When comparing Lenovo Yoga 2 Pro vs Asus Zenbook UX501JW, the Slant community recommends Asus Zenbook UX501JW for most people. In the question“What is the best laptop for programming?” Asus Zenbook UX501JW is ranked 3rd while Lenovo Yoga 2 Pro is ranked 12th.
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Pro Fantastic display
The Yoga 2 Pro has a 3800x1200 IPS display that's very bright & sharp. There were issues with color reproduction previously, but have since been fixed with a BIOS update.
Pro Great build quality
Sturdy lid and hinge with an excellent keyboard.
Pro Versatile design
One of the most useful features of the Yoga 2 Pro is how vertistle the design is. It can be used as a standard laptop, as a tablet and in the stand/tent configurations. The solid hinge means there's no fear in adjusting it to find whatever position feels best.
Pro Great value for money
You can pick up the baseline specs for around $1,000 USD, which is considerably cheaper than a lot of the competing models while remaining competitive with specs and build quality.
Pro Reasonably good Linux support
Apart from some issues with the higher resolution and the trackpad, overall Linux support for the Yoga 2 is good.
Pro Good, back-lit keyboard
Solid 6-row back-lit keyboard.
Pro Great perfomance
Pro Good backlit keyboard with a keypad
UX501 is one of the rare laptop keyboards with a keypad. The keypad is slightly squished, but usable without any hiccups. The chiclet keys are backlit and comfortable to use.
Pro Great 4K touch display
The UX501 has a 15.6" UHD touch display with vibrant colors and wide viewing angles.
Pro Good design
The laptop has a silver aluminum finish with chamfered edges so they don't scratch the skin. The inside is plastic.
Due to laptop's metal casing the laptop is rigid.
Pro Reasonable battery life
UX501 battery lasts 5 to 6 hours.
Con No Ethernet or 802.11ac
Lenovo Yoga 2 Pro lacks an Ethernet port.
Con Awkward in tablet mode
With the keyboard exposed at the back, the Yoga 2 pro is awkward when used as a tablet.
Con Computers may have man-in-the-middle adware installed
Lenovo is shipping computers preinstalled with man-in-the-middle adware called Superfish. It's a web proxy that can hijack any web session, including encrypted/https sessions. And since the root certificate is the same for everyone with private key present on the machine that's now publicly known, anyone can spoof any site to people using Lenovo laptops. Currently, it affects IE and Chrome browsers with Chrome expected to push an update that will block the certificate soon.
Uninstalling Superfish won't remove the certificate.
Lenovo are standing by their choice to install adware.
Con Comes with bloatware
Con Poor battery life
Battery life is average at best. It drains in about 5 hours of typical use.
Con Some issues with the trackpad in Linux
Some users have complained about the trackpad drivers for linux, but there have been workarounds made and official fixes are in the works.
Con Some early models have color reproduction issues, requires a BIOS update to fix
Con Trackpad requires getting used to
Con The super high resolution doesn't play nice with linux
Although common across all UHD screens, it's worth noting that there are some issues with the higher resolution with linux.
Con Power saving mode has bad colors
Yellows will get a dirty-green look in power saving mode.
Con Comes preinstalled with Windows
Con Limited selection of I/O ports
Some users may find themselves limited by the lack of ports. The Yoga 2 Pro includes:
-1 USB 3.0 port
-1 USB 2.0 port
- 2-in-1 card reader
- The power port and microphone/headphone combo jack.
Con Backlit keyboard is manual
There is no sensor control for the backlit keyboard meaning users will need to press the Fn and spacebar to manually turn on and off the backlighting.
Con Questionable keyboard and touchpad layout
Con Only 8GB RAM
8GB RAM is way too little these days.