Wednesday, November 2, 2016

We have a winner - Bye Bye SurfaceBook!

So it's time to talk about my new best friend :) I wanted to wait a month to write this so I've had the opportunity to try the new device in all environments and tasks that I actually need. The new Best Friend, my company, my everything in business life, is now the Lenovo X1 Yoga. And I have to start by saying that I almost couldn't be happier with a laptop. In the last month I've done:

  • Microsoft Ignite - Demos for thousands of attendees
  • Consulting - Smaller part of my business
  • Taught many classes - 75% of my business
  • Broken into a few banks - My pentest business
  • Flown 22 flights - My life
So now I feel like I'm ready to give some sort of a verdict on this machine: IT'S AWESOME!!
Let's talk more specific. I have the i7 with 16GB of RAM and 512GB SSD (I'm waiting for my 1TB NVMe disk as we speak). As before remember this is only my personal opinion based on what I do. I need 4 VM's, that's it, and I need to present and travel a lot.

Now let's do this the other way than usual and let me start by the cons:
  • Fn-button is in the totally wrong place for me as I've never had a Lenovo before
  • Battery life wasn't that good first but reverting to an older version of the graphics driver fixed it
    • With the newest Microsoft provided driver the screen wouldn't change brightness at all but was stuck on max setting
    • Now I'm mostly getting around 6h of battery life which could be better as I fly so much
  • The Pen is small and not good for serious artists but works for me well enough
  • I can't seem to flip it to tablet mode and have the flight attendants believe it's a tablet.. They ask me to put it away when landing as my SurfaceBook was allowed without the keyboard. Well, I watch videos mainly from my iPhone 6s Plus anyway.
  • The worst is easy... My device has totally lost its sex appeal and hotness :( I'm not kidding.. With my SurfaceBook I would sit in the airport lounge and Mac-people would talk to me... They would ask questions and mostly wonder how it was possible that my device cost more than their Macbook... But that's not the point - we were communicating for the first time in this way that they made the first move. Now with the X1 I'm all alone again - No one asks anything about my laptop :( It's a dull business machine with nothing of interest to Cool people... Lenovo X1 works like a perfect 100% proof contraception...

But now for the GREAT stuff:
  • It just works! With the year with SurfaceBook I had almost forgotten how it feels when everytime you plug your laptop in to the docking station you actually get a working mouse and bigger screen. USB3-disks works like their supposed to, as does Wifi not to mention 2.4GHz powerpoint clickers! When you close the lid the computer actually goes to sleep - after SB it's actually really hard to believe so I still check many times if the computer actually stopped humming by placing it next to my ear.
  • The Pen is tucked into the laptop and charges automatically. This is Great! Now it's always ready and available. Although not as good as SB's Pen I'd still choose this.
  • The size is a lot better than SurfaceBook. More sleek and lighter.
    • On the plane it fits on my lap even when in economy and the guy in front of has reclined to max settings and his head is against my X1
    • The screen allows for minimal backlight on so it's good for the battery
    • The touchpad could be better but when things get really tight on a plane I actually like the small nob on the keyboard although I really thought I would never use it for anything - I was wondering why Lenovo still has two different mouse replacements but now I'm happy they do.
  • Keyboard is a lot better than SB's (except the Fn-key placement)
  • The screen is phenomenal!! As I've now learned you haven't seen black as black on a laptop before you get an OLED screen! It's crazy how black can get
    • This is not a joke.. The battery lasts longer when you have no content for the pixels so your screen background is better as black than anything else. I thought it was funny when I did my first demos on Dark Web as surfing there would save me battery life for the first time ;)
  • I have enough ports :) Full HDMI and three USB3 ports which is just perfect for me. I realized I've been carrying a hub with me all the time but haven't used it at all.
  • The killer feature compared to SB is the mechanism so traditional to the Yoga lineup that it seems so BORING compared to the cool hinge of the Book. But it works. It just works. When I need to draw I can without breaking the connection to my devices and my Skype session. It works for all situations and never fails!
So while all sexiness from my laptop is gone and I still have to say SurfaceBook is the most beautiful and coolest device I've ever owned it's time to admit that a working device might still be more important to me. But hey, that's just me.

Waiting to see what SurfaceBook 2 brings to the picture and what they've done with the hinge.




  1. You can swich fn and ctrl, there is a option for that in BIOS setup program. I am using that because I am switching between Lenovo and Dell and without that my life was misarable.

    Al the best,

    1. You just made my life a little bit easier Heiki! Thanks :)

  2. So, if you like this so much, can I have your Surface Book, please?

    Dave Franklyn

  3. And while in the switch fn ctrl you can also switch the other stuff to normal Fkeys by setting fn Always enabled(reversed) in bios... makes your Life even easier

  4. you just threw me in the Yoga direction...just wish they had it here in france with the 16Gb of RAM. Looks like i'll have to wait a bit..anyhow the leasng on my SB is ending in March, still have a few month to find the perfect replacement!


Note: Only a member of this blog may post a comment.