Lenovo YOGA Tablet 2 Pro Review
Lenovo has an arsenal of tablets that fit into the Windows ecosystem, but they’re becoming more aggressive in the Android tablet market as well – evident by recent devices like its new Lenovo Yoga Tablet 2 line. Taking charge, the company isn’t backing down one bit, as they intend on becoming an even stronger player with the arrival of its Lenovo Yoga Tablet 2 Pro. Quite simply, it’s one beast of an Android tablet because it pushes the threshold in terms of size with its 13.3-inch display. Not only that, but it’s able to differentiate itself by incorporating a useful pico-projector as well – where it’s gunning to be a productivity beast worthy for the business professional.
The package contains:
- microUSB cable
- microfiber cloth
- Wall charger
- Stereo headphones
- Getting to know guide
It takes the design we’re familiar with in the series to a grander scale.
Uncannily different from most other tablets, the Lenovo Yoga Tablet 2 Pro employs the same unorthodox design that first arrived on the scene with the first Lenovo Yoga Tablet – albeit, it’s on a significantly larger scale. Even though it sports a relatively svelte construction, aside from its cylindrical hinge, this is something that occupies more room in a backpack than the traditional 10-inch tablet. Nevertheless, it still bears an intriguing design that screams sophistication thanks to its metal and plastic combo construction.
Just like the other models in the series, the Yoga Tablet 2 Pro’s kickstand has been marginally improved by offering a full 180-degree rotation, which interestingly enough, is justified for usage with its “hang” mode. We wouldn’t say it’s a practical thing, but the other modes prove to be more effective – especially its stand and tilt modes, which make it great for watching videos and typing. In making the multimedia experience engaging, Lenovo has outfitted it with dual front-firing JBL speakers with Wolfson Master HiFi audio processing and Dolby surround sound – while a 5W subwoofer is positioned in the rear.
It’s generously sized at 13.3-inches, but it’s also accompanied with Quad HD to give it a sharp look.
Android tablets in general rarely push past the 10-inch mark with their screen sizes, but the Lenovo Yoga Tablet 2 Pro very well blasts past that with its ginormous 13.3-inch 2560 x 1440 Quad HD IPS display. Needless to say, there’s a lot to like about the screen, from its impeccably sharp details, to the generous amount of real estate we have to work with, and its decent brightness output of 393 nits, it has enough attractive elements to complement the tablet’s larger-than-normal size. Despite its 7755 K color temperature, which gives the display a colder tone, our eyes do take a liking to the saturated colors it produces. Blessed with that “Pro” touch, the display that’s present here is inviting on so many levels – more so when it exudes the specs of some higher-end models.
Tucked into the one corner of its cylindrical hinge is a discretely placed pico projector that enables the tablet to project whatever is on its display onto any surface, which therefore, adds some versatility to both its multimedia and productivity experiences. With the simple long-press of a button on its side, a 40 to 50 lumen unit delivers a usable projection of up to 50-inches – though, its resolution of 854 x 480 can make it look a bit grainy at times. There’s a slider nearby, too, that allows us to adjust its focus accordingly.
Naturally, it’s a beneficial thing when it comes to sharing content or hosting a presentation, since it’s more practical than using the display. However, its effectiveness is most profound when it’s used in really dark conditions – mainly because its brightness is somewhat underpowered, so it becomes faint when ambient light is present. Another thing we find problematic, is trying to properly position the tablet so that the projection is flat. And since the tablet is prone to sliding when the kickstand is up, so that the tablet is in its “tilt” mode, it becomes rather tough trying to interact with the tablet without disrupting the projection.
Overall, it’s a useful feature that we really don’t mind having on board, especially when it’s such a rare feature. Sure, it begs the question whether or not it’s a practical thing to have in a tablet, as opposed to a separate or dedicated unit, but the fact remains that having it despite some complications in finagling it is still better than not having it at all.