Archive for August, 2013

IdeaPad Yoga 11S: Performance Specs in a Hybrid

It’s rare to find laptops and ultrabooks that are the size of the IdeaPad Yoga 11S to be configured with performance specifications. We’re reminded of netbooks, under-powered computing solutions with which the focus in their designs was on mobility and battery life.

Lenovo’s IdeaPad Yoga 11S represents a clear shift in marketing strategy. With advancements in technology, the Yoga 11S is able to provide snappy bootup times along with quick access to data. Configured with fast solid state hard drives and plenty of system memory, the Yoga 11S

The 256GB SSD means the IdeaPad Yoga 11S starts up like a dream and with 8GB of RAM, it juggled several applications relatively well. As a serial multitasker, I often found myself bouncing between Word, Excel, Chrome, Spotify and Skype, and the Yoga remained fairly flexible (heh). The only time I ran into any stubbornness is when I tried to add the more intensive InDesign to the mix of programs.

Lenovo IdeaPad Yoga 11S Review

Current Special Offers For: IdeaPad Yoga Multimode Ultrabooks

Toshiba Laptop Ecoupons: 8/6 to 8/12

This week’s Toshiba laptop special offers focus on popular systems for students. Back-to-School deals typically run in August. Check out either the Qosmio or the Satellite Series. These models are popular because they’re either packed with features or because they’re balanced in performance specifications.

Top Discounted Items This Week:

  • $500.00 off Qosmio X70-AST2GX1 Laptop
  • $200.00 off Portege Z935-ST4N04 Ultrabook
  • $200.00 off Tecra R940-SMBGX4 Laptop
  • $600.00 off Satellite P870-ST4GX1 Laptop

Current Special Offers For: Qosmio Laptops 

Current Special Offers For: Portege Laptops 

Current Special Offers For: Tecra Laptops 

Current Special Offers For: Satellite Laptops 


Toshiba Laptop Discounts 8/06 to 8/12
$500.00 off Qosmio X70-AST2GX1 Laptop
$70.00 off Qosmio X75-A7298 Laptop
$70.00 off Qosmio X75-A7295 Laptop
$300.00 off Qosmio X70-ABT2G22 Laptop
$50.00 off Portege R930-S9331 Laptop
$50.00 off Portege Z930-S9312 Ultrabook
$50.00 off Portege R930-S9321 Laptop
$120.00 off Portege Z935-ST4N07 Ultrabook
$150.00 off Portege Z935-ST4N05 Ultrabook
$50.00 off Portege Z930-S9311 Ultrabook
$70.00 off Portege Z15T-A1210 Ultrabook
$200.00 off Portege Z935-ST4N04 Ultrabook
$200.00 off Portege Z935-ST4N03 Ultrabook
$100.00 off Portege Z935-ST4N06 Ultrabook
$120.00 off Portege Z935-ST4N02 Ultrabook
$50.00 off Portege R935-ST4N01 Laptop
$50.00 off Tecra R940-S9441 Laptop
$50.00 off Tecra R950-S9541 Laptop
$50.00 off Tecra R940-S9431 Laptop
$40.00 off Tecra R940-S9421 Laptop
$30.00 off Tecra R950-S9521 Laptop
$200.00 off Tecra R940-SMBGX4 Laptop
$200.00 off Tecra R950-SMBGX4 Laptop
$50.00 off Tecra R940-BT9400 Laptop
$50.00 off Tecra R950-BT9500 Laptop
$200.00 off Tecra R950-SMBNX4 Laptop
$200.00 off Tecra R940-SMBNX4 Laptop
$200.00 off Tecra R950-SMBGX3 Laptop
$250.00 off Tecra R940-SMBGX3 Laptop
$200.00 off Tecra R950-SMBNX3 Laptop
$270.00 off Satellite P50t-AST2GX1 Laptop
$300.00 off Satellite P70-AST2GX1 Laptop
$300.00 off Satellite P70-AST2NX1 Laptop
$220.00 off Satellite P50-AST2GX1 Laptop
$400.00 off Satellite U845W-S4180 Ultrabook
$600.00 off Satellite P870-ST4GX1 Laptop
$400.00 off Satellite P70-ABT2G22 Laptop
$220.00 off Satellite P50-AST2NX2 Laptop
$300.00 off Satellite P50-ABT2G22 Laptop
$400.00 off Satellite P70-ABT2N22 Laptop
$100.00 off Satellite S70-AST2NX2 Laptop
$220.00 off Satellite P50-AST2NX1 Laptop
$150.00 off Satellite U845W-S4170 Ultrabook
$100.00 off Satellite S50-AST2NX2 Laptop

