Lenovo Yoga 910
Most beautiful screen, performance, autonomy and really attractive design
With its superb design, excellent display, high performance and autonomy, the Yoga 910 is a hybrid that is well worth the detour.
Many users do not yet perceive the interest of a touch screen on a laptop. Yet with hybrid machines like Lenovo’s Yoga, it’s hard not to appreciate this flexibility. The Yoga 910 with its all-metal finish is the perfect example of what a good hybrid machine can be. Its compact size and its relatively light weight come with an excellent 13.9-inch touchscreen almost without edges, which gives it a style very close to a tablet when the keyboard is folded.
The mechanism of the 360 ° hinge evokes a watch strap. It is at the same time firm enough to hold the screen at any inclination and flexible enough to be maneuvered with one finger. It may seem an exaggeration to linger on a hinge, but it must be said that it works really well, that it is pretty and contributes to the finesse of the design. She already equipped the Yoga 900 and the Yoga 3 Pro . On the other hand, a screen of this quality level is a first.
The Yoga 910 is available with Full HD screen or Ultra HD. The virtual absence of curbs allowed Lenovo to fit a slab of 13.9 inches in a space equivalent to that of a 13.3-inch. This leaves a little more room to work, with the added bonus of a display with excellent colors and brightness.
But to get this design, the builder was forced to place the webcam in the bottom of the screen. If you use the webcam while typing, it will make you disproportionate hands. This can be remedied by placing the screen in “tent position” and connecting an external keyboard and mouse. The webcam is then in the upper part of the screen.
The keyboard is generally good, with one exception. The right capital key that is still as small as the Yoga 900 , but which is badly placed bonus, right of the up arrow. When you type a little faster, you inevitably end up pressing the arrow key and move the cursor. Obviously, we can get used to this configuration, but it’s still pretty frustrating.
In contrast, the touchpad is almost perfect. The fingers slide easily over its smooth surface and we have not encountered a slider problem caused by a touch of the palm of the hand. In addition, you can easily set the multi-mode mode in Windows to disable some of them if you do not use it.
Like many newer models of ultraportables, the Yoga 910 gives up the USB Type-A connection in favor of the USB Type-C. It has a USB 2.0 Type-C port for data transfer and charging and a USB 3.0 Type-C port for data and video output (via an adapter not supplied). So, we can not use a single port to do everything with a cable.
There is no HDMI output or SD memory card reader. On the other hand, there is a standard USB 3.0 port where you can charge a phone or tablet even when the 910 is off.
The Yoga 910 is (or will be) available in 3 versions:
– Intel Core i5-7200U processor, 1.920×1.080 pixels full screen, 8 GB RAM and 512 GB SSD
Intel Core i7-7500U processor, full HD 1.920×1.080 pixels screen, 8 GB RAM and 1 TB SSD
Intel Core i7-7500U processor, full HD 1.920×1.080 pixels screen, 16 GB RAM and 1 TB SSD
Overall performance is excellent, with no particular latency on the most intensive tasks. Be aware that this is not a machine cut for demanding video games. She is not very comfortable with Ultra HD video either. That said, our tests on YouTube and Netflix in 4K went well. The Yoga 910 is in any case not designed for graphically intensive tasks.
Regarding the autonomy, we were impressed by the 8 hours reached during our endurance test. However, on this point the new MacBook Pro with Touch Bar has done better with 10 hours but it is not at the same price and does not offer the flexibility of the touch screen. In practice and in everyday use, we approached 10 hours with the Yoga 910.
The Yoga 910 is on the whole an excellent hybrid laptop. His strengths are undeniably the design and the screen. It gives complete satisfaction as well in tablet mode as portable PC mode.