Lenovo Yoga 9i 14 Gen 7 vs. Microsoft Floor Laptop computer Studio


The two-in-1 laptop computer has actually come into its personal lately. Gone are the times of compromise, once you wanted to surrender efficiency and battery life to benefit from the flexibility of a laptop computer that may morph from a clamshell right into a pill. Lots of the greatest 2-in-1s now find yourself on our greatest laptops checklist, and the Lenovo Yoga 9i 14 and Microsoft Floor Laptop computer Studio are severe contenders for it.

The Yoga 9i 14 Gen 7 is a extra conventional 360-degree convertible 2-in-1 that’s undergone a severe makeover. The Microsoft Floor Laptop computer Studio is a stranger pull-forward design that also works properly. However which of those two machines is price your cash?

Specs

  Lenovo Yoga 9i 14 Gen 7 Microsoft Floor Laptop computer Studio
Dimensions 12.52 inches by 9.06 inches by 0.6 inches 12.72 inches by 8.98 inches by 0.75 inches
Weight 3.09 kilos 4.0 kilos
Processor Intel Core i5-1240P
Intel Core i7-1260P
Intel Core i7-1280P
Intel Core i5-11300H
Intel Core i7-11370H
Graphics Intel Iris Xe Intel Iris Xe
Nvidia GeForce RTX 3050 Ti
RAM 8GB DDR5
16GB DDR5
16GB DDR4
32GB DDR4
Show 14-inch 16:10 IPS Full HD+ (1920 x 1200)
14-inch 16:10 OLED WQHD+ (2880 x 1800)
14-inch 16:10 OLED WQUXGA (3840 x 2400)
14.4-inch 3:2 IPS 2400 x 1600
Storage 256GB PCI 4.0 SSD
512GB PCIe 4.0 SSD
1TB PCIe 4.0 SSD
256GB PCIe 3.0 SSD
512GB PCIe 3.0 SSD
1TB PCIe 3.0 SSD
2TB PCIe 3.0 SSD
Contact Sure Sure
Ports 1 x USB-C 3.2 Gen 2
2 x USB-C 4.0 with Thunderbolt 4
1 x USB-A 3.2 Gen 2
3.5mm audio jack
2 x USB-C with Thunderbolt 4
1 x Floor Join
3.5mm audio jack
Wi-fi Wi-Fi 6E and Bluetooth 5.2 Wi-Fi 6 and Bluetooth 5.1
Webcam 1080p 720p
Working system Home windows 11 Home windows 11
Battery 75 watt-hour 58 watt-hour
Worth $1,450+ $1,599+
Ranking 4 out of 5 stars 4.5 out of 5 stars

Design

Lenovo Yoga 9i 14 Gen 7 laptop sits on a small desk in media mode.
Mark Coppock/Digital Traits

The Floor Laptop computer Studio is an uncommon 2-in-1 design, particularly the pull-forward mannequin the place the show splits within the again. You may pull the underside ahead right into a media mode (which Microsoft calls “Stage Mode”) after which even additional ahead right into a type of pill mode. It’s not the primary laptop computer to sport such a design, with HP’s Elite Folio being one other instance. Nonetheless, it’s very totally different from the Yoga 9i 14 Gen 7’s extra standard 360-degree convertible, the place the show swivels all the way in which round to incorporate clamshell, tent, media, and pill modes. Setting apart the Yoga’s awkward tent mode, the 2 2-in-1s are comparable in media mode, and the Yoga is a extra snug pill due to its design, its lighter weight, and its rounded edges.

That’s one other space of distinction. Lenovo utterly revamped the Yoga 9i 14’s design in its seventh technology, transferring from the everyday angular chassis edges to at least one the place the underside chassis has utterly rounded chrome edges which can be each putting in look and really snug in use. The show edges are just a little extra angular, giving the 2-in-1 a definite aesthetic from the aspect. The Floor Laptop computer Studio is extra conventional in its angles, that are sharper, glossy, and fashionable. Its most distinguishing characteristic is the row of vents alongside the underside which can be set off from the keyboard deck and afford Microsoft’s 2-in-1 its personal fascinating aspect view. Each laptops are engaging units, however we want the Yoga 9i 14 Gen 7’s total design.

Each laptops are constructed properly and resist bending, flexing, and twisting within the lid, keyboard deck, and chassis. The Floor Laptop computer Studio is made with a mixture of magnesium and aluminum and is available in a single Platinum silver colour, whereas the Yoga 9i 14 Gen 7 is constructed solely of CNC machine aluminum and is available in a alternative of Oatmeal (silver) and Storm Gray (darkish gray) colour schemes.

