The Lenovo Yoga 2 Pro is a great notebook.

The Yoga 2 pro includes a good keyboard and a very nice touchpad.

Lenovo 59394180 Yoga 2 Pro Convertible Ultrabook Tablet (Intel Core i7-4500U Processor, 8GB RAM, 256GB HDD, Windows 8.1), Silver Grey

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  • And let's cap this off by talking about Haswell and its implications on the Yoga 2 Pro. From our testing, mobile Haswell's advantage over mobile Ivy Bridge lies in two areas: battery life and graphics performance. Both of these are mitigated by the 3200x1600 resolution panel. A 6-hour battery claim by the laptop maker in the post-Haswell world is nothing to boast about, and my fear is that the Yoga 2 Pro's lifespan will be shorted to under 4 hours when doing processor-intensive tasks. Lenovo was also intentionally vague about the exact specs of the $1100 base model. It'll come with 128GB of storage, 4GB of RAM (upgradable to 8GB), and an as-yet unnamed Haswell processor (also upgradable to Core i7). The unknown Haswell chip is what bugs me the most. It's reasonable to assume that it's a Core i5 processor and not an i3, but there are three models of Intel Core i5 ULT processors, of which only two run Intel's HD 5000 graphics. Assuming it's the (the same one in this year's base model MacBook Air 13), you'll be able to do some light gaming on the Yoga 2 Pro at a downscaled resolution. According to , the i5-4250U with HD 5000 can run StarCraft at 38FPS at the MacBook Air 13's 1440x900 resolution, at medium settings. But scaling to any non-native resolution on an LCD never looks as good as native res, and without discrete graphics, you'll unlikely ever play new 3D games at 3800x1800 on the Yoga 2 Pro.

    As I mentioned in the beginning, we have the base version of the Yoga 2 Pro here, with an Intel Core i5-4200U Haswell processor, 4 GB of RAM and a 128 GB SSD. Despite that, it’s been more than capable of handling my everyday activities and also movies or a few games. And if you need more oomph, you can spec up this ultrabook up to a Core i7-4500U processor, 8 GB of RAM and a 512 GB SSD. One thing to have in mind though: upgrade possibilities are close to nil on this laptop, so make sure to get what you need from starters.

  • The Lenovo IdeaPad Yoga 2 Pro is summed up by the terms innovative hinge and brilliant screen. If those are what you are looking for, then by all means grab one and extensively try it out. That said, the current Editors' Choice Samsung Ativ Book 9 Plus is a better touch-screen ultrabook overall with a similar brilliant QHD+ screen. The Yoga 2 Pro is innovative because of its flexible usage scenarios, but its overall weight and bulkiness keeps it from getting our highest recommendation. If you can't quite give up the clamshell form factor, the Yoga 2 Pro is well worth trying out, but please hold on to your receipt if you're expecting an -like experience from the Yoga 2 Pro's Tablet mode.

    The Lenovo IdeaPad Yoga 2 Pro is summed up by the terms innovative hinge and brilliant screen. If those are what you are looking for, then by all means grab one and extensively try it out. That said, the current Editors' Choice Samsung Ativ Book 9 Plus is a better touch-screen ultrabook overall with a similar brilliant QHD+ screen. The Yoga 2 Pro is innovative because of its flexible usage scenarios, but its overall weight and bulkiness keeps it from getting our highest recommendation. If you can't quite give up the clamshell form factor, the Yoga 2 Pro is well worth trying out, but please hold on to your receipt if you're expecting an -like experience from the Yoga 2 Pro's Tablet mode.

    PCMark7 3DMark06 3DMark11 ATTO (top disk speeds)
    Lenovo IdeaPad Yoga 2 Pro (1.6GHz Core i5-4200U, Intel HD 4400) 4,676 5,688

    E1,713 / P914 / X281

    546 MB/s (reads); 139 MB/s (writes)
    Samsung ATIV Book 9 Lite (1.4GHz "quad-core" processor, AMD Radeon HD 8250) 2,060 2,814

    E749 / P530

    550 MB/s (reads); 139 MB/s (writes)
    Lenovo IdeaPad U430 Touch (1.6GHz Core i5-4200U, Intel HD 4400) 3,845 4,499

    E1,448 / P742

    113 MB/s (reads); 110 MB/s (writes)
    Samsung ATIV Book 9 Plus (1.6GHz Core i5-4200U, Intel HD 4400) 4,973 5,611

    E1,675 / P867 / X277

    547 MB/s (reads); 508 MB/s (writes)
    Acer Aspire S7-392 (1.6GHz Intel Core i5-4200U, Intel HD 4400) 5,108 5,158

    E1,724 / P952 / X298

    975 MB/s (reads); 1.1GB/s (writes)
    Sony VAIO Pro 13 (1.6GHz Intel Core i5-4200U, Intel HD 4400) 4,502 4,413

    E1,177 / P636 / X203

    1.04 GB/s (reads); 479 MB/s (writes)
    Sony VAIO Duo 13 (1.6GHz Core i5-4200U, Intel HD 4400) 4,440 6,047

    E1,853 / P975 / X297

    546 MB/s (reads); 139 MB/s (writes)
    Sony VAIO Pro 11 (1.8GHz Core i7-4500U, Intel HD 4400) 4,634 N/A

    E1,067 / P600 / X183

    558 MB/s (reads); 255 MB/s (writes)

  • Specifications (base version)
    Manufacturer Lenovo
    Model name Yoga 2 Pro
    CPU type Intel Core i5-4200U
    CPU speed 1600 Mhz
    Graphics Intel HD 4400
    OS Microsoft Windows 8.1
    Display Size
    13.3" 3200 X 1800
    Screen Type
    LED-Backlit LCD Touch Technology
    Multi-touch
    RAM 4096 MB
    SSD 128 GB
    Battery capacity 54 (Wh)
    Weight 1400g / 49.4 oz.
    Size (w/h/d mm) 330/16/99.9 mm
    Size (w/h/d inches) 13/0.6/3.9

    And if the Yoga 2 Pro is actually shipping with the i5-4200U with Intel HD 4400 graphics, don't even think about anything other than running games on their lowest settings or playing casual games. But hey, on that GPU.

The Yoga 2 Pro includes a 3,200 x 1,800 resolution display.

The , a laptop with a screen that bends all the way back to become a tablet, was the hybrid that actually gave the category a good name. All good things must come to an end, though, and in the Yoga's case that end comes with a new beginning: the Yoga 2 Pro.