It’s been a while since I reviewed my last notebook, and now my Sony VAIO is slowly dying. It takes forever to startup sometimes. Basic internet surfing pauses frequently. Black spots have started to appear on my display. It’s time for a replacement, but like last time, it’s so hard to find the perfect one.
I really wanted to love the 2016 Apple Macbook. It was a top contender. But it’s relatively expensive. And there’s no touchscreen. And minimal connectivity.
I also liked the Microsoft Surface Pro 4. The base model was in my price range and the display is beautiful, the best one I’ve seen in this class. I just wasn’t completely sold on the kickstand and typecover arrangement.
The new HP Chromebook 13 is a relative bargain. The Lenovo Thinkpad X1 Tablet also looks very interesting. Neither of these was available when I was buying. So what’s the ideal portable for this blogger, to be used mostly for home office applications, internet publishing and surfing the web?
I had a few requirements:
- Fanless. For quiet rooms or when wife is asleep.
- Laptop. Actually comfortable on a lap when needed.
- Backlit keyboard and/or touchscreen to work in low light.
- Lightweight and portable.
Just these requirements weed out a huge number of systems. Finding one with enough power to avoid slowdowns was tougher, as this eliminated most older and lower priced models like the Surface 3. My VAIO lacks this power, lacks a backlit keyboard, lacks a touchscreen and has a quiet but audible fan. It’s a 13.1″ notebook that weighs about 3 pounds, and that is about the limit I would accept for its replacement. Finding something that checks all the boxes isn’t easy.
Thanks to the miracle of other bloggers, I happened upon the Lenovo Yoga 900S-12ISK. It not only met my requirements, but had a few bonuses, too: