Lenovo ThinkPad Yoga 11" Ultrabook (S&D)
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Got one of these a few weeks ago at $160. Not a bad device given that it’s 6 years old, but it’s just not much good with Win10 on it, very slow/laggy for anything.
I knocked mine back to Win7 Ultimate and it’s pretty useful, but I could not manage to get the touch screen functionality to work with it. Looks like these did ship with Win7 at some point back in the day. I know Win7 isn’t exactly robust for touch-screen use in the first place, but despite having the feature installed and the service running, it doesn’t seem to recognize it as a touch-screen device.
Meh, I’ve never been much of a fan of touch-screen on a laptop anyway. It does fine without.
Did you keep the stock 4gig of ram. Seems crappy. What’s the max this can hold? Can it fit a full hard drive in it or is someone crap soddered to the Mobo?
from a video I just watched on youtube its soddered on so no upgrade there at all… that sucks
the hard drive is a reg laptop drive…
I bought one of these in May and it’s already dead. I think feeding the money one dollar bill at a time into the office paper shredder would have been more rewarding than owning this thing. Before it’s timely demise it was an annoyingly useless thing that could barely run Chrome much less do anything worthwhile to redeem itself. I will not miss it and I laugh at anyone else who buys one.
Does anyone know how this operates if you were to upgrade to a SSD?
My Woot experience with a refurb Lenovo has not been good. This company may not be the same one.
First, (just in case) DO NOT TURN ON the unit until it is plugged in!
Why? On my refurb the company got “clever” and did not install the OS. They copied on an installer that starts the process the minute the unit is switched on. If you turn on the unit using the (not fully charged) battery and the install starts and then fails as the battery dies, you cannot start over.
The company for my unit was not able to help with this. They had printed a warning about this on the plastic bag the unit came in.
A sheet of paper explaining WHY would have been more effective. Most warnings on bags are about not giving them to children to play with…who reads those?
Second, my keys were coated with something to make them look shiny and new. This wore off almost right away to reveal well worn keys.
And finally, the keyboard failed shortly after the 90 day warranty expired.
Oh yeah, is the battery 6 years old and can it be replaced?
On the bright side, Ubuntu Linux runs well on these older machines.
Again, this outfit may be an entirely different supplier.
This and the one last month has a one-year warranty.
I still have the original 4GB of RAM, and it’s a standard snap-in DIMM, not soldered on. Could easily upgrade if I wanted.
It uses a standard 2.5” SATA drive, no reason you couldn’t go with an SSD.
Forgot to mention it came with a DOA battery. I called the refurb company and had a replacement at my door 3 days later at no charge (is that a bad pun?) and it has been great since.
I bought a new one from here about three years ago with the N2940 CPU and a 128GB SSD. Similarly, I removed Windows 10. Presently I’m running this Chrome:
and it runs nicely, with caveats, but my primary gripes with this design are:
- the touchpad is counter productive. It jumps all over the place because it’s wide enough to catch my palms. I choose to use an external trackball and it still adjusted my cursor location during this write-up about 7 times.
- the Fn and left Control key are interchanged from what I’m normally accustomed to.
- finding a hard shell case is tough. rubberized are easy to find, but hard shells were only available in the slightly smaller Chromebook edition’s size.
- 1366x768 is too small for a lot of modern applications.
One the positive:
- The SD card reader is a USB mass storage device. It’s recognized in Chrome.
- Mine had 802.11AC (Intel 7260) so it also was recognized by Chrome. I’m not sure about the 2x2 802.11a/g/n listed here.
My recommendation: look for a device with at least an Intel Core M5-6Y57 or a cpubenchmark.net speed greater than 2400 and which has 802.11AC.
I upgraded my 4GB to 8GB the very first day.
There’s a BIOS setting to swap them…
Windows says I have an invalid activation code. The sellers website has contact info for everyone but Lenovo. Woot hasn’t answered my email yet. Any ideas before I request a return? I’d rather keep it and solve the problem.
Hey there, sorry to hear about that. Our CS team will be able to help and should email you back very soon.
Also, you can contact Metro directly:
For Metro Refurbished Products:
Please contact us at RefurbSupport@metropc.com