Currently this is £1,100.79 on Amazon (reduced just now) but Lenovo's VAT back is still on Today (5th December - https://lenovo-offers.com/winter-vatback)
so you can get the VAT off so hopefully (£917.32).
So what's good about it?
- Intel Broadwell (Gen 5 Core aka 'Core M') ~5W APU so 1/3 power of Haswell ULV (the only Broadwell out now)
- Very thin and very light, does not get better than this
- Better than Surface 3 if you're actually typing - can do it on your lap and get a proper backlit keyboard
- 13.3" 3200 x 1800 touchscren panel, but at 200% dpi it looks great to me
- 8GB DDR3L - 1600 dual channel (soldered)
- 256GB SSD
- GT2M GPU with 24CU (compute units) - 20% more than Haswell's GT2 (20 CU)
- IMHO looks great - but not to everyone's taste.
- Since Intel supports 2 generations with video driver, Broadwell will share a driver with Skylake while Haswell will be left in the cold - so likely no DirectX 12, OpenCL 2.0, etc.
What's bad about it?
- 5W APU not expected to match even 15W ULV compute power - Broadwell is not much faster than Haswell
- Can't upgrade memory, would not expect to change battery not likely to find one on the 'bay
- Screen is 'pentile' but due to the high resolution you should not see it unless you get really close.
- High DPI needed (200-250%) so some programs won't scale properly - but this affects any other laptop with high resolution (e.g. Dell XPS 15, Lenov Y70 4K, etc.)
Why is it worth it?
- Comparative 13" premium laptops are expensive - e.g.. Dell's XPS 13 (that I have) is about the same new (£1,100) and not the same quality
- Surface 3 + extra keyboard is also very expensive, more power but also hotter - and still a tablet + extra keyboard
- Toshiba, Apple, etc. are similarly expensive
- Makes more sense than a tablet + keyboard since the weight is in the base (keyboard) not the screen (tablet) - you can't change the laws of Physics (as Scotty in Star Trek can confirm) - the center of gravity of tablets+keyboard can never match a proper laptop
Sure it is a gamble from Lenovo using a really tablet APU (4.5-5W) in a 13.3" platform - but perhaps less crazy than Microsoft sticking a 15W laptop APU in a 10" tablet platform - I know which I'd choose!
It is not an Atom (BayTrail) or AMD Kabini - you do get the finest x86 CPU currently on the market - well, until Skylake blows it out of the water ;)
So there you have it - some of you may like it, some may hate it - but perhaps it is useful to somebody...