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Lenovo Yoga 920 Review: All-round performance

Lenovo Yoga 920 Review – 2017 was the year the ‘two-in-one’ PC – a laptop that folds into a tablet – began to look less like an unwanted novelty and more like something we’d genuinely want. That’s partly because a laptop can now be made slim and light enough not to feel ridiculous when wielded as a tablet with the keyboard still attached. Windows 10 must share the credit, too, for offering a Tablet mode and Windows Ink features that make switching from keyboard to touchscreen feel natural.

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Lenovo Yoga 920 Review

Despite a lackluster display, this is a highly capable Windows 10 PC in an exceptionally flexible format

PROS
  • Beautiful, thin and trim design
  • Speedy quad-core performance
  • Dolby Atmos and pen support
CONS
  • Battery life falls short of the competition
  • No SD card reader
  • Pricey for what you get
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Its battery lasts 12-and-a-half hours playing video

The Yoga 920 embodies these virtues. Starting at a penny under twelve hundred quid, it’s not cheap, but you can see where all of those other pennies have gone. Lenovo’s all-metal case – available in copper, bronze or platinum-colored finishes – combines matt and polished surfaces for a strikingly upmarket feel. With its ‘watchband’ hinge, an intricate yet sturdy construction that holds the screen at whatever angle you choose, the whole machine feels like it would be more at home in the window of Tiffany’s than Currys. A nearly-14in screen is squeezed into less volume than many 13in laptops, and the designers have still found room for two Thunderbolt- compatible USB Type-C ports to connect accessories, drives or a monitor, and one full-size USB 3.0.

Inside the model is an i5-8250U processor from Intel’s new eighth generation, with four cores and built-in UHD Graphics 620, enough to run many 3D games and keep creative software ticking over. Our pricier test laptop went one better with an i7-8550U and twice the SSD storage, at 512GB. We’ve noted before that this chip is a big step up in performance, and in our tests the Yoga 920 scored as well as many seventh- generation i5 desktop PCs in demanding tasks. Just as importantly, it eked almost 12-and-a-half hours of video playback out of its slim battery, making this a practical all-day travelling companion. That’s two hours more than Microsoft’s new Surface Pro, and four hours more than Dell’s bulkier XPS 13 2-in-1.

If there’s one let-down, it’s the screen. The Full HD panel doesn’t go very bright, and our meter found it could only show 84 per cent of the sRGB colors, with poor accuracy. Photo and video editors will want to steer clear. There’s an alternative UHD (4K) display, which at the time of writing was only available on the limited edition Yoga 920 Vibes. Notably, Lenovo’s pressure-sensitive Active Pen 2 is included.

Lenovo Yoga 920 Review: SPECIFICATIONS

Intel Core i7-8550U processor • 8GB memory • 512GB SSD • 13.9in 1920xl080-pixel screen • Webcam • 2x USB Type-C ports • USB 3.0 port • 802.11ac Wi-Fi • Fingerprint reader • Windows 10 Home • 13.95x323x223.5mm (HxWxD) • 1.37kg • One-year warranty

Lenovo Yoga 920 Review: VERDICT

Despite a lackluster display, this is a highly capable Windows 10 PC in an exceptionally flexible format

Lenovo Yoga 920 Review: ALTERNATIVE

HP Spectre x360 13

Now with eighth-generation processors, this is a close rival but can’t match the battery life

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