Lenovo YOGA 2 Pro Review
Introducing the ultimate multimode Ultrabook™. The Intel®-inspired YOGA 2 Pro is a PC, a tablet, and more. Its super-high resolution QHD+ multitouch display flips back 360 degrees to offer four different usage modes: Laptop, Tablet, Stand, and Tent. Life has many modes; so should your technology.
Lenovo ushered in the era of the hybrid PC with the Lenovo Yoga 2 Pro, a notebook with a flexible display that could bend completely backward to turn the laptop into a 13-inch tablet. Since then, a swarm of convertible laptops have flooded the market, coming from manufacturers such as Dell, Sony and Samsung, each seeking to one-up the Yoga with its own unique rotating, flipping or sliding display. Now, the Yoga is back with a thinner, lighter design.
Lenovo has been breaking ground in the convertible ultrabook world with its Yoga line. In our Lenovo Yoga 2 Pro review we found ourselves surprisingly pleased with this versatile hybrid laptop and its solid performance. Even if we didn’t use the Yoga as a tablet, we often flipped the keyboard back to poke through Windows 8 live tiles or watch some Netflix.
Lenovo Yoga 2 Pro has Attractive soft-touch design; Colorful display and wide viewing angles; Versatile flip design; Loud and clear audio; Excellent keyboard and clickpad; Solid performance. Lenovo opted to retain the original Yoga’s winning design. The notebook features the same luxurious, soft-touch exterior as that on its predecessor, and the fingerprint-resistant silver finish gives the Yoga 2 Pro an elegant all-aluminum look. Rubberized edge trim a new addition provides added stability when the notebook is in Tent mode. An embossed Lenovo logo sits in the upper-right corner of the lid.
At 12.99 x 8.66 x 0.61 inches and 3.06 lbs., the Yoga 2 Pro is thinner and lighter than the original IdeaPad Yoga (13.1 x 8.9 x 0.67 inches, 3.4 lbs.), but slightly larger and lighter than the 12-inch Dell XPS 12 (12.48 x 8.46 x 0.59-0.79 inches, 3.2 lbs.). It’s also nearly as svelte as the 13-inch MacBook Air (12.8 x 9 x 0.11-0.68 inches, 3 lbs.). The 13-inch MacBook Pro with Retina Display has a smaller footprint (12.35 x 8.62 inches) than the Yoga 2 Pro but is slightly thicker (0.71 inches) and heavier (3.46 lbs.
The biggest weakness of the Yoga 2 Pro is its mediocre battery life. In PC Mark’s built-in battery benchmark, we realized just over three hours of performance. That’s actually not a bad result for a conventional laptop’s synthetic test. But for a Haswell-equipped ultrabook? We expected, or at least hoped for more.
360-Degree Flip-and-Fold Design
A PC when you need it, a tablet when you want it, and more. Easily change between four modes — Laptop, Stand, Tablet, and Tent — while Lenovo Transition automatically switches system settings and locks the keyboard in place. The secret: The Yoga 2 Pro’s unique design and touchscreen display allows the screen to flip around 360 degrees, which means you can select the mode you use based on what you choose to Do.
Apps for Every Mode
Yoga 2 Pro now comes loaded with custom software that helps you get the best of every mode. Our exclusive Lenovo Recommends software recognizes when you switch modes and recommends apps that work best. Preloaded apps like Phone Companion, Camera Man, Photo Touch, and Chef give you the best experience of each mode and let you have fun while you’re at it.
Quad HD+ Display
The Yoga 2 Pro’s super-high-resolution QHD+ (3200 x 1800) 10-point multitouch display delivers spectacular visuals, while in-plane switching (IPS) technology assures that images will be crisp across a wide viewing angle.
The Yoga 2 Pro is powered by the new 4th generation Intel® Core™ processor, which gives you the power to play, create, entertain, or inspire. Enjoy powerful performance and vibrant visuals to multitask with ease, amazing battery life to keep up with you, and built-in security features to help keep your data safer.
Thin and Light Design; Long Battery Life
Starting at a mere 1.39kg (3.1 lbs) and just 15.5mm (0.61″) thick, the Yoga 2 Pro is ultraportable — it’s perfect for doers on the go. And with **up to 9 hours of battery life, you can go all day without recharging.
Lenovo Motion Control
Use the webcam as an input device — effortlessly flip pages, rewind/forward music, change volume, and gesture other simple commands with the flick of a hand.
Lenovo Voice Control
Lenovo Voice Control lets you perform tasks on your Yoga 2 Pro by simply telling it what to do or asking a question.
Superfast SSD Storage
You can count on lightning fast read/write speeds with up to 512GB of reliable solid-state drive (SSD) storage.
Backlit AccuType Keyboard
The acclaimed AccuType keyboard is ergonomically designed to make typing more comfortable and to reduce errors, while backlighting makes it easy to use in low-light settings.
Stereo Speakers With Dolby® Home Theater®
The Yoga 2 Pro’s speakers deliver rich stereo sound, while Dolby Home Theater provides an immersive audio experience.
Intel® Core™ i7-4500U Processor
Intel® Core™ i5-4200U Processor
Intel® Core™ i3-4010U Processor
Up to Windows 8.1 Pro
Up to 8GB DDR3L 1600 MHz, on-board two-channel (4GB/8GB)
13.3″ high-resolution QHD+ (3200 x 1800) IPS wide-view display with 10-point multitouch technology
330 mm x 220 mm x 15.5 mm †Measured at thickest point (12.99″ x 8.66″ x 0.61″)
1.39 kg (3.06 lbs)
Integrated Intel® HD graphics 4400
**>=9 hrs Windows 8.1 Idle @150 nits
**>=6 hrs FHD playback @ 150 nits
720p HD webcam
Integrated stereo speakers with Dolby®
802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth® 4.0 Optional feature
128GB / 256GB / 512GB SSD
1 x USB 3.0, 1 x USB 2.0, Audio Combo Jack (headphone and microphone), micro HDMI-out, 2-in-1 (SD/MMC) card reader
Cinebench – 9,125 (4,016 with 1x CPU)
3DMark – Ice Storm: 23,032 // Cloud Gate: 3,397 // Fire Storm: 545
PC Mark – Home: 2,471 // Work: 3,309
PC Mark Battery life – 190 minutes
What do the numbers tell us? First, that this is a reasonably configured device, capable of holding its own against other systems in the $1,000 or more ultrabook category. For this category, that’s fairly common, and on par with other Haswell-based devices.