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Promoted 12-31-2015 by SubZero5 at 08:31 AM View Original Post has Lenovo ThinkPad Yoga 2-In-One Ultrabook on Sale for $699. Shipping is Free. Thanks Suryasis

  • Intel Core i5-5200U 2.2GHz Processor
  • 14" (1920x1080) Full HD IPS w/ Multi-Touch Screen
  • 1TB + 16GB M.2 SSD
  • 8GB DDR3L
  • 2GB NVIDIA GeForce GT 940M
  • Bluetooth 4.0
  • WiFi
  • 4-Cell Lithium Polymer
  • Windows 10 Home 64
  • 4.2 lbs & 0.8" thin

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Edited December 30, 2015 at 09:25 AM by TattyBear
Lenovo has the Lenovo ThinkPad Yoga 14 Intel Core i5-5200U Dual-Core BROADWELL 14" Convertible 2-in-1 Touch Ultrabook with pre-installed Windows 10 and 2GB NVIDIA GeForce GT 940M Discrete Graphics for a low $699.00 Free Shipping. Tax in most states.

The Yoga 14 ThinkPad with its unique hinge has 4 usage modes enabling laptop/stand/tent/tablet modes. Similar to other premium ThinkPads, the Yoga 14 Ultrabook has magnesium-alloy chassis and heavy duty scratch-resistant Dragontrail display. This model also has 16 GB M.2 SSD which is working as Turbo Cache and can speed up some operations including Boot time, some software load time. However, you can replace it with a high capacity M.2 Drive and clone the OS to it.

  • 4.2 lbs & 0.8" thin, 14" 1920x1080 LED-backlit, 10-point Multi-touch IPS display
  • Intel Core i5-5200U 2.2GHz (Turbo Boost up to 2.7GHz) Dual-core BROADWELL CPU
  • 8GB RAM,
  • 1TB Hard Drive, 16GB M.2 SSD,
  • dual-band 802.11 AC WiFi, Bluetooth 4.0
  • Windows 10 Home 64-bit operating system, 1yr Lenovo warranty
  • 2GB NVIDIA GeForce GT 940M discrete graphics w/ HDMI
  • 4-cell Li-Polymer battery for up to 8 hours battery life
  • 2x USB 3.0, 1x USB 2.0, 4-in-1 card reader, microphone with VoIP enhancement
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I had the previous (first) gen version of the Thinkpad Yoga 14.

The Yoga 700 is from Lenovo's regular line. This is from their Thinkpad line. Functionally they are similar, but the Thinkpad is more sturdily built. The Thinkpad Yoga 14 is basically a Thinkpad T440 which can flip into tablet mode. The only compromise is the keyboard is slightly worse than the T440's (still vastly better than any other keyboard out there). They had to compromise some of its travel to add the mechanism to make the keys retract in tablet mode.

I haven't used Lenovo's regular service, so I can't give a comparison. But the Thinkpad service is just a step under the top-notch it was back in the IBM Thinkpad days. My TP Yoga 14 had problems with the keyboard (enter key would not register if I hit it on the very left edge), and backlight bleed. I called Lenovo up and they told me to send the laptop in for repair (estimated 1 week turnaround - used to be 36-48 hours in the IBM days). I told them I used it for work and I couldn't be without it that long. So they shipped the parts to me, I took them to an authorized Thinkpad repair shop, and they swapped in the parts while I waited. All covered under warranty.

You're aware this converts into a tablet? The weight and dimensions are nearly identical to the Thinkpad T440 (which doesn't convert into a tablet). If you saw the two sitting next to each other and couldn't see the hinge, you'd be hard pressed to tell them apart.

The 940m is actually pretty decent for light to moderate gaming. You won't be running the latest titles at 1080p, but it handled Dragon Age: Origins and Shadow of Mordor just fine at 720p and mid settings. It doesn't heat up that much while gaming (the AC adapter is only 65 Watts), and the fan noise is barely audible while gaming.

