At the end of 2020, the Lenovo Yoga 9i hit the market strong as one of the exquisite laptops of the year, offering us a first glimpse of the style and functionality of Intel Evo. Although a little expensive – especially with significantly greater components – it’s difficult to disagree that the increased expense is well deserved considering the improvements.
In this Lenovo yoga 9i review, you’ll get to know why is it really difficult to disagree with the style of Lenovo Yoga 9i, which again is unquestionably amongst the most attractive laptops we have seen for a while, competing on the aesthetic front with the Dell XPS 13 (2020) and Dell XPS 13 2-in-1 (2020).
In regards to output, the Yoga 9i’s eleventh gen i7 exceeds almost anything and everything that came out this year, coming just below the Dell XPS 13 (2020) with eleventh gen Intel Evo for Computational power but topping it on GPU output.
We were not able to assess the Dell XPS 13 2-in-1 with an eleventh gen Intel processor and this year’s Iris Xe Graphics so we cannot say just how much the Yoga 9i is stacking up to be a touch and type competitor in a justified fight, but we can go out there and say this: The Yoga 9i is undeniably in the winning position for touch and type of the year.
Rechargeable battery life is fantastic, outlasting the Apple MacBook Air by almost 4 hours (standing tough a little over fifteen hours overall in the video testing), which is rather amazing given how we normally consider ten hours being an acceptable battery life for a sleek touch and type laptop.
With the addition of a garaged, chargeable pen, you have among the greatest, most useful two-in-one laptops available at the moment right now.
But it’s not without flaws, of course. Its 16:9 display proportion makes taking notes and doodling slightly more difficult than being on a 3:2 proportion touch and type, Acer Spin 5 or perhaps a 16:10 proportion XPS 13 touch and type.
This is also an expensive hybrid laptop, commencing at $1,299 bucks. So, it’s well through the middle range for touch and type also, it only becomes pricier when the specs are upgraded.
Nonetheless, considering its functionality, aesthetics, and excellent battery capacity, the price is well justified, especially considering that less robust and far less frugal laptops may retail almost as much, if not even more. Simply said, if you have the money, the Lenovo Yoga 9i will equal or outperform every other touch and type laptop in the laptop retail sector as of right now.
Lenovo Yoga 9i Review: Specs
Evaluation of the Lenovo Yoga 9i (2020) version by Shop Carmel is as follows:
- Battery: 4-cell, 60WHr
- Camera: 720p front-facing webcam
- Connectivity: Wi-Fi 6 802.11ax 2 x 2, Bluetooth 5.0
- CPU: Intel Core i7-1185G7 (quad-core, eight threads 3.00GHz base clock, 4.80GHZ boost clock, 12MB cache)
- Graphics: Intel Iris Xe
- Ports: 1 x USB Type-A 3.2, 2x USB Type-C with Thunderbolt 4, Headphone/mic combo jack
- RAM: 16GB LPDDR4x (4,266MHz)
- Screen: 14-inch Full HD (1920x 1080p) IPS Touchscreen
- Size (W x D x H):57 x 8.51 x 0.57 inches (319.4 x 216.4 x 14.6 millimeters)
- Storage: 512GB PCIe NVMe SSD
- Weight:02 pounds (1.37 kilograms)
Lenovo Yoga 9i Review: Availability & Price
So, the Lenovo Yoga 9i is currently selling in the United States and the United Kingdom, with an Australian launch date to be announced soon. For $1,299 bucks, the Yoga 9i basic model has an 11th-generation Intel i5-1135G7 central processing unit with Iris Xe GPU, 8 Gigabytes of RAM, 256 Gigabytes of PCIe Storage, as well as a 14-inch full High definition touch-sensitive screen.
Enhance the specifications, and hence the price goes up sensibly but isn’t out of pace with anticipations. For instance, the maximum setup currently offered in the United States will cost you about $1,849 bucks. It includes an 11th-generation Intel i7-1185G7 CPU with Iris Xe GPU, 16 Gigabytes of RAM, a 1 Terabyte PCIe Storage, and a 14-inch 4K, HDR 400 display screen.
