I ended up purchasing a Lenovo Thinkpad Yoga today. I originally wanted a iMac 27in but couldn’t swallow the $1699 pricetag.
Luckily there is a 30 day no restocking fee refund policy, so I will be trying this out for the next week to see if it can handle my usual workload.
I was most hesitant about the process. It’s a measily ultrabook 4200u processor at 1.6hz.
However, the model I got has 8gigs of ram and a 128gb ssd which is more than enough storage for me.
We shall see how this laptop performs.
What I like about it
The laptop looks and feels nice. Photoshop runs smoothly and the laptop is silent and hasn’t gotten warm at all.
The keyboard keys feels great, the screen is sharp and bright. The 4200u processor is surprisingly snappy for what I need it to do…although I haven’t tried illustrator yet.
What I don’t like
Whoever designed the keyboard was an idiot. The Ctrl key isn’t where it’s supposed to be so I keep mispressing which ultimate throws off my workflow. Also, accidentally hitting the start key is now a bigger issue in Windows 8 as it automatically launches the new Metro Start screen. Wihtin an hour I found myself jumping in and out of the desktop and start screen mode more than 7 times. Yes, I can learn to get used to it, but really, it shouldn’t be this inconvenient.
I didn’t know this before, but multitouch isn’t really supported in Photoshop CC for Windows 8. And if it is, I haven’t figured it out yet, so please let me know how to enable it! This is a big one as this laptop supports both multitouch and pen input. I was hoping this laptop could be my poor man’s cintiq. But as of now, it is no good. I got pinch to zoom to work, but it is clunky. Worse, two finger panning is not supported.
This becomes an issue because the Yoga can transform into tablet mode. In tablet mode, I was hoping to use multitouch gestures to zoom, pan, and use the pen to do everything I need it to do. That is not the case at the moment. Also the pen sucks. The pressure sensitivity is decent, but the side button is horrible. The button is flushed to the pen and makes it impossible to find the button without looking for the glossy button on the matte pen. You can’t even feel it unless you push on the pen as you rotate the pen in your hand hoping to find the button. In addition to the terrible side button, the right click doesn’t truly function as right click. For some odd reason, you still need to tap the screen with the pen to activate right click while holding down the pen button. Strange.
As of now, I am planning to get my money back.