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Lenovo IdeaPad Yoga 13 Intel Core i7 8GB 256GB SSD HDD 13.3
  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: good screen, keyboard. nice specs. battery life.

Cons: wireless is absolutely miserable. ac adaptor comes disconnected too easily.

Other Thoughts: I had originally given this laptop a pretty positive review. You can see, there are some nice "pros" to the Yoga, which is why I bought it.

I need to use this machine for development using SSH. It is utterly incapable of maintaining a wireless connection for more than 10 minutes without dropping and reconnecting. It's tolerable, but annoying for things like web, but unacceptable for anything that must maintain a connection. I am one floor below, and directly under the router. No excuse.

So close to being my ideal Ultrabook. What a shame.

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Lenovo IdeaPad Yoga 13 Intel Core i7 8GB 256GB SSD HDD 13.3
  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: lightweight, thin, fast startup, crisp monitor, good computational capacity

Cons: track pad too large, misses some "tap" gestures, windows 8 not that great

Other Thoughts: I searched a long time when I decided that I needed an ultrabook. Looked into ASUS, Acer, Dell, lots of brands. ASUS had a sharper monitor, but for the money, I wanted a core i7, 8G, and a 256G SSD. This was the only one that had all that, plus it's a convertible and has a touch screen. I figured 1600x900 would be acceptable, which it is.

I love the portability and the touch screen is at times a convenience that I am still getting used to. The keyboard, compared to my last laptop (a Sager), is excellent. It occasionally feels a little sluggish, which I think has mainly to do with the wireless. Some of my other devices seem to have better wifi performance, which is a disappointment.

So far, my complaints are minor. Windows 8 is pretty lame. Tiles are a novelty, but anyone who wants to actually do anything will find the "Start" screen annoying. If you want a $1400 ultrabook to play Angry Birds, then maybe you'll like Windows 8.

My other main complaint is the track pad. It's pretty big and my pinky tends to find its way into the upper right corner as I'm trying to do stuff, and regular movements sometimes get interpretted as "pinch" gestures. I'm also used to being able to click left and right with my left hand, but you can't rest your left finger on the buttons or else your gestures will be mis-interpreted. This problem is made worse by the pad when it fails to recognize a "tap" as a left click. Moderately frustrating, but overall, I like this laptop very much.

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HIS H195PRF256DDN-R Radeon X1950PRO 256MB 256-Bit GDDR3 PCI Express x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Unmatched price to performance. This thing will be a touch over $105 AR.

Cons: The airbrushed graphics on the case are lame.

Other Thoughts: Not bad when your biggest complaint is the lame graphics on the casing, eh? Full on settings in BF2 with no problems. It was going to come down to this card versus the 8800GTS. When you do the math, this card @ $105 AR versus $250 for the GTS, it just makes sense to ride this card out until the 8800 comes down to $100 in a year or two and then either get that or the next gen ATI. Really satisfied!

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Matthew S.'s Profile

Display Name: Matthew S.

Date Joined: 09/22/05

  • Reviews: 7
  • Helpfulness: 6
  • First Review: 07/31/07
  • Last Review: 10/12/13
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