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Lenovo Yoga 920 2-In-1 Ultrabook Review

A little while ago I reached out to Lenovo asking what would be a great laptop for this month long trip I was going on. Something that was not overly large, but still powerful enough for our daily activities like working on the site, editing photos & video, and more. Lenovo came back and said their Yoga 920 would be the perfect laptop for me. The Yoga 920 sits the company’s premium two-in-one ultraportable, the unit we are taking a look today packs in an 8th-generation Intel Core i7-8550U processor, integrated Intel HD 620 graphics, 8GB of DDR4 2400 RAM, a 256GB solid-state hard drive, and a 13.9-inch FHD (1920 x 1080) touch display with razor-thin 5mm bezels. The system also has an incredibly elegant design with Lenovo’s watchband hinge that allows you put the system in many different orientations. Finally you get two USB-C Thunderbolt 3 ports! I’ve had this system for over a month, read along and see if it was indeed the system I needed for my trip!

Special thanks to Lenovo for providing us with the Yoga 920 2-In-1 Ultrabook to review!

Processor: Up to 8th Generation Intel® Core i7-8550U processor (8MB Cache, up to 4.00GHz)
Operating System: Windows 10 Home / Windows 10 Pro
Display: 13.9″ FHD (1920 x 1080) IPS Multitouch with integrated camera
Graphics: Intel® UHD Graphics 620
Microphone / Webcam: 720p HD camera with dual array microphone
Memory: 8GB DDR4 2400 MHz
Storage: 256 PCIe SSD
Battery: Up to 15.5 hours with FHD display*
– Dolby® Atmos™ (via headphones; will be enabled February 2018)
– 2 x JBL Speakers
Security: Fingerprint reader with Windows Hello
– 1 x USB 3.0 with always-on charging
– 2 x USB C (Thunderbolt, PowerDelivery & DisplayPort)
– Combination audio/microphone jack
Wifi: Lenovo AC Wireless (2 x 2)
Bluetooth: 4.1
Dimensions (W x D x H): 12.7″ x 8.8″ x 0.5″ / 323 x 223.5 x 13.95 (mm)
Weight: Starting at 1.37 kg (3.02 lbs)
Color: Copper

The Yoga 920 comes in a rather plain retail box that just says YOGA on the front with a small Lenovo logo on the right.

On the side you’ll find all of your specifications. The unit that we have is the YOGA 920-13IKB 80Y7 which features the Intel i7-8550U, 8GB of DDR4 memory, a 256 GB PCIe SSD, 13.9-inch FHD touchscreen LED screen, and Windows 10 Home.

Getting everything out of the box we have the the Yoga 920 unit, power cable & AC adapter, and a getting started guide.

Lenovo Yoga 920 Overview
The Yoga 920 comes in three different colors, Platinum Silver, Bronze, and Copper. As you can see we received the bronze version. The chassis of the Yoga 920 is all aluminum, so picking it up the first time it has slightly more weight than you might be used to. But too be fair it is still quite light at just over 3 lbs. One thing you’ll notice is that the aluminum chassis is a fingerprint magnet.

The only thing you’ll find on the lid of the Yoga 920 is a small Yoga logo in the top corner. I actually like this more subtle look, plus this means more room for stickers!

One thing I’ve always loved about Yoga laptops is their ability to be transformed into different orientations. The Yoga 920 is no different, it features Lenovo’s watchband hinge, which is the best implementation of this type of a hinge on a laptop that I’ve seen. It allows you to use the Yoga 920 as a tablet and much more, which we will get to a little later in this review.

Being an Ultrabook you can imagine that the Yoga 920 is pretty thin, it is 0.5-inches at its thickest point. On the left side you’ll find the two USB Type-C Thunderbolt 3 ports and a combination microphone / headphone port. The first power is your power port at all, so if you plan on getting a dongle make sure it supports power delivery.

On the opposite side you have a single USB 3.0 (Type-A) port and power button. The USB port is an always-on charging port so even if you have the Yoga 920 closed the port will still charge your devices.

