Lenovo Yoga 9i (Gen 7, 14-inch) Overview: Fairly. Spectacular.


Lenovo’s Yoga line of two-in-ones is now 10 years outdated. It isn’t shocking the road has lasted this lengthy: It was the most effective two-in-one design to return out with the launch of Home windows 8. It is a laptop computer, a pill, a digital whiteboard, a small all-in-one PC, an immersive cellular gaming show and a kitchen companion. All these years later, the Yoga’s flexibility stays excellent and Lenovo’s flagship 14-inch Yoga 9i Gen 7 allows you to take full benefit of that truth.

The design, show choices and processors are all contemporary for the Yoga 9i. Lenovo rounded off all the sides and corners on its aluminum physique to make it extra snug to hold and relaxation your wrists on whereas typing. Although I am on the fence concerning the look of it (fairly, however there’s one thing about it that appears dated), there isn’t any denying how good it’s to not have the laptop computer edges digging into my wrists. And as with previous Yoga 9-series fashions, all the things seems to be and feels premium, proper all the way down to the included energetic pen and laptop computer sleeve.

Like

  • Massive multicore efficiency soar
  • Nice visible and audio expertise
  • Laptop computer sleeve and energetic pen included

Do not Like

  • Cluttered with pitches for non-obligatory providers, software program
  • Audio system add vibration to palm rests
  • Restricted availability

The Yoga 9i has a premium value, too, assuming yow will discover one to purchase. Lenovo has a base mannequin Yoga 9i on its website for $1,080 (and infrequently it is even in inventory) with an odd combo of a Twelfth-gen Core i7 paired with simply 8GB of reminiscence soldered on, a 256GB PCIe Gen 4 SSD and a 1,920×1,200-resolution show. The configuration I examined is decidedly higher-end with twice the reminiscence and storage of that mannequin plus a 2,880×1,800-resolution OLED show. It is a Greatest Purchase unique for $1,730; so far as I can inform, it is not listed on its web site.

UK and Australia patrons fare significantly better with a number of configurations to select from together with the one reviewed right here for £1,350 and AU$2,849. Availability has been and can proceed to be a difficulty for the foreseeable future for all PC makers, not simply Lenovo, which makes recommending something troublesome. 

Lenovo Yoga 9i (14-inch, Gen 7)

Value as reviewed $1,730 (£1,350, AU$2,849)
Show dimension/decision 14-inch 2,880×1,800 OLED contact show
CPU 2.1GHz Intel Core i7-1260P
Reminiscence 16GB LPDDR5 5,200MHz (soldered)
Graphics 128MB Intel Iris Xe Graphics
Storage 512GB PCIe NVMe Gen 4 SSD
Connections USB-A 3.2 Gen 2, Thunderbolt 4 (x2), USB-C 3.2 Gen 2, 3.5mm audio jack, microSD card slot
Networking 802.11ax (Wi-Fi 6E), Bluetooth 5.2
Working system Home windows 11 Residence 21H2

The two.8K OLED show is straightforward on the eyes.


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Heaps to take a look at

Lenovo gives the Yoga 9i with three 16:10 touchscreen choices: a full-HD LCD with 100% sRGB shade gamut, and a 2.8K OLED or 4K OLED with 100% P3 shade gamut. The two.8K OLED is an efficient steadiness between efficiency and pure eye sweet, masking 100% sRGB, 99% P3, 98% Adobe RGB and 95% NTSC shade gamuts. Although Lenovo charges its brightness at 400 nits, I measured it at 354 nits. Nonetheless, switched into HDR mode, the height brightness is 617 nits. It can be switched from 60Hz to 90Hz for smoother-looking quick motion. 

Thoughts you, none of this improves battery life, which got here in at 10 hours, 31 minutes on our streaming video take a look at with HDR off, the refresh fee at 60Hz and brightness and audio by earbuds set at 50%. That is not unhealthy, and it costs quick by way of a USB-C port. If higher battery life is critical, although, go for the full-HD LCD.

Close-up of Yoga 9i keyboard and touchpad, which features a QWERTY set and no numpad

The keyboard and bigger touchpad are a pleasure to make use of.


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The hybrid life

With extra folks working remotely now, PC makers have been pressured to make some long-overdue adjustments to laptops… specifically enhancements to webcams, mics and audio. The Yoga 9i Gen 7 has an excellent 1080p webcam paired with an IR digital camera and twin far-field microphones. The IR digital camera is for signing in with facial recognition. However the Yoga 9i additionally has presence detection, a function first discovered on ThinkPad enterprise laptops.

If you happen to stroll away from the laptop computer, it’s going to robotically lock itself down. If you return, the Yoga 9i senses your presence and begins in search of your face to unlock it immediately. The function may even be used to pause video enjoying on the show if you go away and resume upon return when utilizing sure gamers like VLC. There’s additionally a bodily webcam shutter for privateness if you need it.

Lenovo additionally added a row of shortcut keys down the fitting aspect of the keyboard. These one-click Perform keys offer you direct entry to 4 options designed to make it simpler to make use of the 9i for hybrid work or studying. There is a key that controls your followers for quiet or elevated efficiency, one which immediately provides a background blur if you’re utilizing a video convention app and one other for selecting audio profiles for music, gaming or films. 

