Pros Intel core i7 8gb ram
Very functional conversion to tablet.
Motion control for hands free use.
Now Win8 actually makes sense.
Great video resolution.
Good battery life on balanced setting.
Cons Keyboard not backlit.
Stylus not included
Needs one more USB port. (the external DVD drive requires both ports, one for data and one for power)
Lenovo has a driver update for their Wi-Fi issue but isn't shipping with it preloaded.
Summary The hinges are nice and stiff.
Tent mode is great especially for video chat or watching videos. It makes it very portable. Makes for great business presentations. Hdmi connection for external monitor and Bluetooth. Full windows operating system so you aren't stuck with using mobile apps. Office 2013 Pro installed and linked to SkyDrive. (Would have been nice if Lenovo offered a larger SSD.)
For personal use for example, my home group is set to share my music collection and have Media Monkey installed so I can share my catalog notes between my yoga upstairs and my desktop downstairs.
Might be a bit pricey for some folks, but I don't have kids. ;)
Word of advice, buy your copy of office locally, Lenovo will just ship you an activation card and separately at that.
Pros 1) Premium look and feel
2) The convertible feature is very useful, especially when flying coach (tablet mode), or watching a movie at home or viewing a slide show (tent mode).
Cons 1) Exposed keyboard in tablet mode.
2) It's a pain in the butt to upgrade the memory from 4Gb to 8Gb. Why didn't they just pre-load the machine with 8Gb and raise the price $30 if they had to, and call it a day?!
Summary There are three complaints that most consistently get mentioned in reviews of the Yoga. Wifi connectivity issues (an issue I don't understand, but many say something about the yoga supporting 2.4ghz but not 5.0Ghz), the exposed keyboard, and a bouncy keypad. Again, I do not fully understand the wifi issues other are making note of, but I can confirm that I have had none. My Yoga has connected to wifi networks in the airport, hotels, home and work. The signals have all been strong with staying power. Maybe I've been lucky, but I've had no wifi issues. I agree the exposed keyboard is less than idea. But I would rather deal with an exposed keyboard than I would with a lack of convertibility. I actually didn't think I would use the convertible feature much, but I recently took a flight (economy class) and found the convertible feature to be very useful in such tight quarters. I could read books on my kindle app much easier than if this were a standard clam shell laptop. Also, the tent position is very good for viewing slide shows or movies. So while the yoga does not make for a true tablet, its convertible feature is very useful. This machine is really for those who NEED a laptop, but would like at least some tablet functionality. The exposed keyboard and its overall size however, makes it less than idea for a tablet. The Dell XPS 12 is probably the most clever design I've seen for a convertible ultrabook. It's more expensive, however, and isn't quite as good an overall machine as the Yoga, based on what I've read. Lastly, the bouncy keyboard some refer to is a function of people upgrading the RAM and not reinstalling the keyboard correctly. There are hooks one has to be mindful of to reconnect when putting the keyboard back in (yes, you upgrade the RAM on this ultrabook by getting underneath the keyboard).
Look, I'm no tech geek, and I haven't owned a laptop in ages, but this is an awesome device. The only complaint that I consistently read that I would cosign on is the awkwardness of the exposed keyboard. Which by the way, that awkwardness is 100% mental. If you can ignore it, it does not compromise the usability of the device.
Pros speed, SSD,design, touchscreen
Cons wifi is a ridiculous downfall that should be easily remedied, but Lenovo seems to be turning its back to the many pleas for a fix from disgruntled purchasers that must be returning a lot of product.
Summary I bought an open-box, and it has the wifi problem. I was hopeful Lenovo would come up with a fix, but no. Its going back (again) unless they get on the ball. Fatal flaw with easy resolution, but will Lenovo support an otherwise great product? Not looking good.
Pros Battery, Speed, flexibility, a tablet and a laptop.
Cons No complaints at all.
Summary I spend about 75% of my time in laptop mode, but the tablet mode stops having the need for an additional tablet. Windows 8 took me about an hour to get used to, now its just natural. Got to youtube and watch a video there. F4, Windows-X key are your friend. Best personal computer I have ever bought. Wifi drivers are updated. I added another 256 gig hard drive for 512 meg SSD, get the i7 with 8 gig also. If your wanting to save, get a refurb off of lenovo, they sell out quick and people resell on ebay so don't over pay, just stalk the outlet site and get a loaded one for 900$. I looked hard at the XPS 12 but this one beats it.
Don't believe the low ratings here, the wifi drivers are updated and the partition issue. Mine works great.
Pros Light, Fast, Good battery life, great build quality, nice design, great touch screen, love the convertible screen and use it more than I thought,
Cons My right palm keeps hitting the large touchpad which usually causes the mouse to jump and it messes up where I'm typing. Wish it had a 256GB SSD...right now using a 64GB SD card as a D drive.
Summary Once I installed Classic Shell, I had a great Windows laptop that can easily be a large tablet. Windows 8 interface is a start, but it needs more evolution to be efficient. I don't like the tiles since if they have active info in them, it's hard to identify them...I'd rather have a start menu and active widgets that show me the info I want.
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