The Floor Laptop computer Studio advantages considerably from its keyboard and touchpad. The previous enjoys wonderful key dimension and spacing, with a deep mechanism offering a assured bottoming motion with a strong snap for precision, and the latter is a medium-sized haptic touchpad that rivals the Apple Drive Contact model for responsiveness and simply the precise simulated click on power. It’s exact and clickable throughout its complete floor and is at present probably the greatest Home windows touchpads round. The Yoga 9i 14 Gen 7’s keyboard additionally has giant keys and good spacing, with a row of special-purpose operate keys alongside the right-hand aspect which can be helpful for switching between efficiency modes, turning on background blur in videoconferencing apps, tuning the audio, and altering show modes. There’s a fingerprint reader positioned there as properly. The keyboard’s mechanism is mushy, although, with a bottoming motion that lacks suggestions and could be too mild for some contact typists. And the touchpad is giant however an ordinary mechanical model that’s exact sufficient for that sort however not almost as a lot because the Floor Laptop computer Studio’s.

Connectivity favors the Yoga 9i 14 Gen 7 with its USB-A 3.2 Gen 2 port, USB-C 3.2 Gen 2 port, two USB-C 4.0 ports with Thunderbolt 4 help, and a 3.5mm audio jack. The Floor Laptop computer Studio has simply two USB-C with Thunderbolt 4 ports, a proprietary Floor Join connection, and a 3.5mm audio jack. Neither laptop computer presents SD card help, sadly. The Yoga can also be extra up-to-date in wi-fi requirements, with Wi-Fi 6E and Bluetooth 5.2 in comparison with Wi-Fi 6 and Bluetooth 5.1.

Efficiency

The Surface Laptop Studio from the side, pulled forward in Stage Mode.

The Twelfth-gen Intel Core i7-1260P within the Yoga 9i 14 Gen 7 is a 28-watt CPU with 12 cores (4 Efficiency and eight Environment friendly) and 16 threads, and it trounces the 35-watt four-core/eight-thread Intel Eleventh-gen Core-i7-11370H processor within the Floor Laptop computer Studio. As you possibly can see within the desk beneath, the Yoga is considerably sooner in Geekbench 5, our Handbrake take a look at that converts a 420MB video to H.265, and Cinebench R23. All of those scores are in balanced mode; change to efficiency mode, and the distinction is much more vital. For instance, the Yoga 9i 14 Gen 7 completed the Handbrake take a look at in 101 seconds in efficiency mode in comparison with the Floor Laptop computer Studio’s 157 in its efficiency mode.

Nevertheless, in purposes that may use the GPU, the optionally available Nvidia GeForce RTX 3050 Ti provides the Floor Laptop computer Studio a severe benefit over the built-in Intel Iris Xe graphics within the Yoga. The Pugetbench Premiere Professional benchmark, which runs in a dwell model of Adobe Premiere Professional, is one such utility. Even in efficiency mode, the place it scored 290 versus 223 in balanced mode, the Yoga 9i 14 Gen 7 falls behind Microsoft’s 2-in-1. After which, in fact, the Floor Laptop computer Studio is a a lot sooner gaming machine, hitting increased framerates in all our take a look at gaming titles and a a lot increased 3DMark Time Spy rating.

That makes the Yoga 9i 14 Gen 7 a a lot sooner machine for demanding productiveness purposes, and it’ll carry out higher in artistic purposes that may’t make use of a discrete GPU. However crank up the RTX 3050 Ti, and the Floor Laptop computer Studio pulls forward.

Lenovo Yoga 9i 14 Gen 7
(Core i7-1260P)
Microsoft Floor Laptop computer Studio
(Core i7-11370H)
Geekbench 5
(single / multi)
1,717 / 9,231 1,321 / 5,131
Handbrake
(seconds)
130 179
Cinebench R23
(single / multi)
1,626 / 7,210 1,304 / 5,450
PCMark 10 Full 5,760 5,091
Pugetbench Premiere Professional 223 417
3DMark Time Spy 1,658 4,266

Show

Lenovo Yoga 9i 14 Display view from the front.
Mark Coppock/Digital Traits

Lenovo presents three totally different show choices for the Yoga 9i 14 Gen 7, all 14-inch screens within the 16:10 side ratio. The alternate options embrace Full HD+ IPS, 2.8K (2880 x 1800) OLED, and UHD+ (3840 x 2160) OLED. We examined the two.8K OLED panel and located it vibrant with extremely vast and correct colours and the standard OLED inky black distinction. The Floor Laptop computer Studio has one show choice, a 14.4 3:2 IPS show at 2400 x 1600. It’s brighter than the Yoga, nevertheless it doesn’t have almost as vast or correct colours nor almost the identical distinction ratio (though good for IPS). It’s additionally not as sharp.

