Lenovo's IdeaPad Yoga 2 is an Ultrabook that's flexible enough for business. The hybrid laptop features a folding design so it can be used like a standard notebook, laid flat like a tablet or propped up in "Tent" mode. The options make this Ultrabook a versatile machine for business users who need to stay productive on the go.
The 13.3-inch Yoga 2 also stands out as a high-end Ultrabook that's several hundred dollars cheaper than comparable machines. That makes it a solid pick for frugal small business owners who don't want to skimp on performance or portability.
The Yoga 2 lives up to its name, with a flexible hinge that lets you fold the display in either direction. You can either close the lid like a standard clamshell notebook, or fold it 180 degrees backward so you can use the machine like a huge tablet. You can also stop halfway in-between to stand the notebook up in Tent mode; a rubbery seal around the edges keeps it from slipping.
Tablet mode is useful for business owners who want to take advantage of any touch-centric mobile-productivity apps available for Windows 8.1 while on the go. And Lenovo says Tent mode could come in handy when using the touch screen in a confined space such as an airplane, which will be a boon to business users who travel frequently.
2. High-End Hardware
The Yoga 2 is a fast notebook that includes a Fourth Generation Core i5 Haswell processor, 4GB of RAM and a 128GB SSD, placing this notebook squarely in the category of high-end Ultrabooks. Business users can expect snappy multi-tasking and excellent performance for basic productivity tasks — if they're willing to make a few compromises: The Yoga 2 has a mediocre battery life of just over 6 hours, and its SSD has decent capacity but is slower than the competition.
3. Affordable Price
The Yoga 2 packs most of the specs of a $1,300-$1,400 Ultrabook at a lower price point. Lenovo sells the laptop for $1,049, but it can currently be had at Best Buy stores for just $999.