Buying a convertible with stylus

SharpieSniffer

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Hi guys :)

I am looking for a new laptop after spending a long time with my trusty ThinkPad T420. I filled in the table for you in order to give some info. I would like a convertible with a stylus as well as a matt screen.

1. What is your budget?

roughly $1400

2. What is the size of the notebook that you are considering?

Between 12" and 14"

3. What screen resolution do you want?

minimum of 1980*1080

4. Do you need a portable or desktop replacement laptop?

Portable - Used for: MS Office, Browsing, a bit of Eclipse

5. How much battery life do you need?

I need a minimum of 6 hours of productive work (mainly Word and Chrome)

6. Do you want to play games with your laptop? If so then please list the games that you want to with the settings that you want for these games. (Low,Medium or High)?

No

7. What other tasks do you want to do with your laptop? (Photo/Video editing, Etc.)

Nothing really, the most resource consuming usage is me multitasking with several Chrometabs, Word, Excel, Outlook and Eclipse. That drives my T420 to its limits

8. How much storage (Hard Drive capacity) do you need?

250GB are enough for my usage, if the mark up isn't too much I'll say yes to higher capacity

9. If you are considering specific sites to buy from, please post their links.

No

10. How long do you want to keep your laptop?

3 years minimum

11. What kind of Optical drive do you need? DVD ROM/Writer,Bluray ROM/Writer,Etc ?

Non, I don't really need ODDs that much

12. Please tell us about the brands that you prefer to buy from them and the brands that you don't like and explain the reasons.

I don't mind the brand as long as I like the product. I am a fan of the ThinkPads for their ruggedness

13. What country do you live in?

I travel around a lot, thus I can buy it anywhere in the US or Europe. Warranty claims will be handled my employers domestic offices

Thanks for your help,

Matt :)
 

Mark Spoonauer

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Of the two we've reviewed the Yoga 260 (http://www.laptopmag.com/reviews/laptops/lenovo-thinkpad-yoga-260), which got fairly high marks and longer battery life than Surface Pro 4. We have not yet reviewed the 460, but at nearly 4 pounds it's about a pound heavier than the 260. So I think it comes down to how often you travel and how often you'd use in tablet mode (get the 260) vs how often you would use this at work/home (go with 460)
 

Mark Spoonauer

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Thanks for your question. If you want to keep it in the ThinkPad family and don't need a detachable, the Lenovo X1 Yoga (http://www.laptopmag.com/reviews/laptops/lenovo-thinkpad-x1-yoga) is a great choice. We reviewed it on sister site Laptopmag and gave it 4/5 stars for its more than 8 hours of battery life, excellent keyboard and accurate stylus. It uses a flip-around design like other Yogas.

If you prefer a detachable design that doubles as a slate tablet, go with the Surface Pro 4 (http://www.laptopmag.com/reviews/laptops/microsoft-surface-pro-4). It offers a more precise pen than the Lenovo but not as much endurance. The HP Spectre X2 (http://www.laptopmag.com/reviews/laptops/hp-spectre-x2) is another very good detachable option, and we like that the keyboard is included. It also lasts longer than the Surface Pro 4 on a charge. But its pen isn't as robust as the Surface.

Hope that helps and let us know if you have any more questions.
 

SharpieSniffer

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Thanks for the quick response Mark! I really like the X1 Yoga, however, it is too expensive if I configure it to my needs. The two detachables sadly wouldn't work for me as they will not be that stable when sitting on my lap (I do that all the time)

The next best alternative (in my price range) I found is the ThinkPad Yoga 460 imo, it is a bit heavier, the matt display is 'only' offered at HD, but otherwise I couldn't find any differences. The Yoga 260 is similar would have a smaller screen but the same resolution while being lighter. I think the choice between these two boils down to portability vs screen size. What do you think of the two? :)

Kind regards

Maximilian
 

Mark Spoonauer

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Of the two we've reviewed the Yoga 260 (http://www.laptopmag.com/reviews/laptops/lenovo-thinkpad-yoga-260), which got fairly high marks and longer battery life than Surface Pro 4. We have not yet reviewed the 460, but at nearly 4 pounds it's about a pound heavier than the 260. So I think it comes down to how often you travel and how often you'd use in tablet mode (get the 260) vs how often you would use this at work/home (go with 460)
 

SharpieSniffer

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Sorry for the late response, I checked out both devices in person now and will take the Yoga 460, its a bit heavier but way nicer when opening several windows at once.

Thanks again for your help Mark! Really appreciated it :)
 
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