Lenovo IdeaPad Yoga 2 Pro: one of the best hybrid Ultrabooks on the market
One of the best hybrid Ultrabooks on the market
- Good build quality
- Excellent screen
- Useful as both a laptop and as a tablet
- Single-band Wi-Fi
- Touchpad drivers not comprehensive
- SD cards stick halfway out of the slot
There are only a couple of things we don't like about the Lenovo IdeaPad Yoga 2 Pro (mainly its Wi-Fi module and the touchpad driver), but overall it's a fantastic product that's fun to use. We had no problems using as a laptop, a tablet, and as a display device. Well worth considering if you're after a hybrid Ultrabook and can afford the 2K price.
Price$ 1,999.00 (AUD)
Best Deals (Selling at 1 store)
Lenovo’s IdeaPad Yoga 2 Pro is an Ultrabook with a set of special hinges that allow the screen to tilt all the way over. Because of these hinges, you can switch from a laptop to a tablet with a minimum of fuss, despite the 13.3in size of the unit. Furthermore, it’s a product that still manages to supply a strong configuration, and the key highlight here is a screen with a massive 1800p resolution. The main downside is the $1999 price tag, which could be out of reach of many budgets.
A super high-resolution screen
You might not notice it when you first boot up the Yoga 2 Pro, but its screen has a native resolution of 3200x1800 pixels. This equates to a value of 276 pixels per inch (PPI), which renders text and images beautifully crisp while in the Windows 8 Modern UI. The problem is, when you view the screen in its native form on the Windows desktop, all text and icons look very small. Even if you have excellent eye sight, you will still have to get up close to the screen to see what’s written.
For this reason, Lenovo ships the laptop with the text size set to ‘Larger’ in Windows’ Display settings. This just makes the screen look like it has a regular Full HD resolution rather than the more special 3200x1800 resolution, and it renders all the text and icons on the screen so that they are easily readable. It’s a trade-off of screen real estate for readability, and it’s necessary unless you don’t mind having to strain to read small text.
In its native resolution, the screen’s real estate is so vast it allows you to view almost three Web sites side by side by side, with only one of them being narrow enough to show a horizontal scroll bar. This is a nice novelty, though it can be useful during times when you run applications that display a lot of toolboxes on the screen, for example. You wouldn’t want to use the native resolution without magnification when in tablet mode, mainly because you won’t be able to tap on anything on the desktop with any accuracy. In the Modern UI, the icons and text will still look big and readable regardless of the text setting in the driver settings.
Apart from the high resolution, the panel offers IPS (in-plane switching) technology, which makes its viewing angles wide and comfortable to look at when the Yoga 2 Pro is held as a tablet. It’s also a vibrant and colourful screen, which, despite having a reflective touch panel, isn’t overly prone to reflecting light sources located behind you because it sits so close to the panel. You will still see reflections on dark screens, but we think the brightness level will be high enough to not make them too distracting. As far as touchscreens on hybrid Ultrabooks go, we think it’s one of the best.
Our only gripe with the screen was its automatic brightness changes, which would occur every time we switched from a dark screen to a bright screen. It would take a couple of seconds, but whenever we went from a Web page with a dark background, for example, to a white one, the brightness level changed since the laptop detected we were on a brighter screen. When we went back to the dark screen, the screen dimmed again. It was very frustrating and sometimes even looked like flickering. This had nothing to do with adaptive brightness, which we had already disabled in the Windows power settings. We tracked it down to the power settings in the Intel graphics driver, in which we disabled its own power management.
From a laptop to a tablet
The screen is held to the Yoga 2 Pro’s base by two hinges with dual mounting points that allow the screen to go all the way around the base. It’s these special hinges that allow the Ultrabook to turn into a tablet, and while it’s not a design that’s unique to Lenovo (we also saw one example of it on the low-cost HP Pavilion x360 most recently), we think Lenovo has implemented it very well on this device. It’s a subtle set of hinges that look normal at first glance, and there is nothing that gives away the fact that this Ultrabook is a hybrid (or convertible). It’s not bulky, there are no mechanical switches to fiddle with, and it doesn’t appear as though any compromise has been made in the strength of the Ultrabook and the way it works.
It’s a very smooth pair of hinges that allow the screen to travel all the way around to the other side of the base, and because the Ultrabook weighs in at 1.39kg and has a thickness of 18mm (when the unit is used as a tablet), it doesn’t feel awkward to pick it up and transform it from one form to another. Others might wonder what you are doing, though, and then give an audible ‘ooh’ because they may not expect a laptop to be able to work in such a way.
There are four ways in which Lenovo says you can use this Ultrabook: laptop mode, stand mode, tent mode, and tablet mode. There is a utility installed that can detect the way in which the Ultrabook is positioned, and it brings up a little notification that you can click (or tap) on to see apps that can be used for each particular mode. This notification can be annoying, especially if you change modes often, and the other annoyance is that some of the apps that are listed in Lenovo’s utility link to Intel’s AppUp store, which no longer works.
In stand mode, the Yoga 2 Pro can be rested on its base with the screen facing away from the keyboard; in tent mode, the Yoga 2 Pro rests more like a picture frame with the edges of the base and the lid supporting the weight. Both modes are useful for watching video, with tent mode being particularly useful when resting the device on a desk, and the stand mode being useful when resting the laptop on your chest while lying on the couch, for example.
