Lenovo Yoga 2 Pro: not just a foldable ultrabook




By Jelle Stuip , Saturday, September 14, 2013 08:00, replies: 16 , views: 13,549 • Feedback

When Windows 8 was released a year ago, producers were looking for the ideal version of a convertible laptop. Lenovo was the only manufacturer that a laptop built with a 360 degree swivel screen. This built a convertible that had everything looks like a ‘classic’ laptop. Only when the screen was completely folded, there was a tablet. Along the way you came then between two shapes against, called Lenovo Tent and Stand.

The laptop in question is of course Lenovo Yoga, which came with screen diagonals of 11 and 13 inches. The 11-inch version came with a Tegra 3 processor and Windows RT initially alone, but is also available with Windows 8 and a faster Intel processor recently. The 13-inch model was to be delivered from the outset with an Ivy Bridge processor and got on the IFA a successor in the form of Yoga 2 Pro.
Lenovo Yoga 2 Pro: not just a foldable ultrabook

Hardware: big upgrade

Lenovo has the hardware of the Yoga Pro 2 over its predecessor a large upgraded. The original Yoga got an Ivy Bridge processor it, but after the release of Intel’s Haswell processor this summer, it is no surprise that Lenovo for processors from the new generation has chosen. The test model was on the market was equipped with a Core i7 processor, but probably get the entry model in due course with a Core i5 processor.

Haswell is now no longer special, but the screen mounted in Yoga 2 is still, up to 3200×1800 pixels counts the panel, according to Lenovo has a screen brightness of 350cd / m². This resolution is a quadrupling of the work surface relative to the 1600×900 resolution in the first Yoga, which would have cost us not to complain. The colors of the IPS panel in the Yoga 2 look good and together with the high brightness and excellent viewing angles, we can count the screen to the most interesting innovations of the laptop. That resolution indeed delivers incredibly sharp images, but the difference in sharpness between a full HD screen and the screen on the Yoga 2 on the eye a lot smaller than the difference between, say, 1366×768 and 1920×1080 pixels.

Lenovo Yoga 2

The pixel race appears so broken, more and more manufacturers screens with extremely high resolutions on small screen sizes. At IFA we came Sony’s 15.5 “screen with a 2880×1620 pixel resolution and Asus’ Zenbook screen with 2560×1440 pixels already has at least chosen to fit the screen. With the highest available resolution against. Lenovo

Thanks to the Haswell processor, the Yoga 2 omspringen need a lot more efficient than the previous Yoga with energy. We have not tested it, obviously on the show floor but according to Lenovo, the laptop last nine hours on one battery charge. This would hold out a Yoga 2 hours longer than the Yoga 1. despite the higher screen resolution, the control typically more energy burned.

Lenovo ThinkPad Yoga

In hardware field, the Yoga so significantly upgraded, but Lenovo’s Yoga largely remained the same on the outside. Yoga 2 is 1.5 millimeters thinner and become 150 grams lighter, but that is on the outside not immediately visible. The large hinges tables are still clearly visible on the outside of the laptop and are tested according to Lenovo opened and closed 25,000 times to be. Yoga 2 we tested opened and closed therefore tidy but a copy of the ThinkPad Yoga, which was also on the show floor, was affected by a screen that does not fit right on the rest of the body.

Lenovo Yoga 2

The keyboard, finally, is not changed and is slightly curved keys and a smooth stop. The keyboard that Lenovo used for business ThinkPad laptops, we found still more flexible tip. Around the keyboard and the palm rest is still used a rubbery to the touch kind of plastic that feels firm. The only notable innovation is the lighting of the keys, that had not yet Yoga 1.

Flip: Stand, Tent, Tablet, Laptop

Lenovo Yoga modussen It regularly happens that we have a convertible ultrabook getting their hands and do not know exactly what to do with all the different modes in which we can put it. Apparently knew the users of the original Yoga also not quite what to do with the foldable screen, because in Lenovo’s marketing campaign for the Yoga 2 Pro is emphasized that the laptop can be in four ‘modes’ used: Stand, Tent, Tablet and Laptop.

To get those four functions a bit more justice Lenovo now offers Yoga picks app note which recommends a mode apps. When opening the app detects which mode you are working and then displays a list of recommended apps in there. In the ordinary Laptop Mode, for example, recommended software like Evernote, while in the Standby mode, Skype and VLC are displayed. Tent mode would be ideal for use in the kitchen. For that use Lenovo recommends therefore a ‘chef-app’, which includes recipes. We have not tested it, but when an app is selected, it automatically appears on the home screen. The list of recommended apps is then replenished with recommended apps that are not yet installed.

Another new feature on the Yoga 2 is gesture control, which is conducted fairly basic, but does what it should do. A number supplied by Lenovo apps, including the chef app, supports control via gestures. In addition, a wipe in the air strikes a page in the virtual cookbook and in this way, it is also possible to browse. By a photo collection Also videos can be started with a hand gesture and stopped. For some reason it takes a while before gesture control works in an app. After starting the Boss app a notification that gesture control is active. Appears after a few seconds at the top right For quick browsing through a book or folder is unfortunate that it takes to turn. Webcam and its software in

Voice control voor het nemen van een foto op de Yoga 2

The operation with voice and gestures do what they should do. The voice control worked remarkably well in the noisy exhibition hall where the Yoga commands well picked. Yoga 2 however, interprets the commands such as Apple’s Siri does, so you’re limited to a fixed number of sentences. These sentences are not always practical. ‘One, two, three … cheese ‘is quite a story to hang. against the laptop Secondly, it you are able to from a distance to take pictures.
Preliminary conclusion

Lenovo has the Yoga 2 Pro a completely new ultrabook built but thoroughly improved the existing Yoga. The processor is faster and more economical, the weight of the Yoga is dropped and the battery life has just been extended. The screen looks good. The resolution of 3200×1800 pixels is sometimes exaggerated, and the difference with lower resolutions is not easily seen. 13 inch Fact is that it’s just a very good screen, with the highest resolution currently available on a laptop.

The housing and design have remained virtually unchanged. For users who have not Yoga, or just have purchased because of the unique baffle construction so nothing changes. For the doubters with Lenovo Yoga Picks and voice and gesture control the right ingredients added to make.’s Ultrabook interesting Do not expect a whole new user experience, Lenovo what you want to believe, you find yourself a second Tom Cruise in Minority report. However, it does what it should do and the software ensures that Yoga is not only an ultrabook with a flip screen, but can actually be used. Convertible as
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