I'm not happy about a fan sounding like its going bad after less than a month, but I guess I would rather pay $112 to fix it than live it if that's what it comes down to.
FYI - I will be trying to technical support number for Lenovo tomorrow morning, so I may answer some of my questions then. But I am curious as to your thoughts about how important something like this is.
Crappy, provantage won't process ADP's for Canadian's
I'm seriously considering to change my Samsung 900X3 for this Lenovo beauty but read some critics on a German site that worry me. The following points came back three or four times so I wonder if you can give me your opinion:
- Keyboard not the usual Lenovo quality, cheap, keys lossy and the board bends a bit in the center
- Touchpad, not very precise as the cursor moves when you hit on of the buttons
- Screen, beautiful but scaling seems a problem for programs that are a bit older. In these programs everything is too small and almost unreadable
- Coolers are not very noisy but kick in more often than other ultra-portables like the Samsung Ativ 9
I don't know Lenovo at all so I'd like your view as the investment is heavy you'll agree...
Of course there may be the occasional program which shows small fonts but I am running stuff 10 years old (like Access 2003) and it's fine. As far as a "bendy keyboard", well, if you stood on it I suppose but I haven't noticed anything like that while typing. Trackpad works like a trackpad. Mouse will always be better.
As far as projecting to extended monitors you will run into some scaling issues with apps which don't scale well, such as MS Access, but Word and web browsers work fine with the DPI adjustments. I am using this as a standalone laptop/hybrid and not a desktop replacement. My desktop works fine as it is so projecting to extended monitors is not a big deal to me.
But seriously, the eye candy with this thing is exquisite. Hard going back to 1080p after this orgy of visual clarity.
This is the first tablet I have ever owned, including the Surface Pro (which sports a PPI of 207) where I have been COMPLETELY SATISFIED with the quality, clarity and smoothness of screen fonts.
That is saying a lot when one considers that MS utterly destroyed their font-smoothing in Windows 8.1. Cleartype was never great, but it was galaxies superior to the hot mess we have now. Office 2013 on my 22 inch desktop monitor looks like something from 1992. Truly amazed how that ever made it past focus-testing (assuming MS actually does focus testing, which is in some doubt).
Nevertheless, the shear brute force of 3200 x 1800 (276 PPI) overwhelms even Microsoft's best efforts to destroy my enjoyment of their products. I can actually use Word 2013 on my Y2P without wanting to stab myself in the eyes to stop the pain.
Sure there is a dandelion or two in this field of roses (note the clever yellow reference there) but this is a first-gen device at this resolution so I'm happy.
P.S., Did I mention I paid only $899 USD for this miraculous bit of kit at Bestbuy on sale? I keep expecting them to suddenly realize they made a mistake and send the local marshal out to arrest me.
Trackpad - my only problem with the trackpad is because at the office I have a USB 3 port replicator I use for an external monitor, keyboard, and the Logitech Windows 8 wireless touchpad and the laptop sits on a stand next to my 25" monitor. So when I get home and turn it on, the regular trackpad settings are back to default speed so I always have to go to the control panel and crank up the speed a bit so I don't have to drag four or five times to cross the screen. But that's more an issue with Logitech's software.
I have some things that scale horribly, even when moved to an external monitor. But I'm learning workarounds and there's not many of them. Most things really impress me how well they go from the QHD resolution on this screen to something scaled to look the same size then on the 1920x1080 screen. It really does a great job with that transition.
I barely hear my fans even when I'm muxing MKV's and such. Most of the time they don't turn on at all with my daily use.
I don't notice the screen improvement as much as others here since I have been using a Retina MacBook Pro since the summer of 2012, so for me the clarity, font smoothness, etc, is something I've already become accustomed to. But everyone who sees this is just blown away.
It's thin and light for something with this much power, and a tablet to boot. If it had an active digitizer it'd be about the perfect machine for me.
I too wish it had a digitizer; however, I bought the Surface Pro for the digitizer then rarely used it. It's one of those things I always desire then rarely need once I have it. My handwriting is simply too horrendous to be of value as a note-taking medium. Nevertheless I did purchase a Notier V2 stylus which seems well-reviewed for those odd times I need to jot notes silently in a meeting or draw a diagram.
Amazon.com: Musemee Notier V2 (Red) - The World's Most Precision Stylus for iPad, iPhone and Other Touch Screen Devices: Computers & Accessories
I want to get the AC charger from Amazon.ca (rather than the previously suggested one from Amazon.com). Does anyone think there would be any problem with this one? Lenovo IBM Ideapad Yoga 11 11s 13 Original New 65W AC Power Adapter Charger Supply - Amazon.ca
From Mark at Lenovo Forums:
Right - no "fix" has yet been introduced to manufacturing, but it will be soon.
It appears that our engineering has taken longer because they have done more than just fix the power manager state change glitch. It appears they have included "further optimizations". I've seen this update demonstrated on a Yoga 2 Pro this afternoon and have been provided a summary explanation which I'll relay here.
The solution appears two part:
1) A BIOS update that updates the embedded controller to improve the LCD's rendering of yellow ... coupled with...
2) An updated versions of energy management that takes advantage of the new BIOS capabilities.
When released to the web, the BIOS will need to be updated first, and then the energy manager. Both will be made available on the web, probably early next week. Final testing is underway, and there are some packaging and doccumentation details to complete. I think it will go to the web team by end of this week.
With this change, it isn't locked in performance mode so I don't think battery run times will be significantly affected.
This doesn't involve changes to the video drivers, so I think we avoid that concern raised above. With regard to other OS's, Lenovo isn't providing formal support for those anyway, so this is business as usual in how we would address any other issue with the product as shipped.
I know there will be more questions... I've shared what I know at this point.