Yoga 2 Pro Thread

Yoga 2 Pro

2013 MBA

2013 rMBP

Price

$1099

$1099

$1499

Dimensions

12.99" x 8.66" x 0.61"

12.8" x 8.94" x 0.68"

12.35" x 8.62" x 0.75"

Weight

3.06 pounds

2.96 pounds

3.57 pounds

Keyboard

Backlit

Backlit

Backlit

Processor

i5-4200U

i5-4250U

Core i5 (non-U)

RAM

4 GB DDR3

4 GB 1600MHz LPDDR3

8 GB 1600 MHz LPDDR3

Graphics

Intel HD 4400

Intel HD 5000

?

Screen Size

13.3" glossy

13.3" glossy

13.3" glossy

Resolution

3200 x 1800 (350-nit)

1440 x 900 (300-nit)

2560 x 1600 (300 nit)

Storage

128 GB SSD

128 GB SSD - PCIE

128 GB SSD - PCIE

Networking

802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.0

802.11 b/g/n/ac, Bluetooth 4.0

802.11 b/g/n/ac, Bluetooth 4.0

Ports

USB 3.0 x1, USB 2.0 x2, micro HDMI out, headphone

USB 3.0 x2, Mini DisplayPort out, Thunderbolt, SDXC card slot, headphone

HDMI out, USB 3.0 x2, Mini DisplayPort out, Thunderbolt x 2, SDXC card slot, headphone

Webcam

720p

720p

1080p? (rumoured)

Operating System

Windows 8.1

OS X Mountain Lion

OS X Mavericks

Battery Life

6 hrs HD video

9 hrs idle

(150 nits)

12 hours

?

Form Factor

Convertible (Laptop, Tent, Stand, Tablet)

Clamshell

Clamshell

Touch Screen

Yes

No

No

The last thread got off to a bit of a rough start. Let's keep this clean, and keep it about the devices.

I am genuinely excited about the Yoga 2 Pro. I thought the 360 degree hinge on the OG Yoga was excellent engineering and still do. I truly think it's the best form factor for a convertible/hybrid/2-in-1/whatever-you-want-to-call-it.

However, no product is perfect, and I would like to discuss the pros/cons. I've included the the Macbook Air and Retina Macbook Pro for comparison. I know they're not windows laptops, I know they're not convertibles, I know they don't have touch-screens. They do represent a good comparison point for what you can get for your $, and they also represent my runner-up choices. So let's not waste time frivolously debating the merits of a touch-screen convertible - this is purely about a battle of laptops. Let's have some quality discussion about hardware.

Some concerns I have:

Despite packing a killer display at a lower price than the rMBP, I worry about the performance of pushing so many pixels, especially when Lenovo opted for the lesser Intel HD 4400.

Is Windows 8.1 scaling adequate enough to make that resolution actually usable? And is the hardware inside the Yoga 2 Pro powerful enough to drive that panel at graphics-intensive tasks?

Norman Chan of Tested.com

Battery life will also be a major concern. While Lenovo has been quoted saying the Yoga 2 Pro should get between 6-9 hours of battery life, I'll hold off for real-world testing from many different users before purchasing.

Networking is also a slight concern. 802.11n should perform just fine given the internet speed most people receive in their homes - 802.11ac would have been nice, especially since many flagship smart phones will launch with it this year.. The lack of support for 5 GHz is a let-down and could be deal-breaker for those in dense urban areas where many networks overlap.

The other slight performance enhancements such as a PCIE SSD, LPDDR3 RAM, and double the execution units in the iGPU gives the Macbooks an edge. I don't need this to be a workhorse, however, and if performance comes back as satisfactory, I'll be getting one.

What do you think? Let me know if I've made any errors.

*Update* Check out the forum at NoteBookReview.com for problems/reviews from owners: http://forum.notebookreview.com/ideapad-essential/731070-yoga-2-pro-release-thread.html

Good review from MobileGeeks: