As a blogger, I spend a lot of time on my laptop. In fact, I am on it most naptimes (so around two hours), and pretty much every evening. Along with my phone, it is by far my most important piece of equipment that I need to be able to do what I do.
Buying laptops can be such a minefield. They all do so many different things, it is never simple to know exactly what you need. I have a Chromebook that I have been working on for a good couple of years now, and whilst it’s good, there are aspects that I feel are missing – and bits that seem to be far more hard work than they were when I previously had Windows.
So when AO got in touch to see if I would like to review the Lenovo 14″ Cloudbook Laptop, which features Windows 10, I decided to give it a go. As I said, I do all of my work on my laptop and having two simply means that if one breaks, I can still work.
I received the laptop a couple of weeks ago and I was immediately impressed that it came with a year’s access to Microsoft Office 360, meaning I finally have proper access to Word and Excel. One of the things that I struggle with on the Chromebook is using Google Docs because I don’t think they are particularly user friendly, and so when I had to write a draft of a blog post for a company the other day and send it over to them in Word, I immediately opened my Lenovo, knowing full well that it would be far easier on that! And it was. A quick copy and paste from the blog, a little bit of formatting and a quick save, and boom – it was done and ready to go. I forgot how much I missed having Microsoft Word at my fingertips!
The same goes for Excel – the other half is a big spreadsheet person, and I also do all my accounting on spreadsheets. So to suddenly have Excel at home is a bit of a game changer for us!
The Lenovo 14″ Cloudbook Laptop has 32GB of storage which is the equivalent of 10,000 hi-res photos. I take a lot of photos, and most of those photos get uploaded onto the blog – meaning that they have to make their way onto the laptop in order to get there. And I always forget to clear through and delete them so it’s nice to know I have somewhere that can hold lots of them for me 🙂
I have noticed that the laptop can be a bit on the slow side, so I am not sure what having 10,000 photos stored on it would do. I’ll let you know when I have a few more photos stored on it! It does have 4MB of RAM storage which is supposed to make multitasking easier but I am not sure I would have the amount of tabs open that I normally have open on a daily basis. Although I always have too many so it would probably help me to focus on the one thing!
I wouldn’t say that the screen display is amazing. It’s fine for doing the basic things that you would normally do on a laptop, but it’s not as vibrant and sharp as others. It hasn’t caused me any issues but I would imagine that if you are watching a film on it, it may affect the experience for you.
The weight of this laptop is definitely a perk. It weighs just 1.4kg which means if you need to take it out and about, it’s really easy to transport without giving you a bad back. And it has a battery life of up to 8 hours so if you are using on the go, you don’t need to worry too much about charging it. One thing I have noticed is that the battery life goes down even when the laptop is closed. So if you don’t plug it in when you are done with it, you might find it low on battery when you next open it.
I do really love the look of the laptop. It’s thin and sleek, and has a shiny, flat surface. And even more, I like the keys – they are so quiet to tap, I could very easily sit and work next to a sleeping Oscar if I had to (my current laptop is quite loud to tap and he has been known to be woken by it!). It also has a CAPS lock key. Sounds ridiculous but I can’t tell you how frustrating it is not to have a CAPS lock key and always having to press the shift key when I want to use a capital letter!
The laptop has an integrated camera and an integrated microphone, which is perfect if you need to have a Skype call or something. I am in Aby Moore’s Inner Circle and we often have sessions with her where we all jump on and learn lots from her brain. And as I can never be bothered to faff about with extra equipment, I need those things to be included in whatever laptop I have.
The set up of the laptop was super easy. It basically did it all for me and all I had to do was click a few buttons. I like it when it’s simple because with these things, we just want to get on and use them don’t we?
The laptop also syncs with your phone which means you can get all your docs on your phone as well. Super handy if you are on the go and need access to something. One of the things that I loved discovering was the ability to sync to my FitBit tracker. I discovered that not only can I see all of my stats in one place, but it also has workouts on there too – I had no idea that this existed as I can’t get this on my Chromebook!
Overall, the laptop is a good basic laptop. I would be lying if I said that it was amazing but if you are looking for something cheap, that lets you browse the internet, create documents and spreadsheets, and is easy to take on your travels, then it’s definitely worth looking at as an option. But if you are looking for a more complex system, that is speedy and strong in visual, then this may not be for you.
I was sent the Lenovo 14″ Cloudbook Laptop for the purpose of this review – no payment was received for my time. As always, all thoughts and opinions are my own.