Since I bought my iMac, I sold my Toshiba Qosmio and I did not have any portable computer besides my iPad. I thought that this is sufficient until I got to travel a few times abroad, with just the iPad. Yes, it is quite a great piece of hardware and I am able to do almost 95% of all my everyday tasks with it, but it is simply not enough.
I started researching the notebook/ultrabook/laptop market. I summed up my needs for a new portable computer to some basic guidelines:
- It has to be thin – since carrying around the 8.8 mm thin iPad, getting some brick-like laptop was simply not going to be productive for me. So I knew I will be getting an ultrabook
- It must have powerful processor – i5 at least! I know that most of my tasks that the laptop would need to cover, do not require so much CPU power, but in 20% of the cases, I do need it. Things like Photoshop and CorelDRAW, simply need to be running smooth.
- It must have enough RAM – 6GB is my sanitary minimum. My iMac still has 4GB and that is killing me! I am planning to upgrade it in the near future. If you are interested how – here is a very nice tutorial.
- It MUST be running Windows 8! Latest Windows, very cool, no need for more reasons.
- Touch screen is very much appreciated – I believe this is the future of computers and Windows 8 is really much better with touch screen.
- It MUST have SSD hard drive. I have spend way too long using traditional hard drives and suffering the killer slow performance they have.
- Last, but not least is the price, of course. I don’t want to spend $2000-$2500 for a laptop (which is roughly the price of MacBook)
So, with those in mind, after browsing and after reading Scott Hanselman’s article about ultrabooks, I narrowed my search to only one ultrabook:
This marvelous notebook combines all that I can desire in a portable computer. It has i7 processor, 8GB of RAM, Windows 8, touch screen and 256GB SSD. On top of that it looks great, it has a very sleek design and it is combination of ultrabook and tablet. I will give more details in the upcoming review, that I am writing, later this week. Best of all, it costs a little over $1600, including taxes and delivery.
All of this finally led to me, getting a new laptop. The astonishing Lenovo Yoga 13. So far I have been using it for 3 days and it is great!
UPDATE: Read my follow up review of the Lenovo Yoga 13