An Amazing 14-inch thin & light with a massive battery

Highs

  • Excellent design and build quality
  • Beautiful 13.9” Touch Display + Pen
  • Powerful Intel Gen-8 Processor
  • Excellent battery life

Lows

  • There are slightly lighter alternatives
  • Relatively high starting price for the i7 version

Rating and Price

  • Rating: 10/10

The Lenovo Yoga 920 succeeds the Yoga 910, a rather impressive laptop that we rated at 9/10 when we reviewed it in April of this year. This new laptop comes with Intel’s latest 8th Generation processor of course, as Lenovo made the series evolve to the latest technologies, but the company also solved nearly all the friction points we pointed out in the 910. Let’s take a closer look at the new Yoga 920 to see how good it is in the real world.

Specifications as tested

  • Intel Core i7 8550U (4-core), 16GB RAM
  • Windows 10 Home 64, Digitizer Pen included
  • 512GB SSD PCI-e (450GB C: + 25GB Lenovo partition for drivers and restore)
  • 12.7 x 8.8 x 0.55 inches, 3.05 pounds
  • Note: I can’t find the price of the exact configuration we are looking on Lenovo.com, but the closest model is the 80Y70062US which has 1TB of SSD storage for an MSRP of $1999.99 and an actual price of $1799.99 “after discount”. Note that most of the time there is some kind of discount on the official site. More information below in the “Configuration” section.

What’s new?

The Yoga 920 upgrades the 910 model in a number of ways, many of which are very significant.

  • Thunderbolt 3 support: this means that you can connect multiple 4K monitors, and use a one-connector dock for power and data. This is hugely convenient for anyone who wantss to have the freedom to turn this laptop into a more comfortable workstation.
  • The Webcam is back at the top of the screen: it is undeniable that webcams located just above the top bezel provide a more natural viewpoint, and although we understand how hard it is to have a camera integrated into a thin bezel, the Yoga 910 bottom camera didn’t provide the best experience. Fixed.
  • Better battery life: the most visible part of which is the new Intel Gen8 processor ability to get multithreaded work done quickly and go back to sleep (one of the major battery life pillars).
  • Digitizer Pen (Wacom): it was noticeably missing from the previous model, but now present as an option with the Yoga  920. More on that below.

Industrial Design

The Lenovo Yoga 920 industrial design looks great and pushes the minimalist approach of the 910 a little bit further. The laptop feels smaller and heavier, but the looks can be deceiving because it is just a tiny bit smaller, and actually 0.01 lbs heavier.

The general build quality has been slightly improved and polished, with the metal on the side receiving a better polish. The seems at various places are tighter and the laptop generally feels better built than the already very nice predecessor.

Keyboard, Trackpad

Lenovo improves on what was an already very good keyboard. As usual, the Yoga 920 features backlit U-shaped keys, which tend to redirect the force towards, the center, thus helping avoid typos by accidentally tripping nearby keys. The plastic used for the keys induces enough friction not to make the keys slippery.

They feel dry and clean, even after extended typing. The 3-level backlight of the keyboard makes it more agreeable to work in total darkness without having the keyboard blinding you. This is great because you can dim screen and keyboard to very low levels of brightness, that helps prolong the battery life.

The actuation feels a bit sharper than the Yoga 910’s. This is subtle, but it has a tiny bit of mechanical feel, although probably being a membrane-based keyboard. The key travel (1.3mm) is deeper than the Macbook (0.5mm). Most people find a longer key travel to be more comfortable, but you can imagine how such thin laptops make long key travel design challenging. The action force of this keyboard is said to be 68g (actuation force).

The Lenovo 910 had already started a trend at Lenovo to come back to a more classic Keyboard design (from the Yoga Pro series), but some people did ask for a larger “Right-Shift” button. This is now done, and Lenovo has listened to that feedback. I agree that it is for the better, at least for me. That said, I want bigger arrow keys too, lol (please).

The trackpad is 4.1 x 2.7-inch (11.07 square inch) which is very comfortable, although probably not the absolute biggest you can find. The (glass?) surface is very smooth, and using it is agreeable. It is compatible with the Windows Precision Touchpad standard, and although it does not mean that it is better or worse than the previous model, this sets a certain level of quality which is actively verified and enforced by Microsoft.

Ports

Three USB ports may seem like a lot these days, with small laptops featuring a single USB-C port. The Yoga 920 has two USB-C Thunderbolt 3 ports on the left side. They are particularly powerful because of their extreme speed. Thunderbolt 3 is fast enough to allow connecting to multiple 4K displays with no performance penalty. External storage can run faster than internal desktop SATA drives.

In theory, it might be possible to connect an external GPU, but I keep this as a “maybe” because there are still a lot of compatibility issues. I would recommend waiting for independent tests or Lenovo’s confirmation before embarking on this.

USB-C is also the charging port of the laptop. We really love using USB-C chargers because they are more interoperable. You might not be able to charge at maximum speed with a non-Lenovo USB charger, but at least it should work. If you lose your original charger, it is possible to use another one from a friend, or at least find one more easily. But beware, this is not a sure-shot as USB-C chargers and devices aren’t all interoperable, and there’s no way to know which will work.

Components access

It is possible to open the rear back cover and have access to the battery and other components. However, the SSD is not readily accessible without removing a bunch of stuff (which would probably void your warranty), and the RAM is most likely soldered to the motherboard. The conclusion is: you can open it, but this is designed for repair technicians, not consumers.

Speakers

The right side of the laptop also features a standard 3.5mm audio port. Talking about audio, there are two speakers located at the bottom of the laptop. They are designed to bounce the sound off a table, so this is when the sound is best – with you sitting right in front of the laptop. If you wander around in the room, it’s okay too, but the sound quality decreases a little.

The speakers are relatively small (like most laptops this size), but there was no distortion even with the maximum volume. I thought that the sound had a nice body and it was even a bit surprising for a computer this thin to output this kind of sound. I can imagine that a more prominent USB or BT speaker can do better, but this is another story.

Overall product rating: 10/10

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