The Lenovo Yoga 920 ($ 1,329) is one of the first computers we have tested to harness the power of Intel’s eighth generation Core i7 processors, but it is just one of many compelling reasons to purchase this convertible hybrid computer. The Yoga 920 offers exceptional build quality and a list of thoughtful features that make it one of the most comfortable Windows laptops on the market. And that is before you notice the amazing battery life, the Core i7 power and the reasonable asking price. Of course there are some imperfections, but in general the Yoga 920 wins an Editors’ Choice Award, replacing the HP Specter x360 13 as the best high-end convertible laptop available today.
A lot and a lot of metal
Although the ThinkPad is not as legendary as the ThinkPad, the Lenovo Yoga line is not new to the hybrid notebook market and the Yoga 920 replaces the already excellent Yoga 910 last year. improvements to address what he describes in a statement as “some product gaps of the previous generation”. The improvements result in a number of subtle design changes, a redesigned keyboard and a misplaced webcam, but they do not significantly change overall aesthetics.
With its closed lid, the Yoga 920 looks like the legion of other ultraportable devices that compete for your money. Our test unit has a bronze metal finish on the lid and the bottom of the frame, but you can opt for platinum, copper or glass instead. It is elegant without being flashy, although it is a fingerprint magnet (just like the touch screen). The laptop has a size of 0.55 by 12.72 by 8.8 inches (HWD), about the same size as other cabriolets, although the cheapest Dell Inspiron 13 7000 $ 818.00 at Amazon is a bit thicker at 0.76 inches.
Unfortunately, the overall elegance of using the stylus and PC does not extend to Lenovo’s pen storage solution. It comes with a plastic holder that fits into the USB 3.0 port on the right side of the Yoga 920. In addition to looking for all that smooth metal and avoid the zipper on the sleeve of your laptop, the plastic tab keeps the pen to lock the power button next to the USB 3.0 port. We prefer the Microsoft Surface Pen, which attaches magnetically to the Surface Book side.
The ultimate in design and comfort
Lenovo expertise is displayed on the keyboard and touchpad. The keys are unusually robust for a laptop, although they do not have as many outings as their counterparts on the Lenovo ThinkPad T470 $ 783.20 with Lenovo, our favorite laptop to type. They also do not have the directional keys up and down of the Yoga 910; According to Lenovo, customer feedback shows that many people prefer a full shift key instead of the larger arrow keys. Apparently it is not possible to make the arrows and the Shift-key in real size.
Under the keyboard is a touch pad that does not suffer from multitouch input offset like other Windows pads, even if they are set to higher sensitivity settings. The use of two fingers to scroll is as easy as on a Mac laptop, and there is an excellent rejection of the palm, so you do not accidentally move the cursor while typing. However, when it comes to clicks, the Mac touchpads are superior, because their haptic feedback means that the entire surface of the pad can be clicked instead of the lower part that you find on the Yoga 920.
The fingerprint reader works well to connect to Windows, which is a good bonus because the webcam of the laptop does not support face detection connections via Windows Hello. However, the camera itself, which is located above the center of the screen, can produce clear and bright HD video. The sound quality of the two JBL speakers is excellent, although their downward firing position at the bottom of the chassis means they are more powerful when you use the Yoga 920 in Tent mode, so the speakers point upwards. for you. In tablet and laptop configurations the sound is a bit smothered, but the speakers still produce a nice series of ups and downs.
In addition to the on / off button and the single USB 3.0 port, the right edge is provided with a reset of the pinaat system. On the left side there are two USB ports C with support for Thunderbolt 3, each of which can be used to charge Yoga 920 through the USB sector C included 65 watts, and the headphones. A total of three USB ports plus the headphone jack is a relatively rare I / O supplement, but at least Lenovo includes both USB-C and USB Type A, unlike Apple’s MacBook Pro, which now comes with USB-C.
Wireless connectivity options include WiFi 802.11 ac and Bluetooth 4.1. Lenovo offers one year warranty as standard.
Eighth generation Oomph
In addition to an Intel Core i7-8550U at 1.8 GHz, our evaluation unit contains 8 GB of memory and a 256 GB SSD, both scalable. Although you can open the case and upgrade the components yourself, it is not a simple process, so you should upgrade the memory and hard drive when you buy your notebook.
That said, if you are looking for a pure computer power, you do not have to change anything. The Yoga 920 has passed all our performance tests, largely thanks to the power of the eighth generation Intel processor. The new processor was announced in August and is slowly starting to appear on regular PCs. This is the first time we have tested it on a laptop. Despite a lower clock speed compared to the Yoga 910, the Yoga 920 was almost twice as fast by completing our Photoshop image editing tasks (6 minutes and 2 seconds at 2:54) and coding a video much faster. Use parking brake (2:15 vs. 1:21).
He also published the results of the first order of the owner PCMark test to measure 8 videoconferencing, web browsing, word processing and other common tasks (3284) and the Cinebench 3D benchmark (578). The result is that photographers and video editors who adjust their fieldwork regularly find the Yoga 920 faster to perform many tasks than even the standard MacBook Pro.
However, all this power does not mean that the life of the battery is shorter. Yoga 920 lasted 22 hours and 38 minutes in our battery life test, which means playing a local video file to loop until the battery runs out. It is almost an hour longer than its predecessor, and much larger than the Living Book (7:16) and MacBook Pro (4:26), each of which has developed its own reputation for life. The battery is excellent. In anecdotal testing more realistic, we loaded our 920 Yoga evaluation unit on Saturday morning, and we still had more than 30% of the remaining battery charge Sunday night after a weekend of surfing the web and video streaming.
As with most convertible 2-in-1 with integrated graphics, however, Yoga 920 is not a great choice for games or graphics applications. We did not succeed in skipping the threshold of 30 frames per second on our game benchmarks for Heaven and Valley, even with average quality settings. None of the competitors have done much better, with the exception of the Microsoft Surface Book, which has an Nvidia graphics card, and the MacBook Pro, which has an integrated GPU Iris Plus.
Yoga 920 is generally quiet, but its range went into overdrive during our benchmark tests and occasionally while browsing on Google Chrome, especially Google Maps on websites with limited resources or badly coded. When the fan was in the queue, he was very loud, but he fell as soon as the offending browser tab was closed or the test was completed.
It does not get much better
The Lenovo Yoga 920 has everything you need with a stylish laptop: performance and battery life excellent, excellent build quality and high-end look. With his stylus and tablet modes you can even use him to draw a tight airplane seat. Few Windows rivals can match his performance, although this is changing when new eight generation laptops go on sale. For now, this is the best Windows convertible you can buy, and a great alternative to the MacBook Pro as both a status symbol and a workhorse for creative professionals.