Lenovo Yoga 2 Pro Ultrabook Review

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Lenovo Yoga 2 Pro Ultrabook ReviewWhen 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...

Lenovo Yoga 2 Pro Ultrabook Review

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I want 1

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Dave_HH replied on Wed, Dec 18 2013 10:47 PM

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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Dave_HH replied on Sun, Dec 22 2013 6:29 PM

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.

Conclusion

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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