The Floor Laptop computer Studio’s show is healthier in its 120Hz refresh fee versus the Yoga’s pedestrian 60Hz, which makes Home windows 11 buttery clean. Additionally, though each shows are lively pen-enabled, Microsoft’s model helps the most recent Floor Slim 2 Pen with haptic suggestions to higher mimic the texture of pencil on paper.

Inventive sorts will admire the Yoga’s show for its vast and correct colours and deep distinction, whereas anybody who frequently writes on their show will just like the Floor Laptop computer Studio’s panel. We discover each to be wonderful shows, however to us, OLED often wins out.

Lenovo Yoga 9i 14 Gen 7
(Core i7-1260P)
Microsoft Floor Laptop computer Studio
(Core i7-11370H)
Brightness
(nits)
406 443
AdobeRGB gamut 95 82
 sRGB gamut 100 100
Accuracy
(DeltaE, decrease is healthier)
0.87 1.29
Distinction ratio 28,380:1 1,270:1

Portability

The ports of the Surface Laptop Studio.

The Yoga 9i 14 Gen 7 has a 14-inch 16:10 show and small high and aspect bezels, nevertheless it’s nonetheless nearly the identical width and depth because the Floor Laptop computer Studio with its 14.4-inch 3:2 show and bigger high and aspect bezels. It have to be the bigger chin on the Yoga, due to the 360-degree convertible hinge that makes the distinction. It’s fairly a bit thinner than the Floor Studio Laptop computer at 0.6 inches versus 0.75 inches and lighter at 3.09 kilos versus 4.0 kilos. These aren’t tiny 13-inch laptops, however neither will weigh you down nor take up an excessive amount of area in a backpack

When it comes to battery life, the Floor Laptop computer Studio comes out forward however not considerably. It homes a 58 watt-hour battery, Eleventh-gen CPU, and an IPS show, and it manages to beat the Yoga 9i 14 Gen 7 with its 75 watt-hour battery, Twelfth-gen processor, and OLED panel. Whereas the Yoga falls just below the place we’re assured to foretell all-day battery life, the Floor Laptop computer Studio simply exceeds it. In follow, you’re prone to get comparable battery life out of those laptops until you’re pushing the Floor Laptop computer Studio’s discrete GPU. In that case, anticipate the Yoga to drag forward.

Lenovo Yoga 9i 14 Gen 7
(Core i7-1260P)
Microsoft Floor Laptop computer Studio
(Core i7-11370H)
Internet looking 9 hours 10 minutes 10 hours 33 minutes
Video 12 hours 45 minutes 14 hours 1 minute

The Yoga 9i 14 Gen 7’s efficiency wowed us, however the Floor Laptop computer Studio nonetheless pulls forward

The Lenovo Yoga 9i 14 Gen 7 is model new and to this point has simply two configurations accessible. There’s our evaluation unit with its Core i7-1260P, 16GB of DDR5 RAM, a 512GB PCIe 4.0 SSD, and a 14-inch 2.8K OLED show, coming in at $1,730. Then there’s a lower-end configuration with a Core i7-1260P, 8GB of DDR5 RAM, a 256GB PCIe 4.0 SSD, and a 14-inch Full HD+ show. That one is at present listed at $1,450. The Yoga 9i is clearly a premium laptop computer.

The Microsoft Floor Laptop computer Studio begins at $1,600 for a Core i5, 16GB of DDR4 RAM, a 256GB PCIe 3.0 SSD, a 14.4-inch IPS show, and Intel Iris Xe graphics. You may spend as a lot as $3,100 for a Core i7, 32GB of RAM, a 2TB SSD, a 14.4-inch IPS show, and a discrete Nvidia GeForce RTX 3050 Ti GPU. This can be a laptop computer that’s costly from entry-level to completely configured.

We just like the efficiency and design of the Yoga 9i 14 Gen 7 fairly a bit, and it performs higher for productiveness customers than the Floor Laptop computer Studio. Nevertheless, the latter’s discrete GPU choice makes it a more sensible choice for artistic professionals and avid gamers, and its 120Hz show with haptic pen suggestions is an actual plus. That provides it simply sufficient to drag forward and win this shootout.

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