Opening the lid you are greeted with a 13.9″ FHD (1920 x 1080) IPS Multitouch display. You’ll notice just how thin the bezels are on the side, only 5 mm! The display is pen-enabled and supports 4,096 levels of sensitivity. Towards the top of the display you’ll find a 720p HD camera with a dual microphone array, this should be sufficient for Skype calls.

The keyboard on the Yoga 920 has the chiclet-style keys we are used to seeing on Yoga laptops. It is backlit and features many different shortcuts a long the smaller function row. One big change in the keyboard from the previous Yoga 910 is that the left shift key has been brought back to its normal size, that is one thing many people complained about with the 910. The precision touchpad sits almost center below the keyboard and has a very smooth surface. On the far right is a fingerprint reader that allows you to sign into your system with Windows Hello.

Performance Testing
We will be running the Yoga 920 through a handful of different benchmarks and tests. Unfortunately we do not have any other laptops to test it against, but these results will give you a good idea of performance. First up is GeekBench 4, we ran both the CPU test and GPU test (click for full-size images).

Next we have Futuremark’s PCMark 10 suite.

We also decided to run PCMark 8, which is a little older, but still very relevant. We ran the Home, Work, and Creative benchmarks.

Moving on to graphics tests we used 3DMark. We ran both the Sky Driver and Cloud Gate benchmarks.

Finally to test the hard drive speed we used CrystalDiskMark 6.

As you can see the PCI-Express NVMe drive is super fast! That means boot-up time is going to be almost instant, which it is.

General Usage & Final Thoughts
So like I said I took the Yoga 920 on a month long time and I have been using it for a little over a month and a half. First let me tell you about the different orientation modes. This being a Yoga laptop you can change the orientation of the laptop to suite your situation / needs. This is all of course made possible by the watchband hinge. First we have the normal orientation that you see most laptops in. Next is the lay-flat mode. After that we have the tent mode, which I feel is one of the most useful. When flying the tray-table space is limited, especially if you order a drink. Tent mode allows you to still be watching a movie or TV show and have room on the tray table for your drink or food. Finally there is full tablet mode, again very useful. When you have the laptop in tablet mode the keys are disabled.

One thing I really liked about the Yoga 920 was its weight. At just over 3 lbs it really did not add extra weight to my laptop bag, something that I took with me on daily excursions as I had my camera equipment etc inside. If the Yoga 920 was heavier, say around 5 lbs it would have made carrying around my bag that much more annoying.

Using the Yoga 920 as my daily driver was a very pleasant experience. It had no problems handling my daily browsing, social media, and productivity needs. Even editing photos in Photoshop and video in Premiere could be accomplished. Typing on the keyboard was a joy and I did not run into any issues with the trackpad either. One thing you might need to get used to if you are not used to working on a laptop with a metal chassis is the edge of laptop might feel like it is cutting into your wrists. It is just something that takes time to get used to.

Battery life on the 920 is quite good. I was able to use it on my 4 and a half hour flight all the way through. This included web browsing as well as watching movies. Normal battery life is around 8 hours, which will last any domestic flight. It is nice heading to the coffee shop for a long day or work not having to worry if I forgot my power brick or not. Another thing that is great is the Type-C charging, there are quite a few power banks out there that you can actually use to charge the Yoga 920 when you are on the go.

The only real downside I see to the Yoga 920 is its lack of ports and limited upgradeability. There are only three USB ports (2x Type-C / 1x Type-A) and remember one of the Type-C ports is your power port. There is no card reader either, so you are likely going to have to get a dongle or hub for a card reader and more Type-A USB ports. Looking to update the hard drive or memory? Well the memory is soldered to the motherboard and the hard drive is not easily accessible either.

At the end of the day though this is Lenovo’s premium two-in-one ultraportable and for me it lived up to all expectations. It performs great, feels high-end with its aluminum chassis, and watchband hinge is the best out there right now. You can pick up the version we reviewed today (YOGA 920-13IKB 80Y7) for $1299.99 at our favorite online retailer. Overall ThinkComputers gives the Lenovo Yoga 920 2-In-1 Ultrabook a 9 out of 10 score.

– Sleek aluminum chassis
– Great overall performance
– Thunderbolt 3
– Amazing watchband hinge
– Thin and light

– Limited ports
– Not real way to upgrade anything