The Lenovo Yoga 920 is a good example of a high performance Ultrabook, all thanks to Intel’s latest CPU. It’s sleek and transformed look makes it a true upgrade of its predecessors, and thus it is counted among the fastest Ultrabook equipped with an 8th generation Intel CPU. While we are impressed by the specification and design of the Yoga 920, as well as its quad core intense speed, it indeed gives a true value for money.
The yoga 920 is a beautiful and enjoyable machine just like its predecessor, the Yoga 910. The 920 weighs about 3 pounds (to be precise, it weighs 3.02, a bit lighter than the Yoga 910) with a measurement of 12.72 8.8 × 0.55 inches, the Yoga 920 feels quite slim and trim.
In addition to its sleek, perfected lines, the 2 in 1 yoga flaunts (Same like its predecessor) an eye- catching innovative style hinge, which allows for flexibility of its display, you can bend the laptop to use as a tablet or change the display for table top presentation. The Hinge itself is as solid as it is elegant, holding a 13.9-inch display of the Yoga.
Price and Specifications
Having verified the configuration of the Yoga 920, which cost about $1350, it comes with a quad-core 8th generation Intel core 17-8550U processor, integrated Intel HD 620 graphics, 8GB of DDR4 2400RAM, a 256 GB Solid-State hard drive, a Lenovo’s Bluetooth “Active” Gen and a 13.3- inch full-HD (1920×1080) touch display.
Outstandingly, it’s worthy to note that the HP Spectre x360—a sleek, 8th-gen CPU-packing convertible that we choose to call” the best convertible Ultrabook currently available in the market”—flaunts similar configuration, it comes with the same Core i7-8550U processor, 8GB of RAM, a 256GB SSD and a pen-friendly touchscreen) and cost only $1,099. Perhaps a price cut could be anticipated.
To save cost (about $150), you can go for a lesser version of the Yoga 920 that comes with a Core i5-8250U and no pen. On the other hand, you can also spend as high as $2,049 on the Lenovo Yoga 920 that comes with an SSD storage of 1TB, 16Gb of RAM and Ultra-HD display (3849×2160).
The 13.9-inch IPS display of the yoga 920 is a beauty to look at, with its 5mm bezels on the tops and sides and its solid viewing angles. Lenovo still maintained the bezel which is about an inch-thick along the bottom of the screen in the 920, just as the Yoga 910. The good thing about the display is that Lenovo changed the position of the webcam from the thicker bottom bezel, as seen in the older model, to a more suitable position above the display. Users who enjoy video communication, like Skype users, will appreciate this improvement.
Though this Ultrabook may be Elaborate and razor-edged, the display of the Yoga 920 is not the best in terms of brightness. We got about 260 nits (or calendas) from cranking the brightness setting of the laptop to the top, an amount that’s slightly greater than the 250 nits we feel is quite enough when viewing indoors. Thus, the laptop’s display may not be suitable enough for outdoor viewing, you may need to strain your eyes to see what’s on the screen, the glossy finish is also responsible for that.
The backlit keyboard of the Yoga 920 feels strong and responsive. The keyboard in the 910 has a small right-side shift key, but the 920 took a turn by restoring the right shift key to its standard size.
The Yoga 920’s keyboard flaunts a small collection of extra hotkeys that activates certain functions such as camera, switching the touchpad on/off, airplane mode, toggle the microphone, screen lock, refresh the desktop or the active window, and control external displays. There is no button for menu, search and settings on the keyboard. The laptop also has a fingerprint reader located to the right of the smooth trackpad, which allows you unlock your profile and log into Windows Hello-supported apps.
Audio & Dolby Atmos
The built-in JBL speakers in the Yoga 920 are loud and clear as a laptop speaker should be, although there is no bass, we observed a fair amount of mid-range detail and no distortion when we increased the volume to the highest.
However, I was more fascinated about Yoga’s support for Dolby Atmos, an audio format designed to improve sound quality. You need to connect headphones to the device to enjoy the Dolby Atmos effect, which you can activate and adjust using the Yoga’s Lenovo Vantage app.
So, how is the sound quality of the Dolby Atmos on the Yoga 920? It’s pretty refreshing and you get that roomy feeling when listening to music on the 920. I must say, I wrote a large part of this review while listening to my classical playlist in Dolby Atmos, I really enjoyed every single sound that came out of it, all thanks to the Yoga 920, and I will definitely miss the laptop when it’s gone.
The four collection of microphones in the Yoga 920 is another feature of the laptop worth mentioning, this makes it very easy for Mircosoft’s digital assistant, Cortana, to be able to hear your voice from a distance. According to Lenovo, Cortana has the ability to hear your voice from about 16 feet away. I did my own sound test to confirm this claims, and I received answers from Cortana while 25 feet away from the device, even without raising my voice.
The laptop also comes with an Active Pen 2, this accessory cost about $50 and it features more than 4,000 levels of pressure sensitivity. I can’t really say much of each level of sensitivity on the pen, but I really enjoyed drawing with it while using the Windows Ink Workspace, a pen-friendly app in the Windows 10 toolbar.
