New Yoga 2 13 and the current Yoga 2 Pro confusion

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  1. Zero000

    Zero000 Notebook Deity

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    Didn't someone claim that there was an M.2 slot?
     
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    hawkeye62 Notebook Evangelist

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    notebookhelp Notebook Consultant

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    I can't wait to see notebookcheck's review on the Yoga 2 13's screen. Hoping for a screen that shows yellow well and is closer to 100% sRGB coverage. I'm not holding my breath though...
     
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    Ipaqman Notebook Guru

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    I just opened my Yoga 2 13 (non-pro) and found the empty M.2 slot (2280 style). Crucial sells a new M550 CT128M550SSD4 (128GB) that is 2280 (22 mm by 80 mm). Some places have it for as low as $99. I bought my Y2 13 from BB on sale for $799 ($100 discount). I wanted the savings, the better screen (color, contrast, and RGB fidelity), and the cheaper 500GB hybrid storage. This model is also newer in build design than the Y2Pro.

    The difference is price, 1/2 pound in weight, thinness, storage type, and screen.
     
  5. SysAdmNj

    SysAdmNj Notebook Enthusiast

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    So the yoga 2 13 from bb comes with an empty slot? How hard was it to open up? I have this model.but still unsure if I want to keep it. It takes a while sometimes coming on from hibernation, and coming on from sleep sometimes the log on screen freezes. Any suggestions?

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  6. Ipaqman

    Ipaqman Notebook Guru

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    I had the same resume problem with my Yoga 2 13 a few days ago. I reverted the system partition to a snapshot I took days ago. The problem disappeared. I would see a very slow spinning circle of dots and it would get slower and hang. I had updated an Intel software program.

    The Y2 13 from BB was easy to open. I used a Torx T5 screwdriver to remove the screws. Then I removed the cover by lifting a corner and using my thumbnail to pop several catches along the edges. These are more like bumps to hold the cover in place without the screws. They are not delicate like some cover catches.

    My Y2 13 does have an empty M.2 22mm x 80mm slot just like in the photos in this forum of the Y2 13 internals.

    I have ordered a Crucial M550 128GB M.2 card. This card has a surprisingly high Passmark benchmark rating of 3886. I will post a report of the SSD installation.
     
  7. nick779

    nick779 Notebook Geek

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    Does notebook check have a yoga 2 non pro owners thread anywhere?
     
  8. Ipaqman

    Ipaqman Notebook Guru

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    I haven't seen one. The Y213 has only been out a few months.

    A lot of what is in the Y2P threads applies except for the yellow issues and maybe the WIFI issues but a lot of WIFI is Windows 8.1 fussiness.

    The M.2 SSD installations are Y213 specific. I do not believe that Y2Ps have two drive connections. I believe that only Y213 owners can have a 500GB SSHD and a SSD at the same time. For only $899, I expect to have 628GB of storage including a 128GB SSD.
     
  9. Ipaqman

    Ipaqman Notebook Guru

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    Tonight, I installed a Crucial M550 128GB M.2 card in my Yoga 2 13 (non-Pro). The card only goes in one way, chip side up. I had to scavenge a mounting screw. It is needed because the card tends to lift up like memory cards in terms of the slot design.

    I rebooted twice before the system saw the SSD drive. The second reboot I went into the BIOS first to see if it detected the second drive. It did.

    I ran some initial Passmark disk benchmarks on the SSD drive and got a Passmark disk rating of 3880. This is higher than every Yoga 2 Pro disk rating with the Samsung SSD.

    I then cloned my HD to the SSD. The free partition programs did not like to deal with GPT partitions. They want you to upgrade. So I used Macrium Reflect to restore my drive image to the SSD drive. Reflect would restore all of the partitions except for the Recovery partition due to space issues even though there was enough space. I had to use the drag and drop feature to restore the Recovery partition. I also selected None for the drive letter for the Recovery partition. Then I shut down the Yoga and booted into the BIOS. In the Boot screen, I made the Crucial SSD the first drive to boot by moving it up one slot.

    The boot from shutdown to the first appearance of the Windows desktop is less than 13 seconds now.

    I then ran a full Passmark Performance Test 8.

    The full Passmark benchmark rating is 2071. The disk rating is 4079.

    The CrystalDiskMark numbers:
    1000MB Read Write
    Seq 479.5 369.9
    512K 439.7 369.4
    4K 27.17 68.44
    4KQD32 339.3 265.6

    500MB Read Write
    Seq 501.5 370.6
    512K 436.9 369.0
    4K 29.26 76.77
    4KQD32 340.3 268.8

    Only the two top write numbers of the 1000MB are 20 percent lower than the Yoga 2 Pro numbers I found in one review. All of the other Crucial numbers are higher.

    PCMark 7 of 4912.

    The result is that for $899 including the SSD, I get a Yoga 2 that is faster than any Yoga 2 Pro with I5 CPU. And it has over 600GB of storage internally. That is a deal!!!
     
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    Ipaqman Notebook Guru

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    Here is an excerpt of a review of the Yoga 2 13 screen from the DigitalVersus website:

    For one thing, the Yoga 2 has almost twice the contrast of the Yoga 2 Pro: 1,350:1, compared to 730:1. That's important. It has slightly lower brightness (322 cd/m² instead of 400 cd/m²), but it's still satisfactory. Moreover, the screen has an average Delta E of 3.2, which gives it (for all intents and purposes) perfectly natural colours, with no yellow overtones this time, whereas the Yoga 2 Pro's was an exaggerated 7.6. The colour temperature is just as good: 6,779 K, not far off from the ideal 6,500 K. We weren't expecting to see such good results from this screen; very few laptops have displays this good.

    Here is the link to the full review: Lenovo IdeaPad Yoga 2 (13.3"): Review

    This review points out that the Yoga 2 13 screen is better than the Y2P screen in everything but pixels and brightness.
     
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