Yoga 2 Pro has landed

by Volker Weber


I have been doing most of work this year on a Lenovo Yoga 11. That's an RT machine. This year Lenovo has decided to go Windows 8.1 all the way. So I am replacing the Yoga 11 with the Yoga 2 Pro. You are going to hear a lot more in the coming days and weeks, but look at this: backlit keyboard. And what a gorgeous one. Screen resolution: 1800. That's 1800 lines of 3200 pixels each. Imagine that, more than a MacBook Pro Retina. With touchscreen. Convertible to a tablet. And the other Yoga positions. Wheeezeeeee.

Update 1: Just two hours later, I am not so sure about the machine anymore. The reason is Windows and all the crapware that Lenovo loads onto the machine. It's dragging me back into the Windows of old. To me, WinRT is the future and Win32 is the past. I know it still rules, but it's not the world I live in. I load Win32 in a virtual machine if I have to. But I don't want to deal with it daily.

That's why I love the Lenovo 11 and the Microsoft Surface. They are simple. They just work. Yes, there is still a Desktop on RT, but it's only there until Microsoft has METROed Office.

I think I need to install all my Metro apps and look the other way. Then I can start to like this one as well.

Update 2: I did just that. I removed all the crapware that was pre-installed and reduced Windows 8.1 to what Microsoft wants it to be. Then I activated Office which was already installed. Installed some of my apps from the Windows store. And now it's "mine".

Lenovo Yoga 2 Pro Desktop

You have to click through to Flickr to get an idea of the pixel count. This display is incredibly sharp. It might be even more visible when you look at this screenshot of Microsoft Word.

Microsoft Word on Lenovo Yoga 2 Pro


Windows 8.1 Pro... dass da mal nicht die Hölle zufriert!

Ingo Seifert, 2013-11-20 16:35


Volker Weber, 2013-11-20 16:42

Very pretty. I have a number of customers waiting for the Thinkpad-badged 'professional' version of the Yoga. I'm guessing this is it.

Stuart McIntyre, 2013-11-20 16:50

No, that would be the Thinkpad Yoga. That is a weaker, more corporate machine.

Volker Weber, 2013-11-20 16:53

Unofrtunately no 5 GHz WLAN, so a no-go in my office building. I honestly cannot understand why there are still new machines that do not support both WLAN bands.

Peter Daum, 2013-11-20 16:59

Would be interesting to see you put this head to head with the updated helix and X3 (or X4 or whatever they call it).

John Head, 2013-11-20 17:26

Finally. I still need to get my hands on one of those for some 1st hand experience. Did they fix the yellow hue issue when running the default power management settings? Yellow reportedly looked like pea soup. Only way to fix that was turning the brightness up, which in turn would decrease battery life noticeably.

Gorgeous device otherwise.

Titanium or clementine?

Marc Beckersjürgen , 2013-11-20 17:58

VLC ist ein Plus, und Office Remote geht....

Max Nierbauer, 2013-11-20 21:28

Windows 8 really is holding back some great hardware.

Eric Hancock, 2013-11-23 16:54

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