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Lenovo Yoga Tablet 2 Pro Review – A stand-out design

The Lenovo Yoga Tablet 2 Pro’s versatile design features a built-in kickstand and pico projector. Its HD screen is sharp and battery life is long. Its The front-facing speakers and rear subwoofer sound loud and crisp. Let’s find out the detail in Lenovo Yoga Tablet 2 Pro review with Lifetravell!

Design of Lenovo Yoga Tablet 2 Pro 

If you’re familiar with Lenovo’s Yoga line of Android tablets, this one should look familiar. If you’re not, this 13-inch mammoth probably appears a little odd. It looks like a normal tablet, with the exception of its chunky, rounded spine. The silver, cylindrical looking appendage houses the front-facing speakers and, if you flip it, you’ll find the built-in stand.

Lenovo Yoga Tablet 2 Pro Review - design
Lenovo Yoga Tablet 2 Pro Review – design

The rear kickstand easily pops out with the push of a button and can flip out to 180 degrees. You can stand it upright for an all-in-one-like experience or flip it over and place it down to stably type out an email. It feels sturdy, though it’s a thin piece of aluminum, and, thanks the addition of the button, it’s easier to adjust than last year’s models.

The stand can also be hung, thanks to a square hole in the middle of it that frames the rear subwoofer when it’s stowed. During my time with the tablet, I never found a practical way to hang it, but I appreciate the option.

On the left edge, the power button is located on the top of the rounded spine. Next to it are the headphone jack, Micro-USB port and volume rocker. On the opposite end there’s the projector and its separate power button.

The tablet is bottom heavy, so holding it in your hands isn’t very comfortable, unless you’re holding it from the rounded spine. It’s easy to grip in one hand that way, however at a little over two pounds, it gets tiring. It’s no surprise that a 13-inch tablet isn’t easy on the hands, but otherwise, the build is impressively purposeful. Anyone interested in using the tablet for home use will benefit most from the adaptable design.

Connectivity

Integrating a projector in a tablet is indeed a unique idea. And one that naturally raises high expectations: Lenovo promises an image size of up to 50 inches on any suitable wall at a distance of two meters (~6.6 ft). The projector is to produce a brightness of 40 – 50 lumens, and a resolution of 854×480 pixels. In fact, the projector delivers a sharp image, and the color reproduction is very compelling.

Lenovo Yoga Tablet 2 Pro Review - connection
Lenovo Yoga Tablet 2 Pro Review – connection

The projector’s low resolution is considerably less evident than on a screen when the source is a Full HD video. The image looks very sharp, and has the size of a large TV. Although the focus has to be adjusted manually, it is quite easy to do via the slider on the underside. The LEDs of conventional Pico projectors last up to 20,000 hours, which equates to over two and a half years of non-stop use. That should last the average service life of a tablet. In addition, the projector corrects image distortions via the position sensor. This projector is definitely useful and not bad compared with small stand-alone counterparts.

The other interfaces are rather standard: a micro-USB 2.0 port and 3.5 millimeter audio jack. The micro-SD slot for expanding the 32 GB of storage is a good thing.

Case

Is this a Lenovo Yoga Tablet 2 or a Tablet 2 Pro? To really impress your friends with your expertise, you would have to note that the Yoga Tablet 2 is considerably smaller at 8 or 10.1 inches than the 13.3-inch Pro version. You could also refer to the projector lens in the hinge and the subwoofer on the back. Otherwise, the family resemblance is, in fact, very evident.

Lenovo Yoga Tablet 2 Pro Review case
Lenovo Yoga Tablet 2 Pro Review case

The casing is largely made of plastic; only the stand is aluminum. The design of the holding bar is unusual for a tablet, but it looks classy and has advantages from an ergonomic point of view. The bar gives the tablet a secure grip, and the lightly roughened back contributes to the Yoga Tablet 2 Pro’s slip resistance when held. The casing’s stability could be better. Pressure applied to the back is passed through to the screen, and becomes visible in the liquid crystals. Furthermore, the corners can be warped slightly. However, the overall stability should be adequate for everyday use, and the build of the Yoga 2 Tablet Pro does not at all give a cheap or unstable impression.