Lenovo has a number of 360-degree convertible laptops in its portfolio, but the Yoga 920 sits at the top of the scale in terms of sheer style. The laptop is equipped with the latest and greatest Intel CPU, along with enough memory and storage to ensure that you’re still productive years down the road.
PROS: Excellent design and build quality. Powerful Intel Gen-8 processor. Excellent battery life.
CONS: Pricey. Limited port selection. Touchpad is slightly twitchy.
The Lenovo Yoga 920 is a successor of the Lenovo Yoga 910 that comes packed with cutting-edge technologies for users who are ready to dig deep into their pockets. The new kid on the block gives a big performance boost over the 910 with Intel’s latest Eight generation processor that carries four cores. It also corrects some friction flaws pointed out in the Yoga 910. The system boasts of an awesome build quality, an impressive battery life, a tablet hybrid and less connectivity restrictions compared to its rivals.
The 2-in-1 convertible comes with a 13.9-inch full HD 1920 by 1080 display, an eight generation quad-core i7 processor, 8GB of RAM and a 256GB PCle Solid State Disk. The specifications enable the system to handle most of the heavy demanding tasks thrown at it seamlessly.
Lenovo knows too well that some tech enthusiasts may ask for more and they provide a much pricier model with upgraded configuration. The upgraded model of the Yoga 920 features a 16GB RAM, 1TB SSD and a 4K UHD 3840 by 2160 display. Lenovo has made meaningful changes to the windows 10-run system that are worth writing home about.
Design and Features
Lenovo have done an excellent job in constructing a device with premium looks and design. The 2-in-1 convertible dons an all-aluminum chassis, slip sloping slides and an attractive watchband-style hinge. The hinge allows you to bend the laptop into different modes including stand, tent or tablet modes. The hinge is as strong as the one on the Surface Book 2 to angle the screen without the body tipping up.
The laptop comes in three colors; platinum, bronze and copper thus giving it a perfect look suitable for any professional or social environment. The most outstanding one is the bronze color which was not available on previous models. The color is pleasantly consistent on its lid, hinge, deck and even its keys.
Interestingly, the Yoga 920 is not as slim and light as you might assume. It measures 12.7 x 8.8 x 0.55 inches and weighs in at 3.05 pounds. Now this is a bit heavier and thinner than the HP Spectre x360 which is 0.54 inches and weighs 2.85 pounds. This is the same case with the Dell XPS 13 which is also 0.54 inches thick and weighs 2.7 pounds.
Under the hood, the laptop houses the 8th generation Intel Core i7-8550U CPU which ups the ante from two cores to four, promising better multitasking. On the other hand, Intel decided to lower the base clock speed from the 2.7 GHz in the core i7-7500U to a power-sipping 1.8GHz. Intel increased the turbo frequency from 3.5 GHz to 4.0 GHz for a super-fast performance.
The laptop couples the new CPU with 8GB off DDR4 memory and a 256 GB Samsung PCle Solid State Drive. The 8GB RAM is enough for most folks in handling everyday tasks and even demanding tasks such as photo editing. The solid state drive was capable of copying 4.97 GB of mixed media files, at a rate of 299.9 MBs per second that is faster than the category average. The Yoga is remarkably a good performer that is capable of tackling high-end tasks in a pinch.
The Yoga 920 does not pass across as a serious gaming rig but Integrated Intel UHD 620 graphics chip can push around less-demanding titles. While playing a racing game, On Dirt 3, the laptop achieved a playable frame rate of 35 frames per second. The performance is slightly below the category’s average of 39fps. Overall, the GPU offers smooth video playback and some basic 3D animation without pushing it off the limits.
The connectivity options with the Lenovo Yoga 920 are decent to say the least. It features two USB-C Thunderbolt 3 ports on the left side. As such, you can be rest assured of fast transfer speeds. Additionally, thunderbolt 3 can comfortably accommodate 4K displays without having any performance malfunctioning. Running external storage is also faster compared to internal desktop SATA drives.
There is a USB 3.0 port on the right side for connection of traditional USB devices and a 3.5 mm headphone jack is also present. Significantly missing is an SD card reader that could have come in handy for transfer of files and photos from other devices such as cameras.
