Some eight months ago now, I came to face the reality that my old laptop was lagging behind so figured it was time to invest in a new device. But where to go from the tried and tested HP models I had been using for years?
A quick scan of the web and I noticed the new range of “yoga” laptops were dropping in price and thought I should take the plunge. I mean, how cool would it be to fold up a laptop on the train or plane and watch movies to ones content? I loved the sleek design and lightweight style of the Lenovo range so thought I should give one a try. The Yoga 520 checked out to be a half decent model and, at just $950, it seemed a great price to boot.
It came with a narrow border and touch screen, a 360 degree hinge and no less than 3 USB ports. On the downside, there was no CD drive so the only way to watch films would be ones downloaded from the dark side of the net. I can live with that. It was small, easy to carry around and had good speakers or an easily accessible headphone port if required plus all the Bluetooth features that are now part of our day to day lives. I found that the VLC Media Player (a free download) was great for video file playback with minimal fuss too. My FLAC Frontend (Torrent transfers) and Bit Torrent Pro software also work without fuss and, at great speed. Essentially, the funky yoga laptop does everything I need and then some. Fantastic!
Start up was somewhat easy. I mean, coming with Windows 10, it was never going to be easy but you get that. Most of the set up was voice activated and installing programmes was also simple enough. Transferring files from laptop to external drives also proved to be a simple task. All in all, I’ve found most operations rather simple and hassle free.
The one downside is that the silver shell tends to scratch without much effort. It’s a pity because the sleek design is spoiled by the many marks that have accumulated over the first 8 months of its life. I tend to take good care of things as well so it was indeed somewhat disappointing to find this floor in the design. Then again, if that’s the worst problem facing me and this Lenovo yoga laptop then, it’s safe to say, I’ve done well.
Of course, I could have bought an iPad but that wouldn’t cater to most of my needs. Thankfully, it’s been a fantastic investment having the Lenovo Yoga 520. Yoga laptops are boss!