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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
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TweakTown Rating: 94%Manufacturer: Lenovo

Here are key points about the YOGA 910.

 

What's Hot

 

Intel Kaby Lake Goodness: The Core i7-7500U packs Intel's latest integrated graphics technology, core processor technology, and new features in a low power package. Its 15W TDP allows notebooks to be slim and lightweight, while also providing performance that doesn't leave you wanting to use a desktop for everyday tasks. It's also required for 4K Netflix streaming.

 

 

Built For Consumption: The Yoga 910 with a 4K display is one of the first devices to allow for 4K Netflix streaming as it meets the requirement for Kaby Lake processor, Windows 10, and has a 4K display option. Although the model I reviewed here today uses a 1080p panel, the display was vibrant and colors were rich. In the 13" notebook class, the Yoga 910 uses a 13.9" panel, larger than the XPS 13, and the extremely thin bezel is a bonus. I found myself going to the Yoga 910 to watch Netflix over the XPS 13.

 

Solid Construction and Balance: The all-aluminum body is well designed with just the right curves. Since most of the device's internal real-estate is taken up by the battery, and the display is also quite heavy, Lenovo strategically placed counterweights inside the notebook. The result is a device that feels sturdy and is well balanced at the same time.

 

Battery Life: The huge 78 Wh battery is a beast, and paired with the 1080p panel, it offers excellent, all-day battery life. Streaming will also utilize less battery life because of the new fixed function units built into the graphics part of the Kaby Lake CPU.

 

Fingerprint Reader: I like having a fingerprint reader on a notebook, but sometimes they don't work very well and are hard to setup. That wasn't the case with the Yoga 910 - the fingerprint reader was easy to set up, worked well, and was quick to respond.

 

Type-C Galore: Lenovo has opted to embrace the type-C connector for both the USB ports on the left side of the device. The charging type-C connector doubles as a USB 2.0 type-C port, and the USB 3.0 type-C connector can also support DisplayPort output. If you are going to be using a lot of type-C devices, then the Yoga 910 has you covered.

 

What's Not

 

Camera Placement: I really disliked the camera placement on the XPS 13, and while the Yoga 910's camera placement is a bit better, it's still at the bottom of the display. I have been told, and have confirmed that taking selfies from above makes someone look thinner than taking them from below.

 

No Thunderbolt 3: I was surprised not to find a Thunderbolt 3 type-C connector on the Yoga 910, but this might be justified because of the notebook's price.

 

 

Final Thoughts

 

I did compare the Yoga 910 with the XPS 13 quite a lot in this review, because of their similar hardware configurations, but they are built for different target audiences. The Yoga 910 is a consumption device; it is built to output while the XPS 13 is more of an input notebook. The Yoga 910 looks better for presentations and watching content, and its unique hinge provides a high level of versatility and is a conversation starter.

 

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The new type-C connector is excellent for versatility, and its broad adoption across vendors should result in a flood of affordable type-C peripherals soon enough. I like being able to charge through type-C, and for the charging port to double as a USB port is a nice advantage of the technology.

 

The Lenovo Yoga 910 is a very well rounded glamorous 2-in-1 notebook built to do almost everything a notebook should do, and its price is very reasonable as well.

Product Summary Breakdown

TweakTown award
Performance93%
Quality including Design and Build97%
General Features93%
Bundle and Packaging94%
Value for Money94%
Overall TweakTown Rating94%

The Bottom Line: Lenovo's Yoga 910 is an extremely well rounded 2-in-1 notebook, with a stunning display and excellent capabilities, all at a very reasonable price.

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