The Lenovo Yoga Tab 2 Pro is undeniably one of the most freshly designed tablets that Lenovo did lately that's packed with a several innovations. The 4 modes of yoga namely the hold, tilt, stand and hang. It also has that one of a kind built in pico projector that can beam up to 50 inches of display.

Lenovo Yoga Tab 2 Pro Review! A Big Screened Multimedia Beast With Projector!
Meet the stunning Yoga Tab 2 Pro!
Unlike it's other flagship Windows brothers this device runs on Android and has a much reasonable price tag that makes this more desirable.

Unboxing

Lenovo Yoga Tab 2 Pro Review! A Big Screened Multimedia Beast With Projector!
Yoga Tab 2 Pro's big slim box
Due to that 13.3 Inches of display the Yoga Tab 2 Pro comes in big slim box. The image of the beautiful Yoga Tab 2 Pro made me want to open it immediately.

Accessories

Opon opening the package. You'll first see the crafted Yoga Tab 2 Pro then you see next the paper documentations, micro USB cable, the big 2 A wall charger USB adapter and a free expensive looking metal bodied JBL in ear monitors.

Lenovo Yoga Tab 2 Pro Review! A Big Screened Multimedia Beast With Projector!
The bunch of goodies inside
That was a surprise as most manufacturers would just thrown in a crappy sounding earbuds in the package. However, as Lenovo's testament ensure that the Yoga Tab 2 Pro is your dream multimedia tablet on the go, they placed an extra investment to add those JBL in ear goodies.

Build Quality and Design

Lenovo Yoga Tab 2 Pro Review! A Big Screened Multimedia Beast With Projector!
At the back showing the rear camera, JBL subwoofer, Lenovo Logo, Intel logo, kick stand opener and projector adjuster
The Lenovo Yoga Tab 2 Pro is a drop dead gorgeous unique looking tablet that may fool your eyes that it's a laptop. Actually it's a tablet that can give you an almost AIO like experience.

Lenovo Yoga Tab 2 Pro Review! A Big Screened Multimedia Beast With Projector!
The left side showing the projector button and how slim this device looks
What I love here the most is Lenovo's effort to make this a solid looking device despite that great looks. They used high quality metal alloys that make this feel tough yet light. Even the buttons is made out of the same alloy which gives the Yoga Tab 2 Pro a consistent top notch feel. Aside from that I also learned that this tablet is also protected by Corning Gorilla Glass 3 to prevent light scratches and cracks from accidental tolerable drops.

Lenovo Yoga Tab 2 Pro Review! A Big Screened Multimedia Beast With Projector!
The right side showing the power button,
3.5 mm jack, micro USB cable and volume rocker
When it comes to the design part, Lenovo should give their engineers a raise! They did a magnificent job with the look of the Yoga Tab 2 Pro. It's futuristic, very thin and lightweight for its size. Aside from that the Yoga Tab 2 pro is a carefully studied device, the buttons feels rightly placed and that kickstand rocks as it gives the this tablet a lot of flexibility and usability. Maybe the only design flaw I can see here is the lack of even small rubber stoppers to prevent the tab from slipping in especially when placed on a smooth surface.

Lenovo Yoga Tab 2 Pro Review! A Big Screened Multimedia Beast With Projector!
Here's the sharpness adjuster of the projector
Display

Lenovo Yoga Tab 2 Pro Review! A Big Screened Multimedia Beast With Projector!
The display!
Undoubtedly, this is the best part of the Yoga Tab 2 Pro's experience. The display is fantastic! The colors were accurate, the resolution is brilliant at  Quad HD 2560 x 1440 pixels and can go rightfully bright. The viewing angles are also excellent and I actually prefer too use this as my portable movie machine as the viewing experience is surreal. For this price, it was actually kinda rare to see QHD tablets that can rival the best of the best when it comes to the display. For comparison, I actually see this on par with some macbooks and is a bit better than the Aspire R13 that I'm currently using.

