Lenovo IdeaPad Yoga 2 Pro Review

by Michael Wall Reads (47,970)
Editor's Rating
7.71

TG Ratings Breakdown

    • Software & Support
    • 7
    • Upgrade Capabilities
    • 7
    • Usability
    • 8
    • Design
    • 9
    • Performance
    • 7
    • Features
    • 9
    • Price/Value Rating
    • 7
    • Total Score:
    • 7.71
    • Rating 1 to 10, top score 10

Overview

  • Pros

    • Beautiful high-resolution display
    • High quality 360 degree hinge design
    • Affordable considering specs
  • Cons

    • Deck has a propensity to collect debris
    • SSD is a bit slower than average
    • Tablet form bulky compared to detachable devices

Quick Take

The Lenovo IdeaPad Yoga 2 Pro is a welcomed improvement over its predecessor, offering better performance and visuals while retaining its flexible 360 degree hinge design.


After helping create an entirely new sub-genre of hybrid PCs with the IdeaPad Yoga, Lenovo returns with a powerful more enticing offer in the Lenovo IdeaPad Yoga 2 Pro. Utilizing the same unique 360 degree hinge design, the device bolsters its performance with a fourth-generation Intel processor and a beautiful QHD+ IPS display.

Of course, Lenovo wasn’t the only manufacturer to step up their game over the last year. With the vast array of ultra-portable and convertible notebooks on the market, the Yoga’s once unique hybrid form factor, is now far more common place. Does the Yoga 2 Pro offer enough to stretch ahead of the competition? Read the full review to find out.

Build and Design

The Lenovo IdeaPad Yoga 2 Pro employs the same soft-touch silver plastic coating found on its predecessor; and like the Lenovo IdeaPad Yoga 11S a vibrant clementine colored variant is also available.  The cushy protective layer is easy to grip, offers a clean aesthetic and proves resistant to fingerprint smudges. A thick black rubber trim outlines the chassis and display lid, which helps to stabilize the notebook when entering various modes.

The Deck is comprised of a black plastic with a textured grainy feel. The fine grained texture of the deck is comfortable to the touch, but it also has a propensity for retaining debris while in tablet mode. With its various modes in mind, Lenovo has moved the vital buttons and functions over to the right hand side of the chassis; including a power button, independent volume controls and a lock display/auto-rotate button.

Measuring in at 13″ x 8.6 “0.61” and weighing in at 3.06lbs. the Lenovo Yoga 2 is perfect for travel. The device is noticeably lighter than the competing Dell XPS 12 (3.35lbs.), but high-end ultrabooks like the Samsung ATIV Book 9 (2.56lbs.) and Acer Aspire S7 (2.87lbs.) boast even more portable form factors. Of course those devices don’t offer the same flexible build that the Lenovo IdeaPad Yoga 2 Pro sports either.

Even with its petite frame the Lenovo IdeaPad Yoga 2 still manages to offer an impressive level of durability. The plastic chassis held its form even after a considerable level of pressure was applied. The display lid does flex slightly and rippling does occur on the edges of the display, but the high quality 360 degree display hinge design helps ensure that the device will hold up under the normal wears and tears of travel.

 

Modes

The defining trait for the Yoga series is its 360 degree hinge design. The hinge allows the display to rotate a full 180 degrees to wrap around the entire device and rest the back of the display lid on the bottom portion of the chassis. This allows users to position the notebook into a number of different modes; including Stand mode, Tent mode and Tablet mode.

Laptop Mode Stand Mode
Tent Mode Tablet Mode

 

The Yoga 2 Pro’s auto-rotate function works exceptionally well. Upon changing the position of the display the screen quickly snaps to the correct orientation with minimal delay. Users can also easily disable this function with the lock screen button on the right side of the chassis. While the various modes work as desired, the Lenovo Yoga 2 Pro still feels a bit unwieldy for a tablet. Especially when compared against devices such as the Microsoft Surface Pro 2, which utilizes a detachable keyboard, allowing the device to weigh in at a more manageable 2lbs.

 

Ports

With its miniscule 0.61″ frame it’s not surprising that the Lenovo IdeaPad Yoga offers little in the way of connectivity. The left side of the device features a power jack, a USB 3.0 port, a mini-HDMI connector and a 2-in-1 card reader. The right side is outfitted with a USB 2.0 port and a headphone jack.

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While the lack of ports is understandable, it would have been nice to see Lenovo include a dongle with the device, such as the Samsung Series 9 and Acer Aspire S7 did. Of course users can still purchase a USB dongle on their own and that should help alleviate that device’s lack of connectivity.

 

Display and Speakers

The Lenovo IdeaPad Yoga 2 Pro features a 13.3″ 3200 x 1600-pixel IPS display. By default the Lenovo notebook magnifies apps and web browsers by 200 percent making them easy to view on the high-resolution display. The Yoga 2 Pro offers an exceptional viewing experience with an impressive 290 nits brightness, with sharp detail and vibrant color contrast. Lenovo pits the Yoga 2 Pro”s display as one of the sharpest in the industry, and the high-resolution screen certainly lives up to claim; matching the quality of the Samsung ATIV Book 9 Plus and 13″ MacBook Pro with Retina Display.

As expected from a high-end display the notebook boasts flexible viewing angles. . On the horizontal axis the display holds up at around 170 degrees with no noticeable distortion. The display proves just as flexible on the vertical axis. In heavy or direct lighting the display will produce a glossy sheen causing background images to appear on-screen. However, in normal conditions the viewing experience remains pristine.

The Lenovo IdeaPad Yoga 2 Pro houses a pair of speakers on the bottom right and left front-end of the chassis. Despite being situated on the bottom of the device the speakers are able to produce a steady stream of audio, even when the device is being used as a laptop. In fact, the speakers prove quite boisterous and are able to fill a large room with audio comfortably. The speakers also provide solid quality as the Lenovo IdeaPad Yoga 2 Pro was able to accurately detail a classical track with no noticeable distortion at 100 percent capacity.

 

Keyboard and Touchpad

The Lenovo IdeaPad Yoga 2 Pro houses a full Chiclet island-style LED backlit keyboard. The keyboard itself is indented, likely in an attempt to keep the keys from protruding while in Tablet mode.  Each curved key offers a glossy finish that is smooth to the touch. Key travel is decent considering the slim 0.61″ frame. Any issues that users might have with travel distance are easily remedied by its responsive tactile feedback. Keys quickly snap back into place after being stuck to ensure that users can type quickly and efficiently.

The Yoga 2 Pro offers modest touchpad located to the bottom right of the spacebar. The touchpad is devoid of buttons instead designating the bottom portion of the pad to act a right and left mouse-clicks; as denoted by the small line graphic and slight downward curve of the pad. Its smooth surface allows for frictionless travel. Equipped with Synaptics drivers the touchpad offered consistent performance reading both swipes and multi-finger gestures constantly with no noticeable lag.


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  1. petercraigmartin

    Amongst the cons, you should list the Yoga 2 Pro’s lack of support for active digitizer pens, unlike, e.g., the Sony VAIO Duo 13. This is a *major* shortcoming for users hoping to use the Lenovo in tablet mode for notetaking and drawing and is enough to drive them to the Sony, despite its higher price and lesser specs. Hopefully, this is something Lenovo will remedy in an upcoming model. (The VAIO Pro 13’s additional camera on the underside is a nice extra, too, for scanning documents on the fly. On the Lenovo, an additional camera would have to be located on the keyboard deck.)