When comparing Lenovo Yoga 2 Pro vs Surface Pro 4, the Slant community recommends Surface Pro 4 for most people. In the question“What is the best laptop for programming?” Surface Pro 4 is ranked 9th 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 Lightweight yet powerful
Pro Works as a tablet or a laptop
Surface Pro 4 can be used both as a laptop and a tablet. Being that it can be used as either makes it extremely convenient to those that want power on the go.
Pro Comes bundled with a great stylus
N-trig pen feels like a real pen and is natural to hold. There is a top button on the pen that allows for an eraser function as well as use for a wake up function.
Pro New redesigned keyboard and touchpad attatchment
The keyboard attachment has been redesigned form earlier versions with a larger touchpad.
Pro 3:2 aspect ratio makes the device easier to hold and use
With a 3:2 aspect ratio the device is not as top heavy when holding in portrait and is easier to reach parts of the screens with the users thumbs when in landscape.
Pro Balanced screen colors
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 Keyboard doesn't come with the device
You have to pay an extra $130 for the type cover keyboard.
Con Not a lot of ports
1 USB 3.0, microSD Card reader, Headset jack, Mini DisplayPort
Con Can be difficult to use
Unless you have a flat surface available to deploy the kickstand, it's not very laptop-like.