This isn’t a review, mind you, just a serendipitous opportunity for a positive comment on Microsoft.
You’ve probably seen the Yoga on TV lately. Well one found its way into my hands today and I had to give it a test drive before getting it back to its new owner.
Peel back the Android/tablet-like interface (that disappears with a click or too) and the familiar Windows 7 interface is there. Its rearranged, so to speak, but I was quickly able to discover the stuff an IT guy needs to find, the networking, version numbers, Workgroup/Domain settings, etc.
It is Lenovo’s Ultrabook, the flip screen laptop/tablet conversion. The flip feature is cool and very handy, especially in “tent” mode (think upside down V on your lap). Its lightweight with a beautiful screen and built-in Solid State drive + 4gb of ram.
Sorry to say, the poor marketing gal who talked her boss into letting her spend the $999 price tag will be disappointed as the one she bought without advice comes with the “Home” version of Windows 8 that isn’t domain friendly – at least at first glance.
My wife drove it for a few minutes and loved it, although she has shunned her Lenov0 (Android) Tablet for a variety of reasons. Her first glance at the interface was very positive as she likes things that look nice, are bright and colorful, and easy to use. The touch screen was especially attractive to her. Windows 8 was a hit!
The only challenge was turning it off and as well as an annoying message that requires authentication for using the browser the first time. I suspect that its probably connected with the Microsoft marketing efforts through their store, at least that’s what all the initial start-up stuff seemed to lead to.
Sorry that this isn’t more techy, but my mandate was a quick test drive prior to introducing it to my network resources. Tomorrow it probably goes back to the store or I determine what it might take to domainify it.
The trials of the IT Director!