Lenovo Yoga 9i 14 Gen 7 overview: Putting design and efficiency


Lenovo Yoga 9i 14 Gen 7

MSRP $1,730.00

“The Lenovo Yoga 9i 14 Gen 7 gives excellent efficiency due to Intel’s Twelfth-gen CPU, and it is acquired a shocking new design.”

Execs

  • Glorious efficiency
  • Stunning OLED show
  • Attractive design
  • Helpful safety and privateness options
  • 1080p webcam

Cons

  • Keyboard is simply okay
  • Common battery life

The preliminary wave of Intel Twelfth-gen laptops is hitting the streets, and I received an opportunity to take a look at one of many very first. The Lenovo Yoga 9i 14 is in its seventh era, and it’s been fully redesigned with a brand new rounded chassis and 16:10 side ratio show. The result’s a laptop computer that’s as contemporary on the skin as it’s inside.

My $1,730 overview unit got here outfitted with the Intel Core i7-1260P CPU and a 14-inch 16:10 WQHD+ (2880 x 1800) OLED show. It’s a Greatest Purchase configuration that will probably be obtainable in a couple of month as I’m penning this overview, and it locations the Yoga 9i 14 Gen 7 squarely in “premium laptop computer” territory. However because it seems, the Yoga 9i is greater than deserving of that designation.

Design

Lenovo Yoga 9i 14 Gen 7 top cover showing logos.
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Producers have made important modifications to a laptop computer’s design in a single era. One instance is HP’s gem-cut aesthetic that it carried out in its Spectre lineup. I’d charge the brand new Yoga 9i 14’s design replace as simply as dramatic, and it’s additionally simply as beautiful. Essentially the most important change is to the perimeters of the chassis, which are actually attractively — and comfortably, particularly in pill mode — rounded and highlighted in chrome.

The lid’s edges are barely extra angular, making a hanging distinction when the laptop computer is closed. You may select from two colours, Oatmeal (silver) and Storm Gray (darkish gray), each of that are maintained all through the laptop computer for a clear look. In comparison with the HP Spectre x360 14, beforehand the best-looking convertible 2-in-1 in the marketplace, the Yoga 9i 14 Gen 7 is simply as beautiful whereas additionally coming throughout as smoother and extra streamlined.

Constructed solely of CNC machined aluminum, the Yoga 9i 14 Gen 7 is a sturdy laptop computer with no important bending or flexing within the lid, keyboard deck, or chassis backside. The Spectre x360 14 is a little more stable, however not a lot so that you just’d discover except searching for it. The Acer Swift X is an instance of a 14-inch machine that’s inexpensive and feels prefer it, with some bending within the lid and flexing within the keyboard deck.

The hinge is exactly what you need in a convertible 2-in-1. You may open the laptop computer with one hand, but the hinge is agency sufficient to carry the show in place in clamshell, tent, media, and pill modes. The reverse notch housing the webcam and infrared digicam offers you one thing to seize onto when opening the show, which is handy.

The Yoga 9i 14 Gen 7 has fairly small show bezels on the perimeters and on prime, with a backside chin that’s a bit bigger because of the 360-degree convertible hinge. It’s a skinny convertible 2-in-1 at 0.6 inches and light-weight at 3.06 kilos. The HP Spectre x360 14 equips a 13.5-inch show and so is smaller in width and depth whereas being thicker at 0.67 inches and slightly lighter at 2.95 kilos.

The newest Dell Inspiron 14 2-in-1 additionally sports activities a 16:10 14-inch show with small bezels, and it’s inside fractions of an inch in width and depth whereas being a bit thicker at 0.62 inches and heavier at 3.61 kilos. General, the Yoga 9i 14 Gen 7 is properly sized and straightforward to hold round even whereas having fun with a barely bigger show than the run-of-the-mill 13-inch laptop computer.

Connectivity is okay for a 14-inch machine, with one unlucky omission. There’s a single USB-A 3.2 Gen 2 port, a USB-C 3.2 Gen 2 port, two USB-C 4 ports with Thunderbolt 4 assist, and a 3.5mm audio jack. What’s lacking? An SD card reader of some form would have been good to have. Wi-fi connectivity is updated with Wi-Fi 6E and Bluetooth 5.2.

