Lenovo Yoga 2 Pro Review
Unlike most tablets that have a rear facing camera, the Lenovo Yoga 2 Pro ultrabook only comes with a 1MP front facing camera for self pics and supports video recording/video chatting at 1280x720p resolution. As expected there are no settings in the Windows 8.1 camera interface, except to just take the picture or video. We’re not thrilled the image quality, and at this price point we’d like to see a dedicated rear camera that could take decent pictures and videos.
After checking out the camera app, we were disappointed since nothing was done to improve it. Thankfully, that was just isolated to the camera, as the Photos Hub app in Windows 8.1 receives a modest update. No longer is it a boring place where we simply browse our photos, but we’re now given some editing functions – with some being more useful than others. Under editing mode, we can apply several different filters, while further enhancements can be made to liven up the images more. Specifically, they include controls to adjusting the brightness, contrast, highlights, shadows, color temperature, tint, saturation, color enhancement, and much more.
The Music Hub has now been rebranded as XBOX Music, which thankfully also sees an updated visual presentation. We were always pleased by the Windows 8 music player – mainly because its Modern UI really accentuated the experience. However, with Windows 8.1, it continues to be one of the more appealing music players on any platform, thanks in part to its dynamic presentation. In fact, we really appreciate that it cycles through various photos of the artist/band while a song is being played. As for the audio quality through the front stereo speakers, we’re glad to say that its output is clean, clear, crisp, and mighty strong. Even at the loudest volume setting, it doesn’t emit any strenuous tones or speaker crackling.
Likewise, the XBOX Video hub sees some subtle changes with its layout, but for the most part, the functionality remains intact. For example, not only does it allow us to view content that’s locally stored in the tablet, but we’re also given the opportunity of purchasing content too – that or just renting. Not surprisingly, the Yoga 2 Pro handles high definition videos with no issues whatsoever, even 4K videos, as they look amazing on the 3200x1800 resolution display.