Lenovo Yoga 2 Pro Vs. Dell XPS 12: Specs, Price, Availibility

  • Nov, 30, 2013, 07:39 PM
Lenovo Yoga 2 Pro
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The highly-awaited release for the Yoga 2 pro that Gizmodo reiviewers call a"basically perfect upgrade," just hit stores a few weeks ago, and it's what some are calling a revival of the PC. Dell's XPS 12 is quite a spectacle as well, where it is such a great value that it's hard to pass up. How do these two devices stack up against one another?

Yoga 2 Pro

The Yoga 2 Pro is the new and improved redesign of the original Yoga 13, replacing the old model. According to Mashable, it still has the same 4-in-one design, but it is thinner and lighter with modifications to make the experience much better.

The original Yoga did not have a backlit keyboard, and the power button was on the front.  This is also the first Lenovo PC with gesture recognition, where Lenovo Motion Control can let users wave their hands to do basic actions like swiping to the next screen. This is especially useful if the user is following a recipe with messy hands.

The Yoga 2 Pro is one device that not only features high resolution, but is flexible in usage. The laptop-tablet hybrid features the standard dual-hinge design allowing display to be in four different modes- tent, stand, tablet, and laptop. Unlike the previous models, however, it features a 13-inch multi-touch display with a 3200 x 1800 pixel resolution. It is also lighter and thinner than previous models, measuring in at 0.61 inches thick and weighing 3.06 pounds, slightly less than the original Yoga.

For its internal functions, the Yoga 2 Pro uses Windows 8 and features a fourth-generation Intel Core chip (Haswell) Core i7 processor with integrated graphics, and up to 8GB of DDR3 memory. Storage options include 128, 256, or 512GB SSDs, and I/O ports consist of one USB 3.0, one USB 2.0, micro HDMI, and an SD/MMC card reader.

The Yoga 2 Pro will be starting at $1,049 base price, where consumers will get the Yoga in silver-gray with a Haswell-based 1.7GHz Core i3 processor, 4GB of RAM and a 128GB solid-state drive. An orange model will usually cost $1,399 (currently $1,149), but it includes a 1.6GHz Core i5, 8GB of RAM and a 256GB SSD. However, Best Buy will have it on its shelves for $1,000, where it will be relatively easy to find similar deals.



Dell XPS 12

The Dell XPS 12 has a great high-res display with a good battery life, where according to CNet, its rotating screen and horizontal hinge for 180-degree flips have improved since the first Dell Inspiron Duo in 2010. The XPS 12 is only slightly different from the previous edition, but important changes have been made: it now has Intel's recent fourth-generation Core i-series and a better battery life that makes it competitive with other ultrabook hybrids.  

The ultrabook has a 13.3-inch display with a 1920x1080 touch screen, 4,096MB DDR3 SDRAM at 1,600MHz, 1,745MB Intel HD Graphics 4400 and 128GB of storage. It is Bluetooth 4.0 capable, operating on Windows 8 (64-bit. It also weighs 3.5 pounds, and runs on around 7 hours of battery for typical use.

ZDNet states that the XPS 12 is "one of the best 2-in-1s to date." It is a great ultraportable laptop with a good display, performance and battery life. They recommend that most people get a separate tablet and laptop if they want the full use of both, but for a combination, this one is one of the top choices. However, CNet states that the lack of an SD card and the loud fan could be concerning to potential customers.

It costs Price: $1,199

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