Lenovo’s Yoga 9i Gen 7 is a 2-in-1 assertion piece


Lenovo Yoga 9i lid
Enlarge / Lenovo’s Yoga 9i 14″ seventh Gen laptop computer.
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Specs at a look: Lenovo Yoga 9i (14″)
Worst Finest As reviewed
Display screen 14-inch 1920×1200 IPS touchscreen 14-inch 3840×1400 90 Hz OLED IPS touchscreen 14-inch 2800×1800 90 Hz OLED IPS touchscreen
OS Home windows 11 Residence
CPU Intel Core i7-1260P
RAM 8GB LPDDR5-5200 16GB LPDDR5-5200
Storage 256 GB PCIe 4.0 SSD 1 TB PCIe 4.0 SSD 512 GB PCIe 4.0 SSD
GPU Intel Iris Xe (built-in)
Networking 802.11ax (2×2), Bluetooth 5.2
Ports 2x Thunderbolt 4 (USB-C), 1x USB-C 3.2 Gen 2, 1x USB-A 3.2 Gen 2, 1x 3.5 mm jack
Dimension 12.52 x 9.06 x 0.6 inches
(318 x 230 x 15.25 mm)
Weight Begins at 3.26 lbs (1,480 g)
Battery 75 Whr
Guarantee 1 yr
Value (MSRP) $1,080 at Lenovo $1,730 $1,930

For a laptop computer to make a press release, it must have extra than simply the most recent parts—it has to have model. Lenovo’s Yoga 9i is able to compete in right this moment’s market with its Intel twelfth Gen P-series CPUs, nevertheless it reveals it is extra than simply one other thin-and-light convertible with luxurious particulars.

You possibly can instantly inform the Yoga 9i was designed to seize your consideration with its shiny, polished finishes. However it’s the creature comforts, like a hi-res webcam with background blur, an elective tall and quick OLED touchscreen, and abnormally loud audio system—that inform the true story.

(Word: The OLED variations of the Yoga 9i aren’t accessible for buy, however Lenovo instructed us they need to be accessible at Finest Purchase inside the subsequent two weeks.)

Slim and glossy

The Yoga 9i proves {that a} laptop computer does not need to be a MacBook or perhaps a MacBook imitator to supply a putting design. The aluminum chassis on my check unit is silver, however the laptop computer additionally is available in a gold-like “oatmeal” shade and a darker grey. I loved the refined sparkles on the silver model’s matte lid, deck, and keyboard. Relatively than begging for consideration by dwelling within the heart of the laptop computer’s lid, the carved Lenovo and Yoga logos play it cool and wait so that you can discover them on the lid’s edges.

The Yoga 9i is certainly a pretty 2-in-1.
Enlarge / The Yoga 9i is actually a fairly 2-in-1.
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You may name this laptop computer’s design “edgy”—not as a result of it is rebellious, however due to the deck’s putting, shiny edges. Reflective and polished, they provide a rounded different to the sharp, pointy laptop computer edges we frequently see. Lenovo says the perimeters make the machine extra comfy to carry when in pill mode, however I discovered they added pointless slipperiness.

Oh so shiny.
Enlarge / Oh so shiny.
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Extra cumbersome is the slim, flat energy button on the appropriate facet of the deck; I repeatedly hit it by chance when shifting the laptop computer, even after just a few weeks of utilizing the machine. The Yoga 9i’s polished edges are fairly, however I would choose boring, unreflective, sharp edges if it meant I might have a greater grip and fewer unintentional energy button presses.

Should you not often maintain your laptop computer on the left and proper sides, you most likely will not be bothered. There isn’t any energy button on the backbone, in fact.

Two tweeters live in the laptop's soundbar/hinge.
Enlarge / Two tweeters reside within the laptop computer’s soundbar/hinge.
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There’s additionally a soundbar. The holes protecting the 360-degree hinge and its two tweeters are the ultimate particulars that flip the laptop computer right into a assertion piece. Nonetheless, I fear concerning the audio system’ longevity, particularly contemplating the truth that the holes are uncovered, even when the laptop computer is closed.

Lastly, the Yoga 9i does not let slimness damage port choice. On the left, it has two Thunderbolt 4 ports and even a USB-A port (3.2 Gen 2 at 10 Gbps). The fitting facet has a 3.5 mm jack and one other USB-C port (3.2 Gen 2).