Efficiency

Lenovo Yoga 9i 14 Gen 7 laptop sits on a small desk folded like a tent.
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We’ve lastly received our palms on a mainstream Intel Twelfth-gen Alder Lake CPU that we are able to totally benchmark, and that’s a very good factor. On this case, it’s the Core i7-1260P, a 28-watt chip with 12 cores — 4 Efficiency and eight Environment friendly. That compares to the Core i7-1265U, which has 10 cores — two Efficiency and eight Environment friendly — and runs at 15 watts. Intel’s new processor scheme is a little more sophisticated than earlier than, however suffice it to say that that is the quicker model of the Alder Lake CPU you’ll discover in skinny and light-weight laptops. I had no concept what to anticipate by the use of efficiency, and I used to be wanting ahead to placing the brand new chip via its paces.

In response to our benchmarks, the Core i7-1260P is a big bump up from Intel’s Eleventh-gen U-series CPUs (and its 35-watt H-series) and aggressive with AMD’s Ryzen 7 5800U. Its strongest displaying was in Geekbench 5, the place it was quicker than the remainder of the machines within the comparability group. Lenovo features a utility that switches efficiency modes, and the ends in the desk replicate the balanced mode.

When you change to efficiency mode, then you definitely’ll see quicker ends in all however the PCMark 10 Full rating. For instance, whereas the Yoga 9i 14 Gen 7 took 130 seconds to finish our Handbrake check of changing a 420MB file to H.265 in customary mode, it completed in 101 seconds in efficiency mode. In Cinebench R23, it jumped from 7,210 multi-core, a third-place rating, to eight,979 in efficiency mode, behind solely the Swift X. Observe that the Yoga’s single-core Cinebench R23 rating was the quickest by a good margin (apart from the Gigabyte Aero 16, extra on that beneath).

When you’re a demanding productiveness employee or have to sort out some lower-end inventive duties, this convertible 2-in-1 is a stable selection.

I additionally ran the Pugetbench Premiere Professional benchmark that runs in a stay model of Adobe Premiere Professional, and in balanced mode, the Yoga 9i 14 Gen 7 scored 223. That’s beneath the Samsung Galaxy E book Professional 360 with a Core i7-1165G7 that scored 241. In efficiency mode, although, the Yoga scored 290, which is near the MacBook Air M1’s rating of 320. We don’t count on a lot from laptops with built-in graphics and we don’t usually check them with Pugetbench, however these outcomes are promising.

When mated with a quicker GPU, we are able to count on stable inventive efficiency from the Core i7-1260P, not less than for skinny and light-weight machines. For a glimpse at Twelfth-gen CPUs for bigger workstations, try the scores of the Gigabyte Aero 16 working the 45-watt, 14-core (6 Efficiency, 8 Environment friendly) Core i7-12900HK. When configured with an RTX 3080 Ti, the Core i9-12900HK within the Aero 16 hit 1,115 in Pugetbench.

General, the Core i7-1260P is way quicker than the earlier era for inventive purposes, and it’s capable of deal with extremely demanding productiveness workflows with ease. It’s nonetheless a CPU for ultrabooks, nevertheless it’s extra aggressive with AMD’s present choices and Apple’s M1 ARM CPU. I didn’t listing Apple within the desk, however for instance, the MacBook Professional 13 M1 scored 1,487 single-core and seven,547 multi-core in Cinebench R23, and it took 156 seconds to finish our Handbrake check. In fact, AMD’s Ryzen 6000 is simply across the nook and that will change the equation as soon as once more, however Intel’s Twelfth-gen is wanting good for now.

Specializing in the Yoga 9i 14 Gen 7 as soon as once more, I can say it’s a speedy laptop computer that might deal with the work I do after which some. When you’re a demanding productiveness employee or have to sort out some lower-end inventive duties, this convertible 2-in-1 is a stable selection.