I ended up selling it to get a "real" gaming laptop (970m). But after dealing with the fan noise, if I had it to do over I'd have kept it. Bought a desktop for gaming, and used something like Steam In-home Streaming if I felt compelled to do heavy-duty gaming on the laptop. The 940m is good enough for my gaming fix while traveling.

The M.2 slot on this is a 2242 - 22mm by 42mm. Most M.2 SSDs are 2280. There aren't that many 2242 SSDs out there. The largest when I had this laptop (til 2Q2015) was 256GB, and its performance wasn't anywhere near as good as the 2280 and 2.5" SSDs. The smaller size means they can fit fewer flash dies on the board, and SSDs get their speed from operating a large number of flash dies in parallel.

So if you want capacity, you can keep the 1TB HDD and get a 128GB or 256GB 2242 M.2 drive for this to speed things up. The 16GB cache SSD is actually fairly impressive over a plain HDD - reduced boot times from 45 sec to 15 sec. But nothing substitutes for a real SSD, especially at writes.

But if you want pure SSD speed, I'd replace the 2.5" HDD with a 2.5" SSD. It'll be faster, cheaper, and you'll have the option for bigger capacity. If you need a little extra storage in the future, you can get a cheap 2242 M.2 SSD to replace the 16GB. Who knows, maybe a 512GB will be out then, and speed won't be as important on a second drive.

This is a widespread issue with the Intel AC7260/AC7265 wifi cards. I had it initially, but then noticed a wifi driver update in the Thinkpad update software. This updated driver did not show up on Lenovo's website. Installing the update fixed the wifi issue (Bluetooth still had the problem).

I've no experience with the issue on this updated TP Yoga 14. But they fixed it in the previous version, so you have to think they'll fix it again if they haven't already yet. In the 4 laptops I've used which had the problem (I buy and prep computers for clients), you didn't need to disable the wifi via device management. Simply turning the wifi off and back on fixed it (via Fn+F2 or whatever hotkey combo that brand laptop used) fixed it. I'd rank it as an annoyance, not a deal-breaker.

Windows 8 and 10 have an auto-brightness setting which is on by default. You can turn it off in the display options, and that will give you total manual control of the brightness. If I remember right, in Win 8 it's buried in the advanced power options. In Win 10 it's pretty prominent in the display options.

I've heard of a couple laptops where the auto-brightness is built into the BIOS firmware, and can't be turned off via the Windows setting. My first-gen TP Yoga 14 did not have this "feature", and turning it off in Windows fixed the problem. I can't speak for this second gen version.

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They've had their Yoga 700 14 inch with the newer i5 processor and 128 GB SSD for sale at $699 also.
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Looks like a pretty liberal application of the ultrabook moniker.
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Most Thinkpads look like they mean business but with the wedge 'tapered corner' design this looks like an underpowered gaming laptop trying to hide a weight problem.
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Quote from bosoxx091 View Post :
They've had their Yoga 700 14 inch with the newer i5 processor and 128 GB SSD for sale at $699 also.
do you have a link?
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10% shop discover through 12/31 - I am purchasing the Lenovo 700 with same video card, 256GB SSD and 6th gen i7 for $899 -10% discover and $50 windows gift card. May not be a better deal to some but it's what my wife wants bc it's lighter and newer.
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ptt or wait it out...? need a laptop to replace my E6410 dell i5 540m/NVS 3100m
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For this computer would it be better to upgrade the 2.5 1TB or the 16GB m.2 ? I see a great deal on a 512 2.5 SSD for $99 after Chase Amazon rewards...but anyone have any suggestions?

Thanks in Advance!
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is it gaming laptop??? can i running LOL with high option?
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Quote from playfulsteve View Post :
For this computer would it be better to upgrade the 2.5 1TB or the 16GB m.2 ? I see a great deal on a 512 2.5 SSD for $99 after Chase Amazon rewards...but anyone have any suggestions?

Thanks in Advance!
The Yoga 3 uses a 5mm HDD. Not sure if the Yoga 14 is any different?
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I can't imagine using a 4.2lb tablet...
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best laptop ive ever owned
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