Using the Yoga 2 pro as a tablet can be a little uncomfortable depending on the orientation that you use. If you hold it in the conventional way with the hinges down and the Lenovo label the right way up, you might block off the air vents that are located on the spine. This can cause the unit to get noticeably hot, though it will depend on the types of tasks that you are running at the time. Web sites that have lots of Flash elements, for example, will cause the CPU to work hard and create more heat. There aren’t any vents on the base, so all the airflow is through the holes in the spine.
Next page: The keyboard, touchpad, connections, performance, and battery life.
Join the Good Gear Guide newsletter!
Microsoft L5V-00027 Sculpt Ergonomic Keyboard Desktop
Epson WorkForce ET-4550
Samsung portable 1TB T3 drive
Epson EcoTank Expression ET-2500
UE Boom 2 Bluetooth speaker
Everki ContemPRO Roll Top Laptop Backpack
Linksys AC5400 MU-MIMO Gigabit router
Smart LED Bulb LB130
Lexar® Portable SSD
3SIXT Ultra HD Sports Action Camera
Google Daydream VR headset
Epson WorkForce DS-360W
Logitech G403 Prodigy mouse
Belkin MIXIT Metallic Lightning to USB Cable
Huawei Mate 9
Lexar® JumpDrive® S45 USB 3.0 flash drive
Acer Swift 7
Lexar® Professional 1800x microSDHC™/microSDXC™ UHS-II cards
HD Pan/Tilt Wi-Fi Camera with Night Vision NC450
Lexar® JumpDrive® C20c USB Type-C flash drive
Audio-Technica ATH-ANC70 Noise Cancelling Headphones
Dell XPS 13 laptop
HP Pavilion x360 13”
Garmin Fenix Chronos smartwatch
Blade 28 backpack by Arc’teryx
Dell Inspiron 5000 series 2-in-1
Surface Pro 4
Most Popular Reviews
- 1 Gigabyte Aorus GA-AX370-Gaming 5 AMD Ryzen AM4 motherboard review
- 2 Kogan curved 4K UHD 55-inch LED LCD TV review
- 3 Panasonic Blu-ray recorder PVR set-top box review
- 4 Garmin Fenix Chronos fitness tracker smartwatch review
- 5 Star Wars Death Star Bluetooth levitating rotating speaker review
Latest News Articles
- More iPad screen sizes unlikely to stop slump
- Android struggling in tablets as Windows 10 2-in-1s come on strong
- Samsung unveils Galaxy Book, a Windows 10 tablet aimed at the Surface-curious
- Everything we think we know about Samsung’s Galaxy Tab S3
- Lenovo's ThinkPad P71 will work with HTC, Oculus VR headsets
PCW Evaluation Team
A smarter way to print for busy small business owners, combining speedy printing with scanning and copying, making it easier to produce high quality documents and images at a touch of a button.
I've had a multifunction printer in the office going on 10 years now. It was a neat bit of kit back in the day -- print, copy, scan, fax -- when printing over WiFi felt a bit like magic. It’s seen better days though and an upgrade’s well overdue. This HP OfficeJet Pro 8730 looks like it ticks all the same boxes: print, copy, scan, and fax. (Really? Does anyone fax anything any more? I guess it's good to know the facility’s there, just in case.) Printing over WiFi is more-or- less standard these days.
As a freelance writer who is always on the go, I like my technology to be both efficient and effective so I can do my job well. The HP OfficeJet Pro 8730 Inkjet Printer ticks all the boxes in terms of form factor, performance and user interface.
I’d happily recommend this touchscreen laptop and Windows 10 as a great way to get serious work done at a desk or on the road.
Ultimately, I think the Windows 10 environment is excellent for me as it caters for so many different uses. The inclusion of the Xbox app is also great for when you need some downtime too!
For me, the Xbox Play Anywhere is a great new feature as it allows you to play your current Xbox games with higher resolutions and better graphics without forking out extra cash for another copy. Although available titles are still scarce, but I’m sure it will grow in time.
- Oppo R9s Plus phone: Full, in-depth review
- Samsung 2017 QLED Q7 TV: Full, in-depth review
- HTC U Ultra phone full, in-depth review
- Which flagship TV is best? Sony 4K HDR Bravia 2016 versus LG 4K HDR OLED 2016
- 10 Blu-ray movies / Best looking Blu-ray movies
- FTSocial Media ExecutiveNSW
- FTSoftware EngineerSA
- TPAnalyst Programmer (.Net)SA
- TPIT Project ManagerNSW
- TPBusiness AnalystVIC
- FTDatabase Modelling SpecialistQLD
- FTJunior Software Engineer - Adelaide Based (PV, NV2 or NV1 required)NSW
- FTPMO Project Analytics and Tools ManagerNSW
- TPMid-Level Java DeveloperNSW
- CCBusiness AnalystQLD
- FTSenior .Net DeveloperVIC
- TPBusiness Change ManagerQLD
- FTSenior Business AnalystNSW
- CCSenior Technical Consultant - MicrosoftACT
- TPDigital Platforms ManagerVIC
- CCDesktop Engineer l WollongongNSW
- TPTechnical Analyst - 6 Month Contract - Great Rates Of PayNSW
- FTSnr Salesforce Technical Consultant/Architect Global IT Company - SydneyNSW
- CCDevops Consultant - 12 month contractVIC
- FTRACF Mainframe Security Analysts / Engineers - Multiple Roles - SydneyNSW
- CC3 x UX Designers - 3 month contract initially - IT Services company - SydneyNSW
- TPBusiness AnalystVIC
- TPSAP Finance LeadQLD
- TPSenior Project OfficerQLD
- FTJunior Applications SupportVIC