My new gadget–Lenovo Yoga

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:

The Lenovo Yoga 13

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

Got a new notebook

I am very happy to brag about my new notebook !

In the past few weeks I have been surfing the web looking for the ultimate notebook that will satisfy my needs as a gamer and developer, but let’s not forget also as a buyer who has to pay 🙂

How did I came to that idea ? Well, I have thrown away my desktop pc about 1 month ago. It was old, almost ancient. I have had it for almost 6 years already, so I came to the conclusion that is time to let it go. So I started thinking, if I should buy a new desktop pc. I really wanted something on which I can freely play games like Crysis and Mafia II. So I started digging. But I decided that I will look for some BIG notebook, instead of a desktop PC.

Why ? Well, because I already have a pretty 10” ASUS which I can carry around when I just need some PC and I can use the massive notebook to work, play and watch Full HD movies, but also be able to carry it around when I need it.

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AlienWare m17x

At first my attention landed on the EXCEPTIONAL AlienWare m17x.

Man this is some bad-ass machine. I thought I have found my notebook, BUT… when I saw the price starting at 5500 leva, I have quickly cooled off. Even tough I wanted such a monster, I really could not afford it.

So I continue searching and finally I got it. It is the Toshiba Qosmio X500-126 !

It is also a serious notebook. The Qosmio is part of the gaming line notebooks by Toshiba. And it is HUGE 🙂

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Toshiba Qosmio X500-126

It is 18.4” wide. Very big, nice Full HD screen. The beast is powered by Intel i7 (720QM) processor with normal speed of 1.60 GHz, but as most modern notebooks it jumps to 2.80 GHz on TURBO mode, or in other words, when you need it. It has 8GB of RAM, which is quite enough, but you definitely need a x64 bit operation system, because the 32bit one supports only 3GB max RAM. The video is NVIDIA GeForce GTS 360M, giving the enormous 1GB of dedicated memory.  The other specifications are pretty standard, but you can see them all here.

And I got all of this for 3300 leva. Definitely it is not cheap ! But it is worth every penny !

So I got it, and started playing. The experience is just UNIQUE ! The games are smooth, the display is great the sound is astonishing (with the Harman Kardon speakers) ! The keyboard is back-lid, which is GREAT for gaming in the dark !

The only problem I have so far is finding a suitable backpack in which to carry it around, but I will find some 🙂