Laptop, tablet or both?

Lenovo’s IdeaPad Yoga is said to be both laptop and tablet. The device achieves its duality from a patented hinge that lets the keyboard flip flush to the back of its 13-inch screen, according to a review in the New York Times. With the keyboard folded back, the screen is controlled through touch as with any tablet. The hinge design allows the user to hold the gadget partway open, so it can be set on a table as a display for watching videos. The IdeaPad Yoga runs on the Windows 8 operating system; it has an Intel Chief River processor, 8GB RAM and 256GB solid-state drive, with a claimed battery life of eight hours. It is expected to be available in the second half of 2012 for $1,200.

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Dell hopes to one-up MacBook Air

Dell hopes its ultraslim XPS 13 will help the company steal away would-be buyers of Apple’s super-slim MacBook Air. The XPS 13 has some nice features, says Wall Street Journal Technology Editor Walt Mossberg. Its 13-inch screen is no wider than other models with 11- and 12-inch screens. Dell uses edge-to-edge glass for its screen and leaves much less of a bezel, or border, around the screen, than the Apple does, says Mossberg. It’s thicker and a tad heavier than the comparable MacBook Air, and, like the Apple, it’s significantly heavier than Toshiba’s ultrabook. If there’s a downside, it’s the battery life, which is four hours under heavy load. The 13-inch XPS 13 costs $1,000.

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