Peter Martin, the Webdoc here, your technology correspondent. Back to school season is a great time to get a great deal on a laptop. One of my favorite better-than-HD hybrid laptops for less is the Lenovo IdeaPad Yoga 2 Pro. This excellent ultrabook boasts an impressive display, tablet/laptop hybrid capabilities and is still priced under $1,000. A CNet editor’s choice this is a great laptop for a student or frequent traveller.
One of the best features of this Lenovo laptop is that it folds back, a full 360 degrees to form either a thick tablet or a stand/kiosk device. The ultra high resolution display boasts 3200 x 1900 pixels. This puts it in the territory of the likes of the Chromebook Pixel and the Macbook PRo with Retina Display at a fraction of the cost.
The most apt comparison is with other better-than-HD systems, such as the MacBook Pro and Samsung Ativ Book 9 Plus. The Yoga 2 is not quite as slick or solidly built as those, but it also costs less for a similar Core i5, 128GB configuration, making it the least expensive way to get into higher-resolution mobile computing.
This new keyboard is also backlit, which is a big upgrade for people who use their laptops in dim coffee shops and commuter train cars. The large clickpad-style touch pad is similar to the previous version, and works well with two-finger gestures, such as Web site scrolling. It’s tuned a little too sensitively for my tastes, but you can tweak the settings a bit to find the right level for you.
A major update to our favorite Windows 8 hybrid, the IdeaPad Yoga 2 Pro is still a better laptop than tablet, but the new version adds a future-proof better-than-HD display at a great price. For the rest of the story visit us online and click on the Webdoc link.