Close-up of the fingerprint reader on the Yoga 9i's right-hand side

There is a fingerprint reader on the backside of the one-click Perform keys.


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With Dolby Atmos help and the Yoga 9i’s 360-degree soundbar hinge with quad Bowers & Wilkins audio system (two woofers and two tweeters), all of these modes have a few of the finest sound high quality I’ve heard from a laptop computer, particularly one so skinny. Nonetheless, the audio system do vibrate the chassis and you’ll really feel it within the palm rests. It did not hassle me a lot, as a result of I sometimes hearken to music with headphones whereas working and my fingers aren’t often on the keyboard when watching movies. However I may see how somebody may discover the vibration irritating whereas typing.

The fourth secret is for shortly flipping between mild and darkish modes in Home windows 11. This might sound sort of foolish, however should you get the Yoga 9i with certainly one of its OLED show choices, darkish mode is an efficient option to preserve battery life. Beneath that may be a fingerprint reader for fast sign-ins should you do not use facial recognition.

To my shock, I ended up utilizing all the one-click Perform keys far more than I believed I might. The background blur key specifically. Lenovo additionally packs some equally helpful options into its Vantage software program. It is the place the presence-detection settings talked about earlier are discovered in addition to choices for cooling, energy, audio, show and digital camera and wi-fi community efficiency. Nonetheless, as useful as it’s, it is also the corporate’s avenue for pitching you on numerous associate providers. 

Close-up of the Yoga 9i's cover when in Laptop mode

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Issues like SurfEasy VPN, McAfee LiveSafe, DashLane password supervisor and Lenovo’s personal Sensible Efficiency service for $30 a yr, which scans your PC and fixes any points it finds. That is additionally the place you may get gives for prolonged warranties for the laptop computer and battery. It is aggravating however I suppose it is higher than having all of those preinstalled. Solely the McAfee software program is preinstalled and it ought to in all probability be the very first thing uninstalled for its annoying pop-ups alone. 

The Lenovo Yoga 9i Gen 7 continues the corporate’s streak of implausible premium two-in-ones. The Twelfth-gen Intel processor delivers a giant efficiency soar in multicore duties in comparison with its predecessor, and the options and design are well worth the increased value. 

Now if solely it was available for purchase… 

Geekbench 5 (multicore)

Samsung Galaxy Ebook 2 Professional 360 15

Lenovo Yoga 9i (14-inch, Gen 7)

Dell Inspiron 7415 2-in-1

Lenovo Yoga 9i (14-inch, Gen 6)

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Longer bars point out higher efficiency

Cinebench R23 CPU (multicore)

Samsung Galaxy Ebook 2 Professional 360 15

Dell Inspiron 7415 2-in-1

Lenovo Yoga 9i (14-inch, Gen 7)

Lenovo Yoga 9i (14-inch, Gen 6)

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Longer bars point out higher efficiency

PCMark 10 Professional Version

Lenovo Yoga 9i (14-inch, Gen 7)

Samsung Galaxy Ebook 2 Professional 360 15

Dell Inspiron 7415 2-in-1

Lenovo Yoga 9i (14-inch, Gen 6)

Observe:

Longer bars point out higher efficiency

3DMark Wild Life Excessive

Samsung Galaxy Ebook 2 Professional 360 15

Lenovo Yoga 9i (14-inch, Gen 7)

Samsung Galaxy Ebook Professional 360 15

Observe:

Longer bars point out higher efficiency

Streaming video playback battery drain take a look at (minutes)

Lenovo Yoga 9i (14-inch, Gen 6)

Samsung Galaxy Ebook 2 Professional 360 15

Dell Inspiron 7415 2-in-1

Lenovo Yoga 9i (14-inch, Gen 7)

Observe:

Longer bars point out higher efficiency

System Configurations

Razer Ebook 13 (late 2020) Microsoft Home windows 10 Residence (64-bit); 2.8GHz Intel Core i7-1165G7; 16GB DDR4 SDRAM 4,267MHz; 128MB Intel Iris Xe graphics; 256GB SSD
Asus ZenBook Duo 14 UX482 Microsoft Home windows 10 Residence (64-bit); 2.8GHz Intel Core i7-1165G7; 8GB DDR4 SDRAM 4,267MHz; 128MB Intel Iris Xe graphics; 512GB SSD
Lenovo Yoga 9i (14-inch) Home windows 11 Residence 21H2; 3.0GHz Intel Core i7-1185G7; 16GB DDR4 SDRAM 4,267MHz; 128MB Intel Iris Xe graphics; 512GB SSD
Acer AP714-51T Porsche Design Acer Ebook RS Microsoft Home windows 10 Residence (64-bit); 2.4GHz Intel Core i5-1135G7; 8GB DDR4 SDRAM 4,267MHz; 128MB Intel Iris Xe graphics; 512GB SSD
Asus ZenBook 13 UX325EA-AH77 Microsoft Home windows 10 Professional (64-bit); 2.8GHz Intel Core i7-1165G7; 16GB DDR4 SDRAM 4,267MHz; 128MB Intel Iris Xe graphics; 1TB SSD
HP Envy x360 13 (2020) Microsoft Home windows 10 Residence (64-bit); 2.3GHz; AMD Ryzen 5 4500U; 8GB DDR4 SDRAM 3,200MHz; 512MB Radeon graphics; 256GB SSD



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