Lenovo's flagship Yoga 900 laptop computer is an enchancment in each means that issues
The Lenovo Yoga three Professional was one in every of our favourite laptops of 2014, however principally for impractical causes: At 2.sixty two kilos and half an inch thick, it was exceptionally skinny and lightweight, even for an ultraportable, however it suffered from comparatively brief battery life and efficiency that trailed some rivals. Luckily, the corporate simply introduced a brand new flagship, the Yoga 900, and it seems to enhance on its predecessor in each method that issues. For starters, it films from one in every of Intel’s low-powered Core M chips to a sixth-gen Core i5 or i7 CPU. Between that and a brand new choice for 16GB of RAM, the efficiency right here must be quicker than it was only a yr in the past. On the similar time, Lenovo did not should compromise a lot on weight: the Yoga 900 is simply heftier, at 2.eight kilos and 14.9mm (zero.fifty nine inch) thick.
That addresses efficiency. As for battery life, Lenovo bumped up the battery capability by about 50 %, promising between eight and 9 hours of runtime. Final yr’s mannequin lasted round seven and a half hours in our exams, so if the brand new mannequin can certainly attain 9, that may be a marked enchancment. Lenovo additionally elevated the bottom storage from 128GB to 256GB, and plans to supply a 512GB on the very best-finish configuration. This time, too, the Yoga begins with 8GB of RAM, going as much as 16GB on the highest-tier mannequin.
Moreover, Lenovo made a pair tweaks to the hardware, although this was admittedly one of many Yoga three Professional’s robust factors within the first place. For one, Lenovo ditched final yr’s 5-row keyboard for a six-row setup, permitting the consumer to regulate issues like brightness from the highest row with out holding down the Perform key. Additionally, although the”Watchband” hinge within the again seems to be the identical, Lenovo tightened it in order that it feels sturdier whenever you’re flipping the three,200 x 1,800 display into totally different utilization modes. Certainly, I observed in my palms-on that the flex I complained about in my evaluate was gone; no extra creaking sound if you rotate the show again into pill mode.
The Yoga 900 begins at $1,200, and is on the market at present at Greatest Purchase and on Lenovo’s web site. Colours embrace gold, silver and “clementine orange,” and this time, the watchband hinge round again matches the remainder of the chassis. Provided that that is the direct alternative to certainly one of our favourite laptops from final yr, you’ll be able to guess we intend to evaluation this as quickly as we’re capable of get our arms on one. Till then, benefit from the arms-on pictures.