In terms of network connectivity, the Yoga 920 features a Qualcomm Atheros 802.11ac card for Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 4.1.
Keyboard and Trackpad
Lenovo seems to care more about keyboard comfort and they do not disappoint in this model. The device features backlit U-shaped keys that are aimed at redirecting the force towards the center to avoid typos. The keys are not slippery either as the plastic used induces enough friction to avoid such a discomfort.
The keyboard has 3-backlit levels which will allow you to work in very dark areas without having an effect to the eyes. It is possible to adjust both the keyboard and screen brightness to acceptable levels which in the end helps in prolonging the battery life.
The Yoga 920 features a 4.1 by 2.7 inch trackpad that is very comfortable to use. It might not be the biggest trackpad around but it offers a smooth surface while remaining compatible with the Windows Touchpad precision.
The system comes with a Full HD 1920 by 1080 pixels display with a 13.9-inch screen that offers bright and sharp images. IPS technology offers wide viewing angles therefore you can watch with up to 60 degrees to the left or right with little fading of the colors as you move farther off-center.
The laptop reproduces a strong 105 percent of the sRGB color gamut, which is slightly higher than the 101 percent average for ultraportable category. At 284 nits brightness, the Yoga 920 stays true to the category’s average of 289 nits. This is an area that the Dell XPS 13 2-in-1 and the HP Spectre triumph with 314 nits and 318 nits respectively thus much brighter.
Lenovo also offers a configuration with a 4K UHD (3,840 x 2,160 or 317 PPI) display that is much pricier. This model also comes with 16GB RAM and a 1 TB Solid State Drive.
There is a very thin bezel around the display, but thankfully, they heeded to the criticism and located the webcam above the screen unlike the Yoga 910 which had it at the bottom bezel. This was the same case with the Dell XPS 13, something that proved to be a complete pain when using the webcam.
The 720 p webcam in the Yoga is capable of capturing decent but less impressive images. It is however, appropriate for video conference calls and chatting ith friends and family via Skype or any other application.
Lenovo offers an impressive battery life that will keep you going the whole day. As such, you won’t have to carry your charger everywhere with your 2-in-1 convertible. The system can endure up to 12 hours and 30 minutes with continuous surfing over Wi-Fi. These dwarfs other systems in the category including the Dell XPS 2-in-1 which lasts 8 hours and 13 minutes. It also outsmarts the HP Spectre x360 and the Yoga 910 by almost two hours.
The Yoga 920 is a great device for drawing or scribbling notes in handwriting thanks to Lenovo’s Active Pen 2 stylus. The Active Pen 2 offers a natural feel when writing with it as opposed to other golf-pencil-sized styli seen on other laptops. There is a small attachment on the right side that allows you to hitch the pen for easier accessibility. The screen on this notebook offers up to 4,096 levels of sensitivity. As such, it suffices as the most ideal notebook for design and art related work.
The audio quality on the Yoga 920 is loud enough to fill a small room and free from distortion. The integrated speakers work perfectly well, but they lack any bass and the boldness like those of a MacBook. They sound full and clear until the bass kick comes in thus do not bring out clearly action movie explosions but they are good for dialogue. The Lenovo settings app allows you to choose between different audio profiles including gaming, voice, movie and Music. It has Dolby audio enhancement enabled by default and turning it off makes the music to sound completely flat and lifeless.
Lenovo got a chance to refresh the Yoga series with the introduction of the eight generation core processor and they did a stunning job with the Lenovo Yoga 920. Lenovo did a great job in correcting some design flaws, they put the webcam at the top of the display where it belongs.
Additionally, they enlarged the enter key which was slightly smaller on the Yoga 910, added Thunderbolt 3 support and simplified the look. As such, the Yoga 920 is a great 2-in-1 convertible that fits the bill as power efficient and performing laptop.
Alternatively, the Dell XPS 13 is a worthy competitor that you may want to consider. The system comes with a core i7-7Y75 CPU, 8GB of RAM and 256 GB SSD. The HP Spectre x360 is also a closer alternative with a more distinctive look that makes it shine in the category of 2-in-1 convertibles. All said, the Lenovo Yoga is a great laptop that gives value for the buck worth a long look and can as well serve as an awesome gift for your loved ones.