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Lenovo X220 (X230, X240) disassembly & SSD upgrade guide

Access to mSATA port and WiFi card

Please find below photos showing Lenovo ThinkPad X220 disassembly and mSATA SSD upgrade. WiFi is also easily upgradeable (make sure to get whitelisted card or modified BIOS) Lastly, 2.5″ SSD is upgradeable without even opening up the case ūüėČ NOTE: I recommend the¬†Samsung 850 EVO 250GB SSD for the mSATA SSD. This drive costs < $90 at Amazon with free shipping. For the 2.5″ drive I recommend a larger¬†SSD like the Samsung 850 EVO 500GB¬†which is roughly $160 on Amazon.

Yoga 2 Pro SSD Upgrade [HOWTO]

View of fan, battery and tools

Please see photos below, with these simple steps you can upgrade to a faster and higher-capacity mSATA drive. NOTE: I used a Samsung 850 EVO 250GB SSD for the upgrade. This drive costs < $90 at Amazon with free shipping. Performance has been exceptional and the 500GB and 1TB drives also work well with the Yoga 2 Pro. TIP: Click any photo for a larger view.

Dell Inspiron 11 3000 SSD upgrade

SSD before installation

The Dell Inspiron 11 3000 series is a lovely laptop at a very nice price (~$350 USD). One of the few drawbacks is the slow HDD. Thankfully, that is easily remedied with an SSD upgrade! The photos below show how I upgraded my Inspiron 11 3147 with a 7mm Samsung 1TB SSD. Of course the same steps will work for smaller capacity SSDs [128GB, 256GB, 512GB] as well If you have a 3147 or 3148 2-in-1 touch Dell, I hope

Upgrade Yoga 2 13 to SSD

Some of the SSDs I have tested :-)

BestBuy sells a nice Yoga 2 13 laptop at a significant discount under the traditional Yoga 2 Pro 13 laptop. However, one of the sacrifices on the lowest end Yoga 2 is that it lacks a SSD. Instead it makes due only with a 500GB HDD Thankfully, you CAN add a SSD to the Yoga 2 Pro AND keep the HDD installed as well! All you need for the upgrade is some patience and the correct SSD: M.2 2280 form

Upgrade the Acer Chromebook C720 SSD

The Acer C720 is a lovely little Chromebook that currently sits near the top of the Amazon best selling laptop list Amazon Best Sellers: Best Laptop Computershttp://www.amazon.com/Best-Sellers-Computers-Accessories-Laptop/zgbs/pc/565108/?_encoding=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=390957&linkCode=ur2&tag=pixensity-20These lists, updated hourly, contain bestselling items. Here you can discover the best Laptop Computers in Amazon Best Sellers, and find the top 100 most popular Amazon Laptop Computers. More info here about the US model: Acer C720 Chromebook (11.6-Inch, Haswell micro-architecture, 2GB)http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00FNPD1VW/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=390957&creativeASIN=B00FNPD1VW&linkCode=as2&tag=pixensity-20User comment: I was skeptical about Chrome OS but now I am

S200E/Q200E 2nd antenna for upgraded WiFi, Bluetooth, WiDi

Wifi antenna cable came as a pair, I split them apart and removed one of them

The ASUS ¬†S200E and Q200E are lovely laptops, but unfortunately they lack¬†Bluetooth¬†and they do not support Intel’s WiDi Fortunately, all is not lost! With a bit of perseverance and a few dollars (approx $40USD) you can get better¬†WiFi¬†performance, good bluetooth support, and even WiDi on your S200E or Q200E. Here is how: #1 You will need to be willing to open up your laptop, you can see the steps necessary here. #2 You will need an¬†appropriate¬†combo WiFi/bluetooth card, I recommend

Lenovo Yoga 13 memory upgrade

Once released from the adhesive tape, gently slide the keyboard back and out (be careful with the ribbon cable underneath the keyboard!)

Here are photo instructions for upgrading the RAM on a Lenovo Yoga 13. Surprisingly, there are not any screws to be removed. Instead, the keyboard is secured via double-sided tape. You must pry up the rear edges of the keyboard and then slide the keyboard back and off, revealing the memory slot below. UPDATE: Some readers have asked what memory I recommend for upgrading the Yoga 13. My recommendation is 8GB of 1600MHz DDR3 Corsair memory because it offers a lifetime warranty, solid performance

Acer Aspire One 722 Performance Upgrades

Pull downward on both of the rubber feet to slide open the access panel

If you have the lovely little AO722 netbook you may be looking for some simple and cheap upgrades. Here are my top upgrades for the AO722: Upgrade the RAM to 4GB for $20 or even 8GB for less than $40! Upgrade the HDD to a high performance SSD for less than $100 Add bluetooth by upgrading the wifi card to a combo wifi + bluetooth card for about $20 Add a Huawei 3G data card in the extra mini pci-e slot The AMD

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