There isn’t any HDMI or DisplayPort, however between the Thunderbolt 4 choices for a USB-C monitor and the OLED display, you may hopefully be capable of make do.

Spacious keyboard

The machine has an exemplary texture. It feels lavishly easy below the wrist however by no means slippery. It enhances the massive keyboard, which has additional room to unfold out since it is not bordered by audio system.

The keyboard's auto backlight, which turns on or off depending on the environment's lighting, works well.
Enlarge / The keyboard’s auto backlight, which activates or off relying on the atmosphere’s lighting, works nicely.
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The Yoga 9i’s keys and font are giant, making the keyboard practical and legible. Journey I might really feel and a fast return ensured that the keys did not really feel mushy when typing, however their flatness made it more durable for my fingers to relaxation comfortably. Moreover, I might really feel the legends inscribed on the keys, so I fear about them fading over time.

However whereas Lenovo saved keyboard area with its speaker association, a singular key financial institution on the left facet simply will get in the best way. The shortcuts are too area of interest; most individuals do not want one-touch entry to efficiency modes, background blurring in video calls, audio modes, or Home windows’ darkish mode.

Talking of wasted keys, a “Good Key” within the operate row brings up a menu for quick-launching preinstalled Lenovo instruments, just like the Lenovo Vantage and Voice apps, regardless that F9 additionally launches Vantage.

These keys aren’t programmable, and unusually, Lenovo didn’t embrace extra useful keys, like devoted media playback controls.

The Yoga 9i’s touchpad is 45 % bigger than its predecessor’s, at 5.31 x 3.15 inches. It isn’t as icy easy as these on another premium thin-and-lights, just like the Dell XPS line. However the touchpad is smoother than what you may get in cheaper laptops, and it was straightforward to navigate the laptop computer with out by chance swiping or urgent the touchpad.

Efficiency

The Yoga 9i I examined got here with essentially the most highly effective CPU the road gives, an Intel Core i7-1260P. Intel launched the P-series upon launching its 12th Gen mobile CPUs; they’re just like the top-tier H-series, however you possibly can count on them to run at their max increase speeds for much less time than H-series chips.

The 28 W i7-1260P has 4 efficiency cores (P-cores) working at 2.1–4.7 GHz, eight effectivity cores (E-cores) at 1.5–3.4 GHz, 16 threads, and 18MB of cache. Our evaluate unit got here with 16GB of LPDDR5-5200 reminiscence soldered in, and there is a 512GB PCIe 4.0 SSD for storage—a bit low for this value.

For comparability, we’ll take a look at benchmark numbers from just a few different 14-inch ultralights, in addition to some 13-inchers that we have examined not too long ago. Word that all of them use an Intel eleventh Gen CPU, so we’re evaluating CPUs throughout each sequence and generations.

Additionally notice the worth variations, particularly the Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Excessive’s upcharge for a devoted graphics card and our evaluate unit’s upcharge for an OLED panel.

Listed here are the opposite machines you may see within the benchmark slides (costs are present as of press time):

Mannequin CPU Discrete GPU RAM SSD Different Value (as of press time)
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Extreme Gen 4  i7-11800H Nvidia GeForce RTX 3070 16GB DDR4-3200 512GB 3840 x 2400 IPS touchscreen $2,327.40
MSI Summit E13 Flip Evo i7-1185G7 None 32GB LPDDR4X-4267 1TB N/A $1,700
Dell XPS 13 9310 i5-1135G7 None 16GB LPDDR4x-4267 512GB 3456 x 2160 OLED touchscreen $1,450
Acer Swift 5 i7-1165G7 None 16GB LPDDR4x-4266 512GB N/A $1,100

The Yoga 9i’s twelfth Gen CPU outperformed the eleventh Gen opponents in each single-and multi-core efficiency. That features the expensive ThinkPad examined in balanced mode (moderately than efficiency) for extra manageable warmth. In case your workload is extra CPU-heavy than GPU-heavy, you can lower your expenses with the Yoga in comparison with the workstation-like laptop computer. Unsurprisingly, the XPS 13’s Core i5 could not sustain with the i7 chips.

