Lenovo Yoga 2 Pro vs. MacBook Pro: Yoga 2 is the Perfect Upgrade and Ultrabook

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By Precious Silva | September 19, 2013 4:01 PM EST

In 2012, Lenovo hit jackpot with the Yoga. It has become one of the best Windows 8 convertibles around. This year, Lenovo releases another installment through the Yoga 2 Pro. With an extremely high resolution on top, the Yoga 2 Pro takes charge. It is one of the best upgrades and ultrabooks around. 

The Yoga 2 Pro is a little thicker compared to the 2012 model although it is lighter. Despite the supposed thicker design, the Yoga 2 Pro still feels thinner because it sports tapered edges. The top and bottom edges of the Yoga 2 curves somewhat. They are not as starkly compared to the design of the MacBook Air. 

The new design makes it easier to pick and hold compared to the original generation. 

Screen 

The Yoga 2's screen is excellent. All models sport a QHD+ 3200x1800 display. The resolution is higher compared to Asus' Zenbook refresh and Toshiba's Kirabook which were at 2560x1440. The device also has higher resolution compared to the 1080p of the Aspire 7 and the Vaio Pro. Users will find the screen as bright and vibrant. This has been a concern for many particularly for screen that have high pixel density. It reportedly has brighter screen compared to the Kirabook. 

Fourth Generation Haswell and Improved Specs 

The second generation Yoga also sported some improvements. The device now features nondescript rubber rim all over the edge of the lid. This prevents the laptop from slipping on hard surfaces especially when in tent mode. 

Yoga also comes with a backlit keyboard. Instead of the click button on the previous model, the home button is now a touch key found on the bottom center of the display. The power button can be found on the side of the device. Lenovo placed it on the side instead of the front to prevent accidental presses. 

Other specs reveal why the Yoga 2 Pro is an ultrabook. These include: 4th generation Haswell Core chips up to i7, 512GB SSD and 8GB RAM. The official brightness of the display is 350 nits. The company claims the device can run up to 6 hours without charging. That is low compared to other Haswell products but it may be due mainly on the screen. The display can take up as much battery life. 

Lenovo wants a starting of $1100 for standard configurations including QHD+ screen, a Core i5, 128GB SSD, and 4GB RAM.

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