In the realm of 2-in-1 laptops, Lenovo Yoga 9i stands out as a stylish and powerful contender. This elegant portable device brings a unique blend of style and power, whether you’re at a conference table or a coffee shop. Let’s delve into the specifics of this intriguing device.
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A Display That Dazzles
The Lenovo Yoga 9i boasts a stunning display, with Lenovo claiming 100 percent DCI-P3 color accuracy. In my hands-on experience, the screen supported 100 percent of the sRGB space and 98 percent Adobe RGB color space. This level of color accuracy is what you’d typically expect from an OLED screen, making it a delight for visual tasks.
Plenty of Ports
Unlike some of its premium competitors, the Yoga 9i doesn’t skimp on ports. On the left side, you’ll find two USB-C Thunderbolt 4 ports and one USB-A port. The right side houses another USB-C port (which, curiously, isn’t Thunderbolt 4 but can be used for charging) and a headphone jack. However, the power button’s placement on the side might be a point of contention for some users, as it’s easy to accidentally press when carrying the laptop.
Keyboard and Touchpad: A Mixed Bag
The Yoga 9i’s keyboard is an interesting feature. It sports flat chiclet-style keys that are functional, though not particularly high-end or pleasant to type on. However, the far right side of the keyboard houses a series of one-touch function keys for controlling performance settings, audio settings, and color settings. There’s even a key for adding a background blur to the webcam and a fingerprint reader. These keys proved to be quite useful, especially the power profile button.
The touchpad is impressively large for a 14-inch laptop, matching the likes of Apple’s MacBook Pro 14-inch. It worked well with the multitouch gestures built into Windows. The Yoga 9i also comes with an active stylus, which is great for note-taking and even some light sketching.
Webcam and Battery Life: Surprisingly Good
The Yoga 9i’s webcam is a pleasant surprise. It’s a 2.1 MP camera with a 16:9 view, offering 1080p video capture. While it doesn’t match the 5-MP quality found in some recent machines, it’s one of the best webcams I’ve tested on a laptop this year.
The device’s battery life is also commendable. The 75 watt-hour battery features the same Rapid Charge Boost found in other recent Lenovo models. In a standard battery test, it lasted for over 11 hours, and in more realistic scenarios, it regularly achieved 12 hours of usage, provided the brightness was kept at a reasonable level.
Not for Gamers
Despite its many strengths, the Lenovo Yoga 9i is not designed for gamers. Even casual gamers might find the integrated graphics performance lacking. However, if you’re in the market for a stylish, reasonably powerful laptop with excellent sound and a fantastic OLED display, the Lenovo Yoga 9i is a solid choice.
Product Strengths and Weaknesses
|Excellent color accuracy||Power button placement|
|Plenty of ports||Keyboard could be more comfortable|
|Useful one-touch function keys||Not suitable for gaming|
|Impressive battery life|
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