Lenovo IdeaPad Yoga 2 Pro switches easily from laptop to tent to tablet

This 13.3in Ultrabook is one of the sweetest hybrids on the market

  • We've been playing with Lenovo's sleek new 13.3in Ultabook for almost one week now, and there is a heck of a lot to like about it. Apart from being capable of being used as a laptop or tablet, it also houses impressive specs, including a super-high-res screen. Here it is as a regular laptop.

  • The hinges on this Ultrabook are the reason it's so versatile. You can easily tilt the screen back and put the unit into 'stand mode', which is good for watching video while resting the unit on your chest, for example.

  • In tablet mode, the Yoga 2 Pro is 18mm thick and quite easy to handle due to weighing 1.39kg. It feels well balanced overall.

  • There is one more mode Lenovo is touting, and that's 'tent mode'. This is the best when it comes to watching video while resting the Ultrabook on a desk with the keyboard out of the way. As you change modes, a little notification appears on the screen to tell you about it and offer suggestions as to which apps you can use through the Modern UI.

  • You can see how thin the Yoga 2 Pro is in this shot. There isn't much to be found on the sides, with one USB 2.0 port on this side, along with a headset port, and volume and power buttons.

  • The other side has some more useful features, including USB 3.0, full-sized SD, micro-HDMI, and the power port.

  • Nothing to speak on on the front. It has tapered edges that make the latch-less lid easy to separate from the base.

  • Speakers are located on the bottom and can be easily muffled, but they sound good considering the thin styling of the body.

  • The keyboard and touchpad are comfortable to use, though there is a column of page navigation keys to the right of the Backspace and Enter keys that might take some getting used to. Unlike ThinkPad models, IdeaPads don't have a TrackPoint device. Worth mentioning that the palm rest on this Ultrabook has a faux leather texture that feels soft and provides grip.

  • The screen is a big talking point. It has a resolution of 3200x1800 pixels, which, on the 13.3in size, works out to be 276 pixels per inch (PPI). It can be incredibly difficult to see without enlarging the text and icons in the Windows 8 Display settings, but it's a super-crisp screen that looks great when using the Modern UI, and since it's IPS, its angles are wide.

  • Inside the Yoga 2 Pro's base, you get a Core i7 CPU, 8GB of RAM and a 256GB SSD. Check out our [[artnid:542266|full review]] for all the details on this hybrid Ultrabook.

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