Lenovo wants to make big splashes in the ways of compliance, ease and most importantly innovation and with the Yoga 2 Pro, Lenovo wants to show their skills in the ways of new, innovative ideas. Pair with that nothing but top notch hardware and high end specs, and you have one of the best Ultrabooks on the market. Seriously. The Yoga 2 Pro, like its predecessor boasts an impressive and clever fold back design and boasts a beautiful 3,200 x 1,800-pixel-resolution display all while managing to keep the price under $1000 MSRP. This machine is leagues ahead of the the sister computer, Lenovo’s Ideapad Flex 14/15 which features lower end specs, a lower density pixel resolution, a lack of a backlit keyboard and all at around the same price. Between the two, and speaking as a consumer, the Yoga 2 Pro is the one to snag between the two. The real star of the show is the super dense resolution at 3,200 x 1800, the screen shines bright and super sharp rivaling the Macbook Retina display, the Toshiba Kirabook and the Chrome Pixelbook. It is also a significant upgrade from the previous Yoga, which at the time, boasted a 1,600×900-pixel display. To reiterate, with the beautiful screen pairing well with the Core i5 or i7 processor and with a stellar graphics card, the Yoga 2 Pro begs to be taken home.
The Yoga 2 pro features a beautiful flat design with a brushed metal lid and the Lenovo symbol in chrome metal, the outer bezels are almost seamless but is definitely not bother some. Unlike the partner system, the Flex 14 with its big bulky hinge, , the hinges are thin and inconspicuous. They are two gray hinges and it even looks good in its tablet mode, which I will get into later. The keyboard feels integrated with the laptop and is housed into the system much like the Macbook series. This model features a backlit keyboard but you can only turn it on or off. Not like the Macbook Pro which can be faded to the off function. The keyboard also feels and looks similar to the Flex 14, so if you are the type who needs a comfortable typing environment, either machine can be recommended. The screen also features a touch button which leads the Windows OS right to the home screen, not unlike the Flex which featured a physical button, which was hard to press anyway. The screen masquerades itself as a standard laptop computer, but can actually bend back a full 360 degrees turning it into an effective tablet. While in the tablet mode, you can use touch apps such as Angry Birds, Wheres My Water and you can use it as an eReader. The virtual keyboard is even very comfortable. Lenovo has taken the liberty to include with the system, specific apps that you can use for each function and forms that the computer can take, evening out form and function.The laptop also features a kiosk mode which stands the screen up , giving you a convenient view of the screen while being able to use your fingers to operate the computer effectively and comfortably. Finally there is a tent mode which can be used to make the computer into a tent for playing games or sharing content, maybe even watching a movie with a friend. With Lenovo’s ethos in innovation and the app support, the possibilities really are endless.
With the model we are working with, the Core i7 processor works wonderfully, and that, bundled with the 8GB of RAM, makes this particular model a powerhouse. Windows 8 runs very quick and snappy, and if you have the extra coin to rake for a high end system, I highly recommend this. You won’t be able to look at laptops with i5 processors the same way. I recently downloaded World of Warcraft into the system and it runs wonderfully. This game usually demands good specifications for the game to run as it should and be shown justice and the Yoga 2 pro does not disappoint. There’s only one USB 3.0 port (and a second USB 2.0 one) on the side of the laptop, and the Wi-Fi is not of the newer 802.11AC type. Your only built-in video output is via Micro-HDMI, and an Ethernet connection will require a sold-separately dongle. Battery life surpasses that of the original Yoga, because this system has a current-gen Intel Haswell processor, yet, one major downside is that if you ever plan to use the Ultrabook on full power off the charger, you’ll be lucky to get 3 hours. At least from what we were able to gather with our Intel Core i7 configuration for the review. Otherwise, expect a full 6-7 hours of battery with the brightness at mid level, and the WiFi and Bluetooth of f, including some video playback.
|Lenovo IdeaPad Yoga 2 Pro|
|Audio||Stereo speakers, combo headphone/microphone jack|
|Data||1 USB 3.0, 1 USB 2.0, SD card reader|
|Networking||802.11n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth|
The Lenovo Yoga 2 Pro is available on their website for your own configuration and are available towards the middle of the month. Best Buy and Amazon have stock models and set configurations for set price points. The prices start at $999 for a model containing a 4th Gen Intel® Core™ i5 processor, a simple 4GB memory and 128GB solid state drive. for another $200 you can upgrade for a model with a better 4th Gen Intel® Core™ i7 processor, 8GB memory and 256GB solid state drive. Mind you again that these are stock models. Where the real freedom lies is on the Lenovo website where there are more choices between the models. You get the choice of the stock models that Best Buy and Amazon offer, but you can push it to $1449 if you want a machine with a hefty 512 GB SSD, a speedy 4th Generation Intel Core i7-4500U Processor (1.80GHz 1600MHz 4MB). The models costing $999 and $1099 both carry the 128GB SSD and 256 GB SSD respectively. You can save money using Lenovo’s coupon program and all around, you get the same brilliant screen and sleek and sexy design. These special configurations and prices can be ordered now, but wont ship until December 17th.
How far would you be willing to go for optimal performance? How much is your money, time and effort actually worth to you and how much would you be willing to shell out for a quality product? How do you feel about features that feel like gimmicks? How do you feel about gimmicks that actually work and function? Lenovo helps you answer all of these questions and more with this fantastic Ultrabook that is well worth the money. It isn’t cluttered with stickers on top of where the drive usually is that tell you what the computer can do, or what it is packing. The Lenovo Yoga 2 Pro shows it off by form and function alone. It openly and gladly shows you all of its insides and out simply by using it, and that, I feel is the beauty behind this particular product. In all reality, the Yoga 2 Pro chock IS full of fun gimmicks, but they all work. These are fun and innovative features are what makes this Ultrabook feel fresh and new. In a market filled with computers wanting to give their consumers a product that is big, bulky, heavy and just all around not attractive, yet can pack the performance of a top notch laptop notebook, it is refreshing that we see a computer that can pack about as much power as an Asus or high end Dell packed into such a compact package. Taking everything into consideration, at just under $1000 MSRP, the Lenovo Yoga 2 Pro is a steal.