In a time when tablets start to threaten the supremacy of laptops, Lenovo Yoga 2 Pro wants to convince us that we can all have the necessary devices in one. With three different ways to use the laptop automatically recognized, it immediately stands out from ultrabook market. The surprises do not end there, however. The following is one of the first ultra-portable that offers a high resolution screen. We will see below how useful are those 3200x1800 pixels on a system running on Windows 8.
Maybe you're not going to believe this, but Lenovo Yoga 2 Pro is an exclusive laptop. Despite the facilities and layout, it has an average price for an ultrabook. I said these things to understand why no exotic materials were used to build its ultra-portable case. It is dressed in a soft-touch plastic. The keyboard is surrounded by a material with synthetic leather. It was necessary to provide stability when the laptop is used in tablet mode or standby mode.
Because of multiple modes of use, the Lenovo Yoga 2 Pro has its starting and volume buttons located on one side. Along with two USB ports, one of them being the 3.0 type, we find a micro HDMI video output, audio jack support for headset and a SD card reader.
Initially I thought I had to do with three USB ports, but power jack of Yoga 2 Pro fooled me. It has almost the same size as the USB socket and the first days of use might bother to plug a stick in it. The netbook has two status LEDs located on and near the power button. None indicates, however, SSD access.
A robust and flexible design so had to come up with a compromise. The keyboard was damaged and can not praise it, as I did for many portable signed by Lenovo. In tablet mode or standby mode, the keyboard sits face down. It is disabled, but it was necessary to touch buttons office. Depending on the skill everyone can write pretty fast with the keyboard, but we do not recommend editing long documents.
- Display: 13.3", 3200x1800, IPS, PenTile
- CPU: Intel Core i5-4200U, 1.6 GHz, 3 MB cache, 2.6 GHz Turbo, dual core, 22 nm, 15 W TDP
- Integrated GPU: Intel HD Graphics 4600
- RAM: 4 GB
- HDD: 128 GB SSD, Samsung MZMTD128HAFV
- Networking: 802.11b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.0
- Battery: 54 Wh
- Dimensions: 330 x 220 x 15.5 mm
- Weight: 1.38 kg
After making the screen hinge, its resolution is the second outstanding feature offered by Lenovo Yoga 2 Pro. The 3200x1800 pixels bring us experience a Retina Display screen ultra-portable. Theoretically, a high pixel density should be sharper and finer in details. In practice, things are not so good and we have many things to say about Yoga 2 Pro's screen.
That said, the destkop have two alternatives. The first is to reduce the screen resolution to 1600x900 pixels, hoping that four physical pixels will play very well on one image pixel. Choosing this seems to be very logical, but in practice things are not so good.
Screen resolution is perfect for an operating system with scalable graphics, but the desktop in Windows 8 does not fall into this category. iOS or Android would be able to take advantage of the high resolution, providing a better visual experience. For Lenovo's Yoga 2 Pro, the manufacturer may well be limited to 1600x900 pixels.
I am aware that Microsoft supports native applications for Windows 8, but in practice, they are not so popular. In particular in the business users have formed a working routine desktop, the full screen apps do not have their place. Lenovo Yoga 2 Pro brings a high resolution screen, but is too early for Windows. In terms of image quality, the panel used by Lenovo is pretty good.
Yoga 2 Pro is a portable platform based on Intel Haswell, Core i5 ULV processor. RAM can go up to 8GB and used a SSD storage. Number of connectors is quite limited due to the thin profile of the laptop. The user might think of a mouse with Bluetooth connectivity. USB 2.0 connector is active on the right side and can be used to charge a portable gadget. For video output you need an adapter, and audio jack can be used for a headset. Touch sensor screen simultaneously recognize up to 10 fingers and above display there is a HD webcam.
For most users, the Lenovo Yoga Ultrabook 2 Pro is powerful enough. Processor together with the SSD from Samsung allows obtaining quite good scores in performance tests.
For many, the Lenovo Yoga 2 Pro has a decent range. 54 Wh battery provides enough hours of work. For multimedia self test I used a full HD movie. We used the system profile Cinema Mode, optimized for viewing movies. With the screen brightness reduced to 80 % and with the wireless card stopped Yoga 2 Pro played movies for four hours and 40 minutes.
To test I used office autonomy Mode Stable profile, which should optimize consumption where possible. I reduced the screen brightness to 65 %, I surfed the Internet and listening to music in the background. The autonomy provided by the ultra - laptop Yoga 2 Pro was five hours and 40 minutes.
Location Lenovo Yoga 2 Pro's speakers sound better when the ultrabook is used in standby mode. The audio quality is decent, and the volume is good for this class of laptops.