Faster, sleeker and solid are the three aphorisms that aptly describe the yoga 920
The Lenovo Yoga 920 is an upgrade of the yoga 910 2- in- one convertible laptop and tablet all woven in one. It’s stylish, and a workhorse that seems to have been given the anti-dope to cure the deficiencies of the yoga 910. Whatever task you may slave upon it- may it be heavy gaming, entertainment or just business, this bad boy will surely come through for you.
The yoga 920 takes the podium finish in the arena of the two in one’s windows computers. With an attractive outside and a serious interior, the yoga 920 features bursts of speed with an eighth generation Intel Core i–series processor, the Thunderbolt 3, long better battery life, heat management system with concealed ventilation system, a new webcam position just above the display screen, crisp 4k display, a digital pen with direction, precision and a long-range voice-activated support, it’s simply a beauty to behold. But with all these niceties, let’s put it under a scalpel and expose any soft tissue – issues in its underbelly.
At a glance
- Stable, compact and quality built
- Great processing speeds, with the 8th gen processor
- Twin Thunderbolt 3 USB –C with good connectivity
- Improved keyboard and introduction of a digital pen
Lenovo Yoga 920 (14): The weakness
- The digital pen blocks both the USB-A 3.1 port when it’s hoisted in its holder, obstructs the power button.
- It’s quite pricey
- Heavier than its predecessor
- The slim body means that other ports like the HDMI and the standard 3.1 USB-A port had to go
- PC CPU 1.8GHz Intel Core i7-8550U
- PC Memory 8GB DDR4 SDRAM 2,400MHz
- Graphics 128MB Intel UHD Graphics 620
- Storage 256GB NVMe PCIe SSD
- Networking 802.11ac Wi-Fi; Bluetooth 4.1
- Operating system Microsoft Windows 10 Home (64-bit)
- Its slim body can slip into most bags comfortably
Lenovo Yoga 920 (14): The cost
With the above specifications, the yoga 920 goes for $ 1,330 or at a discounted rate of $ 1,200 at the Lenovo stores, which firmly places it at the altar of premium machines, with a similar specification like the HP spectre x360 13. If you decide to go for an upgraded memory of 16 GB RAM in place of 8 GB, a storage of 1TB SSD in place of 256gb SSD and also a 4k UHD (3,840×2, 160) screen, it will require you to dig deeper into your pockets to stretch it to $2,000 or a discounted rate of $ 1,800 at the Lenovo stores. Like with other 2-in-1 devices, the Lenovo Yoga 920 comes in different configurations.
The machine with minimum specification features Intel Core i5-8250U processor, 256GB SSD, 8GB RAM, 13.9-inch 1080p touchscreen, and an Active Pen stylus which goes for a cost of $1,199. The model is available in the US and UK. The second one comes with the same features, but with a faster Intel Core i7-8550U processor and larger 512GB SDD. The price for this model costs $1,549 with its availability in the UK and the US. The final one features Intel Core i7-8550U processor, 16GB RAM, up to 1TB of storage and a UHD (3840 x 2160) screen. You ca only get this model in model in the US and Australia and costs $2000.
The system architecture
The Lenovo Yoga 920 is a premium machine that has enviable internal and external strengths – that helps it throw its weight about. The stylish hinges are designed to give the yoga 920 the swag and a first among equals status against its peers in the 2 in one’s premium class. The hinges help the screen to take a 360 turn, especially when using the tablet.
But this added to its metallic finish that runs throughout its entire body, the yoga 920 seems to be a bit heavier than its predecessor and so an added weight standing at 3 pounds (1.4kgs), it summons an added energy to string it along. And yet again where weight is a concern, the laptop’s thin size at half an inch thick about 12.7 mm, allows the Lenovo yoga 920 to sneak itself into most bags unnoticeably. This to me is quite the compensation that the engineers at Lenovo decided to throw in for the added weight.
To improve on the multitasking of the yoga 920, Lenovo threw in Core i7-8550U that ups the ante from two cores to four. There is also an increase in the Turbo frequency from 3.5 GHz to 4.0 GHz, while Intel effectively lowering the base clock speed of 1.8GHz –compared to 2.7GHz with the Core i7-7500U, which came with the yoga 910.
With a 13.9-inch Full HD 1,920×1, 080 resolution 4k touch display, the yoga 920 is quite the looker. An increase in size from the 13.5-inch yoga 910 display, with good viewing angles, watch movies with friends because the screen is much bigger with excellent brightness and good contrast.
Another good thing about the yoga 920 is that the 720p webcam has been moved from the bottom bezel where it occupied space on the yoga 910 to the upper part where it seats pretty giving the skypers a better camera angle, and effectively putting to bed the flaws of the yoga 910 where the insides of the nose were laid bare, which was quite an annoyance to the owner of the nose and the one it was staring at on the other end of the webcam. This move was necessitated by the increase in the size of the top bezel just on top of the display.