I additionally used the CPDT benchmark to test the velocity of the Yoga 9i’s SSD. It posted common sequential learn and write speeds of three.81 and 1.55 GBps, respectively. Random learn and write speeds have been at 51.58 and 78.43 MBps, respectively. CPDT is a more recent addition to our benchmark suite, so we do not have numbers accessible for the remainder of the machines. However for a fast comparability, I ran the check on the 512GB SSD in a Dell XPS 13 9305 I occurred to have available (with an i7-1165G7 CPU), and it posted sequential learn and write speeds of two.46 and 1.27 GBps, respectively. Random learn and write speeds have been higher than the Yoga 9i at 62.15 and 108.19 MBps, respectively.

As you possibly can see from the Geekbench 5 Compute check, the i7-1260P’s built-in Iris Xe graphics are not any substitute for a devoted GPU, just like the one within the ThinkPad. The Yoga additionally confirmed minimal positive aspects in comparison with the MSI laptop computer’s graphics efficiency. I additionally examined the Yoga 9i with the 3DMark Wild Life Excessive benchmark, one other new addition, so we won’t share numbers for the comparability machines. The Yoga 9i posted a rating of 4,144.

For a 0.6-inch-thick laptop computer, the Yoga 9i stayed impressively cool throughout use. I stored it in “excessive efficiency” mode for benchmarking and heavy use, and the machine by no means obtained too scorching to sit down on my lap. The followers know when to kick in, they usually sound like a gust of air with the occasional high-pitched whirr. However as a result of they routinely die down when acceptable, the noise was not often a trouble.

The underside.
Enlarge / The underside.
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You possibly can go for the “clever cooling” mode, which, as Lenovo’s Vantage app describes, “allows the very best expertise with fan velocity and system efficiency balanced.” Or you possibly can simply let the laptop computer routinely choose considered one of two modes primarily based on what you are doing. There’s additionally a 3rd mode that helps you save battery life, and the devoted keyboard button means you possibly can simply change the efficiency mode with out digging by way of the Lenovo Vantage software program, making it a bit extra possible I will keep in mind to make use of the function.

Battery life

Transferring from a 60 Whr battery final era to a 75 Whr battery, Lenovo says the OLED-equipped Yoga 9is can final for as much as 10.5 hours whereas working the MobileMark 2018 benchmark and 14 hours throughout 1080p video playback (not the display’s full decision), all with the display at a dim 150 nits. Anticipate decrease battery life with brightness set to the max. Lenovo’s battery life numbers drop to 13 and 23 hours in the event you skip OLED.

Lenovo’s Vantage app gives detailed perception into the laptop computer’s battery:

Vantage also lets you turn off the USB ports' always-on function to save battery life.
Enlarge / Vantage additionally helps you to flip off the USB ports’ always-on operate to avoid wasting battery life.
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Tall OLED display

The OLED screen fights the overcast outdoors.
Enlarge / The OLED display fights the overcast outdoor.
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You will get the Yoga 9i with a 14-inch IPS touchscreen in a 1920×1200 decision, however for a sharper, extra contrast-y picture, go for OLED. My evaluate unit’s OLED contact show has a decision of 2880×1800, and Lenovo says a 3840×2400 OLED choice will probably be accessible this month.

I recorded a max brightness of 378 nits on my evaluate pattern’s panel. There are brighter, less-reflective laptop computer screens, however I used to be nonetheless ready to make use of the Yoga outdoors on a sunny day and had solely occasional points. The reflectiveness of the display made the laptop computer more durable to view from a perpendicular angle, although, and it was tough to make out some darkish scenes in movies.

The entire Yoga 9i’s panel choices have a max brightness of 400 nits, so though OLED screens can usually be dimmer than LED ones, you are not sacrificing nits in the event you go for OLED right here.

The OLED display is VESA DisplayHDR True Black 500-certified. That is VESA’s OLED certification’s center tier, and like the opposite tiers, it means the show has ultra-dark black ranges as little as not less than 0.0005 nits, plus not less than 500 nits brightness in a ten % check patch and 300 nits in full-screen long-term.

My evaluate unit’s display had a 90 Hz refresh charge; the IPS panels are solely accessible at 60 Hz. Since it is a small bump, you may be hard-pressed to note the distinction, however in the event you plan on working with fast-paced video, it is a good function to have.

