Lenovo Yoga tablet 2 Pro review

Lenovo has simply unveiled what it hopes is a tablet to shake up the otherwise fairly similar world of slates. Its new Yoga Tablet 2 Pro, quite uniquely, comes with a built-in Pico projector. However it’s not only a one trick pony.

We acquired to spend a while with the Yoga Tablet 2 Pro to see just what that £449 price ticket will get you. Is it value splashing the money?

Projection tablet

Tablets were created to offer the simple performance of a touchscreen phone however with a bigger display screen. So it sort of is smart to take that to the following stage and provide a fair larger screen. On this case it is a 16:9 widescreen 50-inch projected display from 2 metres away.

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Projectors have been built into cell devices before however rarely have they looked so good. Because of the bulged bottom of the Yoga Tablet 2 Pro the projector is housed properly together with these speakers. The stand additionally helps permitting it to be positioned merely with the picture steady and balanced.

In our expertise the image caught up effectively with movement because it focused and displayed a varying sized ‘display screen’ as we moved the projector nearer to the wall or further away. Nearer to the wall meant greater decision however even at 50-inches it nonetheless seemed respectable. It will not exchange your TV however for on the go it is spectacular. It reminded us of brief throw projectors, which additionally supply a very handy approach to get that large display screen experience.

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The battery, Lenovo claims, will last as long as 3-hours. We did not get an opportunity to check this however with the intense and clear picture we might be impressed if that was the case – especially with speakers working too.

We love the thought of projecting films onto the ceiling whereas in bed.

Super sound?

For a tablet the sound coming from the Yoga Tablet 2 Pro is kind of impressive within the noisy surroundings we tested it in. Though from our limited time with it we could not think about trading in our Bluetooth speaker jsut but.

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Lenovo has managed to cram in a 5W subwoofer in addition to twin giant-chamber speakers for entrance facing sounds. It is a JBL 2.1 Sound System. This hardware coupled with Dolby Audio and Wolfson Master HiFi multi-channel sound resulted in a sound better than most tablets.

After all for those who’d somewhat hear on headphones that is an option too, one that can prolong battery life. However since projection might be going to be in a group scenario these audio system should turn out to be useful. Lenovo claims the sounds are 4 times louder than different tablets. We’re waiting till our review to judge this.

Hold a pose

The design of the Lenovo Yoga Tablet 2 Pro is impressive. Clear lines, a metallic end with that 3.7mm thin edge (on the thinnest level) and the big stand all make for a superb wanting machine. But the design goes beyond looks.

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The Hold, Stand and Tilt functions are all a results of the stand which extends out with a strong locking really feel. This permits the tablet to be manipulated into completely different positions for typing, watching videos or reading, for example. This does work but a couple of more angles is likely to be nice to make it excellent in each situation.

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The majority of the speakers, battery and projector truly make for an important deal with which feels higher within the hand than most flat tablets.

Super screen

If the projector is not in use you will not be let down because the display screen is impressive. It is a QHD IPS display with a 2560 x 1440 resolution. In actuality this can be a fairly average 221ppi when spread out over the mighty 13.3-inch display. However having a show that large on a tablet is basically refreshing – it is a bit like a laptop computer with out the keyboard hanging off it.

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We use a MacBook Air, additionally with a 13-inch screen, and taking a look at this greater res tablet is actually refreshing. The distinction is pretty obvious and we may think about going again to the Mac can be a challenge after utilizing this tablet for some time.

Power packing

The tablet comes with an Intel Atom processor which, in our experience, stored everything working easily. From loading up massive movie files to multitasking we did not discover any lag or wait instances.

Storage is about at 32GB internally with the one possibility for extra found by utilizing microSD for 64GB. Though with 4G connectivity it would not be an excessive amount of of a difficulty to retailer things within the cloud. Since that is additionally aimed at business customers we would think about a lot of them will ship with cloud storage in thoughts.

First impressions

What may have been a gimmicky tablet is actually quite impressive. The addition of the nice sound and Pico projector usually are not on the expense of the rest of the system. The QHD display is superb, the facility from the Intel Atom does the job effectively and 4G connectivity is a plus.

The design, together with stand make the tablet enticing and functional. Some may discover the lump on the finish annoying however for the extras it is a fair commerce.

At £449 the Lenovo Yoga Tablet 2 Pro is not cheap. However if you want somewhat one thing further out of your tablet, and enjoy group video watching on the move, this may very well be the tablet for you.

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