Geekbench (single/multi) Handbrake
(seconds)
Cinebench R23 (single/multi) PCMark 10 Full 3DMark Time Spy
Lenovo Yoga 9i 14 Gen 7 (Core i7-1260P) 1717/9231 130 1626/7210 5760 1,658
Lenovo IdeaPad Slim 7 Carbon (Ryzen 7 5800U) 1,373/6,080 125 1,409/8,086 5,682 1,308
Acer Swift X (Ryzen 7 5800U) 1,287/6,663 99 1,437/10,135 6,247 4,073
Asus ZenBook 14X OLED (Core i7-1165G7) 1,536/5,780 173 1,479/5,717 5,366 1,756
Lenovo IdeaPad Slim 7i Professional
(Core i7-11370H)
1,578/5,957 202 1,514/5,544 5,149 1,888
Dell XPS 13 (Core i7-1185G7) 1,549/5,431 204 1,399/4,585 n/a 1,380
HP Spectre x360 14 (Core i7-1165G7) 1,214/4,117 236 1,389/3,941 4,728 1,457
Gigabyte Aero 16 (Core i7-12900HK) 1,915/13,482 73 1,907/12,969 686 9,833

The Yoga 9i 14 Gen 7 makes use of Intel’s built-in Iris Xe graphics, and its efficiency hasn’t improved over the earlier era in accordance with 3DMark. It’s consistent with what now we have in our database for Eleventh-gen machines. It’s slightly quicker in efficiency mode with a Time Spy results of 1,979, however that’s not important. The Yoga may need driver points as a result of Fortnite gave some wacky scores.

At 1200p and Excessive graphics, the Yoga 9i 14 Gen 7 hit simply 12 frames per second (fps), decrease than the 20+ fps we see with Eleventh-gen Iris Xe laptops. The body charge solely struggled extra as I bumped up the decision and graphics settings. Intel Iris Xe techniques are by no means really helpful for gaming, however proper now, the Yoga 9i 14 Gen 7 doesn’t even rise to the same old Iris Xe requirements.

Show and audio

Close up on the Lenovo Yoga 9i 14 Gen 7 display.
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When you’ve been utilizing a laptop computer with an IPS show, turning on a mannequin with an OLED show is a chic expertise. The dynamic colours and inky blacks instantly affect you, and the standard distinction is immediately obvious. That’s precisely how I felt turning on the Yoga 9i 14 Gen 7 with its 14-inch 16:10 WQHD+ (2880 x 1800) OLED contact and pen-enabled show. It’s an actual magnificence, with the one disappointment being that it runs at 60Hz fairly than the 90Hz supplied by the IdeaPad Slim 7 Carbon‘s OLED panel.

My colorimeter agreed with my subjective opinion. The show was vivid at 406 nits, properly above our 300-nit threshold. Colours have been extensive at 95% of AdobeRGB, 100% of sRGB, and 100% of DCI-P3, they usually have been extremely correct at a DeltaE of 0.87 (lower than 1.0 is taken into account wonderful). And the distinction was the same old inky black at 28,380:1.

That compares properly to different OLED shows, such because the Lenovo IdeaPad Slim 7 Carbon which was virtually as vivid at 397 nits, had equally extensive colours at 96% of AdobeRGB, 100% of sRGB, and 100% of DCI-P3 with an accuracy of 0.88, and the identical excessive distinction at 27,590:1. These are higher outcomes than you’ll get from an IPS show, making for a creator’s dream panel.

The Lenovo Yoga 9i 14 Gen 7 Speaker Bar via a rear view.
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The Yoga 9i 14 Gen 7 retains the distinctive rotating Soundbar within the hinge that homes two 2-watt tweeters with two 3-watt woofers firing out the facet of the laptop computer. On this era, it’s tuned by Bowers & Wilkins and guarantees enhanced audio high quality. In my testing, there was tons of quantity and extra bass than you’ll discover in a typical laptop computer.