We were not happy that the Yoga 910 had no Thunderbolt 3 ports, but we are happy Lenovo listened to our complains by including a pair of powered Thunderbolt 3 ports on the left edge of the Yoga 920. That’s a good improvement. But the bad news with this laptop is that you get only a single USB 3.0 Type A port. It lacks a HDMI port and additional USB 3.0 ports, we understand that these features are absent because of the slim nature of the laptop, but we don’t get why Lenovo failed to include a card reader. The card reader slot is available in similar laptops like the HP Spectre x360, which has a MicroSD card reader, and the Dell XPS 13, which is equipped with a full-on SD card reader.
Previous versions of the Lenovo 900 series, like the 910, were not slow in performance, but this model settled for a dual core CPU because the heat generated by the quad-core Kaby Lake chip could damage the razor-thin body of the yoga 910.
However, the latest model in the Lenovo Yoga series – the Yoga 920 – is capable of housing a quad core system within it shell. Thus, you get a fast operating PC running with Intel’s 8th-generation Kaby Lake Refresh CPU.
3DMark Sky Diver 1.0 Overall
Although the performance of the Yoga 920 is remarkable, all thanks to the 8th-generation quad-core i7 CPU, the intel HD 620 Graphics core integrated in the laptop has a slow performance.
The results of the Yoga 920 and its competitors (HP Spectre x360, Dell XPS 13) are almost the same. If you need a complete gaming laptop, then you have to go for a laptop with a discrete graphics core, such as the Samsung Notebook 9 Pro.
PCMark 8 Work Conventional
Since the Yoga 920 comes equipped with a quad-core, 8th-generation Intel core i7 CPU, we expect the laptop to be able to perform its daily desktop activities and also run the Microsoft Office suite without difficulty. However, we had to confirm the laptop’s performance in order to be sure by running it through Futuremark’s PCMark 8 Work Conventional benchmark.
A system with a score equal to or above 2,000 typically means it will be able to run Microsoft office at ease.
The Yoga 920 scored about 3,472, which means the laptop can perform basic desktop functions easily. However, the score of the Yoga 920 does not really mean it is better than recent dual-core laptops we carried the same tests on. Thus, people who use their laptops mainly for Office use can stick with a dual-core CPU instead of a quad-core, which has more features to suite more heavy applications.
Knowing how a laptop, like the Yoga 920, handles processor-intensive chores is the real test of a quad-core laptop, and in this case, it involves using the Handbrake utility in converting a 30Gb MKV file into an MP4 file of smaller size. Performing this test will increase the CPU speeds, increase the heat produced, and makes the cooling fan produce sound (only for a short while, as long as everything starts running smoothly).
The Lenovo Yoga scored below 3,500, the result was fast, and performed better than its dual-core competitors as well as Dell XPS 13 revamp from last year running on a quad-core. The result was pretty amazing.
The Cinebench R15 benchmark is another laborious test for quad-core laptops. This test measures how fast a system can render a 3D image. Generally, we don’t expect quad-core laptops to excel in this test, and the Yoga 920 did as expected, although it had a better score than HP Spectre x360 (another PC equipped with Intel’s 8th-generation Core i7). The Dell XPS 13 had a better Cinebench score than the Yoga 920, probably because of the break the Yoga takes to prevent the system from overheating. To add to this, the Yoga 920 leaves it predecessor – Yoga 910 –far behind in this aspect.
To check how long the laptop battery will last, we loop a 4K video using the built-in Windows 10 Movies and TV app with the screen brightness tuned to about 250 nits and the sound on. The battery in the Yoga 920 lasted about 625 minutes, or a bit above 10.5 hours. The result, which is nearly similar with the Yoga 910, sounded nice at first, but when comparing the battery life to the HP Spectre x360 and the Dell XPS 13, the result was not encouraging since its competitors comes with a smaller battery (60WHr) than the Yoga (70WHr).
Dissecting the battery life of a laptop is complicated because of the interdependencies. We observed some thermal throttling in the Yoga 920 during the HandBrake test, but not to a devastating degree. The touch-enabled display could be partially responsible for this. Nevertheless, the HP Spectre x360 is also equipped with a touch display, and the laptop is also a 2-in-1 laptop as the Yoga 920, a tricky design when it involves handling thermals.
The Lenovo Yoga 920 equipped with a quad-core Kaby Lake Refresh has a good score in laptop performance benchmarks, and it has some features that makes the laptop more interesting such as the on-board Dolby Atmos, its long-range Cortana microphones and pen support. But I feel a price cut, better battery life and a card reader feature will make the Lenovo Yoga 920 a better laptop than it already is.
|Description||Yoga 920 (13) 2-in-1 Laptop|
Up to 8th Gen Intel® Core™ i7 U processor
Windows 10 Home
Integrated Intel® HD Graphics
* Based on testing with MobileMark 2014. Battery life varies significantly with settings, usage, & other factors.
Fingerprint reader with Windows Hello
|I/O (Input / Output) Ports||
|Dimensions (W x D x H)||
323 mm x 223.5 mm x 13.95 mm / 12.7″ x 8.8″ x 0.5″
Starting at 1.37 kg / 3.0 lbs