Lenovo Yoga 9i Review: Design Aesthetics
The Lenovo Yoga 9i is without a doubt among the excellently designed touch and type laptops we have seen in a while, just behind the Dell XPS 13 according to our perspective, although it is a tough decision while comparing both of these laptops
The laptop’s frame is constructed of machined aluminum alloy, and that is quite common with the ultra-thin breed of laptops lately, however, the palm resting is built of tempered glass from edge to edge, which keeps it feeling cool and pleasant even when under pressure.
The buttons on its keyboard, as well as the trackpad, are spaced perfectly and they are very snappy. Although neither is outstanding, so, as far as laptops keyboard and trackpads go, these are undoubtedly a lot comfier and useful than others we have used, particularly those on less expensive laptops.
The top unfolds and turns easily, rotating across the laptop’s stereo system, keeping the speakers clear as well as blasting forth even if you are utilizing this either as a laptop or perhaps a tablet. As adamant opponents of the downwards launching speaker, we welcomed this creative decision, and the audio quality is among the greatest we have experienced on new laptops courtesy of Dolby Atmos technologies.
The Yoga 9i manages heat effectively, with vents on the edges and beneath the keyboard that assist pump out warm air from its own 2 main fans as well as a heat pipe. Because of the blowers, it isn’t fully quiet, but even when pushed, it isn’t extremely noisy.
The web camera is not particularly good – it is just 720p, however, the borders on it are rather thin, except for a somewhat wide bottom panel. Moreover, the XPS 13 touch and type has significantly narrower borders all around, allowing it to fit in something like a 16:10 Full High Definition display, so Lenovo might have done far better in this context.
There are just a total of 3 ports as well as a 3.5 millimeters headphone and microphone hybrid connector, but 2 of them seem to be the USB Type-Cs featuring Thunderbolt 4 capability and recharging.
The latter USB Type-A connector is also useful, as most of us are still living in the USB Type-A thumb stick age. There is no HDMI connection, so you must choose one of the Thunderbolt terminals to connect to something like an external monitor, although it does allow DisplayPort 1.4 connections.
Furthermore, there is also the docked Lenovo Active Pen on the rear side of the laptop, which recharges within the dock and provides forty minutes of usage time if you charge it for fifteen minutes. This is, of course, a lot less than the Acer Spin 5’s charging base, which can provide ninety minutes of use from a fifteen minutes’ charge in the station. Nonetheless, it is far and beyond what some other touches and type pens provide.
The Active Pen feels rather fragile in comparison to those other styluses on the market, so it would be something you might just keep docked up when not using. It also has 4096 pressure detecting degrees, so it can perform greater graphical art pieces than that of other styluses, also, it is convenient enough for using while taking notes and annotating.
Lenovo Yoga 9i Review: Benchmarks
Let’s see how the Lenovo Yoga 9i fared in our series of evaluations.
- → 3DMark Night Raid:13,787; Fire Strike: 4,991; Time Spy: 1,753
- → PCMark 10 (Home Test): 5,013 points
- → PCMark 10 Battery Life: 15 hours 33 minutes
- → Battery Life (ShopCarmel movie test): 15 hours 2 minutes
- → GeekBench 5: 1,498 (single-core); 5,135 (multi-core)
- → CinebenchR20: 1,975 points
Lenovo Yoga 9i Review: Performance
The Yoga 9i amazes us all in terms of performance, especially with the Iris Xe Graphics Processing Unit. On every except one of our benchmark testing, it outperformed every other competitive touch and type laptop, and generally by a wide proportion.
Just the Asus Vivobook Flip 14 outperformed the Yoga 9i in our Cine-bench R20 multi-core testing, with the Flip 14 scoring about 2,536 marks to the Yoga 9i’s 1,975 points. Undoubtedly, the Flip 14’s AMD Ryzen 7-4700U Central Processing Unit is worthy of great multi-core speed, but it isn’t as clear-cut, as the Flip 14 was beaten by the Yoga 9i in Geek bench 5’s multi-core test, with scores 3,824 to 5,135 respectively.
