Lumieres wrote:I am going to purchase the ideapad yoga 13 for $899 (i5, 4 gb ram, 128 gb ssd, 1600x900).
Walked into an Office Depot and played around with it. Thought it would be perfect for school, plus some leisure like watching movies, surfing the web, etc.
Only wish it had better battery life, and we will see about the fan noise...
Am I a fool?
I've got the Yoga13 and am happy with it. Still adjusting to the keyboard layout but it is built rather nicely. The screen is very nice and IPS. 900p is likely preferable to some on a 13 inch screen and so it isn't a big deal that it isn't 1080p. The processor is more than enough for most anything you will do and the SSD is rather nice though somewhat small if you are storing music/movies on the laptop.
You can add another mSATA SSD and upgrade the ram to a 1x8GB stick but it is somewhat difficult to do so. I would probably not recommend buying a 4gb laptop if you wouldn't feel comfortable doing this sometime in the future yourself.
The fan can make an annoying noise for some but I haven't had any real issues with this (I notice the sound but it isn't loud, just something you can hear if you tried)
All in all, it's a solid computer on it's own and the "yoga" function adds a whole different dimension that if you find useful, makes this a great purchase. The battery runs a solid 4:30 hours if you aren't doing anything intensive.
You can find factory refurbished models on eBay refurbished for roughly $690 with no tax/shipping I believe if you want to save some money.