Lenovo Yoga 2 Pro Review
Interface and Functionality
All of the Lenovo Yoga 2 Pro models come running Windows 8.1 (64-bit) expect for the top model that run Windows 8.1 Pro (you can compare the differences here). This means that you can run regular desktop programs (32 and 64 bit).
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.
Internet and Connectivity
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.