Lenovo Yoga 2 Pro review

By Daniel Harvey - Oct 25, 2013

Lenovo has a new multi functioning Ultrabook on the market called the ‘Lenovo Yoga 2 Pro’. It is probably given the name Yoga because the machine can adapt and bend into a multiple different variations to suit the user’s needs. The Lenovo Yoga 2 Pro can be adapted into four different modes which include the traditional laptop mode, tablet, tent, and stand. This seems to be the direction most electronic companies are trending towards, a device that is not simply one thing but has multiple functions and uses. Let’s look at some of the specifications of the device.

The Lenovo Yoga 2 Pro is powered by an i7 Haswell CPU, with 8GB of RAM, and has 250GB SSD storage. The display is a 13.3” LCD with 3200 x 1800 screen resolution for a crystal clear and defined image. The Keyboard comes with a backlight that can be enabled or disabled for the user’s preference. The device comes with multiple USB ports, an SD card reader and micro HDMI out. Pretty impressive specifications considering the price of the device which is being marketed around $1200 depending where you purchase the device. So what are some of the pro and cons and things that perhaps need to worked on?

lenonvo yoga 2 pro variations

The screen resolution is a delight and displays even the smallest images or print with a distilled clarity, the only minor issue concerns colour which I will comment upon later. The Keyboard backlight is also a nice addition to the product, it makes the device aesthetic both modern and trendy. The machine runs rather fast and is remarkably silent even with all the CPU’s running a full capacity. It also seems to be a well-constructed hardy device that allows the user to transform efficiently between the four different modes of use.

Some of the negative features of the device includes (unfortunately) battery life. The average battery life of the device once it is unplugged from an energy resource is approximately between 4 to 5 hours which is rather disappointing considering it is run on Haswell and therefore many people would have expected a much larger battery life. Another important issue that has a decidedly negative impact upon the device is that the user will not be able to replace either the SSD, memory, or the battery. Everything is built into the machine to keep it small and compact, but denies the user the capability to upgrade their device.

lenovo yoga 2 pro exterior

Some people have also complained on laptop discussion forums about the colour on the display. Primarily, the issue seems to be that Yellows do not show up very bright and have even be described as being a muddy brownish colour. This could have ramifications for the user if the purpose of the laptop is for graphics and design work.

Overall the Lenovo Yoga 2 Pro is excellent device to add to the market both considering price and the specifications.

Will you be purchasing the Lenovo Yoga 2 Pro? Do you like the fact they you can switch between different modes of use? Check out what we have previously written on the Lenovo Yoga 2 Pro here.

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  • It’s strange that this review brings up forum discussions about poor color reproduction, but doesn’t actually weigh in with a hands-on assessment. I came here because of this very issue, to see what a professional reviewer thought of the color problem, how severe it was, etc. Instead, he reports on how it’s been “described” in forums. I guess the meaning of what constitutes a “review” has changed.

    • Ami Lni

      Couldn’t agree more. AFAIK the problem is not hardware related, thank god. And Lenovo is going to release a permanent fix pretty soon. So this is not really a big issue.

      • I’ve been following a couple threads about the issue, and I haven’t seen clear evidence that Lenovo is going to release a fix, but I’m hopeful because I’d like to buy one of these. But most reports seem to be from conversations with customer service folks at Lenovo, and include conflicting information. Basically, I was looking for a professional reviewer’s opinion on the extent of the problem here (since all the forum reports are fairly ambiguous), and was disappointed to find just a reiteration of online reports.

  • Saveda

    Although it’s difficult and the information is not disclosed, the sad hard drive can be replaced by removing the torx screws from the case. In fact, a second mSSD can be added. However, your warranty may be voided.

    • Ron

      It does not show space for a second mSSD based on the maintenance manual I downloaded from Lenovo’s web site. I viewed picture shown on page 44 of the Yoga 2 Pro hardware maintenance manual and it does not show a second slot like the original Yoga. I even viewed the picture at 500% to make sure. I do, however agree, that it is removable since it illustrates how to so on page 44 of the hardware maintenance manual.