There’s simply no comparison for the Yoga 9i’s Iris Xe graphics besides the Dell XPS 13, which needs to run the eleventh gen Intel i7-1165G7 central processing unit, and the Yoga 9i even then outperforms it in each of ShopCarmel’s benchmark tests, but it is still sometimes a relatively close showdown than there is with its 10th-generation Core i7 equipped or Ryzen 7 rivalry.
Once we talk about the battery capacity, the Yoga 9i easily outperforms any significant competitor. Yes, the Lenovo Flex 5G’s battery died after a maximum of twenty-nine hours and more, but that laptop could only perform the High Definition movie test, and technical concerns prevented us from performing all the tests except Geek bench 5, where the Yoga 9i results are still two times higher.
Conversely, in our High Definition movie battery testing, the Apple MacBook Pro featuring a comparable-sized battery and the ARM-based M1 Central Processing Unit lasted thirteen hours and twenty-two minutes, whereas the MacBook Air featuring M1 survived eleven hours and fifteen minutes.
However, this is not a genuine apple to apple analysis. The M1 has a total of 8 cores, but the i7-1185G7 has only four, however, with the more efficient ARM design it is responsible for powering up the double amount of cores. However, 4 of which are so-called “efficiency” processors.
Thus, throughout the touch and type category, in which the Yoga 9i’s genuine competition exists, there simply is no laptop that is comparable to it. The life of the battery is somewhere out of this world, and it does so without losing the performance. It’s a tribute to both the new Intel Evo core and Lenovo’s expertise.
Lenovo Yoga 9i Review: Features & Software
Thankfully, there hasn’t been a bunch of malware on the Yoga 9i, which we welcome considering the pricing. You should not get much bloat, in this range, but we have seen it more frequently than we sadly should.
McAfee and Lenovo Vantage are the main offenders here although McAfee probably is beneficial. Even though it’s not included on our greatest antivirus program list. Lenovo Vantage helps to regulate the display rotation, since every direction you rotate and pan the screen is not too heavy, and therefore it does not steal the pleasure away from the user.
Lenovo Q-Control 3.00 is another crucial pre-installed software that allows you to effortlessly alter the performance of the system and temperature management, so definitely this is something that you’re going to want to have.
Lenovo Yoga 9i Review: Our Verdict
An incredibly effective laptop from the eleventh generation, Lenovo Yoga 9i certified by Intel Evo can handle almost anything and seems to have an enormous battery life that keeps you alive long after its rivals are thrown off-board.
- Garaged stylus
- Great sound
- Outstanding battery capacity
- Phenomenal overall performance
- 16:9 screen display ratio
Buy It If:
You’re looking for a high-performance 2-in-1 laptop: There aren’t many touch and type laptops in the market that can compete with the performance output of the Lenovo Yoga 9i.
You would like a laptop that can be used all day: Intel Evo helps make the most out of the Yoga 9i’s sixty WHr battery, getting more than fifteen hours of battery life throughout our normal usage test plus slightly over fifteen hours of High Definition video playing.
Pens as well as costly styluses are easily misplaced: You have no excuse for losing this one or running out of energy thanks to the rechargeable Lenovo Active Pen and the relatively speedy charging port incorporated into the Lenovo Yoga 9i.
Don’t Buy It If
You have a limited budget: The Yoga 9i is well worth the money, although it’s not the least expensive touch and type on the shelf.
You do not need a great deal of power or speed: You can save money and choose to buy a less powerful alternative like the Asus Vivobook Flip 14 if you need an efficient touch and type, but it won’t necessarily be the best.
You prefer a screen ratio of 3:2 or 16:10: In hybrids, there is no doubt that a 3:2 screen ratio is preferable to record and write notes. Therefore, you may go for a less powerful Acer Spin 5 or meet the touch and type Dell XPS 13 at a mid-point, which is not as much as 3:2, but with its 16:10 Full High Definition display, you still have a little bit more room to work with.