On the identical time, there was distortion at full quantity that made mids and highs scratchy and unsightly. Turning down the quantity slightly fastened that and gave a way more nice sound. In the end, although, I used to be slightly disillusioned with the sound high quality given Lenovo’s consideration to the characteristic, and I rank it a good distance behind the most effective Home windows laptop computer, the Dell XPS 15. The Yoga 9i 14 Gen 7’s will work wonderful for Netflix binging and such, however you’ll need a pair of headphones for music and different high-quality audio.

Keyboard and touchpad

The Lenovo Yoga 9i 14 Gen 7 keyboard and stylus in a top-down view.
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The Yoga 9i 14 Gen 7’s keyboard is typical of Lenovo’s non-ThinkPad laptops. It gives a spacious structure with massive keycaps and a change that gives a bit much less journey than common and a comfortable bottoming motion. It’s not my favourite keyboard as a result of it lacks precision, nevertheless it’s not a horrible expertise by any means. The IdeaPad Slim 7 Carbon used a unique model with deeper journey and extra click on on the finish of every keystroke, and I want that keyboard was utilized on the Yoga. The HP Spectre and Dell XPS strains provide higher keyboards, and Apple’s Magic Keyboard on its newest MacBooks is the most effective.

Most notable with the brand new keyboard design is the row of special-purpose keys alongside the right-hand facet. You’ll discover a change for the efficiency tuning utility, a fast key for turning on background blur in video calls, keys to rapidly change between audio and shade modes, and a fingerprint reader. They’re handy and nonetheless go away loads of room for a spacious customary keyboard structure.

The touchpad is 45% bigger than the earlier era, and it’s certainly spacious. It’s comfy throughout its complete floor and gives a satisfying click on, though solely the underside of the touchpad responds to presses. As a Microsoft Precision touchpad, it gives assured Home windows 11 multitouch gesture assist. The touchpad is a power.

In fact, the show is touch-enabled, and it was exact and correct as most contact shows are right this moment. It additionally helps Lenovo’s Precision lively pen, which I discovered to work in addition to some other for handwriting and sketching utilizing Home windows 11 Ink. The pen is included within the field, which is a plus.

Battery life

Lenovo Yoga 9i 14 Gen 7 laptop sits on a small desk in media mode.
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One other burning query relating to Intel’s Twelfth-gen CPUs is their effectivity. We count on them to supply higher battery life than the earlier era, however that’s been based mostly on Intel advertising claims with out impartial benchmarks to again them up. The factor is, the Yoga 9i 14 Gen 7 doesn’t simply profit from any Twelfth-gen efficiencies. It additionally packs in 75 watt-hours of battery capability, which is so much for a 14-inch laptop computer — even one with a power-hungry OLED show. So, we should preserve that in thoughts when evaluating the laptop computer’s longevity and drawing any conclusions about Alder Lake CPUs.

General, battery life wasn’t a power, and I discover that stunning.

The Yoga 9i 14 Gen 7 received off to a mediocre begin with our internet looking check that cycles via a collection of in style web sites. It lasted for simply over 9 hours, a mean rating that’s properly behind a lot longer-lasting machines just like the MacBook Professional 13 M1 (16 hours) and MacBook Air M1 (15.5 hours) with their very environment friendly Apple M1 processors. In our video check that loops via a neighborhood 1080p film trailer, the Yoga 9i 14 Gen 7 made it to 12.75 hours, which as soon as once more is a mean rating. The Spectre x360 14 managed 10.75 hours, whereas the MacBook Professional 13 M1 hit 21 hours and the MacBook Air M1 got here in at 18.5 hours.

Within the PCMark 10 Functions battery check that’s the most effective indication of productiveness battery life, the Yoga 9i 14 Gen 7 lasted 8.5 hours. That’s barely beneath common and fewer than the HP Spectre x360 14, which lasted 35 minutes longer with its smaller 67 watt-hour battery. Lastly, within the PCMark 10 Gaming battery check that offers an concept of how onerous a laptop computer works when working on battery energy, the Yoga 9i 14 Gen 7 lasted for a mean two hours.

