Introduction, Specifications & The Design
When I saw the first-generation Yoga Pro, I was impressed but wasn't sold on it right away. It had a 1600x900 display and no backlit keyboard, which were two things I really needed before slapping down $1000+ on a new Ultrabook. Well, when Lenovo unveiled its Yoga 2 Pro, I was sold...instantly!
In a world where notebooks are dominated by Apple's MacBook Pro, the Ultrabook market doesn't get much love. There are so many options to choose from, but no stand out winners. Samsung has some great Ultrabooks, but so do Dell, Acer, and ASUS. Lenovo, in my opinion, has the Ultrabook of all Ultrabooks, so you're going to want to read on to find out why.
Starting at $820, it's an impressive deal; the model I purchased for myself was the Core i7-powered, 256GB SSD model that is priced at around $1200. For $1200, you're getting a serious piece of hardware. Let's get into the specifications now, something that the Yoga 2 Pro kicks some serious ass in.
First off, we have the beautiful 13.3-inch 3200x1800 touch-capable display, the Haswell-based Core i7-4500U processor, 8GB of DDR3L 1600MHz RAM, a 256GB SSD, Windows 8.1 64-bit, and Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n. All of this weighs in at just 3.1 pounds (or 1.4kg) and has dimensions of 13x8.7x0.6 inches--nice and thin and, most of all, light.
The base model starts with a Core i3 processor, but it can be optioned up to the Core i7 processor that we have here today. The basic Y2P starts off with 4GB of RAM, but I would highly suggest upgrading to the 8GB of RAM model, with the same advice being in play for the SSD side of things. Lenovo bakes in 128GB of SSD storage by default, but I would suggest opting for the 256GB model. For the power users, there is a 512GB model, too.
One thing you'll have to take note of is that the RAM is soldered onto the mainboard of the Yoga 2 Pro itself, so there is no upgradeable RAM option here; you'll have to opt for the 8GB model, something I really think you should do if you purchase the Y2P.
I found the mix of the Core i7 processor, 8GB of RAM, and 256GB of SSD to be a powerful combination of specifications, especially when you consider the 13.3-inch 3200x1800 display that you have right in front of you.
When it comes to looking around the Yoga 2 Pro, we have a few things to talk about. On the left side of the Ultrabook, we have the power socket, USB 2.0 port, micro HDMI port (which is 4K-capable, something we talk about later in the review), and SD card reader.
On the right side of the Y2P, we have (from left to right) the power/charging light, power button, a button for rotation lock of the display, volume up/down buttons, a 3.5mm headphone/mic jack, and a USB 3.0 port, something I wish there were more of.
The Design - Beautiful & Light, Powerful & Reserved
Lenovo has baked an absolutely beautiful design onto the Yoga 2 Pro, which feels just as thin as a MacBook Air (at its biggest point) and nearly as light. The Yoga 2 Pro feels great in the hand, where it feels comfortable to tote around in just one hand, something I do quite often with the Y2P thanks to its versatility.
Credit has to go to Lenovo for its work on the hinges, something that makes all of its transforming into its various modes (which we're going to go into now) possible.
Lenovo's party trick with the Yoga 2 Pro is just how versatile it is: if you push the touchscreen back, it will fold not only dead straight with the keyboard, but it will continue to bend back until it goes into "Tablet Mode."
The Yoga 2 Pro has four different "modes" that it can transform into, with the first being "Tablet Mode." I use my Y2P in Tablet Mode probably 75-80 percent of the time, but the other modes, Tent Mode and Stand Mode, aren't completely useless.
Tablet Mode is where you bend the screen all the way back, which disables the keyboard and turns the Yoga 2 Pro into a 13.3-inch QHD tablet. This is something I actually used with my 3-year-old daughter as she loves playing some basic games in this mode.
Tent Mode is something I actually used often when travelling. When I was relaxing back in my hotel room, I could pop the Yoga 2 Pro into Tent Mode and watch a movie or a few TV episodes. Tent Mode was probably my second most-used mode.
Finally, we have Stand Mode, which is something I didn't find myself using, but it isn't a useless feature at all. Stand Mode is good if you're just consuming content, watching a YouTube video while you're making dinner--or watching a YouTube video on how to actually make dinner--using the touchscreen capabilities to their fullest.
The four "modes" that Lenovo have baked into the Y2P enable themselves automatically when the Ultrabook detects it physically. Bend the screen back into tablet use, and "Tablet Mode" will be enabled, with a quick popup letting you know it has been enabled.
PRICING: You can find the Lenovo Yoga 2 Pro for sale below. The prices listed are valid at the time of writing but can change at any time. Click the link to see the very latest pricing for the best deal.
United States: The Lenovo Yoga 2 Pro retails for $1,202.73 at Amazon.
- We at TweakTown openly invite the companies who provide us with review samples / who are mentioned or discussed to express their opinion of our content. If any company representative wishes to respond, we will publish the response here.
Latest News Posts
- HPE's new supercomputer will help NASA run Crysis on the Moon
- Kingdom Come: Deliverance 2 will also use CRYENGINE, will have modding
- PewDiePie passes 100 million subscribers on YouTube
- Razer will spawn its biggest retail store in the world in Las Vegas
- Remedy working on three new IPs, including unannounced AAA project
- Lian Li TU150 Mini-ITX Chassis Review
- SteelSeries Arctis 9X Wireless Headset Review
- Seagate Gears 5TB Game Drive Review
- TRENDnet USB-C 2.5Gbe Network Adapter Review
- Mushkin Pilot-E NVMe M.2 SSD Review
- Snooker 19, the first official snooker game in a generation, is out now on Nintendo Switch
- Ultimate Fishing Simulator VR will debut in August
- Leyou Technologies Announces 2019 Interim Results
- Thermaltake A700 Aluminum Tempered Glass Edition Full Tower Chassis Now Available Simplicity Creates Its Own Path
- 2019 Thermaltake CaseMOD Invitational Season 2 Brings Twelve Top Modders Worldwide Together for the New Creation of the Core P5 V2 Chassis Battle for the Best