The Lenovo Yoga Tablet 2 AnyPen with Windows sports a Z3745 Intel Atom processor along with 2 GB of RAM. On the spec sheet, it’s comparable to the Dell Venue 8 Pro and performs just as well. Running Windows 8.1, it’s stable, swift, and both starts up and shuts down in seconds. It handles Office 365 just fine, even moderate Excel work, as well as web browsing.
Heavy Excel users will be able to strain the system, and a few dozen browser tabs are enough to bog it down. But this tablet proves productive for most users, and will handle reasonable, day-to-day task with ease.
The tablet sports a relatively clean Windows 8.1 install with limited bloatware. Lenovo SmartSwitch, SHAREit, a user guide, and a Tablet 2 demo are the only additions, and they are harmless. Thankfully, the scandalous Superfish adware is not present.
In terms of storage, the tablet ships with 32 GB on board, and supports microSD cards up to 64 GB. Of that 32 GB, about 21 GB is available after a fresh install. Office 365 eats up an additional 2 GB, yet it comes with 1 TB of OneDrive cloud storage for the year.
The Lenovo Yoga Tablet 2 AnyPen with Windows can’t compare to the Core i5-powered Surface Pro 3 in terms of performance, but it’s always interesting to view the disparity in the benchmarks. The E FUN and Asus notebooks have similar Atom processors, while the Dell notebook has a slightly faster Intel Celeron processor.
wPrime processor comparisons (lower scores mean better performance):
PCMark8 Home (Accelerated) measures overall system performance in Windows 8 for general activities from web browsing and video streaming to typing documents and playing games (higher scores mean better performance):
PCMark8 Work (Accelerated) measures overall system performance in Windows 8 for work-related productivity tasks (higher scores mean better performance):
3DMark 11 is a benchmark that measures overall graphics card performance for gaming (higher scores mean better performance):
Hidden inside the bulbous base is a 6400 mAh lithium ion battery. It’s big, and it provides plenty of juice. It scored 592 on the strenuous PowerMark test, which is outstanding and equates to almost 10 hours. This tablet could easily last a day, and maybe even two, with average use. It’s on par with ARM-based mobile devices like the iPad and Android tablets.
That’s another strength of the excellent Yoga design – it can house a big battery. That, coupled with a resourceful Atom processor and efficient OS, makes for a long-lasting device.