Lenovo Yoga 2 Pro Review: Our Favorite Ultrabook Convertible So Far


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It’s no secret that we’re a big fan of the Yoga 11S. But as much as we like the Yoga 11S, the Lenovo Yoga 2 Pro addresses some of our complaints with the Yoga 11s and Yoga 13, while also upping the ante with an amazing new QHD+ display.

When it comes to Intel-powered 2 in 1’s, the Lenovo Yoga 2 Pro is absolutely a premium system, yet it’s still priced quite reasonably. To that effect, pricing starts at $949 for a system configured with a 4th gen Intel Core i5 processor, 4GB of RAM, and a 128GB SSD.

Tent mode, laptop mode, stand mode, and tablet mode, like its predecessor, the Yoga 2 Pro can pretty much do it all. But it is its high res 13.3″ QHD+ LED Glossy multi-touch 3200 x 1800 that really packs a punch. This is one of the best displays you’ll get on any 13″ laptop out there, and it’s brilliant with vibrant colors and sharp detail. Of course, the extra resolution means you can fit more on your display, and that it’s practically (or almost) ready for 4k movies down the line. All in all, this is a massive improvement over the Yoga’s original 1600 x 900 display and it helps ensure that the Yoga 2 Pro is future proof.

Another welcome edition to the Yoga 2 Pro is the inclusion of a backlit keyboard. Otherwise, the keyboard is pretty much the same great AccuType ergonomic and tactile keyboard that can be found on its predecessor.

One of the biggest gripes we had with the original Yoga was that its touchpad was too sensitive and finicky. It seems to us like the trackpad has been improved a bit, but it can still use more improvement. The Yoga 2 Pro also packs in a single USB 3.0 port, a USB 2.0 port, and micro-HDMI input.

When it comes to battery life on the Yoga, the battery performance is ok, but could be better. We got about 6 hours at a time on a lighter brightness setting. Overall battery life is respectable but it could be a lot better.


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The Yoga 2 Pro configuration that we tested came running on 4GB of Ram, and a 1.6GHz Intel Core i5 processor. When it comes to benchmarks, it got a PCMark 8 home conventional 3.0 score of 2036 and a home accelerated score of 2105. Meanwhile, booting up the system takes just 6.7 seconds to the login screen and 3 seconds to the start screen! This is one of the fastest boot up times we have seen. All in all, this is a fast system with very good performance.

Lenovo has preloaded the Yoga 2 Pro with lots of apps. Some apps like Lenovo’s Yoga Camera Man, Yoga Chef, Yoga Photo Touch, Yoga Phone Companion app, and Lenovo Veriface can be fun and quite useful, while some others feel like plain old bloatware.

We tested the Yoga 2 Pro in one of the most challenging environments of all – CES. Fortunately, its versatile form factor turned out to be a perfect fit for the show, since it was able to adapt to our surroundings. Whether it was for using it in laptop mode for live blogging an event, or for watching a movie in tablet mode on the plane ride there, the Yoga 2 Pro was ready to adapt to every situation. We also found its 3K display especially useful when editing photos for posts in Photoshop. And no matter what we threw at it, the Yoga 2 Pro handled it all with aplomb. But perhaps most importantly, because it weighs just 3.1 lbs, it didn’t weigh us down on the show floor. All on all, we discovered that the Yoga 2 Pro can really be your single and only computing device, and that is without breaking your back or your wallet.

Verdict

The Lenovo ideaPad Yoga 2 Pro is one of the best 2 in 1 devices on the market, except that it’s actually a 4-in-1. With a backlit keyboard, and a brilliant 3200 x 1800 display, the Yoga 2 Pro manages to improves on its predecessor without breaking the bank. And when you consider that a 13” MacBook Pro with a Retina display and similar specs would cost you $1299, it really puts into perspective what a great value the IdeaPad Yoga 2 Pro offers. All in all, the Yoga 2 Pro is our favorite Ultrabook convertible that we have tested to date.

The Good: A premium device that is a good value for the money, very good performance, excellent build quality, versatile and lightweight form factor, backlit keyboard, and pretty good built in stereo speakers with Dolby Home Theater sound.

The Bad: Battery life could be better, only a single USB 3.0 port, power button is a bit too recessed and difficult to push.

 

 

 

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  • Adam

    Hi, well I just returned a Yoga2 Pro because of 3 specific, lenovo-acknowledged design flaws that, once again, do not appear in a review of the product.

    Before I describe the existential design deficiencies of the Yoga Pro 2 I must take a moment to gripe; why don’t reviewers read user-comments? If you read the comments under every other review you will find that there are 3 specific problems with the Yoga – you could have focused some of your attention and determined for yourself whether or not these are valid concerns – you mentioned none of them in your review.