Lenovo Yoga Tab 2 Pro Review! A Big Screened Multimedia Beast With Projector!
Standing view of the display
Battery Life

Rated at 9600 mAh of battery capacity, the Yoga Tab 2 Pro is advertised to have at least 15 hours of standby. When it comes to gaming it actually gives me a little more than 8 hours with volume at 50%. To my surprise general browsing and multimedia like watching movies and listening to a lot of music was able to give me a little more than 10 hours with concessional power on and off. When it comes to using the projector, Lenovo promised at least 5 hours of battery life which is actually close to accurate. I was able to loop a 2 hours movie for almost 2x on max volume.

That's a great job considering that this tablet is using a big QHD display that normally consumes a lot of power. That also means that for a tablet this big, the Yoga Tab 2 Pro can go toe to toe when it comes to battery life to smaller tablets like the iPad Air 2 with almost 9 hours of battery life. Charging time is at more than 4 hours.

Audio

Lenovo Yoga Tab 2 Pro Review! A Big Screened Multimedia Beast With Projector!
A closer look to the camera, jbl subs and kickstand button
Lenovo boast a lot about the "immersive dolby audio" quality of the Yoga Tab 2 Pro and why not? They're one of those rare tablets who was able to incorporate 2 front facing speakers and a subwoofer at the back together with a wolfson DAC for a warm luschious high fidelity audio output. Aside from that Lenovo was able to bundle this with a free decent sounding in ear monitor from JBL which is extremely rare from any manufacturer.

Speakers - the speaker setup of the Lenovo Yoga Tab 2 Pro is like a portable 2.1 speaker with subs! 2 front facing speakers and 1 subwoofer at the back. It's great to use is a quiet small room as it can go really loud with great audio quality. To my surprise, the bass production was actually punchy with that likable presence of the sub-bass which is normally not found with tablets. Then all the other details are decently pleasing to my ears.

Note: I suggest earlier that it's best to use this in a quiet room as it won't sound loud enough outdoors or in noisy environments.

Audio Out - Man I loved this! This is actually the type of audio output that I missed when I'm listening to that golden iPod 5.5G and iPhone 3G with wolfon DAC. (Those 2 are arguably the best sounding iDevices ever) It has that pleasing smooth, warm and luscious audio output that has good power to drive even full sized can. The entire experience is on a HiFi level and I loved almost everything that I hear across the spectrum. Very detailed, good highs, clear mids, lovely lows and wide soundstage.

 Lenovo Yoga Tab 2 Pro Review! A Big Screened Multimedia Beast With Projector! A closer look to the camera, jbl subs and kickstand button
The JBL IEM freebie
JBL IEM - Technically the free JBL earphone is not that proficient, but it's a lot better than what most are offering in their freebies! It's a V-Shaped sounding IEM with a lot of emphasis to the lows and highs that can overwhelm the vocals in some tracks. Lowering the bass and treble by at least 3 dB on the dolby equalizer would help tame the harshness a lot and make this sound good. On a positive note, the separation and soundstage is on a satisfactory level. A huge props to Lenovo for putting something like this in the package. It's well made, sounds decent and comes with 3 sizes of eartips.

Camera

 Lenovo Yoga Tab 2 Pro Review! A Big Screened Multimedia Beast With Projector! A closer look to the camera, jbl subs and kickstand button
Rear camera outdoors
decent quality and good colors
 Lenovo Yoga Tab 2 Pro Review! A Big Screened Multimedia Beast With Projector! A closer look to the camera, jbl subs and kickstand button
Rear camera indoors florescent lighting
viewable but grainy and lacks in brightness / details 
 Lenovo Yoga Tab 2 Pro Review! A Big Screened Multimedia Beast With Projector! A closer look to the camera, jbl subs and kickstand button
Cat-selfie in good lighting
Decent, detailed and has nice colors
 Lenovo Yoga Tab 2 Pro Review! A Big Screened Multimedia Beast With Projector! A closer look to the camera, jbl subs and kickstand button
My shameless selfie in florescent lighting
To my surprise the selfie cam performed better than the rear camera here
While the camera quality of the Yoga Tab 2 Pro is decent when used outdoors and good lighting. It falls in quality when used indoors with a bit bad lighting. That makes me crave for more. Hopefully, the next version of this tablet with have a much improve camera as they're just on the decent side there.

