Specs and performance:
Rounding out the Yoga 3 Pro spec sheet is future-ready 802.11ac Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 4.0. On the hard connectivity front, Lenovo jam-packed this laptop with ports, considering its size: two USB 3.0 ports, a 4-in-1 card reader, micro-HDMI and an audio combo jack. No need to mention that Lenovo’s unique DC power jack also doubles as a USB 2.0 port. All of this hardware can last for up to 9 hours on a charge, according to Lenovo.
Mo’ room for mo’ modes:
The vastly improved profile that Lenovo achieved here clearly leaves more room for the device to bend into various modes. So much so that Lenovo touts a different approach to its Tablet mode: vertical over horizontal. With the expanded keyboard deck and palm rest, holding the Yoga 3 Pro in this orientation makes more sense now. Though, if you are one-handed train buddy, this laptop is strongly not recommended for you – Gorilla Glass screen or not. More importantly, Lenovo enhanced its adaptive software, now dubbed Harmony. The tool is designed to, over time, adapt to how you use the 2-in-1 laptop and change various device settings accordingly. Like adjusting screen brightness and color temperature when reading a book in Tablet mode.
Its subtle improvements like these that should make switching modes less of a hassle and more fluid. However, nothing changes the fact that your fingers can still touch the deactivated keyboard in Tablet mode. It still feels weird, and likely will never feel right. Regardless, Lenovo clearly sees the kinks in hybrids that need working out, and it’s slowly massaging them out of its systems.
Lenovo’s latest 2-in-1 laptop, the Yoga 3 Pro, improves on the original in almost every way, presenting an almost comically thin device. The Lenovo Yoga 3 Pro is a sight to behold. Though it has already mentioned everywhere that the Razer Blade one of the best-crafted Windows laptops of all time, and already that’s being challenged. However, things have been strange to the laptop-first approach to 2-in-1 device design, but if any company is remotely close to winning me over, it’s these guys and gals.
However, being a premium product, the Yoga 3 Pro comes with a premium price tag. Starting at nearly 1,400 bucks is pretty brave. But, in the grand scheme of things, it’s more affordable than most premium 13-inch laptops, save for the Mac Book Air. Regardless, more configuration options are in the works, hopefully for a more palatable price. If you’re not wowed by bullet-point features like “3K”, “17% thinner” or “fan less design,” then there are plenty of Ultra books that will serve you just as well for less. But if you want the absolute best, the Yoga 3 Pro is already gunning for top of that heap. Surely, nobody will wait to get more time with this nigh-weightless wonder in our full review. The Yoga 3 Pro launches at the end of October in Best Buy stores across the US and on Lenovo.com in three colors: Clementine Orange, Platinum Silver or Champagne Gold.