Lenovo Yoga 920: One of the Best Convertible Laptops of the Moment
With Stylus support, USB-C Thunderbolt 3 ports, design enhancements, 8th generation Core i processor that boosts performance and battery life
The Yoga 920 is entitled to a series of enhancements and new features that include a Lenovo-compatible pen display and an Intel 8th generation processor. This makes it one of the best high-end hybrid laptops of the moment.
Lenovo’s Yoga 920 kept everything we liked about its predecessor, the Yoga 910 , while correcting what was wrong. To be honest, there was pretty little blame for the 910, which was already a high-flying hybrid notebook. But the 920 erases its few imperfections while adding an 8th generation Core i processor that increases performance while maintaining a very good battery life.
Lenovo offers a single version of the Yoga 920 : Intel Core i 5-8250U, touch screen 13.9 inches full HD 1.920×1.080 pixels, 8 GB Ram, 256 GB SSD. The pen Active Pen 2 is sold as an option. If you are more concerned with the configuration than the style, there are more affordable options, such as the Dell Yoga 720 or Inspiron 13 7000 that will give you more memory and storage for your money. But if the price of 920 suits you, you will not be disappointed.
Small Details That Make Everything
From ultra-thin screen borders to a rugged, all-metal chassis to a 360-degree hinge inspired by a watch strap, everything in the Yoga 920 translates into a high-end machine worthy of the name. With 1.37 kg on the scale it is a bit heavy. But it is bearable and above all acceptable knowing that we have a 13.9-inch screen in the footprint of a 13.3-inch. And then it is thin enough (12,7mm) to slip easily into most bags.
The design is basically identical to that of the 910, with some notable details. On the 910, Lenovo had moved the webcam under the screen to refine the borders (which gave a rather bizarre angle of view, as on the Dell XPS 13 ). On the 920, the manufacturer managed to put it over the screen. There are also new long-range microphones that can request the Cortana voice assistant up to 4 meters away, even in standby mode.
Another minor change is the keyboard. On the 910, Lenovo had included a set of directional arrows by sacrificing the size of the right capital key. This time, the up and down arrows are halved, but the capital key returns to its normal size. The backlit keyboard already had a very good touch considering the finesse of the chassis. But the presence of this enlarged capital key does not reduce typing errors.
The touchpad is always as perfect. The fingers slide easily on its smooth surface and the palm of the hand has never caused the slightest start of the cursor. Multitouch gestures can be set in Windows and can also be disabled. A fingerprint reader built into the keypad allows identification via Windows Hello.
The connectivity that 920 is minimalist. No HDMI output or SD memory card reader. On the other hand, we are entitled to two USB-C Thunderbolt 3 ports that can power the machine, receive two high-resolution external displays, make fast charging and transfer data up to 40 Gbit / s. There is also a headphone / microphone combi jack and a standard USB 3.0 port, which can make charging permanent, which will allow you to leave your smartphone or tablet in charge even if the pc is off.
Another big change in design is the support for the Active Pen Pen, which detects 4,096 pressure levels. We did not notice any significant latency. And even if you do not risk confusing the writing on glass with that on paper, the mine of the pen still offers very good sensations for writing and drawing. The only grievance we have is storage. The stylus comes with a plastic holder that fits into the USB 3.0 port. And when you fix the stylus, it blocks the power button.
Nice In Multitasking
The French version of the Yoga 920 is equipped with a Core i5-8250U at 1.6 GHz. Although you may not notice it in your daily use, our benchmarks show a significant performance boost over the Yoga 910 and its 7 th generation processor. On the other hand, you will find excellent performance without slowing down for the tasks that strongly solicit the processor. Although this configuration is not intended for graphics intensive applications or video games, we had no problem processing large raw files of photos taken with a Nikon D500 or editing video clips in full HD. We also had a good time playing Telltale Games’ The Walking Dead with mid-level settings.
In terms of autonomy, we came out impressed with our endurance test with 12h50mn. In mixed use and brightness at 70%, we were able to work on a day of 8 hours while still maintaining the margin. Of course, your use will probably give you different results. But in any case, you can count on a more than satisfactory autonomy.
The Yoga 910 already offered superb design, excellent performance and battery life. The addition of the stylus and latest-generation Intel processor for the Yoga 920 adds versatility while its smart little enhancements make it even more practical. Really one of the best hybrids of the moment.