Ejbyoga-build-diary

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I replaced my old laptop with a Lenovo Yoga machine that comes standard with a SSD and 16gB of memory.

The new machine

  • Lenovo Yoga 730-15IKB (Yoga 730-15 Series)
  • Processor: Intel Core i7-8550U 4 x 1.8 - 4 GHz, Kaby Lake Refresh
  • Graphics adapter: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Mobile - 4096 MB, Core: 1493 MHz, Memory: 1752 MHz, GDDR5, 128 bit-wide bus, ForceWare 398.36, Optimus
  • Memory: 16384 MB DDR4-2400, dual-channel, one RAM slot (occupied), 8 GB of RAM soldered-in
  • Display: 15.60 inch 16:9, 3840 x 2160 pixel 282 PPI, capacitive, 10 finger multitouch, native pen support, BOE HF NV156QUM-N51, IPS, glossy: yes
  • Mainboard: Intel Kaby Lake-U iHDCP 2.2 Premium PCH
  • Storage: MZVLB512HAJQ-000L2 Samsung PM981 Series 512GB TLC PCI Express 3.0 x4 NVMe M.2 2280 Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)
  • Soundcard: Realtek ALC236 @ Intel Sunrise Point-LP PCH - High Definition Audiocontroller
  • Connections: 2 USB 3.0 / 3.1 Gen1, 1 USB 3.1 Gen2, 1 Thunderbolt, 1 HDMI, 1 DisplayPort, Audio Connections: 3.5-mm audio jack, 1 Fingerprint Reader, Brightness Sensor, Sensors: motion sensor, TPM 2.0
  • Networking: Realtek RTL8822BE Wireless LAN 802.11ac PCIe Adapter (a/b/g/n = Wi-Fi 4/ac = Wi-Fi 5), Bluetooth 4.2
  • height x width x depth (in mm): 17.2 x 360 x 249 ( = 0.68 x 14.17 x 9.8 in)
  • Battery: 51.5 Wh, 4520 mAh Lithium-Ion, 11.4 V
  • Operating System: Microsoft Windows 10 Home 64 Bit
  • Camera Webcam: HD Primary Camera: 0.9 MPix
  • Backlit Keyboard Light
  • 4.17 pounds
  • Convertible Laptop/Tablet

Very nice machine with a couple of flaws: the camera is not very good. I use a logitech webcam when it matters. The built in speakers are not very good. When it matters, I use it with a small Taotronics usb powered soundbar, which works great with it.

Installed Software

  • Adobe Creative Cloud Photography tools (Photoshop, Lightroom, CameraRaw, Bridge)
    • Topaz AI photography tools
  • Vegas Pro 18.0 video editor
  • Solidworks 2019
  • Arduino IDE
  • Amazon Kindle Reader
  • Amok EXIF sorter (sorts files based on EXIF metadata)
  • Better File Rename (handy GUI tool for renaming groups of files and directories)
  • Google backup and sync (backup for this machine)
  • Figlet Generator (for figlet text in source code)
  • Filezilla (FTP client)
  • Git for Windows (for software version management)
  • Google Chrome
  • InkScape (graphics editor)
  • IrfanView (image viewer)
  • Java development platform
  • Jetbrains PyCharm Community Edition (Python IDE)
    • Python 3.7
  • LibreOffice 6.1
  • Logictech MyHarmony (for programming Harmony remote, though I generally do this on my phone)
  • Nikon RAW codec (for raw file thumbnails in file explorer)
  • Facebook Messenger (Mostly for family video meetings)
  • MySQL tools (for learning SQL stuff. I have not really done much with this)
  • Lots of mostly useless Microsoft stuff.
  • Norton Security and LifeLock (internet security, firewall, etc)
  • Notepad++ (text editor)
  • Nvidia support software for the GeForce GTX 1050 video hardware
  • Nikon NX Studio photo editor (just because it is free and supports Nikon raw files.)
  • Oracle VM VirtualBox (For virtual machines, including Ubuntu)
  • Private Internet Access (Virtual Private Network)
  • qBittorrent (BitTorrent client for torrent downloads)
  • VMware Workstation (For virtual machines, none installed right now)
  • RPN Scientific X (Microsoft RPN calculator)
  • TightVNC (remote display software. I hardly use it)
  • VLC Media Player (My go to for playing and converting video files)
  • Visual Studio Code (Microsoft IDE)
  • WinDirStat (Graphical Disk drive analyzer. Very handy for cleaning up a drive)
  • WinRAR (file compressor/decompressor)
  • Zoom client (Video conferencing)
  • Microsoft Teams (conferencing and team management software for the robotics team)