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Lenovo Yoga 920 Review

On the PCMark 10 Extended benchmarks, the Yoga 920 edges out the T470s in every area except, interestingly, for the Productivity tests.

I found the Yoga 920 very enjoyable to use. The 4K display is very sharp, crisp, and bright enough to work outdoors. The hardware is plenty fast, thanks to 8th generation Intel Core processors and the Samsung PM981  NVMe storage. I would love to get more than 10 hours of battery life, but I think considering the 4K display, I’m happy to settle for slightly lesser. If you value battery life far more than display resolution, going for the Full HD model should get you well over 10 hours of battery use.

The extra bezel space on the bottom of the display comes in handy in tablet mode, as it gives you space to hold the Yoga 920 without sending touch inputs to the display. However, its large form factor makes this device unwieldy to hold for long periods of time.

Can the Yoga 920 claim to be the ultimate two-in-one convertible? That, of course, depends on what you’re looking for.

I mostly still prefer to work on a notebook computer, with a proper keyboard to type on, and which can sit on my lap when needed. For me, a two-in-one convertible that is a notebook first and which can adapt to other modes from time to time is what works best for me. This is what the Yoga 920 is.

Lenovo has been forward-thinking with the choices it had to make with the Yoga 920. It may be light on ports, but at least they offer two Thunderbolt 3 ports. Neither the latest Surface Pro nor the Surface Laptop offers USB Type-C, and while the Surface Book 2 does, it can’t do Thunderbolt 3.

All things considered, the Yoga 920 has brought together the best hardware specifications, so it won’t get dated too quickly. If you’re looking to get a two-in-one convertible, I do recommend you consider the Yoga 920. This is one of the best two-in-one convertibles that you can find right now.

The Yoga 920 is available in three colours, Platinum (as reviewed here), Copper, and Bronze. There are also two special editions, the Yoga 920 Vibes with glass on top of the cover featuring uniquely stylish design selected from a pool of top talent at the Istituto Europeo di Design, and the Yoga 920 Star Wars Special Edition. The latter is available in two separate designs featuring either the Rebel Alliance or the Galactic Empire logo emblazoned on the glass of the top cover. All the special editions come with fixed, non-configurable, specifications.

The Yoga 920 as configured for this review (i7-8550U, 16 GB, 1 TB, UHD) retails at a pricey S$3,719, available from the Lenovo online store. The good news is that Lenovo often runs promotions to lower the price. When you shop at night, using the SGNIGHT promo code, the price for this configuration drops to S$2,936.13, which is quite attractive. You can also find the Yoga 920 in retail stores, although availability tends to be spotty.

Conclusion

I’m happy to recommend the Lenovo Yoga 920 to anyone looking for a two-in-one convertible device that works best as a notebook first, and also adapts to other modes as needed. The Yoga 920 is well-built, has a distinguished design, and is up-to-date with the latest hardware specifications.

Pros:

  • Excellent built quality
  • Robust watchband-style hinge is both functional and iconic
  • Excellent performance
  • Great battery life

Cons:

  • Ridiculous expanse of bezel below the display
  • No proper pen storage

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