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Lenovo Cast – DLNA and Miracast, but no competition for Chromecast and FireTV.

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Having done some research into casting under Windows recently (it’s improving a lot in Windows 10 – read more here) I was interested to read about the new Lenovo Cast product. According to the spec sheet (below) it’s just a DLNA and Miracast unit which is a flexible choice for Windows 8 users but as a heavy Amazon Fire TV user I know that on-stick apps/streaming and a remote control can be easier in many cases. There’s DIAL too. Windows 10 supports this remote-app startup protocol so why doesn’t the Lenovo Cast have Lenovo apps (or Windows 10 IoT + apps?

Lenovo Cast. $50 DNLA + Miracast 'puck'

Lenovo Cast. $50 DNLA + Miracast ‘puck’

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Lenovo Thinkpad 10 2015 comes with Atom X5 or X7

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The business-focused Lenovo Thinkpad 10 tablet is being updated to include an Atom X5 or Atom X7 processor. It’s a small hardware change but it will accompany a Windows 10 operating system when it becomes available in the summer. You’ll be able to pair the Lenovo Thinkpad 10 with the Ultrabook keyboard or the folio keyboard.

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Lenovo Yoga Tablet 2 10” (Windows) Review

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Yoga 2 tablet just laid back

Lenovo Yoga 2 tablet – laid back!

Going into this review I had a very clear idea of what it was that I wanted out of the Yoga. I wanted something with great battery life, lightweight, moderate computing power and good “lapability”. I hate that word but it does cover that attribute quite well. Those of you who have read my first impressions will know that I was pretty chuffed with the device from the get go. Now a week later have things changed or am I am still in the honeymoon period? Read on to find out more.

Specifications and other information can always be found in the Lenovo Yoga Tablet 2 specifications page.

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Lenovo S21e – YALCNB to compete with the HP Stream 11

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The Lenovo S21e 11.6-inch Windows laptop has popped up in locations across the globe and it’s yet another low-cost notebook. It’s almost the Flex 3 11 without the flex!

Lenovo S21e

Lenovo S21e

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Lenovo Yoga Tablet 2 Unbox, first impressions

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The Lenovo Yoga Tablet 2 10 is a product I’ve been close to buying more than once. I love the stand, the battery capacity, the screen and the design but because it’s ‘just’ a Baytrail-T Atom tablet and I’ve still got the Lenovo Miix 2 10 this just isn’t enough of an upgrade for me. Some of you might be thinking about this as a cheaper alternative to the Surface 3 though so I’m happy to have had Garry Clark, gadget fan and blogger, send me his thoughts. He’s unboxed it, photographed it and written his first impressions for us. Over to you Garry.

Lenovo Yoga Tablet 2 10 with Windows.

Lenovo Yoga Tablet 2 10 with Windows.

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Comparing the Surface 3 with the much cheaper Lenovo Yoga Tablet 2

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Everyone that has reviewed the Surface 3 so far has been fairly confident that it can be a laptop replacement. Actually it can’t until you buy the keyboard for it but in terms of performance it’s not bad. The issue is that the previous generation Atom arent that much slower. If you look closely at the Lenovo Yoga Tablet 2 (Windows version) you’ll see a product that makes the Surface 3 look way overpriced.

Lenovo Yoga Tablet 2 with Windows

Lenovo Yoga Tablet 2 with Windows

I’m using the Yoga Tablet 2 as the Surface 3 comparison for a number of reasons. It’s got a 1920×1200 10.1-inch (not 10.8-inch) IPS screen, a stand (continuously variable) and it weighs 629 grams which is just 7 grams more than the Surface 3. There’s 2 GB of RAM inside and a 1.3-1.8Ghz Baytrail-T processor. The battery is a huge 34 Wh which is 25% bigger than that in the Surface 3. Storage is small at 32GB (compared to 64Gb and much more usable space on the Surface 3.) The port choice is comparable although there’s only one micro-USB 2.0 port. It doesn’t have AC WiFi, it’s only a 32 bit version of Windows and there’s no digitizer layer.

You can find all the information you need on the Microsoft Surface 3 here, and all the information you need on the Lenovo Yoga Tablet 2 here.

In the USA there’s about $180 price difference. In Europe, where the Surface 3 is more expensive and the Yoga Tablet 2 is cheaper you’ll save yourself €250 and you’ll get the Bluetooth keyboard thrown in for the €349 total price saving around €380 over a base Surface 3 and keyboard. Half the price!

I do agree that the Surface 3 is unique and that nothing directly compares to it but if you’re looking at the entry-level model of the Surface 3 and are not interested in the digitizer then the Yoga Tablet 2 is the better value product.

I love the Yoga Tablet 2. The design is great, the screen pops and the keyboard is good (I had hands-on at MWC and CeBIT) and I like the battery hump because it’s a great way to hold the device. I’ve ordered it twice, and cancelled the order twice. I’m really close to buying one now just to compare in detail to the Surface 3 but you can see all the detail you need in this Notebookcheck review and I’m probably just looking for an excuse to buy it.