General, battery life wasn’t a power, and I discover that stunning. The Yoga 9i 14 Gen 7 has an enormous battery and, given Twelfth-gen efficiencies, I anticipated higher battery life even given the high-res OLED show. We’ll should overview extra machines to attract agency conclusions, however at this level, it doesn’t appear that Alder Lake mechanically confers enhancements in longevity. The Yoga 9i 14 Gen 7 would possibly get you thru a full day’s work on a cost relying in your workload, however there’s no assure.

Webcam, safety, and privateness

The Lenovo Yoga 9i 14 Gen 7's webcam showing off the inverted notch.
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The Yoga 9i 14 Gen 7 has an upgraded 1080p webcam, which is considerably improved over the 72op variations you’ll nonetheless discover in most laptops. Video high quality is enhanced significantly, making it a boon for hybrid employees who depend on videoconferencing to remain in contact with coworkers. An infrared digicam works with the webcam to supply a dependable password-less Home windows 11 Howdy login. There’s additionally a fingerprint reader for many who favor that technique for logging in.

Lenovo’s suite of Sensible Help utilities can also be obtainable, together with Zero Contact Login and Zero Contact Lock. These options monitor the consumer’s presence, locking the laptop computer and placing it to sleep when the consumer walks away, and waking it up and mechanically logging again in when the consumer returns. Sensible Help can even begin and pause movies based mostly on consumer presence. The utilities work surprisingly properly, a lot in order that I wanted to show them off to carry out my battery testing. They’re an actual comfort for anybody who desires their laptop computer to be personal and safe once they go away it alone.

Pricing and configurations

Lenovo hasn’t revealed a lot info on Yoga 9i 14 Gen 7 configurations. We have now the upcoming Greatest Purchase-exclusive $1,730 overview unit that’s outfitted with the Core i7-1260P CPU, 16GB of DDR5 RAM, a 512GB PCIe Gen 4 solid-state drive (SSD), and the 14-inch 16:10 WQHD+ OLED show. There’s additionally a inexpensive Yoga 9i 14 Gen 7 presently obtainable on Lenovo’s web site, coming in at $1,450 for a Core i7-1260P, 8GB of DDR5 RAM, a 256GB PCIe 4 SSD, and a 14-inch WUXGA (1920 x 1200) IPS show. We’ll see extra configurations coming quickly, together with the choice of a 4K UHD+ (3840 x 2400) OLED panel.

Our take

The Yoga 9i 14 Gen 7 is an beautiful laptop computer, beautiful in its new design, solidly constructed, and providing excellent efficiency. The luscious OLED show rounds out what’s more likely to be a number one convertible 2-in-1 all through 2022.

It’s slightly on the costly facet, though no more so than its strongest competitors. Its keyboard isn’t in the identical class as the most effective Home windows and Mac alternate options, although, and I’ve seen higher battery life. Even so, the Yoga 9i 14 Gen 7 is a superb addition to the 14-inch convertible 2-in-1 secure.

Are there any alternate options?

The HP Spectre x360 14 can’t maintain a candle to the Yoga 9i 14 Gen 7 when it comes to efficiency, not less than not till it will get up to date to Twelfth-gen chips itself. HP’s laptop computer gives an equally pretty design and nearly as good an OLED show, although. It’s additionally a bit dearer, nevertheless it’s the one 14-inch class convertible 2-in-1 that comes shut.

Lenovo’s clamshell IdeaPad Slim 7 Carbon makes for an additional wonderful selection if you happen to don’t want a 2-in-1. It’s as quick and its battery life is slightly higher, and it has its personal wonderful OLED show that runs at 90Hz.

Apple’s MacBook Professional 14 is my closing suggestion. It gives the same old wonderful MacBook construct high quality, makes use of Apple’s extremely quick M1 Professional chip, and has wonderful battery life and a beautiful show. When you’re okay with MacOS, then it is a nice, if costly, choice.

How lengthy will it final?

The Yoga 9i 14 Gen 7 has a inflexible chassis that’s stable sufficient to final for years. It additionally makes use of essentially the most up-to-date parts, making it a superb long-term funding. The usual one-year guarantee is disappointing, as typical.

Do you have to purchase it?

Sure. Glorious efficiency, a spectacular design, and a superior show — there’s so much to love right here.

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