IdeaPad Yoga 11S: Lenovo Motion Control

With the introduction of touch displays on many of today’s computing systems, people are finding and learning new ways of interacting with their machines.  But what if you could also use not only touch gestures, but hand signals to control your laptop/ultrabook.  That’s what you’ll get with an IdeaPad Yoga 11S convertible laptop.  Installed onto this device are some Lenovo propriety apps such as the Lenovo Motion Control and Lenovo Transition.  These programs enhance the computing experience and make the system a really unique computing solution.

I normally ignore most of the preloaded software in a PC because they tend to be cut from the same cloth, but Lenovo has inserted a few Yoga-specific apps worth mentioning. Lenovo Motion Control jumps on the motion-control bandwagon and lets you wave your hands across the screen to perform actions in a small set of programs — turning pages, skipping to the next music track, that sort of thing. It works reasonably well, but hardly seems groundbreaking.

Review: Lenovo IdeaPad Yoga 11S Has Some Odd Moves


Current Special Offers For: IdeaPad Yoga Multimode Ultrabooks

Sony VAIO Laptop/Ultrabook Ecoupons: 8/4 to 8/11

Sony’s VAIO Fit and Pro Series Laptops and Ultrabooks have been out for a couple of months now and until now there haven’t been many promotional offers for any of these systems.  This is probably because they are still relatively new models and typically people don’t mark down new models until they’ve had some time to gain some public traction.

Now that we’re in August and Back-to-School season is upon us, Sony is starting to make concerted efforts to push Fit and Pro machines into the hands of students going back to school.  Right now you can get $50 off many prebuilt VAIO Fit models.  There’s also a special offer on VAIO Pro models that allows shoppers to get $200 off a bundle with one of these systems.


Current Special Offers For: VAIO Fit Series Laptops

Current Special Offers For: VAIO Pro Series Laptops

Current Special Offers For: VAIO T Series Ultrabooks

Current Special Offers For: VAIO S Series Laptops

Current Special Offers For: VAIO Duo Series Ultrabooks

Current Special Offers For: VAIO L Series Desktops

Current Special Offers For: VAIO Tab Series Desktops

Current Special Offers For: VAIO Clearance Laptops


Lenovo ThinkPad Laptop Ecoupons: 8/05 to 8/7

Back to School deals are here. For many, that means it’s a good time to buy a new laptop. Discounts on many popular ThinkPad models can be found this week. These laptops are designed to be productivity computing tools and are often used by working professionals. Use the Lenovo ecoupon code 3DAYSALE to save. Just punch it in when you’re checking out of your online purchase order.

Current Special Offers For: ThinkPad Laptops


Discounted Models List This Week:

Special Offers Available 8/05 to 8/7

Business Laptops/Ultrabooks
15% off ThinkPad X1 Carbon Laptops
15% off ThinkPad X1 Carbon Touch Laptops
15% off ThinkPad T430 Laptops
12% off ThinkPad X230 Laptops
10% off ThinkPad T530 Laptops
10% off ThinkPad E531 Laptops
12% off ThinkPad T430s Laptops
12% off ThinkPad W530 Laptops
10% off ThinkPad E431 Laptops
15% off ThinkPad T431s Laptops
10% off ThinkPad Twist Laptops
15% off ThinkPad Helix Ultrabooks
10% off ThinkPad Tablet 2
10% off ThinkPad X230 Tablets
10% off ThinkPad S431 Ultrabooks
8% off ThinkPad E535 Laptops
10% off ThinkPad L430 Laptops