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Quick look at Lenovo Yoga 910 – the most promising Yoga notebook ever

Lenovo’s Yoga lineup has become more refined than ever but the culprit would be the Yoga 910. This might be the most promising Yoga notebook ever, even though at first glance it doesn’t offer anything revolutionary, yet everything about this machine is really well-built, designed and perfected. When you start using it, you will see why.

You can find the notebook’s price and availability here: http://amzn.to/2eJLMjY

Design

In terms of design, the new Yoga 910 isn’t much different from its predecessor except a few details that change the whole experience. Anodized metal finish – probably aluminum – is used for the whole chassis including the interior. Last year’s Yoga had a faux leather-like finish around the keyboard and touchpad but this time around, Lenovo is using the good old aluminum. We are yet to see how that affects the overall user experience.

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Speaking of the interior, we can’t miss mentioning the excellent keyboard and touchpad experience. The former has short key travel but sensible tactile feedback compensating for the rather short push. And as for the touchpad, quite frankly we have nothing to complain about. It offers light mouse clicks and a low-resistance surface on the trackpad area assuring easy, accurate and comfortable operations.

Now let’s talk about the most exciting feature this notebook has – the display. It has the unusual diagonal of 13.9 inches but fits inside the usual 13.3-inch form factor due to the extremely thin 3-sided bezel design. The chin appears to be a bit too thick for our taste but this can be easily overlooked. Besides, the webcam and microphone should fit somewhere, like in the XPS 13 and XPS 15 notebooks from Dell.

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When we talk about the screen, it’s an absolute necessity to talk about the hinge as well. Yoga 910 is still on the iconic Yoga watchband hinge, which looks amazing and still delivers the much-needed sturdiness in various usage modes. However, the wobbling effect is still present in laptop mode while using the touch panel, though, it’s not as prominent as in other 2-in-1 devices.

Hardware

yog-910_silver_stand_out_from_the_crowdThe hardware changes are more than welcome compared to the Yoga 900, except for the the lack of connectivity options. The port selection is limited to one USB 3.0, one USB-C 3.0 with video-out and one USB-C 2.0 also used for charging the device. The SD card is missing but at least the 3.5 mm audio jack is in place. This is a lot less compared to the 2x USB 3.0 ports, 1x USB-C 3.0 with video-out and 1x DC-in with USB 2.0 function on the previous version. Not to mention the SD card reader isn’t missing as well.

However, the rest of the changes will appeal to most users. We’ve got upgraded CPU now adopting Intel’s latest Kaby Lake generation with a selection between Core i7-7500U and Core i5-7200U with Intel HD Graphics 620 iGPU. The memory is upgradeable and instead of using the LPDDR3 onboard standard, the Yoga 910 is now equipped with one DDR4-2133 RAM slot and can go up to 16GB. The storage configurations are the same as always – up to 1TB PCIe NVMe SSD with most models selling with a 256GB stick.

There’s a significant bump in the display department as well. Now screen options include a Full HD (1920×1080) IPS panel and Ultra HD (3840×2160) with the former probably being the reasonable option for users looking for better battery life. This is a rather smart change in the configuration options since the QHD+ (3200×1800) was the only screen option available on the Yoga 900 and was a little over the top for some users. Extra pixels means more power and less battery endurance.

Specs sheet

The specs sheet provided below may differ depending on your region

CPUIntel Core i5-7200U (2-core, 2.50 – 3.10 GHz, 3MB cache) / Intel Core i7-7500U (2-core, 2.70 – 3.50 GHz, 4MB cache)
RAMup to 16GB (1x 16384MB) – DDR4, 2133 MHz
GPUIntel HD Graphics 620
HDD/SSDup to 1TB PCIe NVMe M.2 SSD
Display13.9-inch – Full HD (1920×1080) touch IPS, glossy / 13.9-inch – Ultra HD (3840×2160) touch IPS, glossy
Optical drive
ConnectivityLenovo AC Wireless (2×2), Bluetooth 4.1
Features
  • 1x USB 3.0 Type-C with video-out
  • 1x USB 2.0 Type-C with charging
  • 1x USB 3.0 with always-on charging
  • 3.5 mm audio combo jack
Battery4-cell, 48Wh
Thickness14.9 mm (0.58″)
Weight1.39 kg (3.06 lbs)