Lenovo Yoga 920 review: Another remarkable 2-in-1 laptop
In a year in which we’ve seen a number of remarkable 2-in-1 laptops, Lenovo has saved the best until last with the Yoga 920, its follow-up to the fantastic Yoga 910.
The Lenovo Yoga 920 features USB-C ports, an improved webcam location, a better keyboard and boosted battery life, while retaining the 360-degree hinge that’s a hallmark of the Yoga range.
However with devices, such as the Microsoft Surface Book 2, really pushing the boundaries of what we should expect from 2-in-1s, the Yoga 920 has its work cut out if it’s to really stand out from the crowd.
Price and availability
As with other 2-in-1 devices, the Lenovo Yoga 920 comes in different configurations. The base model comes with an Intel Core i5-8250U processor, a 256GB solid-state drive (SSD), 8GB of RAM, a 13.9-inch 1080p touchscreen and an Active Pen stylus.
The second model – which we’re testing here – comes with the same specs as above, but features a faster Intel Core i7-8550U processor and a larger 512GB SDD. And there’s a US-only model, which has an Intel Core i7-855OU processor, 16GB RAM, up to 1TB of storage and a 3,840×2,160 Ultra HD screen.
While these are hefty sums, they’re not unusual for premium laptops and ultrabooks. The Yoga 920 line-up is also a fair bit cheaper than the 13.5-inch Microsoft Surface Book 2. That’s quite a difference in price, though you should note that none of the Yoga 920 models come with a dedicated graphics card, unlike the top-spec Surface Book 2.
When you’re paying a premium price you want a device that looks and feels premium as well, and Lenovo has done an excellent job with the Yoga 920. It’s thin, yet sturdy, weighing in at 1.37kg and measuring 323×223.5×13.95mm.
This means it has a nice heft, without feeling heavy or bulky. It also has a metallic finish which adds to the premium feel, although after only a few hours of use it quickly becomes a haven for fingerprints.
The hinges along the back of the Yoga 920 are also eye-catching – we’ve fluctuated between thinking they’re stylish and finding them a bit gaudy. There’s no doubting the strength and build quality of the hinges though, which are essential for a convertible laptop since they’re likely to see a lot of action as you flip the screen orientation.
Like the hinge on the Surface Book 2, they’re strong enough to angle the screen without the body tipping up, while the screen remains held in place. Unlike the Surface Book 2, however, the design of the hinges doesn’t stick
Lenovo Yoga 920
Processor 1.8GHz Intel Core i7-8550U (dual-core, 4MB cache, up to 4GHz)
Graphics Intel UHD Graphics 620
Memory 16GB DDR4
Display 13.9-inch Full HD (1,920×1,080)
Storage 512GB PCIe SSD
Connectivity 802.11ac Wi-Fi; Bluetooth 4.1; 1x USB 3.0, 2x USB-C (Thunderbolt 3); 3.5mm mic/headset jack
out quite as much, and the screen can flip a full 180-degrees.
2-in-1 convertibles that flip their screens to turn into a tablet-like device struggle to provide quite as good a tablet experience as 2-in-1s on which the screen detaches from the keyboard, since you’re still left with a slightly bulky device with a keyboard on the back.
Lenovo has partly addressed this with the thinness of the design, and the keyboard is clever enough to turn off the buttons, so they don’t interfere when in tablet mode.
Given the design it’s probably no surprise that there aren’t a huge number of connectivity options. On the left side there’s a headphone/ mic jack and two USB-C ports – one of which is also used as the power supply – and on the right is a full-size USB 3.0 port. The number of ports isn’t restrictive, and is a reasonable trade-off for the svelte design. If you have a number of USB devices that you want to attach you’ll need an adaptor, though the Yoga 920 offers Bluetooth as well.
Stylus pros and cons
One thing we criticised the Surface Book 2 for was the fact that you’ll need to pay extra for the Surface Pen stylus, despite the premium that Microsoft charges for its 2-in-1.
The Yoga 920 is a triumph. It has a lovely premium design, and performs day-to-day tasks well
Thankfully Lenovo hasn’t followed suit and the Yoga 920 comes with a battery-powered Active Pen as part of the package. The Pen has a nice design and the Yoga 920 responds well to it, thanks to its screen being able to detect 4,096 levels of pressure. Light presses and hard presses are registered accurately, and the Yoga 920 can keep up with even the most frantic scribbles.
The Yoga 920 we tested is incredibly impressive.
Windows 10 runs smoothly on its 1.8GHz Intel Core i7, and Lenovo has kept the number of unwanted pre-installed applications to a minimum. Day-to-day tasks are usually processed quickly, although it took the Yoga 920 quite a long time to extract a large ZIP file, which also caused its fans to kick in.
The keyboard is large enough to type comfortably on, and despite the keys being fairly shallow they have satisfying travel. The touchscreen is also fast and responsive, when using either your fingers or the stylus, while the 1080p screen looks fantastic with crisp and bright visuals and deep, dark blacks, offering an enjoyable viewing experience when watching movies. Sound quality is good too.
The integrated graphics of the Lenovo Yoga 920 don’t have enough power to drive modern graphically-demanding games, but it can still handle older games – and pretty much any title on our list of the best games for laptops. For any graphically-strenuous tasks, however, you may not want to settle for the Yoga 920.
Lenovo claims a battery life of 12 hours for the Yoga 920, and while it didn’t quite reach that target in our testing it didn’t fall far short. In our movie test the Yoga 920 lasted for nine hours and 23 minutes before it needed recharging. We also ran the PCMark 8 Battery Life benchmark, which simulates medium to high usage. Here, battery life dropped to just over four hours. That’s almost two hours less than the Surface Book 2 13.5-inch – although the Surface Book 2 is both more expensive, and actually contains two batteries (one in the body, the other in the detachable screen). The Yoga 920 does recharge very quickly via USB-C though, its battery taking just 90 minutes to reach 92 percent charge.
The Yoga 920 is a triumph. It has a lovely premium design, and performs day-to-day tasks well. Its integrated graphics mean it’s a little weak when it comes to graphically- intensive tasks, but it’s a price you’ll want to pay for a device that’s so incredibly thin and light.
The Yoga 920 is a premium 2-in-1 with performance to match – only its integrated graphics let it down.
- The Yoga 920 is a premium 2-in-1 with performance to match - only its integrated graphics let it down.
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