A Skype Date for Two Please!

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Follow the exploits of  student and Lenovo IdeaPad Yoga 11s user Valerie Sarnataro in her blog, Balancing Act, as she balances her work, school and social life with this  new and innovative  tablet and  notebook  convertible.   She\’ll be blogging regularly and taking you along as part of this special feature sponsored by Lenovo.


\"balancinglenovo\"Sofor those of you who have been reading this blog – outside of my family and friends of course – you don’t know much about me. After reading the last two posts, most of you probably think I am a T.V.-obsessed girl with too much time on her hands. And while that is partially true, here’s some background on my current situation.

I recently finished my junior semester of college and am preparing to leave for California in July for a 6-month internship. With it only being June now, I have had a few weeks – and a few more to go! – of free time to spend as I please. With many of my friends remaining in Boston for summer classes and my family and home friends in New York, I’ve been splitting my time between the two before I leave for the sunshine state.

You’ve already read about how handy the Yoga has been during my travels, yet the convertible truly proved helpful when it came to video calling. I normally use my phone to FaceTime every now and then, but sometimes I prefer seeing my family or boyfriend on a larger screen than the one my phone offers.

Opting for my IdeaPad instead of my smartphone, I embarked on a Skype date with my boyfriend – I know, how romantic! Though he is only in Boston, I figured we should get used to the idea of virtual dates, as that will be the norm come July.


As a disclaimer, I should note that I lack any patience when it comes to video calling. If the picture is blurry or the timing is delayed, I get annoyed and give up altogether. Fortunately, my experience was quite pleasant this time. The flexibility of the Yoga combined with a strong Internet connection made for a seamless date. I was able to sit outside, move around my house and flip the Yoga into different modes without missing a beat.

Most importantly, the convertible was silent during the whole experience. One of the most frustrating aspects of video calling is when the computer makes more noise than the person you are chatting with. Likely in part to the Yoga’s processing speeds, the laptop didn’t sound like it was working hard to keep up with my conversation.

I was also really pleased with the quality of the camera, as the image of myself in the lower corner of the screen looked crystal clear rather than the pixelated mess I typically take the form of. Considering this will be the main visual my family and friends will have of me in a few weeks, I’m glad the picture was clear!


Be sure to follow Valerie as she uses the  Lenovo Yoga 11s at home, at school and at work.  There are some great things in store as her journey continues, so be sure to follow her exploits here and within her social communities.  Be sure to check out our links to Lenovo news and reviews, as well as to Lenovo social communities. 


Read Valerie\’s Previous Blog

 Taking Flight with My Tablet in Tow