Lenovo Yoga Book 9i review

Lenovo Yoga Book 9i review

With the Yoga Book 9i laptop, Lenovo has adopted a novel strategy by swapping out the conventional keyboard for a second touchscreen. Although similar ideas have been tried before, none have really succeeded. For instance, the HP Omen X 2S, which had a small monitor over a physical keyboard and was initially priced at almost $3,000, was especially intended for gaming. It was not well-liked by the public. Lenovo has now taken this route, and their implementation might be the most ambitious and fruitful to yet.

The Yoga Book 9i redefines the idea of a “second screen” by offering a full touchscreen experience. Due to the lack of a physical keyboard, the laptop’s upper and lower halves, both of which have 13.3-inch OLED displays, are completely interchangeable.

Lenovo has made significant engineering investments to achieve this feat, producing a device that is mainly successful. The laptop gives users the option to use it as two distinct Windows tablets or as one big tablet with different applications running on each screen. Even better, it may be arranged on a table in a V-shape so that two people can watch two distinct videos at once (albeit only one audio track can be played).

The Yoga Book 9i actually appears to be well-suited for work and can possibly surpass conventional laptops in this area, despite the fact that the idea may seem fantastical or frivolous. To display the virtual keyboard and trackpad in laptop mode, simply swipe upward with eight fingers on the lower touchscreen. Drag the trackpad down to move the keyboard closer to your body and get rid of the trackpad if you like. This will make room for movable widgets in the newly freed up space.

It may take some experience and early trial-and-error to become proficient with the numerous swipes and movements needed to move objects on the Yoga Book 9i, such as moving windows between screens. However, with time, these activities come naturally and without thought. Lenovo’s Yoga Book 9i stands out as a cutting-edge and useful product that challenges conventional laptop designs. For individuals looking for a flexible computing experience, its second touchscreen method offers distinctive options for multitasking and productivity.

Though significantly slower to type on than a mechanical keyboard, the Yoga Book’s touchscreen keyboard is usable. The haptics-based system offers some feedback, but it’s advised to use the optional Bluetooth keyboard and mouse that are included with the purchase for a more productive experience. Using the handy folio stand, you may support the machine side by side or stack one screen on top of the other while both screens are serving as displays. Its unexpectedly small size allows it to sit comfortably on a typical aircraft tray table, giving it a distinctive option for dual monitors even in coach class.

Let’s now examine the 9i’s other features. The two panels have stunning brightness and an amazing 2,880 x 1,800 pixel resolution. To avoid eye strain at maximum power, the brightness level may need to be lowered (brightness can be adjusted separately for each screen). Despite its slim design, which weighs 2.8 pounds and has a thickness of only 18 millimeters, it seems even lighter in the hand.

The internal specifications, however, are quite simple. A 13th generation Intel Core i7-1355U (1.7 GHz) processor, 16 GB of RAM, and a 512 GB SSD, together with integrated graphics, power the device. Unfortunately, performance ranks in the center of the field. Although the device was able to perform a full battery of benchmarks, basic tasks like spreadsheet recalculations and grammar-checking lengthy papers were clearly sluggish, with warnings that larger graphics-based tests may not run smoothly.

The touchscreen keyboard on the Yoga Book does its job satisfactorily, although using an additional Bluetooth keyboard and mouse is advised for speed. The machine’s small size makes it practical to use in a variety of situations, including confined flight tray tables. Underwhelming internal specifications offset the excellent screen resolutions and brightness, resulting in mediocre performance in routine tasks.

With two brilliant screens, battery life is a problem, but the Yoga Book 9i surprised me by outperforming my expectations. I was able to get an incredible 10 hours and 47 minutes of usage while watching a YouTube movie on one screen with both screens at full brightness. This timeframe is impressive for a laptop in general, much less one that needs to power two monitors.

The Bowers & Wilkins soundbar built into the hinge produces high-quality, audible audio. No matter where the equipment is, the speaker always produces clear sound because it fires in all directions. The laptop also runs quietly even when under a lot of strain, with the fan producing little more than a faint buzz. Three USB-C ports with Thunderbolt capability are available for expansion, albeit only one of them is used for charging. Though disappointing given the machine’s price point, it’s important to note that the continual pop-ups promoting a three-month trial of Amazon Music Unlimited diminished the overall user experience.

When everything is taken into account, the verdict is remarkable. Despite the Yoga Book 9i’s higher price, it really does feel like you are getting two laptops for the price of one. The benefits of having multiple screens cannot be overstated, and while mastering the system does entail some study, the learning curve is not overly steep. This made me consider a thought-provoking scenario: What if two Yoga Books were placed side by side?

 

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