Hey Everyone! Hope everyone is dealing with the cold weather better than I am. As I get older the cold effects me more than it used to. Anyway this blog is about my mobile computing solution. I have two main computers both are Mac. My iMac which has a 27inch Retna screen which is awesome and I have a 15 in Macbook Pro that is awesome! Its an older one but I have upgraded the ram and the hard drive and its quick and works great. To replace it would be very expensive with a new model, so to have it broken or stolen and it would break my heart. And its pretty large and heavy compared to newer models. So I wanted to get me a mobile computing device that ticked three boxes. Box 1 it had to be inexpensive so if it broke or got lost not a big deal. Box 2 it had to be small and lightweight. And Box 3 it had to be able to run Lightroom so I could backup files to an external hard drive. So I went on a search for the machine that would tick those three boxes and let me tell you that was hard but I finally made a decision and went with a machine that will work.
The machine I went with was the Lenovo Miix 320. It is a 2 in 1 laptop/tablet with 4 gb ram and 128 SSD hard drive. The operating system is Windows 10 64bit with a 10.1 display at 1920x1200 resolution. It has a detachable keyboard and can be used as a tablet. I got this machine refurbished off of Ebay and it looks like brand new. I was a little nervous ordering it off of Ebay but everything worked out ok. This little machine has ticked all of the boxes mentioned above.
Box 1 had to be inexpensive. My goal was to try to keep the price under 300 dollars. Which is almost impossible in itself thats why I went with refurbished. That actually kept the price down and brought in all kinds of computers that were available. I wanted a laptop that had a real operating system not a Crome Book that are selling for the price range that I want. This machine came in at 199.00 ! Tick!
Box 2 Small and Lightweight. This little 10 inch screen machine only weights 2.2 lbs . It does have a small screen but the resolution is great and sharp. They keyboard is crunched together a bit, but it has full sized keys and doesn't take long to get used to. Its small enough to go into a small backpack or small shoulder bag. Tick!
Box 3 Has to be able to run Lightroom and make backups to an external drive. This is probably the most important box of all. The minimum ram requirement for Lightroom to run is 4 gb of ram which this machine does have, just does. Thats one of the reason I wanted a SSD to increase the speed. It does run Lightroom. I won't be processing a lot of photo's on it , but its nice to know I can without any problems. The machine comes with 2 USB 2 ports and one USB C port so transferring files via USB works fine. Tick!
So this machine handled all of my Criteria for my mobile machine. Would I love to have a 13 inch Macbook Air ? You bet , but they just cost way too much and if money wasn't a factor thats the way I would go. But it isn't. Im really surprised how well this little computer works. Browsing the internet and all other regular computer functions this little computer works great. It runs Lightroom well enough to process photos , cull and backup with no problem although it is a little slow but not that bad. I think that this little machine will work well for what I need when I go camping or on a photo outing with out worry of theft or breakage. Im not really promoting any brand or operating system because Im a die hard Mac guy but for this purpose I hope this little machine will be the ticket! Only time will tell. Keep Shooting!