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Lenovo IdeaPad Yoga 2: Top 3 Business Features

Lenovo IdeaPad Yoga 2: Top 3 Business Features
It's a versatile machine for business users who need to stay productive on the go. / Credit: Lenovo

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.

1. Flexibility

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.

Brett Nuckles

Brett Nuckles has been a working journalist since 2009. He got his start in local newspapers covering community news, local government, education and more before he joined the Business News Daily staff in 2013. He graduated from Ohio University, where he studied Journalism and English. Follow him on Twitter @BrettNuckles.