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December 16, 2016

Lenovo Yoga 910 review – CNET

by John_A

The Good The Lenovo Yoga 910 premium convertible has a gorgeous display that spans nearly the entire lid and delivers solid performance and long battery life for the category. It’s a really nice-looking laptop, too.

The Bad The right-hand Shift key is poorly placed and sized. Webcam is at the bottom of the screen. No direct video output or SD card slot. Separate USB Type-C ports for power and video-out kill the option for a single connection all-in-one dock.

The Bottom Line With a beautiful design, excellent performance and battery life and a great display, the Lenovo Yoga 910 is one head-turning hybrid.

Many people still don’t see the value of a touchscreen on a laptop, but with hybrid PCs like Lenovo’s Yoga line it’s hard not to appreciate the flexibility.

The all-metal Yoga 910 is a perfect example of just how good a hybrid can be, too. Its compact size and relatively light weight is matched with an excellent 13.9-inch touchscreen that goes nearly edge-to-edge, which brings it closer to the look and feel of a regular tablet when folded back on itself.

Rotate the display around on its watchband-like 360-degree hinge and you’ve gone from a big screen tablet to a great ultraportable laptop. The hinge is stiff enough to hold the screen in any position, but moves freely enough you can adjust its angle with a single finger.

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The Lenovo Yoga 910 fits more screen into less space with a 13.9-inch display in the body of a 13-inch laptop.

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It might seem silly to be impressed by a hinge, but it works well, keeps the design as thin as possible and it looks cool. The hinge we’ve seen before on the 900 and the Yoga 3 Pro, but the display is a first for the line.

Available in full HD and 4K UHD resolutions, the multitouch display doesn’t have the typical wide frame or bezel found on other laptops on the top and sides. This allowed Lenovo to fit a 13.9-inch screen into approximately the same space as a 13.3-inch display. Not only does it give you more room to work, but it looks great, too, with excellent brightness and color.

Lenovo Yoga 910

13.9-inch 3,840×2,160-pixel touch display
2.7GHz Intel Core i7-7500U
16GB DDR4 SDRAM 2,133MHz
128MB dedicated Intel HD Graphics 620
802.11ac and Bluetooth 4.1
USB 3.0 Type-C with video-out, USB 2.0 Type-C with charging, USB 3.0 with always-on charging, audio combo jack
Windows 10 Home (64-bit)

To make this design possible, Lenovo had to move the built-in webcam from above the screen to below it. It makes for some awkwardly large hands if you’re typing and using the camera at the same time. Fortunately, you can flip the laptop over into a tent position and connect an external mouse and keyboard to keep working.

Typing on the laptop’s backlit keyboard is generally good with one exception: The right-hand Shift key. With the 900 it was small and to the left of the Up arrow. Now it’s to the right of the Up arrow and still too small. Typing with any amount of speed inevitably resulted in the cursor moving somewhere it didn’t belong. You might be able to adjust to the key size and placement over time, but I found it beyond frustrating.

The touchpad, on the other hand, is just about perfect. Fingers glide easily over its smooth surface, and I never experienced any cursor jumps caused by a brush from my palm. There are multitouch gestures that are easily adjusted within Windows’ settings, so if you’re not a fan of pinch-to-zoom or three-finger swipes you can just turn them off.

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