The Lenovo Yoga 2 Pro Convertible 13-Inch Tablet-Laptop Review

The Lenovo Yoga tablet-laptop hybrid series has been one of the most successful convertible laptop models in the market, causing much anticipation for the launch of this latest model. The Lenovo Yoga 2 Pro is a follow up model for the very successful Lenovo Yoga 13 and the Lenovo Yoga 11.

Design

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Like its predecessors, this new model can be used in 4 modes. The first is a regular laptop mode where you can rest the device on the keyboard and use it as a regular laptop. The screen can also be flipped backwards into tent mode, where it turns into a tilted tablet using the keyboard section as a kickstand. The tent mode is excellent for watching movies or for making presentations to small group of people. You can also flip the device around with the keyboard facing downwards to form the ‘stand mode’ and finally, you can completely fold the screen backwards towards the keyboard to change the device into ‘tablet mode’. This versatile design factor is arguably the single most appealing feature on the Lenovo Yoga laptop hybrid series.

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On the left side of the device, you will find a micro HDMI port, an USB port, power port and a SD card slot. On the right side of the device, you will find the physical volume rocker, the power button, another USB port and a headphone-microphone jack. The set of stereo speakers are located right at the front of the device, right beneath the keyboard facing downwards. The device measures 12.99 x 8.66 x 0.61 inches in dimensions and weighs 3.06 pounds, which is about average by 13-inch laptop standards. Like its predecessors, the laptop feels very sturdy and well built. As flexible as they are, the hinges on the devices feels tight and well fitted. The only issue that we had is that when using the SD card slot, the card does not enter the slot completely, with a part of it sticking out from the sides.

Tech Specs

The Lenovo Yoga 2 Pro comes with either an Intel Core i3, i5 or i7 Haswell processor, up to 8GB of DDR3 RAM and a solid state hard drive of up to 512GB for storage. It runs of Windows 8.1 and the battery on the devices is rated to last up to 9 hours on one charge. The keyboard on the device comes with backlights, allowing you to use it in dim lighting. The keys on the keyboard are very well laid out and generally are very comfortable to use. The device also comes with a 1MP HD camera.

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Features

Before we proceed further, it is worth restating that the 13-inch Lenovo Yoga 2 Pro is a laptop first and a tablet second. Unlike devices like the Windows Surface or Asus Transformer Pads, the Yoga is more of a full-featured laptop with added tablet functionalities. This new model comes with a stunning 13.3-inch IPS touch screen that has a very impressive 3200 x 1800 resolution. This super high resolution translates to sharper images and video playback. Texts and images look more crisp, even when zoomed in.

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Lenovo have included a special Yoga Picks feature that is designed to be used specifically with the Yoga 2 Pro’s design. Through Yoga Picks, you can configure the front page to show a different set of apps for every one of the devices four (tent, stand, laptop and tablet) modes. We thought that this was a great feature as users often use tablets and laptops for very different purposes.

Another big new feature on this laptop can be found in the design of the keyboard. In the older Yoga laptops, one of the biggest considers were the ‘safety’ of the keyboards when the laptop is in tablet mode. With the keyboard facing outwards and the keys exposed, many were worried of the keyboard being damaged when it s being used in tablet mode. Lenovo solved this issue by making the the entire keyboard and track pad recessed in the new Yoga 2 Pro. When you flip the screen backwards to switch the device into tablet mode, the keys on the keyboard automatically sinks in, creating a flatter surface that not only protect the keys but also make it much more comfortable to hold.

Summary

As a big fan of the Lenovo Yoga laptops to start off with, the new Lenovo Yoga 2 Pro definitely did not disappoint. We really loved the new, higher resolution screen and the retractable keys on the keyboard. With the right expectations, we think that you will love it too. The Lenovo Yoga 2 Pro would not fare well when compared to tablets and ultrabooks because it is not meant to. It is essentially a straightforward 13-inch, Windows 8.1 laptop with added tablet functionalities and an excellent design. It would make an excellent buy for anyone who is looking for a tablet-laptop hybrid. Prices start from around $930 each at the time of writing.

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