Lenovo Yoga 920 Laptop Review
This is by far the best 2-in-1 laptop we've ever tested
From the inside out, the Lenovo Yoga 920 (available at Microsoft for $1,149.99) is a masterpiece. Between the 8th-gen Intel processor and unique wristband hinge, not only does it deliver strong performance and great battery life, it's gorgeous to look at too. While we love the included stylus and redesigned keyboard, there were still a few shortcomings we had to come to terms with.
For one, the starting price for the base configuration is usually quite high. Though Lenovo's currently running a holiday sale, saving you a good chunk of change, the full MSRP price may deter those on a tight budget. The stylus also comes with a plastic holder that blocks the only 3.0 port. It's frustrating, for sure, but you can work around it. Aside from a couple of nitpicks, the Yoga 920 is an excellent 2-in-1.
About the Lenovo Yoga 920
The Yoga 920 is available in a couple of different configurations. The most expensive model ($1,999.99) is armed with 16GB of RAM, a 4K display, and up to 1TB PCIe SSD. We reviewed the entry-level version, which has an 8th-gen Intel processor and a full HD display. It also comes in platinum, bronze, and copper. Our loaner is the bronze model (it's gorgeous).
At full price, the base configuration will cost you $1,399.99. Luckily, Lenovo's currently running a holiday sale, so it's available for $1,149.99 on the Microsoft Store, which shaves off about $250. If you want to know more about the base configuration specs, you can check them out below:
CPU: Intel Core i7-8550U
GPU: Intel HD Graphics 620 with shared graphics memory
Memory: 8GB of RAM
Storage: 256GB SSD
Display: 13.9-inch full HD touchscreen
Ports: 2 Thunderbolt, 1 USB 3.0, 1 HDMI, audio/microphone jack
Weight: 3.02 lbs
Accessories: Active Pen 2
What We Like
The shift key is full-sized
In our review of the Yoga 910, we had a problem with the previous model's shrunken-down shift key. Not only was it half the size of a full-sized shift key, it sat to the right of the up arrow, which made for an uncomfortable typing experience. Thankfully, Lenovo took note and redesigned the keyboard in the next iteration.
The Yoga 920 features two full-sized shift keys that sit above the control button and the up arrow. Overall, the typing experience is so much better. The keys have a pleasant bounce to them and the shift keys are where you'd expect them to be. It's a small change, for sure, but it makes a huge difference.
Battery life is superb
In our intensive PC Mark 8 test, the Yoga 920 hit the four-hour mark. That's not bad, especially with screen brightness set to 100%. However, in our WiFi browsing test, which continuously surfs the web, the 2-in-1 lost steam in about eight hours. I guess it really depends on how you plan on using the convertible.
For lighter tasks like browsing the Internet or binge-watching The Crown on Netflix (ahem, me), this 2-in-1 will definitely last a full work day. For more demanding tasks like video editing, you can expect it to fade out in a couple of hours. So, if you consider yourself a heavy user, maybe someone who regularly multitasks, you may want to keep the charger handy.
The Active Pen 2 is included
The convertible comes with a stylus, which is pretty rad. The pen is lightweight and feels great in the hand. The slender tip flows beautifully as well, so it's perfect for taking notes or doodling. If you're buying a standalone pen, you can expect to spend anywhere from $50 - $150. It's not a freebie, per say, but it helps cut down the cost.
What We Didn't Like
Lofty starting price
At full price, the base configuration will cost you $1,399.99. Ouch. Talk about a critical hit to the wallet. While it may not be the best option for the budget-conscious buyer, if you're working with a little wiggle room, it's definitely worth the extra cash. Between the robust watchband hinge and 8th-gen Intel processor, not only are you getting a machine that'll last, you're getting strong performance as well.
Luckily, Lenovo's currently running a holiday sale. The base configuration, which normally costs a pretty penny, is now $1,149.99 on the Microsoft Store. This sale saves you about $250 and that's a pretty good chunk of change. But you better take advantage of it now, as I'm not sure how long it'll last.
The plastic pen holder blocks the only 3.0 USB port
The pen comes with a plastic holder that fits in the only 3.0 port, which is problematic because it prevents you from using it. Oh and did I mention that it obstructs the power button, too? It's annoying, but not a deal-breaker (at least not for me). It's a damned if you do damned if you don't situation, as people generally like having something that'll hold the pen.
Should You Buy It?
If you don't mind spending a little extra, absolutely
If you're willing to shell out the cash, the Yoga 920 is one of the best 2-in-1's in its class. With its excellent battery life, redesigned keyboard, and signature wristband hinge, this convertible is a work of art from the inside out. While there's a lot we love, like the bronze color scheme and included stylus, there were still a few drawbacks.
Under usual circumstances, the $1,399.99 starting price is steep, so I'd recommend taking advantage of Lenovo's holiday sale. You can get the base configuration for $1,149.99 on the Microsoft Store, which saves you about $250. My other gripe is with the plastic pen holder, as it blocks the 3.0 port and power button. It's annoying, but I don't consider it a deal-breaker.
If you can live without the bronze color scheme and unique wristband hinge, the New Dell Inspiron 13 7000 2-in-1 is a great alternative. Not only does it have near-identical specs, it's about $300 less than the Yoga 920 (when it's at full price). But if you really love that swanky design and are working with a flexible budget, the Yoga 920 is the best of the best.
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