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Lenovo Yoga 900


Lenovo’s latest iteration of its Yoga series, the 900, breaks away from the line’s usual naming convention, jumping several model numbers from last year’s Yoga 3 Pro1. The company says that the Yoga 900 hybrid-convertible laptop is an upgrade in three main ways: performance, hinge, and battery life. I spent some hands-on time with the Yoga 900, but I haven’t perfomed benchmarks or any lab testing, so this is an unrated preview. We will add a rating once we receive an evaluation unit in PC Labs. Where the Yoga 3 Pro has an Intel Core M processor, a CPU that’s made for higher-end tablets2 and chromebooks3 , the Yoga 900 is outfitted with the latest Intel Core Skylake i5 and i7 processors. It can also be updated to up to 16GB of LPDDR3 memory. Lenovo says it’s now the world’s thinnest Intel Core I laptop at only 0.58 inches thick, making it about as light and thin as the Apple MacBook Air 13-inch (2015)4. It weighs in at 2.8 pounds. I found the Yoga 900 to be quite light, and easily toted with a single hand. The Yoga 900 Pro uses the same display as the Yoga 3 Pro, a crisp and vibrant easy-on-the eyes 3,200-by-1,800 Quad HD In-Plane Switching (IPS) touch screen.

Lenovo Yoga 900

Like the last generation of Yoga laptops, the 900 has four modes: Laptop, Stand, Tent, and Tablet. This is where the brand-new hinge comes into play. Lenovo says the new hinge is constructed from 800 individual pieces, so it not only looks better than the Yoga 3 Pro’s hinge, it’s sturdier and tighter. Indeed, I was given a Yoga 3 Pro and a Yoga 900 to compare, and the Yoga 900 felt remarkably tighter, and its auto-lock mechanism seemed much stronger. It can require more elbow grease to switch the Yoga 900 from mode to mode, but it has a much better chance of staying in that mode for longer, and closing the laptop isn’t a problem. The hinge also now matches the color of the laptop itself, in contrast with the Lenovo Yoga 3 Pro with its silver hinge. The Yoga 900 comes in three colors: Platinum Silver, Champagne Gold, or Clementine Orange.Lenovo Yoga 900

One big difference between the Yoga 3 Pro and the 900 is the keyboard. Lenovo has added a sixth row of keys; apparently, Yoga users have complained that they couldn’t access the multifunction keys without going through several steps. This added simplicity makes the Yoga 900 a better business-focused system. The Yoga 900 is also outfitted with a more-powerful 66-watt battery. Lenovo estimates 8 hours of battery life; we’ll test that claim in the lab. Internal storage has been increased from the previous Yoga, with the option for either a 256GB or 512GB solid-state drive (SSD).

Lenovo Yoga 900

The Lenovo Yoga 900 looks to be a significant improvement over the Yoga 3 Pro, not only in terms of its thinness and its hinge, but also in terms of its components. Running the newest generation of Intel Skylake processors, the system feels fast and snappy with Windows 10 on board, and it feels much more like an enterprise-worthy laptop than just a laptop with a Tablet mode. At its base configuration, the Yoga 900 costs ?1,199, and is available starting today. Check back for our full review of the Yoga 900 soon.

References

  1. ^ Yoga 3 Pro (uk.pcmag.com)
  2. ^ tablets (uk.pcmag.com)
  3. ^ chromebooks (uk.pcmag.com)
  4. ^ Apple MacBook Air 13-inch (2015) (uk.pcmag.com)


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