Ultrabook Convertibles

  • reptile18

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    Dec 22, 2012 6:45 PM GMT
    So I can't decide between the Lenovo Ideapad Yoga 13

    http://shop.lenovo.com/SEUILibrary/controller/e/web/LenovoPortal/en_US/catalog.workflow:category.details?current-catalog-id=12F0696583E04D86B9B79B0FEC01C087&current-category-id=1A4B81C8AC677A5FB11849005C1752B5#.UNX7tzVnHaR

    And the Dell XPS 12

    http://www.dell.com/us/p/xps-12-l221x/pd?~ck=mn

    The Dell is a tad more expensive, but has 1080p. But I might be able to get a discount through work for about $20-30 (hoping the discount gets better over the course of the next few months as the XPS 12 gets less new). The Dell has a 12.5" screen, and the Lenovo has a 13.3" screen. I'd like the slightly bigger screen on the Yoga, but I've also heard some complaints about the keyboard sticking out from the bottom when in tablet mode (even though the keys are non-functional in that state).

    Everything else is pretty comparable. Both have Intel Core i7, 8GB RAM, 256GB SSD, Intel HD 4000, Windows 8 (Not a particular fan of, but the form factor and portability makes up for it), both are really light weight and will easily outlast my current laptop by a few hours.

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    The other convertibles on the market currently have a fixed angle, and the Asus Taichi's screen in laptop mode isn't a touchscreen.
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    Dec 22, 2012 9:49 PM GMT
    I really want to like the Yoga. It's awesome as an ultrabook, but not so much as a tablet. The exposed keyboard in tablet mode is awkward. And there a potential for keys breaking if you drop it or bump into something. But I do like the IPS panel. If you work with graphics or video, this may be important to you.

    The Dell is cool. But the swivel screen looks fragile and seems like it will break eventually. But it does solve the exposed keyboard issue that the Yoga has.

    I guess it depends on how you'll be using it the most. If you're going to be using it more as a tablet, then the Dell might be better. If you're going to be using it more as a laptop, then maybe the Lenovo.

    Other than the Lenovo Yoga, I haven't seen a convertible that I really like. Right now, I'm leaning towards a tablet with a keyboard dock.

    MS Surface Pro
    ThinkPad Tablet 2
    Samsung Ativ

    The Ativ is looking good so far. They offer both a low powered version with an Atom CPU, and another one with a Core i5.

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    Dec 23, 2012 1:02 AM GMT
    I was looking at the Yoga, too. I've got a really great track record with Lenovo products, so that's where I would definitely be leaning. I fiddled around with one last weekend, and I agree that the exposed keyboard was awkward. Lenovo makes a swivel screen, too, but it just seems fragile to me.

    It's too bad there's not a test drive program with laptops. Take it home for the weekend, and bring it back if you don't like it.
  • AMoonHawk

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    Dec 23, 2012 1:59 AM GMT
    The lifespan of any new technology is about 3 months .. so you might want to consider that in your price.