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Lenovo Yoga Tablet 2 with Windows Review

The Lenovo Tablet 2 is one of the latest additions to Ashton Kutcher and Lenovo’s Yoga tablet series. And unlike the stereotypical slates we’re used to seeing, the Yoga Tablet series offers 4 unique usage modes – Hold, Tilt, Stand, and the pretty radical Hang mode.

The Tablet 2 with Windows that we tested here, packs in a 13.3” display. It is available in smaller sizes, but we must acknowledge that the 13″ form-factor is not for everyone. That is because it’s not quite as portable as most typical tablets. But weighing in at 1.97 lbs (without keyboard), it’s still portable enough to move from room to room with ease. This is why we think the Tablet 2 with Windows is an ideal home entertainment tablet, but one that still has solid work chops. That said, the tablet 2 can easily be thrown in a bag for occasional traveling, and its top notch build quality made with aluminum materials, means that it can take a fair beating too.

The 13.3” inch IPS display on the tablet packs in a QHD 2560 x 1440 resolution. But aside from having a great resolution that is even higher than the resolution of the Surface Pro 3, the display is excellent with vivid colors and wide-view angles, and it also gets nice and bright. All in all, the Tablet 2 is packing in a great display, and its pretty powerful speaker system helps make the tablet a kind of portable entertainment system

The system comes running on an Intel Atom Processor Z3745 (1.86 GHz). Performance is solid and on par with devices in its class. But make no mistake, if you need real power, you’ll want to consider a more expensive system powered by a Core i5 or i7 processor.

The tablet comes with a detachable ultra slim Bluetooth AccuType keyboard cover that is quite nice to use. The keyboard also serves as a convenient cover for transport. And the keyboard will even work with the tablet when detached. Unfortunately the keyboard’s touchpad is a bit frustrating to use, since it requires too much pressure for clicks.

We love the ebony (black) look of the Tablet 2 with Windows, and it certainly helps distinguish the Tablet 2 with Windows over its Android powered Yoga brothers. That said, we’re disappointed that Lenovo did not squeeze a projector into it, the way they did in the 13-inch Yoga Tablet 2 Pro. This is a total let-down.

Also, all the ports on the tablet are Micro – so that means you get a Micro-USB port, a Micro-HDMI port and even a Micro-SD slot. The most inconvenient of all these is the Micro-USB port. But things get even more inconvenient because of the fact that the Micro-USB port is also used for connecting the charging cable. Fortunately, the battery life on this device is excellent – we got nearly 13 hours out of the Tablet 2 on a charge, so you shouldn’t have to worry about using the charging cable too often.

Verdict

Somewhere between a full PC laptop and a tablet, there is the very unique 13″ Tablet 2 with Windows. And while it offers a form-factor that isn’t for everyone, its excellent display and 4 unique usage modes are very satisfying and well implemented. We just wish that they had packed in AnyPen technology, and that they hadn’t left out the projector that its Android sibling offers.

The Lenovo Yoga Tablet 2 with Windows retails for $599 and is also available in smaller 10″ and 8″ display sizes, with the latter featuring AnyPen technology.

Buy it!

The Good: Offers 4 modes – including the unique Hang mode. Excellent QHD IPS display. Super long battery life. Excellent premium build quality. Comes with detachable keyboard. Speakers are more powerful than what you’ll find in a typical tablet.

The Bad: Doesn’t have a built-in projector like its Android counterpart does. It’s begging for compatibility with AnyPen technology. All the ports are Micro-ports – and the charger takes up the only available (micro) USB port.

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