If you read my blog you probably know that I am a big ThinkPad fan. Lenovo has continued the classic IBM lineup and now there is a ThinkPad for almost any taste. My current favorite is the Lenovo ThinkPad T470. This 14″ beauty is nearly perfect for work and travel. However, from the factory it does suffer from a (fixable) issue that seems to plague many modern ThinkPads… terrible sound! Specifically, the sound is extremely echo prone… After listening to
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The new 2016/2017 MacBook Pro is a fine looking piece of machinery. It packs a legitimately high-end display into a svelte package and it also offer excellent battery life. For a graphic designer or individual that deals with an exclusively Apple ecosystem it is a splendid update to a historically solid line of machnes. However, for an attorney and IT professional dealing with legacy applications and a variety of real world situations, there are some major drawbacks to Apple’s mobile workstation.
The Lenovo ThinkPad Yoga defaults to having all the function (F1-F12) keys perform their alternate behavior and not their ‘function’ key behavior. For example, if you want to refresh a web page by pressing F5 you must simultaneously press and hold the Fn key, otherwise the key will function as ‘decrease brightness’ . What is even more annoying to me is trying to close a tab by pressing Ctrl+F4 (and it not working b/c you have to press Fn too)
The Lenovo ThinkPad Yoga is available with a backlit keyboard, here are photos of mine: However, Lenovo makes the “on” button for the keyboard backlight a little hard to find… you have to press the Fn key + the Spacebar key to turn enable/disable the backlight. 🙂 Overall, a very nice machine with a rather cool keyboard! PS here are some other Lenovo laptops that use the same keyboard shortcut!!!
I am getting ready to test the max external display resolution for my ThinkPad Yoga and my wife’s Yoga 2 Pro (the new version of the Yoga 13). I will test the OneLink dock as well. 🙂 Reports indicate that 2560×1600 and 2560×1440 are possible. http://forums.lenovo.com/t5/Idea-Windows-based-Tablets-and/Lenovo-Yoga-13-max-resolution-for-external-monitor/td-p/1248815 https://forums.lenovo.com/t5/Idea-Android-based-Tablets/External-Monitor-at-2560-x-1440/td-p/1063879 http://forums.lenovo.com/t5/ThinkPad-Edge-S-series/Thinkpad-Yoga-Insufficient-external-display-resolution-over-the/td-p/1334903
I love my Lenovo X220, it truly is a superb computing machine 🙂 If you are going to add an mSATA drive or other somewhat in-depth upgrades, you may want to checkout the service manual for the X220. It is comprehensive and nicely formatted. Color photos would be nice but the black and white diagrams are sufficient. Official Lenovo X220 service manual: dl link as of 2012.01.17 Service manual rating: 4.5/5 stars (one of the better service manuals I have used!) [starreview
This is a placeholder for additional content as the review is added to… X220 purchase date: 2011.12.17 Specs: Processor Intel Core i7-2640M Processor (2.8GHz, turbo 3.5GHz, 4MB L3, 1333MHz FSB) Operating System Pre-installed Windows 7 Professional 64 – English Keyboard/Pointing Device UltraNav (TrackPoint and TouchPad) Total Memory 8GB PC3-10600 DDR3 1333MHz SDRAM SODIMM Memory (2 DIMM). Hard Drive 320GB, 7200RPM Serial ATA 2.5″ Hard Drive Display USB 3.0 12.5” Premium HD WXGA (1366 X 768) LED (IPS Panel) Yes Graphics Intel? HD Graphics
￼ Thank goodness you can swap the ctrl and fn keys on the X220/X230! Just go into the BIOS (press F1 at boot) and adjust the Keyboard/Mouse settings 🙂 Step-by-step instructions: Turn on the laptop, Wait for the ThinkPad screen, and then press F1. Enter BIOS Navigate to the Config screen using the arrow keys Choose Keyboard/Mouse Set Fn and Ctrl Key swap to enabled. Press the Esc (escape) key and go to the Restart screen Choose Exit Saving Changes