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2 years ago#1
So after work tomorrow, I'm picking up one of these lovely devices and would like some last minute input or thoughts. Due to some sales and people I know, I'd be able to get a SP3 i5 128gb for 800 w/ keyboard vs a Yoga 2 i5 128gb for 750. I'd use it for my last semester of classes and then bring it to work after should I accept the offer I have.

I'd expect it mainly for notes, browsing, using a lot of excel, and light games (Deus Ex, Minecraft, Emulators) and the lightness of the Pro 3 would be nice since I like to read (don't have a nook or anything) and the digitizer in the Surface would be great since I love to draw and I tutor Korean and Japanese language classes, so plugging into a display could be great for showing characters and grammar.

The yoga 2 also has some nice features, namely that it has a built in keyboard, more than 1 USB port, and I could still use it for my language tutoring, but it wouldn't be as fine as a digitizer pen.

I'm really torn and I could always make use of Bestbuy's 15 day return policy.

http://www.bestbuy.com/site/lenovo-yoga-2-2-in-1-13-3-touch-screen-laptop-intel-core-i5-8gb-memory-128gb-solid-state-drive-black/6071000.p?id=1219184622013&skuId=6071000&st=hp-and-lenovo-laptops-124160&cp=1&lp=4

http://www.bestbuy.com/site/microsoft-surface-pro-3-128gb-intel-i5-silver/6243045.p?id=1219198824874&skuId=6243045&st=surface%20pro%203&cp=1&lp=2

If anyone has first hand experience with one or the other, I would love to hear! Thanks everyone! (sorry for wall-o-text!)
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2 years ago#2
I have the 11 inch version of the Lenovo. It's weaker than the one you are looking at but I have found it to be quite a good little machine. I haven't made much use of the touchscreen. And to game effectively I had to disable palm check.

Pretty sure it has HDMI out so you could plug it into a display if you needed. Unless the more powerful version for some reason left that out.

I would say test drive each for the two weeks and go from there. You might find something about one that no one mentions.
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2 years ago#3
I was between the exact same choices 3 weeks ago and I test drove the SP3 first... I enjoyed it enough that I didn't even try the Yoga and have been a happy MS fanboy since, got a MS sculpt mouse and everything.
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2 years ago#4
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2 years ago#5
We have Yoga 2 Pro's at work and I can say that they're pretty fantastic machines. We have the i7 and 256GB SSD model. I've heard good things about the Surface 3 though.

I don't think you can go wrong either way.
2 years ago#6
If you can get over the lack of a digitizer, I would go with the Yoga.
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2 years ago#7
unclee posted...
We have Yoga 2 Pro's at work and I can say that they're pretty fantastic machines. We have the i7 and 256GB SSD model. I've heard good things about the Surface 3 though.

I don't think you can go wrong either way.


Do you know if there are any heating issues with the Yoga? That's something with the Pro 3 that makes me a tiny bit cautious.
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2 years ago#8
Fischpi posted...
unclee posted...
We have Yoga 2 Pro's at work and I can say that they're pretty fantastic machines. We have the i7 and 256GB SSD model. I've heard good things about the Surface 3 though.

I don't think you can go wrong either way.


Do you know if there are any heating issues with the Yoga? That's something with the Pro 3 that makes me a tiny bit cautious.


None of us have had any heating issues as far as I can tell. I use it from the sofa when I'm at home and it's never had any heating problems.
2 years ago#9
My wife has a first-generation Yoga 13 which is pretty much the same design, no heat issues, I can't imagine the Yoga 2 Pro and its Haswell CPU having any heat issues either.
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2 years ago#10
Thanks for all the input guys! I think I'm going to play around with both 1 more time but I am slightly leaning towards the Pro 3.
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