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Lenovo Yoga 910 (Intel Kaby Lake) 2-in-1 Laptop Review

By: Steven Bassiri | Touchscreen Laptops in Laptops | Posted: Dec 29, 2016 4:41 pm
TweakTown Rating: 94%Manufacturer: Lenovo

Physical Overview

 

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The Yoga 910 comes in a beautiful white box, much like products from one particular brand. When you open the flaps, the notebook lifts up as if it's magically levitating. The packaging looks and feels high quality, something more and more brands are trying to improve upon because it affects consumer attitude towards the product.

 

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Packaging is light, but everything is protected from the elements. Accessories include an AC/DC type-C power adapter, AC extension cord, and manual. The AC/DC adapter can output 20v @ 2.25A (45W), 12v @ 3A (36W), or 5v @ 2A (10W) since it outputs to a type-C connector which uses USB Power Delivery 2.0. The cable will negotiate proper voltage and current with the host.

 

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The sleek aluminum clamshell is stunningly smooth to the touch. Just a little Yoga branding is present on the top. The bottom of the unit has four rubber feet and two speaker ports. The body is curved at the bottom, and some of the screws holding the back on are actually at an angle.

 

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The front edge of the notebook has a well-defined lip so you can easily grab the display and open it up. The rear hinges are awesome or ugly depending on who you are; I am impartial to them since they do a great job, but they are a little over the top regarding appearance.

 

The left side of the notebook features a USB type-C charging port (doubles as USB 2.0 type-C), and a USB 3.0 type-C port. The right side of the device is where you have your power button, headphone jack, and USB 3.0 type-A port with charging.

 

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The notebook opened up looks great. The screen has a very thin bezel, the keyboard is large, the touch is well defined, and construction is all brushed aluminum. The screen is vibrant, but a little more dim (300-nits) than Dell's XPS 13 (400-nits). The Dell XPS 13 I reviewed has a higher resolution (QHD 3800x1200) 13.3" panel than the Yoga 910's HD 1920x1080 13.9" panel.

 

However, the Yoga 910 can be configured with a UHD 4K (3840x2160) 13.9" panel. If you want to stream 4K Netflix and other content to the PC, the Yoga 910 is one of the first PCs to provide this functionality.

 

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The QWERTY keyboard is, in my opinion, perfectly sized. The backlight is on par with the Dell XPS 13, maybe a tad brighter. The touchpad is slightly recessed into the casing and is aluminum. While its width is roughly the same as the Dell XPS 13's, it's slightly longer. In fact, the Yoga 910 is longer than the Dell XPS 13, due to a variety of factors including screen size.

 

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The Yoga 910 does have a very handy fingerprint reader, and it worked very well and was easy to setup. Lenovo is using JBL Premium speakers, one on the right side and one on the left.

 

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The hinges are well constructed, sturdy, and use gear action to provide just the right amount of resistance. I tried many angles, to see if the display was too heavy for the gears, and I could not find a scenario where it will drop down by itself. You can lay the Yoga 910 flat out with the display rotated 180 degrees, and lift the unit from the keyboard and the display will hold at 180 degrees.

 

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The Yoga 910's tent mode is very useful for viewing, and the speakers are situated so that the audio is always coming out in your direction. In tent mode, the bouncing of the audio between the display and keyboard section actually increases audio levels. You can rotate the display 360 degrees, and the Yoga 910 will turn into a tablet.

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