Like most women I am a person of many titles – Wife, Mom, Career Woman, Lifestyle and Technology Blogger, Home-Based Business Owner, Hobbyist, Amateur Digital Photographer, and Perpetual Student of all things creative.
Because whatever the task, I do what it takes to get the job done.
Now some say I may be doing too much or I am trying to be a super woman. It may appear that way because, despite my hectic schedule, I use my downtime to do things that nurture my creative soul.
But the truth is a lot of what I accomplish is a result of the efficiency tools I choose.
The caveat, however, is the size and bulk. Most of my tools are a variety of electronic peripherals – from desktop, laptop, tablet, digital SLR, smart phone, external memory hard drive, battery juice pack, and chargers.
Apart from the desktop, I need a separate carrying case to haul them around whenever I am on the go. And believe me, this is equivalent to a 15-lb. luggage. It simply isn’t the most conducive solution. Unfortunately I can’t do without these gadgets if I am to accomplish what I need to do.
So I have been looking for a better alternative.
If only I could find an all-in-one. A portable computer that can convert into a tablet, but is light in weight, and does not compromise the hardware requirements so it can run just like my desktop.
I know a lot of computer makers have attempted to create a hybrid solution. And as a technology-enthusiast I have tried testing a few of them (if you see stylish-looking geek at the Electronic stores during lunch hour chances are that would be me!). But most did not pass my initial test, which is the level of comfort and handle ability.
This stylish-looking device is very thin and has a cool watch-hinge feature that allows it to convert in 4 different ways – Laptop, Stand, Tent, and Tablet. It is definitely sleek and attractive!
Fortunately I was in for a real treat. I received some exciting news that I was selected to be one of the bloggers to try out this convertible laptop/tablet! So if you saw a stylish-looking geek dancing the jig out in the street that would be me!!!
And so in a matter of weeks my newest tech tool arrives in the mail and I had ample time to test it out.
Here are the highlights of how the Lenovo Yoga Pro 3 fared in my busy DOer lifestyle:
(1) The Cat Test
You might do a double take. The Cat Test? What exactly is that?
Well, this could possible set me apart from the other technology bloggers. Because for every new gadget I use I see how either my Calico Kiwi or my Caliby Cleo will react to it. Their mannerisms will indicate whether they predict the tool will be great, good, or so-so.
During the unboxing of the Lenovo Yoga Pro 3 Calico Kiwi looked very curious. Despite her chunkiness this cat can match any Yogini in moves.
She was definitely intrigued as I unfolded and tried the 4 varying ways the Lenovo Yoga Pro 3 could stand! Whoa! It has the flexibility of a cat! Calico Kiwi is impressed! So much so that she gives her very rare ‘flopping seal of a approval‘.
(2) Size, Style, and Mobility
Because I work a full-time job and manage a household, every pocket of free time is reserved my creative endeavors. And this often occurs unscheduled. Which is why I need to be prepared at all times and it usually means my gadgets go where I go.
Now despite the geeky contents of my handbag, it is imperative that I sport them all with style.
This has been a challenge in the past because these peripherals are bulky and hefty, and they could either deform the shape of my bag or simply won’t fit. If it’s the latter I am completed bummed because it means I would have to carry another monstrous size bag. This does not look chic at all.
Fortunately I do not have this problem with the Lenovo Yoga Pro 3. It has an ultra thin casing at 0.5″ thick, which is thinner than the depth of a pencil! And the monitor is an ample size of 13.3 touchscreen, at 3200 x 1800 resolution. Far more impressive is the weight at only 2.6 lbs! Now do I need to carry the charger too? Not really when this gadget can deliver upto 9 hours of battery life!
So whenever I need to be on the go, I can stick my Lenovo Yoga Pro 3 in my handbag and not worry about the bulk. Which means I can be anywhere at any time and still be able to do my work. Now this is really maximizing my time and productivity and allows me to really get my tasks list done!
(3) Amazing Electronic Note Taking
As a creative, the old school way of brainstorming and writing out my thoughts is still prevalent in my workflow. It is what helps me nurture ideas that eventually become blog posts, DIY products, graphic designs, or photography assignments.
With the Lenovo Yoga Pro 3, I have discovered note-taking and drawing apps that are simply addicting to use! The screen is receptive to my tablet stylus and finger tips, and I can create pages and pages of ideas, save them as a PDF file, or email it to myself.
It is absolutely incredible! This is one true testament of the Lenovo Yoga Pro 3‘s tablet capabilities. Not to mention that Mother Earth would love me even more now that I have done away with using hard-copy notebooks and loose leaf papers.
(4) Convertible Modes = Versatility
With a traditional laptop, could I do all these things – Hold office in my dining area? Showcase a photography presentation in a cafe? Transact business in a social trunk show? Read a book under a tree? Or follow a DIY tutorial step by step?
I probably could but it is too much of a hassle. Since a clamshell computer stands in limited positions I could do some of the above, but not all. If I wanted to do all I would have to bring an additional tablet. Now that is not practical at all.
That is why I absolutely love the convertible modes of the Lenovo Yoga Pro 3. Four ways to stand means versatility in use!
So can I follow another’s blogger’s kitchen recipe with ease? Definitely with the stand mode! How about digitally editing a photograph? Absolutely with the tablet mode! What about showcasing a portfolio of my work? Most impressively done with the tent mode! And for the times I wait in the car during my kid’s school events or find myself in a coffee shop with some idle time, I can prop up the laptop mode and get some work done! This is a true convertible laptop that can adopt to any situation and still deliver the kind of tool I need to be a DOer.
(5) A True Laptop With Tablet Features
I had a friendly banter with a close techie friend who resides in Manila (he is the one who introduced me to the Internet back when it had a ton of text-based sites with very little graphics, even before the fame of the Geocities webpages! Haha! That will really bring back a lot of memories to the internet geeks!).
Our argument was simple. Can a tablet replace your laptop? I initially reasoned that it can because there are already a myriad of apps that can takeover some of the full feature software that I usually use with my desktop. However, there is the caveat of using using a 3rd-party keyboard attachment for convenience.
But after trying out the Lenovo Yoga Pro 3, I had to recount. I was wrong.
I realized with a mere tablet I did not have a choice. A tablet did not have a highly capable processor, enough RAM, or the much needed hard drive space. Therefore I could not install the software that I really need, but instead I had to limit myself to whatever apps were available and use them as a mere substitute.
With Lenovo Yoga Pro 3 I had a true laptop. It had a powerful Intel Core-M processor, an 8GB DDR3L RAM memory, an amazing Intel HD5300 graphics, and a 256 GB SSD Hard Drive. These specifications even beat my existing workstation!
And because it is amazingly thin, light-weight, and has a well-designed hinge, this laptop with a 13.3 glossy touchscreen can be a tablet too! Who would then want to compromise with the limiting hardware of a tablet? Certainly not me!
So did I cower and let my friend know he is right? Let’s just say if he reads this post then he will. 🙂
There are many more reasons why I love the Lenovo Yoga Pro 3, but I know this is a blog post and not a novel. So with that I leave you with an absolutely amazing treat!
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