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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.