The keyboard, to any Ultrabook or Notebook user, is one of the most important things. I type incredibly fast (in the 120-130 words per minute range or more), so this was one of the key points for me. I know that Lenovo has a history of great keyboards, so I took a punt but smashed a home run. I use my Yoga 2 Pro for absolutely everything now.
I'm writing this review on it right now, and have smashed out 1100+ words so far without many errors; it feels like my hands were made for this keyboard. It took around a week or so to adjust from a mechanical gaming keyboard to the soft touch on the Y2P, but once you get used to it, it's gold.
The backlit keys are excellent to look at in the dark, which comes in handy when there's not much light and you need to use a function button or something that you're not used to pressing all the time. Overall, I'm very impressed with the keyboard, and I think you will be, too.
The Screen Is Gorgeous. Oh! and it's Touch-Capable!
Another thing that sold me on the Yoga 2 Pro was the beautiful 3200x1800 display. Being touch-capable is just the cherry on top. I would've purchased the Yoga 2 Pro if the display wasn't touch-capable, but once I started using the touch capabilities, I actually became a fan of it.
I constantly have two Chrome windows open, with countless tabs open, so I need the desktop real estate. But just how small is the text at 3200x1800 on a 13.3-inch screen? Well, that is up to you. I found it quite ridiculous and started using 150 percent scaling within Windows 8.1. This provides a beautifully perfect look for text within everything I use.
I heard about the yellow on the screen being more of a mustard, which I have to admit feels and looks true. I have my Y2P sitting next to my Seiki Digital 39-inch 4K TV and I can instantly tell the difference between the colors. But, you know what, in an otherwise perfect machine, I can deal with my yellows being "off."
If you were a professional photographer or were using the Yoga 2 Pro for something like that, or anything near it--video work, photo work, anything--then this is something you need to see before you buy.
When using it in Tablet Mode, the screen is uber responsive, and just as beautiful. I play games on the Y2P with my daughter all the time, and she has no problems touching the screen and having fun, but these are just basic games.
I'm not going to go into benchmarks on the Yoga 2 Pro, because I don't have anything else to go off of as I don't review notebooks for TweakTown. But from a general standpoint--everyday use--the Yoga 2 Pro has you covered. As I said in my introduction, I would personally recommend opting for the Core i7/8GB RAM/256GB SSD model as it is priced incredibly well.
I used the title "Powerful & Reserved" on the first page, which was kind of a tease into the Performance part of the review. Because I'm not going to do benchmarks, I can only talk about the general performance, which in my opinion means more than benchmark charts versing the Yoga 2 Pro against other Ultrabooks, but it shouldn't be compared. This is something I'll go into soon.
For now, battery life. I was able to get around 5-6 hours of watching movies and TV episodes before the battery ran dry. Apple claims so much more in their marketing for the MacBook Air, but the Y2P wouldn't be competing against the MBA; it would be competing against the MacBook Pro, while also being as thin and even more versatile and powerful than the MBA.
Six hours is more than enough for general use on the plane or train, or if you disconnect it from power and want to do some work on the lounge or consume content through many other ways (Flipboard, Feedly, e-mail, or whatever) in Tablet Mode. Battery life, for me at least, is a winner with the Y2P. Sure, I wish I could have 10 hours+ from it, but Lenovo could maybe squeeze something out of the Yoga 3 Pro if it arrives in the future.
8GB of RAM is Sometimes Not Enough
I found that 8GB of RAM wasn't enough for my personal usage as I usually have at least 10-12 tabs open in Chrome. I'm what most would consider a "power user"--at least to the general consumer--but power users would use more of the physical grunt from the Core i7 processor side of things.
Chrome tabs use copious amounts of RAM, depending on what site or service you're using, but I have Gmail, Facebook, Feedly, and two tabs of the backend of TweakTown open at all times, no matter what. There goes 1GB+ of RAM just there. Then the various websites I'm visiting or reading, and then we have sites like YouTube. This isn't anything wrong with the Y2P, but it's my personal experience, something I'm typing while you're reading.
Don't let this sway your decision, but if I could have Lenovo option a 16GB model of the next-gen Yoga 3 Pro, then I would. I would not hesitate to have more RAM in the machine, but I've found the processor and storage side of things absolutely fine.
More Performance Than You Can Poke a Stick At
I think the highest I've ever had my processor load at was at around 60-70 percent when I was again using a bunch of Chrome tabs. I do some light image processing, usually batch image shrinking, which doesn't use much processing power at all.
I did play some FlatOut 2 with a friend of mine, with the game cranked at 1920x1080 with all the graphical bells and whistles enabled, and I had no issues at all. Not that this is an indication of performance, but more of a "this is about all I play on my Y2P." I have a few seriously powerful gaming PCs that I use for my gaming. I don't need to, or want to use my Ultrabook for that.
4K Output From microHDMI is Super Useful
Something I do that most won't is output using the micro HDMI port on the Y2P. I thought that this port would be limited to just Full HD (1920x1080), but was pleasantly surprised when I hooked up my Seiki Digital 39-inch 4K TV at 3840x2160, something that the microHDMI port on the Yoga 2 Pro handles without a problem.
It is quite the sight to see when you have a 39-inch TV to the left running 3840x2160, while the 13.3-inch screen on the Yoga 2 Pro is pumping away at 3200x1800. This gives me so many pixels to play with, and it's awesome. The Yoga 2 Pro is one of the most versatile devices I've ever used.
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