Lenovo Yoga 9i review: Smart Power

Lenovo Yoga 9i review:  Smart Power

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Lenovo presented its cult 360-degree flexible hinge design on the world’s first multi-mode Yoga 2-in-1 laptop 10 years ago at CES, redefining the PC industry. Designed for versatile users on the go who use it to perform business tasks as well as enjoy games, the sophisticated design of Lenovo Yoga computers continues to delight. Now, a decade later, Yoga is coming in a variety of models and designs, bringing bold innovation and sophisticated craftsmanship to users in work / learning / playing from anywhere in the world.

Whether users want a comprehensive multimedia experience while playing, learning, enjoying series, paying bills, or creating content with the powerful performance of Windows 11, Lenovo has it all covered by its modern line of computers. New Yoga computers can even help people add shopping lists anywhere from a room with integrated smart features like Show Mode for PC from Alexa, another first brought by Lenovo. Another highlight for this year’s Yoga portfolio is the introduction of Lenovo progressive CO2 recovery services that will now give customers, not just companies, the opportunity to offset carbon emissions and contribute to a sustainable future.

As we celebrate the anniversary of a laptop that turned personal computing upside down, Lenovo is looking to the future by giving the custom design a refreshing refreshment. Fresh, and yet with familiar elements that fans love, the minimalist and luxurious design of the Yoga computer marks a significant shift towards humanized forms and emotional aesthetics creating a modern tailor-made experience. With its new vertically facing logo, this visually unique style does not cut corners, but rounds them off in comfortably curved edges and introduces a gender-neutral color palette, more recycled materials and a luxurious finish. Lenovo continues its mission by leading and delivering ‘smarter technologies for all’ - focusing on sustainable and inclusive design.

Premium for maximum fun - Yoga 9i
ProcessorUp to 11th Gen Intel® Core™ i7
Operating SystemUp to Windows 10 Pro
GraphicsIntel® Iris® Xe
DisplayUp to 14" UHD (3840 x 2160) IPS, VESA HDR400 + Dolby Vision™, 500 nits, 90% DCI-P3
MemoryUp to 16GB LPDDR4X
StorageUp to 1TB SSD PCIe
BatteryFHD Local video playback: Up to 18 hours MobileMark® 2014: Up to 17 hours* UHD Local video playback: Up to 11 hours MobileMark® 2014: Up to 10 hours* *All battery life claims are approximate and based on results using the MobileMark® 2014 battery life benchmark test. Actual battery life will vary and depends on many factors such as product configuration and usage, software use, wireless functionality, power management settings, and screen brightness. The maximum capacity of the battery will decrease with time and use.
AudioRotating Sound Bar with Dolby Atmos® speaker system 2 x subwoofers 2 x tweeters 2 x webcam mics
Camera1M webcam
Dimensions (H x W x D)Starting at 216.4mm x 319.4mm x 14.6 – 15.7mm / 8.52" x 12.57" x .57" - 0.62"
WeightStarting at 1.37kg / 3.02lbs
ColorMica Shadow Black with leather cover (optional)
ConnectivityUp to WiFi 6 (2x2 802.11ax) Bluetooth® 5.1
Ports / SlotsUSB-A 3.2 Gen 2 2 x USB-C 3.2 Gen 2 (Thunderbolt 4, DisplayPort™ & power delivery) Headphone / mic combo

Every year, Lenovo introduces a new line of Yoga 2-in-1 computers with even smarter technology to provide the comprehensive user experience that people need to improve their work experience and fill their free time with quality, and this year’s line is no exception.

Yoga 9i (14 ”, 7) with Windows 11 and 12th generation Intel Core i7-1260P processors combined with Intel Iris Xe graphics for superior performance when you need it most. From streaming and searching to photo and video editing and more, experience the performance you need on one of Lenovo’s slim, lightweight and fast laptops. Designed in collaboration with Intel, the Yoga 9i design will meet the demands of the Intel Evo notebook through Intel hardware specifications and key experience goals for responsiveness, wake-up, battery power, fast charging and intelligent fast start-up from anywhere.

More than a regular laptop with multiple modes that convert to tablet mode and back, the top-of-the-line Yoga 9i delivers an enhanced audio experience with new speakers that are even louder than the previous generation. Watch movies and listen to music with authentic sound the artist envisioned with the enhanced rotating Sound Bar with four Bowers & Wilkins speakers consisting of two woofers and two tweeters on top and on the side for enhanced frequency response range that increases depth, clarity and warmth bass effect. Enjoy crystal clear up to 4K OLED IPS touch screen with thin bezels and VESA DisplayHDR 500 True Black certified for 100 percent DCI-P3 color accuracy. Also, the notebook supports Dolby Vision HDR which provides amazing vivid picture quality with impressive Dolby Atmos sound. It comes in 16:10 format for less scrolling and a refresh rate of 60 Hz for everyday computing. TÜV Low Blue Light certification means that it is specially calibrated to reduce eye strain.

The most significant novelty of the Yoga 9i is perhaps the least obvious. To keep up with today’s hectic hybrid learning and work lifestyle, this convertible also brings productivity innovations to market with easier one-handed opening for multi-tasking convenience and a non-traditional edge-to-edge keyboard look that offers a range of new 1-click function keys with five additional shortcut keys for quick access to frequently used features, such as:

  • A shortcut to switch to Smart Power mode that allows for higher performance or longer battery life depending on what you’re doing at the moment - without having to memorize the previous Fn + Q key combination. Just look for the performance icon to enable Smart Power that optimizes system battery life and radiator heat with a TDP of up to 28W and a 75Whr battery.
  • A smart background blur feature that currently helps protect the privacy of someone’s environment in video calls via Microsoft Teams apps or other one-click collaboration platforms; to remove background blur, press the button again.
  • The 360-degree Yoga 9i hinged soundtrack has given Lenovo’s design and engineering teams a unique opportunity to add a smarter sound-changing function key called Vibe Check that helps users better perceive differences between tinted audio profiles for an even more satisfying listening experience. practically any kind of entertainment. Choose music mode, game mode or movie mode for a better sound effect enhanced user experience.
  • Besides Smart Sense lighting, which automatically adjusts the keyboard back-light based on ambient light, there’s a color mode key that makes it easier for users to switch between dark and light using the native color settings feature in Windows to see which works best. Besides giving your eyes a rest, enabling dark mode for an OLED display can potentially help preserve battery life, and is good in low-light environments.
  • In the same column of keys, you’ll find that a fingerprint reader is placed here instead of where your wrists usually hit the palm rest to provide extra comfort and a cleaner look. It also has an FHD infrared (IR) camera with an electronic privacy shutter, plus a handy smart login with a sensor to detect a person and allow you to log out when you are away and log in after returning to your device.

What else is new on Yoga 9i? For starters, you say a 45 percent larger touchpad for increased fingerprint, performance and click accuracy, plus more ports including two Intel Thunderbolt ™ 4 ports and extended Wi-Fi 6E for fast dedicated connectivity.4 Moreover, this premium laptop is available is in eye-catching neutral colors like Storm Gray and warm oatmeal colors5, high-gloss reflective sidewalls add a touch of brilliance to this flagship 2-and-1 notebook. For added durability, its precision single body is made of high-quality aluminum and comes with a new Comfort Edge design that makes it easy to carry a laptop.

There’s also a Precision Pen 2 with tilt detection or maybe an e-pen and color. You’ll love this if you like the feel of a real pen in your hand.