Lenovo finally gets the Yoga right

by Volker Weber

360-degree hinge on Yoga 920

There has always been a "but" when it came to the Yoga 900/Pro series. My original Yoga Pro had an extra column of keys to the right and too much space above the keyboard. The 900 moved the keyboard back towards the screen but still had that extra column of keys. The 900s had a horizontal Enter key and moved the pound key one row up. The 910 got it almost right but had an arrow key left of the right shift key. That can throw you off easily.

Thin & light Yoga 920

One quick look at the 920 and I can see that Lenovo has finally got everything right. The arrow keys are just the same as they are on the Surface or a Macbook. I could jump right in without any adjustment. This machine is just beautiful. Up to 15 hours of battery for the 1080p version, more than 10 for the 4k screen. It's big and it's not the lightest around. 13.9 inch screen, 1.37kg total weight. But it has USB Type A and Type C ports, the camera is back at the top and it supports an active pen for Windows inking and Windows Hello for secure and fast login.

Write, sketch & take notes on Yoga 920

Fair warning to Lenovo: if you send the Yoga 920 to vowe's magic flying circus, it's gone for two years, not two weeks. This is the first machine that can challenge the Surface Pro.

Comments

Could the similarly sized Surface Laptop (13.5'') not challenge the Surface Pro? Is it the tent mode that makes the Yoga preferable to you?

Jochen Kattoll, 2017-09-01

Surface Laptop does not really work with the pen. It does not fold 360 degrees. It does not even fold flat. It is a very nice machine but it does not challenge the Surface Pro.

Volker Weber, 2017-09-01

Great, thank you, Volker. I love my Surface Pro 4, too, best machine ever.

Jochen Kattoll, 2017-09-01

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