A Quick Look at the Lenovo Yoga

As a member of the Windows Champions group I received a Lenovo Yoga to use this year. I am absolutely loving it! As with machine, there are a couple quirks but on the whole it is fabulous!

It is a convertible model that has a touch screen and can be used as a tablet. I think that makes it the perfect travel machine or even primary machine for students(or anyone that isn’t looking to do a lot of heavy processing).

I have already traveled with the machine and use it just about every evening. I highly recommend the Lenovo Yoga!

(Yes, I am writing about this because it was given to me but all thoughts are mine.)

A Glimpse at the Microsoft Surface RT

Yes, I let out a little squee as I opened this box!

Yes, I let out a little squee as I opened this box!

I know that I am not the only geek that had been waiting for the Surface tablet to come out. I love my Windows 8 phone so you can imagine my excitement as I opened the box from Microsoft!!! As a Windows Champion I was blessed to receive the opportunity to review the Surface!

Ok, this is totally girly but it is so sleek and purdy! It is ready to go right out of the box. Just log in with your Microsoft Live account and you are ready to start downloading apps. It was very easy to hook my email, Facebook and Twitter accounts together and immediately start up my main tile that is all about me! The live tiles are easy to size and arrange to make my experience exactly what I wanted. I just went to the store, picked out my apps, then sized them and moved them where I wanted. Seriously, it took that much effort.

It is a tablet and really just a tablet. At least until there are more apps available in the Windows App Store for power users. The fact that it came with a click in keyboard meant it was a usable tablet but the battery is somewhat limited. I found the RT environment very confining because I was thinking of it more of it as an ultra book;). Until things like WordPress and Hootsuite are really built into Windows 8, I can’t use it as a travel work machine.

For normal people, I think this will work for most! It is a beautiful display that would be great for watching movies on a variety of apps that are available. The Windows 8 environment handles personal email, Twitter and Facebook wonderfully. With the new Office 365 (which I didn’t get until after I was done using the Surface) paired with all the other apps available there isn’t much you can’t do if you aren’t a power user!

So have you tried out the Surface yet? What did you think? Are you a power user with many specific apps you need or do you think this would be a good fit? Let me know! I am very curious about what you all think!!