The Yoga 2 Pro arrived three days ago and I've spent two days picking at it and laying down a fresh OS on it (to erase the Lenovo bloat).
I suppose I should open with the positive. It's tiny, lightweight, feels sturdy, converts easily, touch screen works great, and the machine has pep. It computes and the wife is pleased so I guess you could say goals have been met.
The following are my random musings about the system.
1. The system doesn't come with any restore media. It only comes with a restore partition. I went out and bought 16GB USB3 stick and used the Windows 8/8.1 Recovery (in control panel) to backup up the restore partition. Surface is similar in this regard and I know many vendors have been opting out of physical media for years and yet it still irks me. I ended up pulling a copy of 8.1 Pro from my TechNet sub to do the reinstall.
2. There was no Certificate of Authenticity on it with the Windows 8.1 Pro key. You'll need a separate program (ProduKey
) to see it. That being said the key is embedded into the UEFI of the laptop and during a fresh install of Windows it will automatically enter/submit that key for activation. Minor thing, but I'm old fashioned I guess.
3. The system had two user exposed partitions (C: & D:) and the D: driver carried the applications and drivers installed on the system. These - in premise - need to be backed up onto the same external media as the recovery partition. Of course Lenovo has all of the drivers on their website. The only thing they don't have is the sole application: McAfee.
4. The system has many built in devices. In summary: Intel Bluetooth, wifi, chipset, dynamic platform and thermal framework, smart connect technology, management engine interface, and HD graphics. Realtek Audio and cardreader. Synaptics touchpad. Lenovo virtual power controller.
That's just what I ended up re-installing into the device. The device ships with more devices than that with a driver installed, IMO needlessly.
I couldn't get the audio to work with the Microsoft HD Audio drivers (unfortunate) forcing me to install the RealTek audio drivers. The built in camera used a Realtek driver, but the native driver out of Windows works fine. Intel RST wasn't really necessary.
Making matters stranger the Intel Smart Connect Technology and the Lenovo Virtual Power Controller are both incompatible with 8.1. The driver installs and doesn't toss any errors, but Maintenance reports that they aren't compatible. I suspect these drivers as for why the system will not idle sleep, only force sleep.
I'd have preferred fewer drivers and definitely for all of them to be compatible with the OS it shipped with.
5. 3200x1800 in a 13" space is pretty amazing, it's also impossible to use at a 1:1/native scaling. That shouldn't be a particularly big surprise, but finding the right scaling is really hard IMO. Microsoft suggested 200% (technically 1600x900), but that felt rather cramped. Pixel density is cool and all, but not if I have to making every application/window so large it feels like I'm running in 800x600 again. I settled on 175%, which is roughly a resolution of 1828x1028. Tad smaller than 1080p, but it I feel it meets the balance I'm trying to tag here between work area, readability, and touch usability. I'd note that the modern UI isn't phased by any of this. This is purely a desktop problem.
6. I'd comment on the color calibration of the screen from the factory, but I have to buy a new colorimeter. Mine doesn't work anymore under 8.1.
7. I found the palm wrest area textured comfortable, the keyboard well illuminated and the feel reasonable, and the touchpad acceptable. I thought the keys on the keyboard were a little cramped, but my wife commented she liked the keyboard quite a bit. So I guess smaller hands prevail here.
8. The performance of the i7 model is very snappy, the 8GB of memory is sufficient, and with the system repartitioned with a fresh install plenty of space abounds on the .5 TB SSD. It doesn't get too hot and the fans don't get obnoxiously loud. My opinion of course, YMMV.
9. Tiny 65W brick is used to plug it in. Battery replacement is going to take a torx screwdriver.
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