Performance

 Lenovo Yoga Tab 2 Pro Review! A Big Screened Multimedia Beast With Projector! A closer look to the camera, jbl subs and kickstand button
The IOS inspired UI
For an Android Tablet, the Yoga Tab 2 Pro's performance is on a flagship level last year and upper midrange mid this year. It runs on a capable 1.8 GHz Intel processor with 2 GB of RAM. It's very smooth, doesn't lag on simple applications and browsing. I also loved that the IOS inspired Android skin used by Lenovo here is very easy to use / understand and it has that multimode mode that can let you do several things at a time. However, some of you may miss the app drawer as they're not present here.

 Lenovo Yoga Tab 2 Pro Review! A Big Screened Multimedia Beast With Projector! A closer look to the camera, jbl subs and kickstand button
The great Multimode
Gaming wise it's splendid, it can run most games even on high settings smoothly like the Asphalt 8, UFC and Dream League Soccer. It may feel awkward when playing some driving games where you use it as a steering wheel due to the big size, but it feels amazing when you play billiard games and soccer.

One handed gaming LOL

However, I find it weird that it lags when I'm playing light game called the Fruit Ninja. It could be due to software compatibility as I was not able to install the Microsoft Office for Android too. There are also some occasional heating issues in the general usage of the tablet not just in gaming.

 Lenovo Yoga Tab 2 Pro Review! A Big Screened Multimedia Beast With Projector! A closer look to the camera, jbl subs and kickstand button
The built in pico projector
The built in Pico Projector with 35 lumens is one of the main highlights of this tablet. Lenovo is the only tablet manufacturer I know that uses this kind setup which could be their way to success.

Sample video projection

The projector can beam up to 70 inches with a resolution of 854 x 580 of light on a wall, but it won't be that visible anymore. For best result I used only several feet of distance that's around 40-50 inches. It's decent for viewing movies and sharing what you're doing with the tablet. However it won't be that good for reading text on a big screen as it doesn't look that sharp. Having this projector is one of those type of novelties that can be useful when you need a bigger screen to watch movies and music videos.

Specifications

  • Display: 13.3 Inches Quad HD 2560 x 1440 pixels resolution
  • Processor: Intel Atom Z3745 Processor
  • RAM: 2 GB
  • ROM: 32 GB expandable up to 64 GB via microSD
  • Rear Camera: 8 MP f/2.2 w/ AF
  • Front Camera: 1.6 MP HD
  • Battery: 9600 mAh, up to 15 hours
  • OS:  Android 4.4 KitKat
  • Audio: Front large-chamber speakers, JBL® subwoofer, Dolby® Audio, Wolfson® Master Hi-Fi™ Codec
  • Connectivity: WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n, MiMo, Bluetooth 4.0, MicroUSB, 3.5mm audio jack
  • Others: Built-in Pico Projector
  • Weight: 2.09 lbs
  • Color: Platinum
  • Price: PHP 33,999

Pro's - Great looking slim design, Build quality and materials used, Fast and responsive top of the line performance, Good loud audio quality, good free JBL earphones, long battery life, pico projector in the dark 

Con's - Pico projector maybe too weak when used with bright room lighting, Heating issues, The camera needs improvement, a bit too big for a tablet for some

Verdict

The Yoga Tab 2 Pro is a good desirable Android tablet that has tons of potential. It's amazing for multimedia use and gaming, has that long enough battery, great design / build and outstanding display. It has some flaws to work on, but doesn't hurt the Yoga Tab 2 Pro's reputation as a highly innovative device.

Note: I'd love to see a Dual Boot next generation of this in the future. A brighter projector on both Windows and Android will definitely ROCK my world. :)
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