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Guest blog by Chris Karaffa, Lenovo Advocate As a long-time business user of the X1 Carbon, I was very excited to see the new X1 unveiled at CES 2014.  A little background: I was issued an X1C accidentally when everyone else was being issued mainly T-series and the random L-series or X-series other than the X1.  Not one to look a gift horse in the mouth, I gladly accepted.  Just based on form-factor alone, it looked like the perfect notebook for me.  I spend a decent amount of my time traveling and presenting in front of moderately-sized groups. However, there were some immediate growing pains that I had to overcome.  In order to shrink a very capable notebook to this size, one must sacrifice certain things: An optical drive – No big deal.  It’s a dying medium, anyway, right? VGA/DVI/HDMI outputs – I am constantly using multiple displays or a projector, but I’ll just make do with the miniDP port, I suppose. Ethernet – Wireless is where it’s at, and well, it did come with a USB-to-Ethernet dongle in case I absolutely must use it (albeit at USB 2.0 speeds). Smart Card Reader – Well that kind of sucks, but I always use a USB card reader, I guess. Furthermore, there are only two USB ports on the older X1—one 2.0 and one 3.0.  So with one always occupied with a smart card reader (partially pictured on the left, above), and one occupied with a wireless mouse...

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When it comes to looking after kids, it pays to keep them entertained...

When it comes to looking after kids, it pays to keep them entertained...

As if by magic, two test volunteers appeared the moment I took the Lenovo IdeaPad Yoga 11S out of its box. They were my kids: Jack (aged 5, with 1 year’s LeapFrog LeapPad tablet experience) and Amelia (aged 3, whose tablet experience depended on Jack’s ability to share). Speaking of IT experience, I have over two decades’ worth. This, though, counted for nothing when it came to locating the power button. Thankfully, Jack was able to find it in seconds. Meanwhile, Amelia simply thought that the Yoga 11S was ‘so awesome’—and that was before Jack turned it on. Up and running, the kids loved the touchscreen, Windows 8 and the colorful apps. But what really impressed them was when I flipped the screen from laptop to tablet mode*. Then purely for research purposes (honest mum), I let them play some games. But  the change in mode also changed the mood as both Amelia and Jack wanted to hold the Yoga 11S at the same time. Usually, when these siblings squabble, it can end in tears and, occasionally, with something being broken. However, I guess that some Lenovo engineers are parents too... Because thanks to its unique design, the Yoga 11S can be flipped into tent or stand mode—perfect for showing films or presentations. What’s more, the display has In-Plane Switching which means that its content can be seen from almost any angle. So with the device in tent mode and a YouTube episode of Tom & Jerry...

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Lenovo IdeaCentre A520

Lenovo IdeaCentre A520

We invited our Lenovo Advocate, Jason Palaszewski, to review the IdeaCentre A520. Jason grew up in rural North-Central New Jersey and has been interested in technology for as long ago as he can remember. His first experience with Lenovo dates back to his Undergraduate school years. One of his friends had a Lenovo ThinkPad R61i at the time, and it was love at first point and type. Since then he has owned two Lenovo machines, a G555 and a ThinkPad Edge E420, and both continue to work and DO perfectly to this day. He also has a passion for exotic cars, making YouTube videos, PC gaming, electric guitar, building, overclocking, and giving advice on computers and smartphones, and modding Android devices. INTRODUCTION The very moment you take the Lenovo IdeaCentre A520 out of its large box is the same moment you realize that you certainly just got yourself a truly awesome and fantastically versatile machine. After a few weeks of use, the same excellent workmanship, build quality, and versatility I experienced on day one is still consistently apparent during every second of use. This all-in-one is a serious contender for anyone looking for the at-home general purpose Windows 8 AIO PC with a nice, large 23” display that isn’t too enormous, but is still quite roomy. As we’ll see though, this is definitely not your average AIO. I like to think of it as an AIO with a twist, or shall we say, a tilt, making it fantastic for people (at times more than...

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Jin Li, one of our well known Lenovo advocates, reveals why he collects ThinkPads

Jin Li, one of our well known Lenovo advocates, reveals why he collects ThinkPads

My name is Jin Li (@lead_org); I am a Lenovo Insider (Lenovo brand advocate), Lenovo Community Advocate, Microsoft MVP, blogger, and a serious ThinkPad addict! I currently own more than 60 ThinkPads, and my collection is growing. So, why do I have so many ThinkPad laptops? I love ThinkPad, and I love the whole user experience associated with owning a ThinkPad. There is nothing quite as satisfying as owning a ThinkPad, servicing it, and upgrading it so that it will still function in a decade’s time when other laptops have gone into the eWaste recycling bin. I sometimes feel that ThinkPad is more than an inanimate object that you simply use then throw out, but rather it is an embodiment of human knowledge and cultures, which every owner should treasure. ThinkPad represents everything that is great about mankind, and how we can translate our culture and thinking into great functional design, which other people could equally appreciate (or discover). By collecting ThinkPads, I can discover and learn about the cultural and design evolution of a great brand, and how it changes overtime. At the same time, I can also marvel at how ingenious ThinkPad designers are, to allow the original ThinkPad design elements to remain identifiable in products 20 years after its release. One could say that ThinkPad brand has the greatest brand pedigree! Jin Li has...

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