Welcome back to the Modern Nerd ladies and gentlemen. This week I am bringing you a spotlight on a computer that I am very excited about, because I have ordered it for myself. It is currently in the mail, so this will be the first of a two-part article. I will highlight some decision making points, go over some really cool features, and show you how a new piece of technology can integrate seamlessly with what you already own.
The Lenovo Yoga 13 Ultrabook is a really, really cool piece of tech, and is going to be my next computer. If you missed the first Modern Nerd article on Ultrabooks, it is a good read, linked for you below.
As an ultrabook, the computer conforms to several standards laid down by the gods at Intel. The battery life for 2013 models is a minimum of 5 hours. Ultrabooks also have specific size requirements, which are all publicly available on Wikipedia, but because of those restrictions they rarely include DVD Optical drives. There are also requirements on the data transfer speeds, so typically these computers will include a solid state disk drive.
How fast you want?
The Lenovo Yoga 13 has a battery that will last 8 hours, includes a 256 GB SSD, and can be customized in the processor from the i3 platform to the i7. This is the first major decision point, and a very important one. You need to decide on your speed requirements, based on what you do. There is no possibility of a gaming graphics card on an Ultrabook, graphics are supplied by the onboard Intel Graphics 4000 processor. If you use higher-CPU requirements programs like CAD modeling, Photoshop, video production, or rendering, then you need the higher-power CPU.
An Ultrabook is a portable extension of what you do already with workstation machines, but should be able to stand on its own when needed. An i5 processor can be a great go-between if you are looking to be more budget-minded about getting a mobile platform. The processor is the only major decision and can be made based on your budget and requirements. RAM, Hard Drive Space, and other features are much more standardized across the platform.
Tablet? Laptop? Why Choose!
Another strong selling point for Lenovo on their computer is the flexibility to use it as a tablet or as a laptop. The screen hinges are of a proprietary design, and travel all the way around so you can fold the screen into a tablet. The screen features ten-point multi-touch, so all of the gestures that you are used to from your smartphone will control screens on the computer. Windows 8 is included to take full advantage of the touchscreen, and the keyboard and mouse on the reverse side is shut off to prevent accidental button presses.
A serious concern that I had was if the computer keys were going to get scratched or dinged around in tablet mode, but the Yoga has 2 great answers to that. Not only do they create a recessed keyboard to ensure that when placed on a flat surface none of the keys are pressed, but they offer a sleeve that can serve as a case for when it’s not in use, and in use to protect the keyboard further. The screen can be positioned in any spot and its special hinges will hold it through touching. This is a feature I am looking forward to testing and reporting on.
I am very excited to add this computer to my arsenal of tech. Look out for my review when it gets here. I’ll go over remote desktop applications, as well as general performance of this model. Be sure to Like our page on Facebook and subscribe to our RSS feed to get all of the updates from the Modern Nerd and The Computer Fixer.