Dave Kinsey 2013-12-27 11:28:59
“Work Anywhere” Capability of Ultrabooks is Compelling I have a confession to make - I don’t have an iPad. I know, I know, they’re great. How could any self-respecting computer guy make such an admission? I’m supposed to have all the cool toys. My daughter loves her iPad, several members of my company have iPad and Android tablets and they rave how they use them for this and that. on iPads, and I’ve even enjoyed using iManage Mobility to link up to iManage Document Management. It’s cool, no doubt, but I want a single device that can be used for all of my needs, and, until recently, I didn’t feel the technology was quite there. I’ve used a laptop for 20 years, a device I could do real work on wherever I needed to be. Lugging that laptop bag back and forth between home and the office was a price I was willing to pay. The problem I had is that it was too bulky and awkward to bring to my client meetings. When I did bring it to meetings, it always ran out of power too soon and I’d be scrambling to plug it in before it died. I tried using the iPad, but it never seemed quite natural for me to have this separate device and it didn’t give me quite what I wanted. When the Microsoft Surface came out, in all its Microsoft glory, I thought maybe it would be useful to me. Nope. Nice try, close, but too small. Last summer, I found the radical change I was looking for in a Lenovo Yoga Ultrabook. The ultrabook is real, it is here, and for me at least, it’s been a real change. In the past, I’ve shied away from the ultralight laptops, as I’ve found them to be underpowered and not functional enough. That has really changed in the past year or so. In mid-2011, Intel announced the ultrabook concept, defining the standard of less than 0.8 inches thick, using Intel processors, with a focus on mobility and longer battery life. As we start 2014, the vision is not only here, it has matured to become pretty amazing. While Windows 7 is generally better than Windows 8 in a non-touch environment, Windows 8 works well with a touch screen device. Today’s ultrabooks have processing power as good as on the latest desktops and traditional laptops, with the advantage of being so much thinner and lighter, and the battery power lasts almost all day! My laptop bag is completely a thing of the past; I use a simple neoprene sleeve to protect my device. With 6 hours or so of battery life, I use this more like my cellphone, where no AC adapter is required for normal operation. Wi-Fi is available almost everywhere I go and wherever it isn’t I have my mobile phone hot spot to connect. The new Worksite Version 9 comes with “iManage Anywhere” standard, which lets me connect to the document management system remotely, and it works just like I’m in the office. With a 13.3 inch screen and a pretty good keyboard, I can do serious work wherever I need to. I was anxious to get my hands on my ultrabook early, so I bought a consumer version of the convertible tablet/ultrabook Yoga. It works well, but requires an extra step for encryption (in today’s regulatory environment, data encryption is a must). More recent versions (like the X1 Carbon Touch that Bill Fox, my VP of customer service just got) come with an extra bit of technology called a TPM chip, which handles this automatically. There is a business-oriented version of the Yoga with a TPM chip that is just being released as we go to print as well. You may want to consider whether an ultrabook makes sense for you. For me, I finally have a full-featured device that is small enough, light enough and with enough battery life to be my only computer or tablet. I take it everywhere, with no compromises. Have a question for the IT Expert? Email firstname.lastname@example.org Dave Kinsey is the owner and president of Total Networks. Total Networks is the technology partner to many law forms through out Arizona. Services include document management, backup and disaster recovery, business communications, and general IT support (for forms with or without in- house technical staff).
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