Surface 3

Surface 3

The other reason I won’t buy it now is because you’re going to see newer Atom X7 and X5-based tablets soon. While I don’t see much CPU and disk performance increases on a clock-for-clock basis we have to remember that the 14nm process used on the X5 and X7 frees up some Turbo Boost headroom. The Surface 3 can Turbo Boost to 2.4 Ghz meaning that Web activities are going to be noticeably quicker than on the classic 1.8 Ghz Atom Z3000-series.  4GB RAM is probably also worth waiting for…unless you need it now in which case there’s only one choice. The Surface 3 is unique when it comes to RAM and storage options and the excellent accessory range. Maybe we should stop comparing it to anything and just hope that it stimulates OEMs to launch a good range of competitors later this year.

You can find all the information you need on the Microsoft Surface 3 here, and all the information you need on the Lenovo Yoga Tablet 2 here.

Lenovo Miix 300. Solid spec’s on this budget 8-inch Windows tablet.

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I took a look at the Lenovo Miix 300 after it launched at MWC on Sunday and I was impressed to see such good specifications for a $149 Windows 8 tablet. There are a few things missing though.

Lenovo Miix 300 is low-cost but still has 2GB RAM

Lenovo Miix 300 is low-cost but still has 2GB RAM

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Lenovo Yoga 3 11. Refined, again.

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The 11-inch Yoga got a significant upgrade when Lenovo launched the Yoga 3 11 this week. It’s a fanless Core M based convertible that now has a Full HD screen, a redesigned casing and hinge, has a power connector that doubles-up as a third USB port and it weighs just 1.1KG (2.4 pounds.) The starting price is $799 which, as we all know, means is will probably sell for a street price of $750 or even $699 with promotions. There’s no backlit keyboard and the battery is relatively small but for a convertible ultralight the Yoga 3 11 has to be high on the list.

Lenovo Yoga 3 11 (Core M, 2015 model)

Lenovo Yoga 3 11 (Core M, 2015 model)

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Lavie Z ultralights with IGZO screens coming to USA via Lenovo

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The NEC LaVie series of Ultrabooks has always led in terms of weight. The latest model, the LaVie GZ was the lightest yet and when I say light I mean as light as an 8-inch tablet with a Bluetooth keyboard. This 13.3-inch Ultrabook weighs just 794 grams. The problem is that it’s only available in Japan. Lenovo and NEC are set to change that with a distribution deal that sees two new LaVie PCs under 1KG heading out of Japan to the USA.

Lenovo LaVie Z HZ550

Lenovo LaVie Z HZ550

The Lenovo LaVie Z HZ550 is a 13.3-inch laptop that weighs just  1.72-lbs (780 grams.) The Lenovo LaVie Z HZ750 is a 13-in convertible Yoga-style laptop at just 2.04-lbs (925 grams.)

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Lenovo Flex 3 11. 360-degrees of touch with Intel Pentium for $399

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The Lenovo Flex 3 11 is now official (it leaked earlier) so we’ve got more information for you. This 3.08 pounds / 1400 gram 360-degree (yes it folds back as a tablet.  Don’t ask me why on a 1.4KG device without a digitizer) convertible will retail with a Pentium CPU inside for $399.

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Lenovo Flex 3 11

Lenovo Flex 3 11

  • 3 pounds / 1.4 KG
  • 21.8mm thick
  • 11.6-inch 1366×768 screen
  • Up to Intel Pentium Quad Core (Baytrail-M 64-bit unconfirmed)
  • Up to 8GB RAM
  • Upto 64GB eMMC
  • Dolby audio

Availability is said to be May. At $399 it’s more expensive that the HP Stream 11 360 that i’m testing for Notebookcheck.net right now. That’s coming in at 299 Euro which would equate to about $350 in the USA. Expect the street price for the Lenovo Flex 3 11 to be a little less than RRP.

A hands-on video of the three new Flex 3 products is shown below.

Lenovo Flex 3 11 and S21 expected at CES2015. (Leak)

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Lenovo Ideapad Flex 10 (19)

Lenovo Flex 10 (2014)

As I dive into details of the Lenovo announcements at CES over the last 24 hours (updated Lenovo X1 Carbon with Broadwell-U for example) I see that Lenovo have HTML placeholders for all their product announcements at CES which means there’s a good chance that we’ll see a Lenovo Flex 3 series announced in the next 24 hours. The S20 (11.6-inch low-cost touch laptop) will get an update to the S21 and the same will happen to the S31.  Searching further into the Flex 3 product range though I see there’s going to be a Flex 11 which is very interesting for ultra-mobile PC fans.

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$175 Chromebook for emerging markets?

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Digitimes reports that Lenovo will put their name on a $175 Chromebook with a Rockchip CPU in the early part of 2015. Digitimes don’t have a great track record on rumors so this may never happen but it’s interesting to think about the larger question of cheaper Chromebooks.

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