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Lenovo Yoga 910 Review

Lenovo has a really great product when it comes to the Yoga 910. It’s a 2-in-1 convertible laptop which means you can flip the display 360 degrees around the base of the computer. It features Lenovo’s signature watchband hinge in order to do so, the same hinge found on the Yoga Book. It comes loaded with Windows 10 and Intel’s 7th-generation Kaby Lake Core i processors to power everything, while the all-metal body of the laptop remains pretty compact at 14mm thick and lightweight at 3.04 pounds. I’ve been using the 910 for a few weeks, and I’ve loved my experience.

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Let me start off by saying that the display is by far one of the best reasons to even consider the 910. It measures in at 13.9-inches and has a 1080p resolution. There’s also a 4K option available, but I didn’t get the chance to check this model out during my testing.

What I did get to see is how minimal the bezels around the 910’s display are. They’re only a few millimeters away from reaching the very edge of the laptop. This makes for a very immersive experience while using this machine. You know, as long as you keep looking up and not pay attention to the bottom bezel because that thing is really fat. This is for a good cause, however, as Lenovo had to put the technologies behind the display somewhere since the left, right and top bezels were to be made so thin (they also had to put the webcam somewhere as well). It’s just a bit distracting when going to click on something in the taskbar or reading the bottom of a webpage.

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Touching a bit more on the display, this is a 2-in-1 after all, so the screen is touch capacitive. Having a touchscreen on Windows 10 is really convenient as Microsoft has done a good job at balancing touch, mouse, and keyboard input into one, seamless workflow. It also works well when the 910 is converted into tablet mode when the screen is flipped around. And yes, dealing with a 13.9-inch tablet isn’t as great as you may think since it makes for a hefty, clunky, uncomfortable experience. I’m not saying having the extra screen real estate isn’t convenient, but this type of impression is common across the convertible laptop board. It even comes across HP’s Spectre x360 line, one of the 910’s leading, most popular competitors.

Luckily, there’s other uses for the touchscreen on the 910 besides tablet mode. You can flip the computer around into a tent stance for watching movies or streaming YouTube, a stand mode to prompt up the display for easier use and navigation using your fingers, and even completely flat on a table if you’re working while standing up. And of course, as a third input, you can just tap your screen while in laptop mode rather using your mouse. Again, I think this is really convenient and a great option to have.

Like I said earlier, there’s other ways of navigating your computer rather just a touchscreen. Starting with the mouse, Lenovo built a pretty nice trackpad into the Yoga 910. You have the option of either dedicating a side of the pad to a right-click or switching to a two-finger-click for right-click operations (I went with the latter myself), while its size is decent and it’s nice and smooth during use. You also get all of Windows 10’s trackpad gestures like a three-finger-swipe to access Task View. I really have no complaints in this area, but I can’t say the same for the keyboard.

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Starting with the positives, the keyboard has a decent amount of travel and gives a pleasant typing experience while in use. There’s also a backlight for nighttime typing. However, for whatever reason, Lenovo cut the size of the right Shift key in half and moved it to the right of the Page Up key. Thanks to this, I’m constantly accidentally hitting the Up arrow, therefore shifting my typing point up a line or to the beginning of a sentence. This is also one of those keyboards where it tends to think you want more than one of a single letter in a word which has led to quite a few mistypes. I won’t go as far to say this keyboard is terrible by any means as you can adapt to these two quirks pretty quickly. But for the most part, I prefer not to use this keyboard if I don’t have to.

Other than this slight annoyance, the rest of the 910 is pretty stellar. The display produces really nice color and gets pretty bright, there’s plenty of IO on the left and right including two USB-C ports (one dedicated to charging, the other for data transfer), a full-sized USB-A port and a headphone jack (but no SD card slot, unfortunately), and a fingerprint sensor sits to the right of the base of the 910 for faster log-in thanks to Windows Hello (in case you’re wondering, there is no infrared sensor for facial log-ins). And while the webcam is in a really awkward place, it’s quality is fine for a Skype call or quick video chat with a family member. Just beware that everyone will see up your nose and your fingers on your keyboard.

As for sound, Lenovo loaded Dolby Audio support onto the Yoga 910 while also including dual stereo JBL-tuned speakers. On paper, this sounds great. But in real life, it’s a step in the wrong direction.

Rather having the speakers fire off from the keyboard or on the sides of the laptop, Lenovo opted for speakers on the bottom of the Yoga 910. Luckily, they are close to the user (right below and to the left and right of the trackpad, actually), but you can forget jamming out while this machine’s on your lap. To top things off, they lack bass and get kind of static-y at higher volumes. They aren’t my favorite speakers by any means, so you may wanna pick up some headphones to go along with your purchase.

Of course, your experience will change once the 910’s in tablet, stand, or tent mode, but they’re still tinny and don’t offer the best sound available.

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Regarding performance, the 910 is consistently smooth. I reviewed the Intel Core i7 model clocked in at 2.9GHz which also comes with 8GB of RAM and 256GB of SSD storage. I can have multiple Google Chrome tabs open at one time with no problem, while having roughly six different apps open also results in a lag-free experience. Once in a while, I’ll notice a period where the laptop will slow to a crawl randomly (especially while I type), but this only happened a few times during my use.

Heavy tasks like video editing or using Photoshop do hog performance, however. The 910 isn’t built to handle these types of operations, but it does pull through in the end. I don’t exactly recommend this laptop as your primary editing machine, but it’s good if you need to do something on-the-go.

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By no means is this a gaming PC, but lighter titles like Asphalt 8 and Minecraft work great with the Intel HD integrated graphics. I didn’t encounter any stutters or frame drops either while gaming.

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Battery life was also good with the Yoga 910. Lenovo advertises 9 hours of use, and in my experience, this statistic was pretty close. I got around 7-8 hours of use out of the cell inside, while charging takes roughly 3 hours from 0-100%. Of course, my use will vary when compared to other users’ needs. But as a writer who usually does a lot of work in Word and Google Docs, the battery in the 910 is fine.

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The Yoga 910 isn’t built to compete with leading desktops or top-of-the-line Pro laptops. Rather, it’s trying to deliver a great experience as a laptop and double as a tablet, a category currently hogged by the likes of HP (Spectre x360) and Dell (XPS 13). It does this pretty well with great execution and the perfect balance between hardware and software. You’re not getting any fancy pen input or weird accessory support for artists here, but if you’re in the market for a great Windows 10 showcase laptop/tablet, the 910 should definitely be considered.

Rating: 9.5/10

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Max Buondonno is a technology enthusiast who has been working as a journalist in this industry for more than two years. He has grown up in the age where everyone has a smartphone which has influenced his decision to become a professional technology writer, his passion in life. He's dipped his toes in the development of websites, while you can ask him anything about Apple, Google, or Microsoft and he's bound to give you an answer. He's reachable on Twitter, Facebook, Google+, LinkedIn, and email.

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