Lenovo Yoga 900 With Windows 10 Pro

 

It is always exciting to receive a package from Lenovo containing something new to review.

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The box was not much larger than a ream of copy paper, but what was inside the presentation box was a real beauty: a new Champagne-colored Yoga 900.

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I love the exterior colors and details, from the Champagne-colored case and famous watchband hinge to the platinum-colored logos and trackpad trim. As I learned with my Yoga 3 Pro, the hinge, allowing for laptop, tablet, stand, and tent modes is a design exclusive to Lenovo.

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A few specs:
The Yoga 900 is the world’s thinnest Intel Core 1 convertible at 14.9mm, 1.29kg. It can be ordered with up to 16 GB RAM.

The unit that I received had the following:

Processor: 2.60 gigahertz Intel 6th gen Intel Core CPU i7-6500U
Intel HD Graphics

Memory: 8098 Megabytes Usable Installed Memory

Keyboard: 6 row keyboard that includes a dedicated Function row. This has been improved for better productivity.
PCI SSD technology 256.06 GB Ports: 2xUSB3.0, 1xDC-in with USB 2.0 function, 4in1 card reader (SD,MMC,SDXC,SDHC),
Watchband hinge seems to have more tension and moves better between modes.

Display: 3200×1800 QHD+ IPS with touch capability

Webcam: 720p, 30FPS

Dimensions: 324 x 325 x 14.9 mm

Audio:JBL Speakers with Dolby Home Theater v4

Battery: While the Yoga 900 is 14% thicker than my Yoga 3 Pro, it has 50% more battery density to provide an estimated 9 hours of battery real life use, as compared to fewer hours on the previous generation.
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The following are pre-installed applications that can be used or removed based on the needs of the user:

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Lenovo applications:
One Key Recovery
Lenovo Utility
CCSDK
Lenovo Experience Improvement
Lenovo Companion
Lenvo Photo Master
Lenovo SHAREit
Lenovo REACHit
Lenovo Solution Center
Lenovo User Guide
McAfee Security
There was also a trial of Microsoft Office on the Yoga 900. I configured things to my liking, removed the Office trial and installed Microsoft Office 16 Pro Plus. Following that I installed my security applications, and my old Jasc PaintShop Pro 8.1 that was developed way back in the day for Windows XP. I was surprised to see that even though there are some processes that it cannot do on Windows 10, it will meet my needs for now. Ever since PSP Pro version 7 I have been a PSP user for 15 years. However, for the professional artist or power user it would be advisable to move up to a more recent version – perhaps Corel PaintShop Pro X or later, Adobe PhotoShop, or one of the applications reviewed here: http://graphic-design-software-review.toptenreviews.com/

I did not have any pending art projects, so I decided to try my hand at hacking the Lenovo logo with PaintShop Pro. It served me well on Windows 10 and with Yoga’s 3200 x 1800 display the images were crystal clear. I really prefer working on Yoga because of that, as opposed to using another laptop that has a non-glare screen.

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As one who has a tendency to spend too much time on artwork, and knowing that we were a few days into Fall, I decided to combine the modes of Yoga with some gardening and a shopping trip to find Fall flowers for the yard. If the Yoga had included a digitizer it may have made the job even easier — perhaps in a future version. I scanned a landscaping plan for my garden and combined that with my shopping list before making the trip to one of the best garden centers in the state.

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Off we went to the garden center and greenhouse.

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It was really convenient to have Yoga’s screen along to view both the list and plans at the same time — something that would have more difficult on my phone’s small screen.

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After making my selections, Yoga and I returned home to work on some work in the garden and some fresh potting projects.
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Shopping with the conveniences of Yoga 900 and Windows 10 was great fun. I am looking forward to finding more projects for the modes of Yoga.


Disclosure: Lenovo sent me this product as part of the Lenovo Community Advocates program and did not provide additional compensation. All opinions are my own.

 

The Innovative ThinkPad Stack

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Several days ago Fed Ex arrived at my door with another of Lenovo’s creative and extremely functional products to review.  This time it was the ThinkPad Stack that was a big hit at CES 2015.

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 The Stack or “Kit” is formed by up to four different interlocking units that can be switched to meet the needs of the user. The modules can be used independently of the others. Therefore, each person’s mix-and-match setup may be slightly different. The magnetic design contains four components: a 2×2 watt Bluetooth speaker with noise-canceling microphone; a dual port 10,000 mAh power bank that can charge two USB devices simultaneously and provides power for the rest of the Stack’s modules; a 1 terabyte portable USB 3.0 external HDD, and an access point to connect to mobile data.

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 Setup and use is fairly easy. However, for the photo above, I positioned each module as pictured on the cover of the presentation box.

