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Lenovo Yoga 2 13: A Flexible and More Affordable Business Ultrabook

Lenovo Yoga 2 13: A Flexible and More Affordable Business Ultrabook
The Yoga 2 13 retains most of the features that made the Yoga 2 Pro a great business machine. / Credit: Lenovo

Lenovo's refreshed Yoga 2 13 is a more affordable version of one of the best Ultrabooks around. Essentially, the $999 Yoga 2 13 is a slightly scaled-down version of the $1,199 Yoga 2 Pro, which launched last fall. That makes this 13.3-inch notebook a great value for serious business users who want a new mobile business companion with quality hardware and plenty of horsepower.

So what do you sacrifice by opting for the cheaper Yoga Ultrabook option? For starters, the Yoga 2 13 is thicker and heavier than the Yoga 2 Pro; though at 3.5 lbs it's still slim and light enough for most commuters and frequent travelers. You also lose the Pro model's speedy SSD; the Yoga 2 13 packs a standard spinning hard disk, which is responsible for some of the added bulk. The other major tradeoff is in the display. The Yoga 2 13 maxes out at a resolution of 1920 x 1080, compared with the Pro model’s 3200 x 1800 display, though it should be sharp enough to satisfy most business users.

Expect a few hardware concessions as well. The notebook packs a mid-range Intel Core i5 processor, not an i7. Otherwise, the Yoga 2 13 retains most of the features that made the Yoga 2 Pro a great business machine. It has the same premium keyboard, and it lives up to the Yoga name with a display that can fold a full 180 degrees back so the device can be used as a large tablet. The signature feature means the Yoga 2 13 is as well-equipped for casual content consumption as it is for productivity. Meanwhile, the notebook's 13.3-inch display is the right size for mobile users who need a machine that balances portability with productivity. The Yoga 2 13 is set to hit store shelves in February.

Brett Nuckles
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.