Lenovo Yoga 2 Pro Ultrabook Review - HotHardware

Lenovo Yoga 2 Pro Ultrabook Review

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When Lenovo introduced the original Yoga 13 convertible ultrabook last year, consumers snatched it up in droves, making it one of the top selling Windows 8 convertibles on the market. Fast-forward a year, and Lenovo is at it again, this time with the new Yoga 2 Pro. Like its predecessor, the Yoga 2 Pro features the same well-liked multimode form factor that can function in laptop, stand, tablet, and tent modes.

The new Yoga 2 Pro is thinner and lighter than previous models. It also features Intel’s latest 4th generation Haswell-based Core processors and comes preloaded with Windows 8.1. Another key differentiating factor between the previous Yoga 13 and the new Yoga 2 Pro is the super high-resolution QHD+ touchscreen that is 16% brighter than the previous display.

First we'll take you on a guided tour of Lenovo's new machine in our video review, then we'll hit a deep dive on build-out and performance...

Before we dive into the full hands-on review, let’s take a quick look at the specifications of our test model:

Lenovo Yoga 2 Pro
Specifications & Features

4th Gen Intel Core i5-4200U (1.60GHz 1600MHz 3MB)
Operating System
Windows 8.1 64
4.0GB PC3-12800 DDR3L SDRAM 1600 MHz
13.3" high-resolution QHD+ (3200 x 1800)
IPS wide-view display with 10-point multitouch technology
12.99 x 8.66 x 0.61 inches (W X D X H)
3.06 pounds
720p HD webcam
Integrated Communications
Intel Wireless-N 7260 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.0
1 x USB 3.0
1 x USB 2.0
Audio Combo Jack (headphone and microphone)
micro HDMI-out
headphone and microphone
micro HDMI-out
Integrated stereo speakers with Dolby Home Theater
Integrated Intel HD graphics 4400
Up to 9 hours Windows 8 Idle @ 150 nits
Up to 6 hours FHD playback @ 150 nits

Microsoft Office 365 Home Premium 30-day trial
Lenovo Cloud Storage
CyberLink YouCam
McAfee Internet Security (30-day free trial)
VeriFace Pro
OneKey Recovery
Bespoke Software - Phone Companion, Yoga Camera Man, Yoga Chef, Yoga Photo Touch
Zinio Online Newsstand
Amazon Kindle for PC
$999.00 (Additional Models Also Available)

Our test model had a 4th Gen Intel Core i5-4200U processor, but Lenovo offers a few other choices as well including the Core i3-4010U and the Core i7-4500U. Lenovo also offers models with up to 8GB of PC3-12800 DDR3L RAM and up to a 512GB SSD.

Lenovo also includes a few new software features to further differentiate the Yoga 2 Pro from its competition. We’ll take a closer look at these features in the coming pages. 

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I want 1

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No doubt this is a beautiful machine. I was very impressed with it.

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If you an afford the $1200, get the best buy model. This machine is a lot nicer with all those upgrades. The flaws in this machine are small. single band wifi only. no windows security button. Those would have been nice touches. Great computer though. Also, dealing with the inherit problems of a Quad HD screen on windows might bother you. A lot of apps are not well designed for scaling and high res screens. But if you are willing to deal with those issues, this is a great computer. I'm using one now.

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Good points, Chad. Thanks

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I'm so confused when I read these reviews - I am constantly wondering why reviewers suggest we buy computers with horrific design flaws. The Yoga has 3 acknowledged design flaws:

1. the screen is so high resolution that everything displayed on the screen (except the homepage and movies) are TINY TINY TINY. When browsing the URL bar is so small its nearly impossible to deal with. Everything on the screen is terribly tiny. That would be fine if there was a fix; there isn't a fix. Reducing resolution (which defeats the whole reason for high res anyway) to something like 1080 or 1600 does increase display size, but displays with far less quality than a computer whose native res is 1080 or 1600. In other words the screen display is practically impossible to use without feeling ripped off.

2. It drops wifi. 'Nuff said there wouldn't you think?

3. The color yellow looks like mustard. If you google "yellow" then look at the spectrum there isn't a single YELLOW on your screen; ;only different versions of mustard.

Per Lenovo's tech assistance department (after slaving for 45 mins to find solutions to these problems that they are plagued with all day long, the rep told me that yes there is a bios update, but that it will revert back to the old crappy yellow hue. Even she said my particular unit will likely never be corrected.


So why to every professional tech journalist drool over machines with blatant design flaws, sold by companies whose basic attitude is, 'SCREW YOU CUSTOMER WE ALREADY HAVE YOUR MONEY HWAH HWAH HWAH'???

I have no idea.

Is it that they are giving you free gear? And offering an accurate review would cause them to cut you off? Is it that they don't give you gear and you are experimenting with these machines in BestBuy for 15 seconds before writing a review? Is it because you don't read user reviews posted by people who own these machines and have 50Xs more experience with them than you do?

I have no idea.

But people are spending upwards of $2K on some of these machines, and tech journalists are either incapable or uninteresting in helping consumers spend their money wisely - by giving an accurate, useful review, that offers more than just, 'its heavier than the others', or, 'the slick finish of the gorilla glass makes you look cool on an airplane.

Damn folks - stop sucking up to the industry. WE RELY ON YOU.

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