    Yoga 2 Pro: Design Flaws
    1. It drops wifi.
    This has not been fixed. Like the Sony Duos, Lenovo feels just fine shipping a product that drops wifi, and that they admit they have yet to figure out a way to resolve the issue since it doesn’t seem to be a software/driver issue.

    2. There is no color “yellow”
    The Yoga offers many shades of mustard, but no true yellow. This is disappointing given that a big selling point is the Yoga display. It has been called relatively “future proof” in that it’s resolution is set to a level that is not as yet used in video.

    But no yellow? And no fix? (Lenovo suggests a bios update that they have made available, but the Lenovo tech services group told me its a temporary fix that will recur overtime – and that a bios update isnt a great idea if the problem is just going to resurface.

    3. The display resolution is so high everything on the screen is incredibly tiny!
    Well, just lower the resolution! I mean, if all icons and the URL bar and text is ridiculously tiny (seriously, its ridiculous how small) just lower the res!

    The answer to that suggestion has two parts:
    1. lowering the res to make the laptop useable defeats the whole purpose of having a kick-butt screen. Why did they give me a machine with INSANE resolution that is SO insane its useless??

    2. Lower res settings are not native to the Yogo 2 Pro, so 900×1600 looks way WORSE on the Yoga than on a cheap computer with a sucky screen that runs on 900×1600. Who wants t3o pay over $1K for fuzzy icons? Its retarded.

    Anyway, we rely on you folks to put effort into your reviews, not just deliver a hands-on for which you did no preparation – like reading customer reviews. We have more experience than you do. Test the validity of OUR comments.

    Someone is going to read this review and think ‘Hmmm. They’re telling me that the battery is a little sucky? Okay I can deal with that. Oh, and the power button isn’t ideal? Not a big deal to me – IM BUYING IT! WOOHOO!

    That’s on YOU, Helena. You should take time to read customer feedback then test those concerns before you post a relatively glowing review of an expensive product.

    If you dedicated this solid review to Lenovo because you want them to send you gear – shame on you.

    By the way, you aren’t alone. Most reviews of technology are completely useless. The writers don’t take any time to research the products they review. They do a hands-on. Might want to be better than that :)

    Best.

  • http://www.chipchick.com Chip Chick

    Hi Adam,
    As much you disapprove of my review, I do appreciate some of your feedback. You have some valid points to be made, however I did not experience issues with the wi-fi dropping. Also, a high res display is definitely not suitable for every user, but no one is forcing you to choose this model over one with a lower res display. Lenovo has plenty of other models that offer a lower res display.

    Furthermore, it’s not my job to read customer reviews and re-share them, but to share my own personal experience with the product.

    As an FYI – all our reviews for Lenovo products are sent back after a few weeks, so be careful before you make assumptions about our integrity.

  • Adam

    Pretty strong response. And okay I may have been a bit aggro. I want to be able to rely on reviews is all; and when every review loves a product that I know has widely acknowledged flaws…

    You write well nonetheless. Seriously I’d snark away if you couldn’t write.

    Bye!

  • http://www.chipchick.com Chip Chick

    Compliment accepted :) And please always feel free to give us your feedback. We can mostly take it…

  • http://www.facebook.com/GrandxAzinxMasterx Kevin Phan

    My display for the Yoga 2 pro is sized normally, I don’t know about you, but you can change the size of the icons , statusbar, and window size through pc settings and reset the computer. They have options to fix it, you just didn’t have the knowledge to change the UI size. And the thinness and the lightness of the laptop contributes to its high price point.

  • Who cares

    Useless reviewer who thinks others opinion don’t count, yeah not his job, damn right it’s your job…never going to visit this site again

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  • Rakesh P

    I thought the Review was excellent. First of all the Yoga 2 Pro is one of the top 2 or 3 ultrabook/convertible devices in the market. It is freaking solid. I saw it at Best Buy and had a chance to play with it. The build and form factor is unbelievable. I never really saw the color “yellow” issue before i came home and started reading about it. It may be an issue but for me not that big of a deal. Besides a software or firmware issue might fix it. I think the only downside is that there could’ve been more USB ports and a full HDMI port. This is a slam dunk product. The review was good….but I would take some of the others points as constructive criticism.

  • Rakesh P

    Also the Red Lenovo image in the article is not the Yoga 2 pro. It comes in 2 colors only, red not being one of them.

  • http://www.chipchick.com Chip Chick

    Hi Rakesh,
    Thanks for your feedback! It’s very much appreciated. That said, the Lenovo Yoga Pro 2 that we reviewed was indeed orange / red.