Lenovo Yoga 2 Pro Review8
Interface and Functionality
On the surface, Windows 8.1 is still flashy thanks to all the dynamic live tiles occupying the Start screen, which aggregate content based on what they are. However, there's a little bit more control given to the user when it comes to personalization, seeing that we can now select up to four different tile sizes for better organization across the Start screen – though, the amount of options can vary depending on the app.
You can read further details about the Windows 8.1 platform in our Microsoft Surface Pro 2 review.
Lenovo includes something new called Yoga Picks. Depending on which mode the device is in (laptop, stand, tent, or tablet), you can have it set for easy access to different apps. Some of the apps require a download, but Lenovo does include 4 of them: Phone Companion to share info between your smartphone, Camera Man to take self pics, Chef for accessing on-line recipes and cooking tips, and Photo Touch to customize your photos.
Processor and Memory
Lenovo has taken its cue from the Microsoft Surface Pro 2 and uses Intel 4th Generation processors on the Yoga 2 Pro. You can select from the i3-4010U 1.7GHz Processor, i5-4200U 1.6GHz Processor, and I7-4500U 1.8GHz Processor, with 4GB or 8GB of RAM, and an SSD drive of 128/256/512GB.
Our review unit at $1299 comes with the I7-4500U 1.8GHz Processor, Intel HD Graphics 4400 GPU, 8GB of DDR3 RAM and 256GB SSD, which was plenty fast overall, with only an 8 second cold boot-up time. The Yoga 2 had no problem for running various apps at the same time, as multitasking is its strong point.
Regardless of which one of the 4 modes the Yoga 2 Pro is in (laptop, stand, tent, or tablet), you can easy run Internet Explorer 11, either the touch-friendly one from the Start screen, or the Desktop version – it’s your choice. Both of them are naturally equipped with handling all our web browsing needs, since they're super-fast with page loads, offer instant page rendering, and have smooth navigational controls. And since the Yoga 2 Pro comes running Windows 8.1, you can install other desktop web browsers, such as Chrome or FireFox if you want.
The Yoga 2 Pro comes equipped with Wi-Fi 802.11b/g/n (2.4GHz) for data connection, as well as Bluetooth 4.0. This worked fine for us, though we would think at this price it should also support 5GHz Wi-Fi networks as well. Also, keep in mind that it doesn’t come with built-in wireless mobile-data support (such as 4G LTE), but you can always buy and install a USB data stick for use while on-the-go. For video out, the microHDMI output is easy to use and connects to any HDTV or Monitor with HDMI input.
Lenovo Yoga 2 Pro Review - Interface and Functionality