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zman58
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zman58,
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5/28/2013 | 6:22:29 PM
re: Lenovo Windows 8 Ultrabook: My First 14 Days
Like most ultrabooks, you are tossing away ergonomics for mobility--and spending *far* more money. I personally do not like the small form factors of keyboards on these machines. You need to buy a decent keyboard and monitor to make them really useful on your desktop--consider adding another $300-400 or so to achieve good desktop use with a traditional keyboard, mouse, and LCD display. Now we are talking spending easily more than $2000 for a machine that can be used productively on a desktop!

I personally would emphasize less power mobile and far more power desktop. That said, you could easily pull off two systems for less than $2000 and still, afterwards, have a pile of cash in your wallet. A very high end multi-core desktop system and a lower end mobile laptop would cost you far less and you could do far more with both at your disposal. The laptop, in this case could be anything from a $249 Chromebook, to a pad device, or a basic Windows or Linux laptop, or something else that provides only what you need for the road--no big loss if it gets stolen or damaged.
jrehg337
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5/20/2013 | 5:21:29 PM
re: Lenovo Windows 8 Ultrabook: My First 14 Days
Thanks, Kevin, for the review. It certainly cemented my impression of Windows 8 - it's worthless. If I can get a 7 machine at half the cost, I see no reason to upgrade. Also, many of your 'good' impressions were strictly cosmetic. I know people buy on looks, but for those of us concerned with productivity, looks don't matter. At all. Knowing the keyboard is good is helpful, but when I'm at home, I hook up a regular keyboard and large monitor so I don't have to deal with a laptop's traditional shortcomings.
As far as touch goes, I recall HP coming out with a touchscreen monitor back in the mid-80s. It didn't catch on either. I suspect Win8 won't for the same reason, even considering its childish tile interface. Yes, with the one laptop I bought with Win 8 installed (because I wasn't willing to spend $100 on the previous version - a decision I now regret), I'm constantly looking for ways to get rid of the apps and Metro UI (or whatever they are now calling it). And to think that if I buy another app I can get it to work the way it should out of the box? This is why MS is driving me toward Linux faster than I expected.


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