Another feature of note is the increase in battery life. Any portable device worth its weight in gold should have a stable and long battery life. This is important because the device solely depends upon it to remain in use. The battery on the yoga 920 can go up to 10 and 11 hours between charges, which is quite commendable and a strong feature on the Lenovo Yoga 920. But this can be achieved with the reduction of brightness on the display at nearly 65 percent and Bluetooth should also be off. With this ability, very few 2-in– one’s convertibles can hold a candle to the yoga 920.
While the yoga 910’s keyboard has a full-size set of arrow keys in place of the full-size right-hand shift key, the Lenovo yoga 920 has half-height up and down arrows, but a full-size shift key. This is significant because there is a reduction in errors. Owing to the smoothness of the surface on the touchpad, it allows the ease of motor ability of the finger over it. This helps in the precision during the navigation and the docking of the cursor at the right station. Of note is the feature to the right of the precision touchpad. The fingerprint pad avails an almost effortless sign in with the windows 10 hallo which is password-less.
The addition of another Thunderbolt 3 USB-C port on the yoga 920 to make it two in number is a milestone in the 2- in-ones. These ports can power the machine and support up to two high-resolution external displays and high-speed data transfer of up to 40 GB and fast charging which is just a marvel. However, Lenovo had to do away with the HDMI and SD card slot, drastically reducing the port numbers on the laptop. The Thunderbolt 3 deploys a technology that makes the ports faster than they were on the yoga 910.
On its system architecture, there is also one standard USB 3.0 port which can charge a phone or a tablet even when the laptop is off. A 3.5mm headphone/mic combo jack is another design that has been deployed by Lenovo to reduce the number of ports on its superstructure. Yoga 920 has also installed the fingerprint sensor which works well with the Windows Hello, though it’s not the fastest on the 2-in-ones laptop market. In comparison to the Touch ID system on Apple’s MacBook Pro, the Yoga’s 920 fingerprint sensor is a bit slower.
The digital pen is well interfaced to communicate with the Lenovo Yoga 920. The screen is able to detect 4,096 levels of pressure sensitivity when using the tablet and it has two buttons. Whether you are a person who goes for light or hard scribbling’s, the screen is able to register accurately in the art apps. But with the holster for the pen designed to slot into the sole USB – A 3.0 port, it basically means that Lenovo had to officially put the port to bed literary speaking. Other laptops in the 2-in-ones category normally use the Microsoft solution with surface devices where the stylus attaches itself to the chassis magnetically.
The yoga 920 is installed with far-field microphones which allow Cortana, Microsoft’s digital assistant with a long range of about 20 feet away. It’s also armed with two JBL speakers. These two JBL speakers have a quality digital sound that keeps the listener glued to the sound from the portable device. The only flaw on the speakers is where they are placed on the chassis, which could interfere with the sound, especially if the surface is uneven like say for example when you take the laptop with you to bed.
Service is always void for all physical damages. Lenovo offers a standard one-year parts warranty for the yoga 920. This warranty is normally replicated by other notebook manufacturers across the board, but terms and conditions apply in each case
The 2-in-ones convertible notebook is a crowded marketplace with very stiff competition. This in effect has put pressure on the PC manufacturers to up their game in order to outfox each other, maintain a niche or simply throw themselves in there with the wolfs literary. Companies like HP have manufactured notebooks that have brought the stiffest competition on the laptop market, what of with brands like the HP Spectrex360 13 – which is one of the podium holders in the portable Pc arena.
Others in this category are Apple mac book pro 13, Samsung Chrome pro- to scratch the surface just a little bit. However, the Spectre x360 has a smaller battery, but it still matches the yoga 920 strength for strength. The XPS 13 2-in-1 go head to head in pricing with the Yoga 920, at $1,350 for a Core i7-7Y75, 8GB of RAM, and 256GB SSD. It is much smaller in size than the Yoga 920 and also inferior to it in performance.
The Lenovo 910 was a good machine but it had a few rough edges that needed to get a better file finish. The Lenovo 920 brought in the much-needed changes by throwing in the eighth-gen core-i-processor to improve its speed. It also enhanced the interfacing by adding another USB-C thunderbolt 3 port. The webcam which is another design flaw that Lenovo put on the yoga 910 had to be shifted to the upper part just above the display, effectively changing it on the yoga 920. The customer is always key, and every gadget is designed with them in mind, that’s why all the complaints that the customers put across bordering on the yoga 910, were factored into the yoga 920. With all this, the Yoga 920 is a force to reckon with in the 2-in one’s convertibles.
The Yoga 920 is a premium top-range laptop computer. The specs on the machine are well matched to give the user value for money. It embraces all the latest innovations in technology like the 8th gen Intel processor. This ensures that the yoga 920 will be around for quite a while. Though the 2-in-ones convertible is a game changer in the Pc industry, the pricing is the last straw that will break its camel’s back.