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Yoga For More Advanced Use

2012-12-07, 4:15 AM
Hi, I'm considering getting a Yoga as my primary computer. My question is, will I be happy with it? Here is the reason I'm asking: My typical workflow can include Excel, Word, Outlook, Illustrator, Photoshop and Dreamweaver, PLUS at least a couple of tabs in Chrome, and music playing. However, I might be needing to do some video editing soon. I also do some with FL Studio.
 
My decision is split between the Yoga 13, and a Y580 or Y500 (i7 with 8gb ram). I really love the portability of the yoga, and I could definitely see myself using it for web development and consumption, but I'm scared that the more intensive applications will really bog it down. I'm coming from an old old tower and laptop that I have milked along. It's time for something new, but I want to make sure it's something I can use for what I do.

Edit: also, forgot to mention, I plan on hooking it up to an external monitor at 1920x1200, so if it would start choking at that higher resolution, that would be a deal breaker as well.
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2012-12-07, 20:48 PM
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Re: Yoga For More Advanced Use

2012-12-07, 21:30 PM

I'm still waiting for my Yoga 13 to ship. But seeing how the Yoga uses the the Intel HD4000 IGP, it should be fine driving a 1900x1200 display. HOWEVER, it really depends on your workflow. I would guess playing a HD movie will be no problem but working with a 21 megapixel RAW file in photoshop might be a little sluggish.

My usage is actually very similiar to yours (Adobe creative suite, photos, video, etc). I'll be using my Yoga with a touch screen stylus + photoshop so i'm eager to see how that works out. :)

 

Just to give you a little perspective, I used a Asus UX32VD for about 3 weeks before I returned it. That had a i7 3517U CPU (same as the higher end configuration of the yogas) and I upgraded that thing with a Crucial M4 ssd. The one biggest difference is the Asus has a dedicated videocard so that contributes to alot of the display performance I was seeing. My experience using Photoshop, lightroom and premiere was not bad. Photoshop was fine as but when heavy editing photos from my 5DII (21 megapixel files), you can tell the CPU becomes a bottleneck. Video editing was workable with HD h264 clips. Aftereffects became sluggish when a few complex layers and effects applied.

 

All of this is no surprise.

 

If the yoga performs about the same as the Asus, then i'll be a happy camper. Keep in mind this is an ultrabook. So don't expect to get desktop performance....

 

 

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2012-12-07, 21:50 PM

 "Keep in mind this is an ultrabook. So don't expect to get desktop performance...."

 

Right, I completely understand this. I'm not necessarily looking for top of the line desktop performance, If I was I would buy one. But I do want something that will be better than my desktop (Athlon64 4200+, 3gb ram, AMD HD4650) or Laptop (Centrino t2500, 2gb ram, GeforceGo 7400). And by better, I mean something that I can have many tabs in chrome open and it's not sluggish, can play HD video, and be able to have a couple of pictures open in photoshop, maybe while I listen to Swedish House Mafia on Youtube. 

 

I'm not editing 21megapixels yet (although I would love to have a 5dII), but I do use Lightroom quite a bit and I want that to be smooth (even at 1920x1200).

 

I'm not doing much video editing right now, and maybe by the time I do I can purchase a good desktop editing machine.

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2012-12-07, 22:08 PM
" (Athlon64 4200+, 3gb ram, AMD HD4650) or Laptop (Centrino t2500, 2gb ram, GeforceGo 7400)"
If you opt for the i7, 8gig ram and SSD, I can say you will actually feel a tangible speed increase compared to your desktop and laptop. The increase in ram will definitely boost performace. Heck if you upgraded your destop with 8gig of ram, I can assure you will see big boost in performance too. I'm pretty certain it will trample your laptop. :)

 Lightroom gets pretty demanding, even on my desktop (i7 4.7ghz, 16gb ram). I think for your usage, the specs of the Yoga will be fine.

 

But take my word with a HUGE GRAIN OF SALT because I don't actually have the **bleep** thing yet. I'm basing my speculation on prior experience with simlair hardware specs as the yoga.



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2012-12-07, 22:27 PM

"Heck if you upgraded your destop with 8gig of ram"

 

Believe me, if I could, I would have already. My motherboard only supports 3gig (technically 4, but it's unstable).

 

 

How does anyone feel about the i7 vs i5. Is the 400Mhz difference in turbo worth the $200?

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Re: Yoga For More Advanced Use

2012-12-08, 2:53 AM

wrote:

"Heck if you upgraded your destop with 8gig of ram"

 

Believe me, if I could, I would have already. My motherboard only supports 3gig (technically 4, but it's unstable).

 

 

How does anyone feel about the i7 vs i5. Is the 400Mhz difference in turbo worth the $200?


Check out their benchmarks in cpubenchmark.com. I think i7 is an improvement over i5. Is it worthwhile? You decide.

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2012-12-08, 16:55 PM

"How does anyone feel about the i7 vs i5. Is the 400Mhz difference in turbo worth the $200?"

 

For everyday light use you wont see a difference. at all. 

But after using the Asus with the i7 with heavy tasks, i don't think i want anything slower. So for ME, it was worth getting the i7. Am I happy paying $200 more? Not really LOL.

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2012-12-09, 5:11 AM

Yoga is a totally capable hardware. Lenovo loads it up with bunch of crapware. I backed up my drivers, wiped it clean and reinstalled a licenced copy of Windows 8 Pro and applied the drivers and it works like a charm. I am using it for web development (not for video editing though) and it can easily handle many many applications running similtaneously. Another thing, Chrome browser is not updated for touch screen yet. IE 10 is much better (left/right swipe for Back/Forward, pinch and zoom and a lot more).

Also keep in mind that Lenovo Yoga hard disk at 128GB is half filled by Lenovo's ridiculous stuff. After I wiped it cleand and reinstalled Windows 8 Pro, I had about 101 GB left free. The performance difference between i5 and i7 ULV processors is only marginal. Save those $200.

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