Best Laptop Lenovo Yoga 920

Key Features

  • Review Price: £1349.99
  • i5 and i7 8th Gen Intel CPU options
  • 8GB or 16GB DDR4 RAM
  • 256GB-1TB PCIe SSD options
  • 15.5-hour battery life
  • 13.3-inch Full HD or 4K touchscreen

What is the Lenovo Yoga 920?

The Yoga 920 is Lenovo’s latest foldable laptop. At first glance, this flagship model doesn’t look hugely different to the older Yoga 910, with the new device featuring the same watchband hinge design and a near-identical external chassis. There’s still the option of Full HD or 4K resolution for the 13.3-inch touchscreen, too.

The big change is the upgrade to an Intel 8th Gen CPU, and all the performance and stamina benefits that brings.

Lenovo Yoga 920 – Design and build

While some may find the lack of a design revamp disappointing, in my opinion the Yoga still ticks all the right boxes. And the slight changes that have been made aren’t without merit.

The watchband hinge is as useful as ever, allowing you to fold the laptop into a table-top ‘tent’ position – where the screen auto-rotates to match – or even fold the keyboard fully behind the screen for a tablet feel. Thankfully, it’s stiff enough not to move when it shouldn’t.

 

I wasn’t so enamoured by the coppery-gold colour of the model I had in for review; the contrast with the silver hinge sections looked a little naff to me.

This isn’t a criticism I can make of the build quality, however, which is excellent. Both the Yoga 920’s chassis and the rear of its screen is crisply crafted from aluminium.

At 1.37kg, this device isn’t exactly featherlight, but neither is it cumbersome. It’s reassuringly solid.

The most notable change from the Yoga 910 is that the port options have been upgraded to include two USB-C Thunderbolt inputs – one of which is for charging – alongside the regular USB 3.0 on the device’s left side. Sadly, there’s still no memory card slot.

 

A much more subtle alteration is that the Lenovo logo no longer features on the lid, leaving just the ‘Yoga’ branding raised from the anodised aluminium surface. A small touch but it somehow ups the classiness, in my opinion.

Fortunately, things get more interesting under the hood. The 920 is running a spiffy Intel 8th Gen CPU. The version I tested came with an i7-8550U CPU, 8GB of DDR4 memory, a 512GB PCI-E 3.0 SSD, and the Full HD touchscreen – and costs £1349.99.

The package is rounded off with a fingerprint scanner that sits just below the direction keys, and a bundled stylus in the form of Lenovo’s Active Pen 2, which can detect 4096 pressure-sensitivity levels.

The Active Pen 2 can be fitted with a supplied adapter that enables you to attach it to the USB port when it isn’t in use. I wouldn’t recommend it, however – the metal body of the stylus regularly made contact with the side of the Yoga while it was in transit, resulting in quite a few scratches over the course of a few weeks.

Indeed, performing our standard colorimeter tests revealed a 0.2186cd/m2 black level and 304.88 cd/m2 white level, resulting in an impressive 1395:1 contrast ratio.

However, the screen covers 82% of the sRGB colour gamut, and only 58.5% of the Adobe gamut. This simply isn’t going to be good enough for those who make a living out of art and design.

Audio comes via a pair of JBL-tuned stereo speakers on the underside of the chassis. They reach decent volume, but sound harsh and brittle – lower mid-range and bass are almost non-existent. Next to the Asus ZenBook UX430U’s smoother, beefier harman/kardon speakers, the difference is obvious. You wouldn’t want to use the Lenovo for music duties, but dialogue-heavy TV shows are just about okay.

Why buy the Lenovo Yoga 920?

The Yoga 920 may not look that different to Lenovo’s older flagship, but in this instance this isn’t a bad thing. The chassis still looks great and, thanks to the 920’s upgraded port selection and hardware, it still feels very much like a modern Ultrabook.

The versatility of the form factor and the exceptional battery life mean this is a laptop that will suit a great number of people.

However, the screen performance will put off professional designers, and the lack of an option for a dedicated GPU means videographers and light gamers should look elsewhere. And don’t even think about regularly pumping tunes out of its speakers.

As an everyday device for the average user, though, this is one of the best options currently available.

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