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

Processor
4th Gen Intel Core i5-4200U (1.60GHz 1600MHz 3MB)
Operating System
Windows 8.1 64
Memory
4.0GB PC3-12800 DDR3L SDRAM 1600 MHz
Display/Resolution
13.3" high-resolution QHD+ (3200 x 1800)
IPS wide-view display with 10-point multitouch technology
Dimensions
12.99 x 8.66 x 0.61 inches (W X D X H)
Weight
3.06 pounds
Camera
720p HD webcam
Storage
128GB SSD
Integrated Communications
Intel Wireless-N 7260 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.0
Connectors
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
Sound
Integrated stereo speakers with Dolby Home Theater
Graphics
Integrated Intel HD graphics 4400
Battery
Up to 9 hours Windows 8 Idle @ 150 nits
Up to 6 hours FHD playback @ 150 nits
Software


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
Skype
Amazon Kindle for PC
Price
$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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