prone to picking up fingerprints, and the entire package is a little plain. But considering the most expensive Yoga 3 14 costs $200 less than the cheapest Yoga 3 Pro, you end up with a compromise that’s not hard to make.
The Yoga 3 14 is a little like Clark Kent: a traditional mild-mannered laptop by day, but able to change into another form when the need arises.
When transforming the Yoga 3 14 into one of its four modes (laptop, tent, stand and tablet), the hinge provides just the right amount of resistance, allowing you to open and close the lid without feeling like you’re wrestling with it. Overall, the Yoga 3 14 is a little like Clark Kent, posing as a traditional mild-mannered laptop by day but able to change into another form with the drop of a hat (or glasses) when the need arises.
At 13.1 x 9 x 0.72 inches and 3.5 pounds, the Yoga 3 14 is thicker and heavier than the HP Spectre x360, which measures 12.8 x 8.6 x 0.6 inches and weighs 3.26 pounds. However, the HP has a smaller, 13.3-inch screen.