PROS / This tablet PC features a nine-hour battery life, 4th gen Intel Core Processor, solid-state drive and the option to use the device in four different modes.
CONS / The USB 2.0 port is a charging-only port, and the large size makes using this as a tablet a bit cumbersome.
VERDICT / The Yoga can swivel 360 degrees, making it functional in any situation. This combined with Microsoft Office and Windows 8.1 gives you a machine built for multitasking.
Editor's note: A newer version of this product is available. We will evaluate, rank and review the new version of this product when we next update the Tablet PC reviews.
The Lenovo Yoga 2 Pro is the best tablet PC because of its unbeatable screen resolution, the latest Intel Core processor and incredible graphics. The Yoga is a highly versatile Windows tablet PC, as its hinges allow you to use the device in four different modes: laptop, tent, stand and tablet. All of these components combined easily make this the Top Ten Reviews Gold Award winner.
The second you turn on the Lenovo Yoga, it's apparent that this screen has a much more brilliant resolution than your last laptop. With a high resolution of 3200 x 1800 pixels, the QHD+ image quality on the 13.3-inch screen is higher than any others in our lineup. QHD+, relatively new to the market, is a resolution that has four times as many pixels as the regular HD resolution of 1600 x 900 pixels. Viewing photos and video is a real treat on this device. Watching movies is enjoyable mainly because the visual quality is so impressive. And with up to nine hours of battery life, you'll be able to watch a couple movies before needing to plug back in.
The Yoga 2 Pro has a speedy 1.7GHz processor powered by the newest 4th gen Intel Core i3. You can check email, run a presentation and do video all at the same time. Downloading apps and documents is also a quick process. Feeling safe and secure is important, so Lenovo made sure to include McAfee antivirus protection, Lenovo OneKey to back up your data and an Absolute Data Protect program. This program is a 90-day free trial LoJack that can locate your computer if it's stolen.
The Yoga comes standard with a 128GB solid-state drive, though you can choose an upgraded model with up to 512GB. The difference between a solid-state drive and the usual hard disk drive that comes with most laptops is that the solid-state drive has no moving components. This makes a solid-state drive more shock resistant, quieter and most important, faster. The Yoga is available with 4GB of RAM, which is upgradeable to 8GB.
Lenovo's patented hinges enable the Yoga to flip and fold 360 degrees into laptop, tent, stand and tablet modes. The backlit keyboard automatically locks at 180 degrees, so there is no need to worry about accidentally pressing keys on the keyboard while in tablet, tent or stand mode. When in tablet mode, holding the device can be a bit awkward because you do press the keys and the track pad. It is simpler to use when it's laid flat on a desk or counter. The keys are conveniently recessed below the palm rest so when the Yoga is in tablet or stand mode, you aren't resting the device on the keyboard. The edges of the keyboard are made so as to not slide around, which will keep your keyboard from being scratched. If that doesn't ease your concerns, there is also a case that covers the keyboard.
Laptop mode is self-explanatory. When set up with the keyboard up front, the device works like your average touchscreen laptop. Tent mode comes in handy if you need to show a video clip or want to swivel the device quickly so that a co-worker can see the screen.
We used stand mode quite a bit during testing because we found it to be the best mode for watching movies, reading eBooks and video conferencing. You can watch video in any mode, but it can be nice to have the screen close if you want to watch while on an airplane or in close quarters. If you use this device off the clock, stand mode can be convenient when doing projects such as baking. Tent mode is also great for this, because in both of these modes the keyboard has protection from sticky surfaces or small substances that might fall between the keys.
The 360-degree movement can be helpful, but we were disappointed in how wobbly the screen can feel in laptop and stand mode. When pushing on the touchscreen, the hinges would bounce slightly. The Yoga appears to be sturdy, but it was unnerving to experience this movement.
Lenovo's Yoga 2 Pro has a basic webcam that records 720p. It's great for conference calls, but not ideal for recording home video. There is no rear-facing camera, but this isn't an issue since the Yoga can turn 360 degrees, facing the camera any direction you want. This computer also comes standard with Microsoft Office, a 2.0 charging-only USB port, full 3.0 USB port, micro HDMI, memory card reader, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth.
Lenovo has plenty of apps that work with the different modes in the Windows app store. Also included are voice and motion control features. Motion control was not the easiest to use. Flipping through photos and the pages of a book was the simplest task, but when zooming in or out you may end up turning the volume up and down instead of zooming. Motion control was simple to turn on, at least, because there is an icon on the home menu clearly labeled "Lenovo Motion Control." Lenovo also has tutorials on how to use these features, but based on some of our issues, we're not sure how helpful those are. This feature will require extra time to get the hang of it.
Help & Support
The Yoga 2 Pro comes standard with a one-year warranty, and plenty of help and support. Lenovo customer service is always helpful and thoroughly answers most questions. If you're ever in need of repair or service, you'll find a plethora of service and repair centers across the United States.
Lenovo has created a multifunctional, user-friendly tablet PC that will only enhance your work life. With a quick processor that encourages multitasking, Microsoft Office for presentations and reports and an all-day battery, the Yoga 2 Pro is a great tablet PC.