Lenovo Yoga 2 Pro Ultrabook Review

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Like the previous generation Yoga models, the Yoga 2 Pro features a 360-degree flip-and-fold design. This design lets you use the Yoga 2 Pro in standard laptop mode, in tent or stand mode for giving presentations or viewing content on a plane or other tight space, or in tablet mode.

One of the best features of the Yoga 2 Pro is the vibrant new super-high-resolution QHD+ (3200 x 1800) 10-point multitouch display. Because this is an IPS display, you’ll enjoy a wider range of colors, better viewing angles, and a brighter backlight versus most other display technologies. The display also provides for wide viewing angles of 170-degrees. In real life this display is absolutely gorgeous, especially when viewing high resolution videos such as the Ultra HD 4K videos that are available on YouTube. 

 


The Yoga 2 Pro has a backlit AccuType keyboard. You can turn the backlight on and off using the FN and Space keys. We felt the keyboard was comfortable to type on. The keyboard layout is the same as on the Yoga 13. You’ll notice Lenovo placed the Delete, Home, End, Page Up, and Page Down keys along the right edge of the keyboard. Arrow keys are located in the lower right corner of the keyboard.

When we first used the Yoga 2 Pro, we thought the Backspace key seemed a little small. However, part of this feeling likely comes from the placement of the Delete, Home, End, Page Up, and Page Down keys rather than the actual size of the Backspace key itself. With most keyboards, we’re accustomed to finding the large Backspace key in the upper right corner. This isn’t the case with the Yoga 2 Pro. It’s a minor thing really, but something you may notice at first until you get accustomed to it.

The Yoga 2 Pro automatically disables the keyboard and touchpad when rotating the ultrabook into stand, tent, or tablet mode. The average-size touchpad on the device supports scrolling, zoom, rotating, and edge swipes, which work very well with Windows 8.1.

When designing the Yoga 2 Pro, Lenovo listened to feedback from its customers regarding the original Yoga. One of the improvements Lenovo incorporated is a rubberized rim along the top bezel. This helps the Yoga 2 Pro have a better grip on any surface when using the ultrabook in Tent mode. It may seem minor, but this grip really does make a difference when using the Yoga 2 Pro in Tent mode.

Lenovo also moved the power button to the side of the PC, helping prevent the occasional accidental switching of the ultrabook on/off while in your bag. The side placement also makes it more accessible when used in the Yoga 2 Pro’s various modes. The power button is nearly flush with the edge of the Yoga 2 Pro. Although this looks nice, it’s hard to find the power button by touch alone.

To help improve the tablet experience using the Yoga 2 Pro, Lenovo made this new model a half pound lighter and 0.05-inches thinner than the original Yoga.

On the left edge of the Yoga 2 Pro, you’ll find the power adapter jack, a USB 3.0 port, HDMI Out, and SD card reader. On the right edge of the notebook, you’ll find a battery status indicator next to the power button. Near the power button you’ll also see a Novo button which you can press when the computer is off to start the Lenovo OneKey Recovery System or BIOS setup utility. The right edge of the ultrabook also houses a rotation lock button, volume controls, headphone/mic port and a powered USB 2.0 port.
 

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MikeCammisa 11 months ago

I want 1

Dave_HH 11 months ago

No doubt this is a beautiful machine. I was very impressed with it.

ChadBernier 11 months ago

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.

Dave_HH 11 months ago

Good points, Chad. Thanks

headhunter71 10 months ago

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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