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With the Lenovo Yoga 3 Pro, a new high-end, ultra-thin Industrial design was introduced. There were a lot of things that we liked, but it was ultimately an “executive” kind of laptop, with too little horsepower and battery capacity, which we mentioned.

When Lenovo introduced the Yoga 900 weeks ago, we felt like it took the 3 Pro design and made it just right. Now, we’ve had the opportunity to use the Lenovo Yoga 900 in the real world for a couple of months, so this review will go over that experience, along with some data-based analysis of the configuration and options you have.

Design (excellent)

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As you have noticed, the Yoga Y900 uses the design language of the Yoga 3 Pro, and that’s a great thing to do. As such, it has the same build quality and uses a 360-degree hinge system that makes it possible to use the laptop as a tablet, or make it stand in various ways so that it can adapt itself to the current circumstances.

Although a little bit thicker and heavier thanthe Yoga 3 Pro, the Yoga 900 remains smaller and lighter than the Macbook Air, the HP Spectre x360 and the Microsoft Surface Book.

For example, I found that the tablet mode was great to read documents or browse web page in a plane. Being able to have it rest in a non-traditional laptop position also makes it possible to obtain the proper view angle on a tray and in spots where depth is limited. On a 13-hr flight to Seoul, this is priceless. Of course, in the classic laptop mode is the best for productivity.
Ports

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There are four USB ports on this laptop, which is very nice when compared to many models that only have 2 (if not one…). One is a USB 2.0 and also serves as the power connector. There are two full-size USB 3.0 ports to connect most devices, including high-speed drives, etc. Finally, there’s a USB 3.0 Type-C port that can also serve as “video output” if you have the right adapter (not in the box).

On the right side, the volume controls have gone away, but the power control and mute button are still there. The power control is a little easier to find because it protrudes just a bit more.

Keyboard

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The Lenovo Yoga 900 keyboard has changed for the best: there is now a dedicated row of Function keys, which were previously missing from the Yoga Pro 3. Although their absence did make the design “cleaner”, it could potentially damage the productivity of people who rely on these particular keys, like programmers.

Lenovo has also slightly changed the travel key depth (not as deep) and removed the white contour of the keys. The change in depth didn’t bother me at all, and in fact, I realized that was the case only when I was taking side by side photos of the two laptops.

Trackpad

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The trackpad is 90×60 millimeters big and allows a comfortable use. It’s not the biggest one out there, but unless you use a lot of uncommon gestures (circular, four fingers), this shouldn’t be an issue at all. Although there are arguably larger/better trackpads in high-end laptops, this is one of the best one available in this price range, and it is certainly good enough that most people wouldn’t pay attention to it.

As it was the case with the Yoga 3 Pro, the “click” is a bit stiff, but this is a relatively new laptop, so it may age to be a little softer. Also, I’m the kind of user that doesn’t like to “tap”, but to “click” — depending on which camp you’re in, this may or may not be important to you.

Finally, it may be a software thing, or Windows 10, but I found the scrolling to be smoother (than on the Yoga 3 Pro) when I scroll with the trackpad in apps and browsers.

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