One of the products introduced at IFA 2017 was the updated Lenovo Yoga 920 transformer. We already shared the first impressions from the model and tested the past version of the laptop . It's time to assess the scale of the changes that have occurred over the year and tell about the new laptop more.
At first glance, with respect to Yoga 910, in 920 there is practically no external changes. The model comes in a beautiful box of a familiar design – two "covers" recline inside and the laptop rises slightly, so as to be closer to the user. The bundle of sales versions will include a compact power supply and a stylus that recognizes 4096 degrees of depression.
Actually, there is a change. The box is now not white, but colorful, the palette of colors available for the laptop has also changed. You can choose from the usual silver, bronze and copper.
We got the last option. It can be described as something in between the already familiar "gold", but with an admixture of pink – if normally applied to popular earlier gold (or champagne) devices, then you will surely like it.
The company hinge has not changed, and the materials of the case remained the same – everywhere metal, only the screen is covered with glass. Dimensions and weights also remained the same – we do not take into account the difference in grams and fractions of millimeters.
The Yoga 920 did a bit of work on the shape of the case – if you look at the closed laptop, it now looks like an inverted trapezoid. The characteristic protrusions on the faces disappeared, but the sensation of a weighty piece of metal with island edges remained.
The convenience of using many notebooks is dictated by the chosen form factor. Yoga 920 is a transformer, and if there is a desire to use the device for presentations or as a huge tablet, then all its four modes of operation will come in handy. Personally, after testing a few such notebooks, I appreciated only the modes of "tent" and "stand" – Yoga is convenient to install on a small table (for example, in an airplane) and watch video.
The minimum thickness of the case is also a plus, but because of this, most manufacturers are gradually abandoning the usual ports. In the Yoga 920, their set has not changed: two Type-C (charging, USB 3.0 and 3.1, Thunderbolt, DisplayPort), one conventional USB 3.0 with the ability to recharge gadgets, mini-jack for headphones or headsets.
If you are accustomed to using the built-in card reader, you will either need to update the accessories or buy some kind of universal dock, although there is no claim to support of the standards – Type-C in Yoga 920 seems really universal. It's not very convenient that the company offers to mount the stylus holder in a single USB Type-A, and the pen will block access to the power key.
In general, the laptop is quite convenient to use. The company did not forget about the little things like a small notch under the fingers on the lid for easy deployment, the web camera in the Yoga 920 is located above the display, and not under it as before, while the width of the frames remains the same.
The laptop can be opened with one hand, but somewhere on the 80-85 degree opening, the hinge moves harder and has to hold the lower part.
Keyboard and Touchpad
You probably already guessed that in the case of input authorities, the changes also need to be looked for in detail. In Yoga 920, as well as in all notebooks of the 20 series, the company corrected the shortage of the past generations – the unfortunate location of the right Shift, which caused permanent errors with blind typing. Now the key is full-sized and is in its place – for this a little stuck arrows.
Before Yoga 920 I used ThinkPad and Matebook X from Huawei, so in the early days the keyboard of "yoga" seemed to me not the most convenient. The keys have a small stroke, the size of the buttons is slightly less than the standard one. However, you quickly get used to it – after a few days of work everything becomes familiar.
There is a backlight with two levels of brightness, on the right is an excellent fingerprint scanner. We also did not have any remarks to the touchpad. In general, everything is done at a good level.
The Lenovo Yoga 920 is equipped with a 13.9 inch IPS touch screen. Available configurations with a different resolution matrix – from Full HD to 4K (UHD). We tested the first, the "simplest" version.
The Matrix (AUO303D B139HAN03.0) features an extended color gamut, normal, though not ideal calibration and a slight slope in warm tones. The brightness varies from 1 to 283 cd / m², the measured contrast is 1 to 1664.
There is no air gap between the glass and the matrix, so the glossy screen does not shine very much. The sensor recognizes finger presses well, collects the average number of prints. To summarize, it can be said that the display in the laptop is excellent, the company did not forget even the sensor for automatic brightness control.
Platform, autonomy, noise and sound
The Yoga 920 is equipped with 8th-generation Intel Core processors and fast SSD M.2 (PCI Express). Test configuration: Intel Core i5-8250U, 12 GB DDR4 and Samsung MZVLW256HEHP-000L2 drive with 256 GB volume.
Even without tests it is clear that with such characteristics the laptop should work perfectly, which is confirmed by the experience. Separately, we note that even an SSD of minimum volume has excellent speed indicators – this is good for the overall responsiveness of the system. The results of other benchmarks on the usual level for the platform.
One of the features of all flagship Yoga was a very capacious battery. In the Yoga 920 nothing has changed – inside the battery is hidden at 78 W * h, so the company promises up to 15.5 hours of operation for models with Full HD screen and up to 10.8 hours for devices with 4K displays.
We tested the sample and in our case, the Yoga 920 (Full HD) worked an average of 7-9 hours on one battery charge, depending on the mode of use, screen brightness and other factors. Compared with many ultrabooks, this is a good enough result, although it does not fully meet our expectations regarding the battery capacity.
The transformer was pleased with the cooling system operation plan. With normal use (working in the browser, communicating in instant messengers or watching video), the fans are almost not audible, and the case remains a little warm.
Under a high load, the noise level can be described as average, it does not irritate, and constantly high loading occurs only in specific problems.
The multimedia capabilities of the laptop are implemented at the level. On the bottom are stereo speakers JBL c setting Dolby. They turned out quite loud, and the sound quality by the standards of laptops is good.