Lenovo Yoga 2 11–living with a $400 laptop for 2 years

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This is the Lenovo Yoga 2 11. Two years ago I got this laptop from a friend. I got it to play the rhythm game osu! with him. With a Pentium processor and 4GB of RAM it wasn’t the most powerful machine out there, but it still was a decent ultrabook. After 2 years of doing everything from programming, to light gaming, to writing this article, I decided to get a new laptop. Still, this being my first laptop, I felt the need to write a review about this wonderful laptop.

For the first few months of owning this laptop, the experience was fine. I could write code in visual studio, do some light Photoshop, and even play Minecraft. But as with any Windows laptop that doesn’t use an SSD, the experience deteriorates over time. I finally decided to give in and upgrade this machine with an SSD. It was a somewhat straightforward process. I got a Torx screwdriver and opened it up. I plopped in a spare 120GB ADATA SSD. With this upgrade, the machine felt as snappy as when I first bought it!

2 years later, this machine is still chugging along without and major hiccups. I still get a good 6 hours of battery life.

Game performance

Windows:

•Minecraft: 30 FPS on the low settings

• tf2: Crashes (wasn’t really surprised)

• osu! 120FPS

Linux:

• Minecraft:40FPS

• tf2: 20 FPS

• osu! 120FPS (Wine)

Would I recommend this laptop? Depends. If you need a cheap laptop that is super portable, this is the one for you. If you need a gaming/editing machine, this machine is most definitely not for you.

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