As soon as I read the instructions I learned that if used wirelessly (remotely) that the router and the hard drive should be together in whatever configuration they are used. Three scenarios are pictured in the hardcopy user manual, and two in the online .pdf as shown in the images below.Capture 40

 I decided to proceed slowly, by testing the Stack’s components with their USB cords. However, the more I thought about it the more the wireless approach made more sense. I eliminated the cables by following instructions in the user guide, downloading the software from Lenovo, and I was ready to maximize my productivity on the go. The ThinkPad Stack Assistant for Windows, iOS, or Android manages the Stack’s components. Downloading and installing it is very easy. Should there be a problem with the software, uninstalling and reinstalling the Assistant is straight forward.

The Power Bank takes a while to charge to 100% so for the business traveler I suggest making sure it is charged ahead of the time when it is to be used, or remembering to pack the charger and cord for the trip. All can be kept in the handy bag provided with the Stack.

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 So far I have used the Power Bank to power the Stack and to charge my phone; the HDD for backing up data; and of course, the Router.

As far as possibilities for Lenovo to consider and suggestions for future Stack modules, I think a projector would be handy. I look forward to the Stack’s functionality and mobility to help get the most out of my productivity at the home office and on the go.


Disclosure: Lenovo sent me the Stack as part of the Lenovo Community Advocates program and did not provide additional compensation. All opinions are my own.

ThinkPad X240s: Durable Build and Good Battery Life

From the unboxing through the test drive and beyond, there is no doubt about it. This thin, light (2.84 lb.), durable ultrabook is perfect for the mobile business user.

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Anyone taking a quick glance at the ThinkPad X240’s exterior might mistake it for an X1 because of its similar size, shape,  and smooth body.
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By comparing profiles could the X240 on the right be differentiated because it is slightly thicker than the X1. x240 compare2

 

After I received X240s from Lenovo for testing, I updated its Windows 8 Pro to 8.1 in order to make it more user friendly.  A full charge of the battery gave me 7 hours of battery life.  The X240s review unit featured the substantial ThinkPad “Chiclet” keyboard with great key travel.
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As with my X1 ThinkPad, the X240 also was able lie flat in order to share the screen with a colleague sitting or standing next to me.
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The trackpad was buttonless “multi-touch” which some diehard TP fans might not like, but with practice I was able to adapt.

As far as other specs, the unit that I tested had a 500GB Hard Disk Drive, 7200rpm, 2.5″; 4th Gen Intel Core i7-4300U Processor (3MB Cache, up to 2.90GHz); 12.5” Anti-glare Touch(1366 X 768) LED Backlit display- good for a mobile device; 7 hr. (2 internal batteries); microphone; stereo speakers: Dolby® Home Theater®
Ports: 2 USB 3.0, miniDisplayPort w/ audio, SD card reader (card inserts completely), full size VGA and Ethernet; security slot; UltraNav TrackPoint; Fingerprint Reader; Intel Single Band Wireless 7260BN with Bluetooth 4.0.

The solid performance and durable design of this ultrabook make this ThinkPad model an ideal choice for a power user or business traveler.

Yoga My Way: Remodeling A Kitchen

Back in December, my Microsoft Windows 8.1 Yoga Tablet 2, nicknamed “Tab”, helped with appliance, counter, and flooring decisions for a kitchen upgrade.

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When Lenovo sent the Yoga Tablet’s sibling, a Clementine Orange Yoga 3 Pro, to me for a Yoga My Way project, it almost jumped out of the box onto the table. It seemed fitting that my first orange ultrabook’s name should be “Clementine”. The timing was perfect for her to document the construction work in the kitchen.unboxJPG

Clementine spied the first contractors bright and early the next morning.
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Clementine supervised and gave the Yoga Family a photo commentary of progress.wp counter

The project was looking good, but we had to wait for the plumber and floor installers to finish.
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Clementine and little brother, Tab, were good helpers. It was time to treat them to something special.  We went shopping and chose a shiny new stylus.
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After we returned home from our shopping trip, Clementine and I shared a snack as we planned for more Yoga My Way adventures.
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Yoga 3 Pro Specs:

OS: Windows 8.1 (x64) (build 9600)
Processor: 1.30 gigahertz Intel Processor 5Y70
Memory: 8.0GB DDR3L 1600 MHz
Hard Drive: LITEON IT L8T-256L9G [Hard drive] (256.06 GB)
Network Card: Lenovo AC Wireless (2×2)
Display: 13.3″ QHD+ LED Glossy Multi-touch with integrated camera (3200×1800)
Bluetooth: Version 4.0
Microphone: (Realtek High Definition Audio)
Speakers: (Realtek High Definition Audio)
Battery: Microsoft ACPI-Compliant Control Method Battery
Battery Life Up to 7.2 hours with standard battery
Ports 2 USB 3.0, 1 DC-in with USB 2.0 function, 4-in-1 card reader (SD, MMC, SDXC, SDHC), micro-HDMI out, audio combo jack

See the Yoga 3 Pro and Yoga Tablet 2 at Lenovo.

How would you use Yoga your way?

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