The laptop will also be available in 1920 x 1200 and 3840 x 1400 resolutions.
Enlarge / The laptop computer can even be accessible in 1920 x 1200 and 3840 x 1400 resolutions.
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The OLED choices additionally declare to be extra colourful than the IPS-equipped SKUs, with 100% DCI-P3 protection in comparison with the IPS’s 100% of the smaller sRGB colour area. My evaluate unit recorded 123.2 % of DCI-P3 and 174 % of sRGB. This required some private adjustment, as components like individuals’s pores and skin tones regarded a bit of too golden. However as soon as I adjusted, the general picture felt extra vivid and lifelike. Reds have been additional wealthy, oranges have been extra nuanced, and greens regarded vigorous moderately than exaggerated.

OLED can be good for having fun with HDR content material, because of deep blacks elevating distinction method past something an LED backlight can muster. However the reflectiveness of the display usually made me want for a darker room.

Should you’re after an HDR film car, it’s possible you’ll need to contemplate the higher-res choice, whose decision comes nearer to 4K. However even in the event you do not, particulars in darkish film scenes are straightforward to discern, and blacks have been certainly deeper on the OLED panel, at occasions almost mixing into the black bars.

Spectacular webcam

There are decently sized prime and backside bezels bordering the OLED panel, and a notch close to the webcam makes the clamshell barely simpler to open one-handed. However extra crucial is the 1080p, 5 MP infrared, and RGB hybrid webcam.

You will not immediately seem like a Photoshopped mannequin with this webcam, nevertheless it produces sharper photos than many laptop computer webcams I’ve used. And colour accuracy was fairly spot-on, even with less-than-ideal lighting.

The webcam allows Window Whats up facial recognition logins, and it may additionally sense once you’re in entrance of the digital camera and routinely log you in or dim the show and lock the PC once you’re not in entrance of it. For many who discover these options extra creepy than helpful, they’re straightforward sufficient to disable.

The devoted background blur helps with privateness throughout video calls. I observed some visible artifacts that grew to become extra pronounced if I moved round, however the function nonetheless did a greater job than many video-calling apps’ built-in background blur results.

Robust soundbar

Regardless of the laptop computer’s trim construct, the Yoga 9i’s audio system are very loud. Sound comes proper at your face, because the hinge serves as a soundbar, with audio blasting out of each side through a pair of tweeters. This setup implies that audio typically has extra echo to it if the PC is tented or near a wall.

Here you can see the soundbar and, below, the air vents.
Enlarge / Right here you possibly can see the soundbar and, beneath, the air vents.
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However there’s additionally a pair of three W woofers within the laptop computer’s left and proper sides to fill out the sound.

Audio typically crammed the room moderately than sounding prefer it was struggling to squeeze out of a skinny chassis. In contrast to in lots of skinny laptops, music and dialogue did not sound tinny, however in addition they did not have the identical heat and depth that you’d get from exterior audio system, even after I examined the Dolby audio profiles through the devoted keyboard button.

Lenovo Yoga 9i (Gen 7)

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An announcement piece

Lenovo is making a press release with the Yoga 9i—particularly, that highly effective laptops can nonetheless are available fascinating designs. From its shiny gildings to its distinctive soundbar and taller, sooner OLED display, this machine is loud and proud. However it’s not only a fairly toy. The laptop computer does a very good job of exhibiting off the efficiency of Intel’s new twelfth Gen P-series chips, all in a thin-and mild design that does not get too scorching, even when it is pushed to the max.

These luxuries add up, although. At $1,930 for our evaluate configuration (which included an OLED display and a current-gen processor), this isn’t an affordable purchase. The laptop computer has half the RAM and storage of the last-gen MSI Summit E13 Flip Evo included in our benchmarks, and it is nonetheless dearer than the 12th Gen version. Should you do not want the Yoga 9i’s additional bells and whistles, particularly the higher-res OLED display, there are extra inexpensive, equally highly effective choices to think about.

The great

  • Consideration-grabbing look
  • Loud, room-filling audio system
  • Spectacular warmth administration
  • Premium OLED show

The dangerous

  • Polished edges can really feel slippery
  • Energy button on the facet is just too straightforward to press by chance
  • Keyboard’s keys are a bit of too flat, and legends could not stand the check of time
  • Gimmicky keys waste area that could possibly be used for extra useful inputs

The ugly

  • OLED upcharge is not appropriate for everybody

Itemizing picture by Scharon Harding

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