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Lenovo Yoga 910 review: A host of excellent upgrades make it a winner

Josh Norem | Dec. 15, 2016
The battery life is a fantastic 11 hours, too.

The last big change from the previous model is a bigger battery. Lenovo’s replaced the Yoga 900’s 66 watt-hour model with a 78WHr unit in the 910. The company says this upgrade increases the battery life during local video playback in the 910 by one hour—while the Yoga 900 claimed eight hours, the 910 claims nine. However, in our testing, we actually exceeded that figure (more on that below).

The Chassis

Aside from small differences, the overall shape and design of the Yoga hasn’t changed. The revamped chassis is actually a tiny bit thinner, shrinking ever so slightly from 0.59 inches to 0.56 inches in the 910. Its depth saw a similar reduction, going down by an scant 0.02 inches. Yet strangely, the overall weight has increased, from 2.86 pounds for the Yoga 900 to 3.04 pounds for the Yoga 910. That’s still not terribly heavy for a convertible ultrabook, and it puts the Yoga 910 on equal footing with the updated and seemingly evenly matched HP Spectre x360.

The Yoga’s trademark watchband hinge is still in place, looking as dazzling as ever. It allows for full rotation of the display, meaning you can use it as a traditional laptop or tablet, or just prop it up in a tent shape for screen-viewing.

Lenovo Yoga 910 keyboard and trackpad 

The keyboard is easy and comfortable to use, despite its shallow travel, and it has an excellent feel overall. It offers an adjustable backlight with two brightness settings. The trackpad is also perfectly accurate and is one of the best we’ve used on a laptop from any manufacturer.

Port selection is quite limited due to the laptop’s thin design. On the right side, you get a headset jack and a lone USB 3.0 port that features always-on charging. There’s also a tiny button that allows you to enter the recovery environment or boot menu. The left side features a USB Type-C port that supports USB 3.0 and video out (DisplayPort natively or HDMI and VGA with a dongle). The power connector is actually a USB 2.0 port, but uses a USB-C connector—and strangely, it’s the only USB-C port you can use to charge the machine. Unfortunately, to create a more tapered chassis, Lenovo didn’t include an SD card reader. And despite its growing adoption, the company didn’t include support for Thunderbolt 3.

Performance

Given the nature of convertible ultrabooks, there’s not much room to alter the notebook’s guts—nor the ability to go off in an unexpected direction with the internal design. So, much of the Yoga 910’s competition has extremely similar specs. Its biggest rival, the HP Spectre x360, has an almost identical configuration. The Dell XPS 13 is similarly rigged-out, despite its traditional form factor. The Acer Swift 7 also shares many of the same specs, but uses a lower-end Kaby Lake processor. Asus’s Zenbook 3 uses the same Kaby Lake CPU as the Yoga 910. And then there’s the Surface Book i7. It’s a crowded field, so let’s see how the Yoga 910 fared.

 

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