I want a laptop that is more flexible than moody cab drivers.
The Yoga 920 Vibes fills a void that was present for many designers — a worthy option over the latest iteration of Microsoft Surface Pro.
If you’re on the lookout for a sexy screen clamped with the latest specs, allow the Yoga 920 Vibes to entice you. And, oh, Lenovo threw in an excellent digital pen along with the laptop. Is it a sound investment to fling one and a half lakhs (after demonitisation)? You bet.
Lenovo Yoga 920 Vibes: Design
Yoga is the correct expression to understand every aspect of the Vibes’ design approach. It definitely strays away from the business chic that Dell XPS 13 and MacBooks have a reputation for. You can call it a tree hugger’s laptop over a corporate snob’s wood cutting device.
I stared at the lid for at least five minutes straight, in silence, listening to music, for science obviously. Curiously enough the Vibes of Elegance (that’s what the lid design is called) started making sense to me. The lid has tiny dotted lines running along the surface, protected by Gorilla Glass, which make it pleasant to look at and even better to hold. It fits the whole mojo of Lenovo’s Yoga line up — a 2-in-1 that looks good, sends a message and attains nirvana.
The watchband hinge on the laptop is my favourite feature. It can hold the screen at any angle and it even encouraged my weird weekend postures which usually come out during a season marathon on Netflix.
Is it as sharp as an axe? Unless you have a PhD in measurements and evaluations, the thickness difference between the Yoga, MacBook Pro 13in and Dell XPS 13 (2018) will not be a deal-breaker for you at all.
Lenovo Yoga 920 Vibes: Display and Pen
The laptop’s 4K prowess is just gorgeous to look at and work on. The 13.9in screen can get soul-tingling bright too, if maxed out.
In tablet mode, watching Tales by Light (S2) on Netflix was an involving experience. The hinge compliments your comfort while enhancing the entire binge experience on a 4K screen. The colours were bright and vivid, a bit saturated for my liking, but striking nonetheless.
Switching over to Picasso mode, you get a Lenovo Active Pen 2 in the box that has 4,096 levels of sensitivity. In artsy terms that means the pen works brilliantly. Our magazine designer was ready to make the jump from her old Microsoft Surface Pro 3 and leave aside her iPad with an Apple Pen too. There is a desirable resistance from it that makes it fun to use. Even the lightweight structure trumps the Apple Pen. Good job Lenovo!
There are two buttons slightly above where your thumb sits on the pen, which are reconfigurable, but sometimes get in the way of your digital painting. We couldn’t figure out how to ‘reconfigure’ them and Lenovo hasn’t made it easy to figure that out either. The pen uses a single AAAA battery that comes with the box and you can check the battery life using the bundled software called Lenovo Vantage.
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Lenovo Yoga 920 Vibes: Performance and Battery
The sleek unibody packs an Intel i7-8550U and 16GB RAM, so expect your daily performance to be as lag free as possible. The 512GB SSD is fast and reliable. It reduces boot times and Photoshop runs without any hiccups.
We got a little under seven hours of battery life during our usual work on Google Chrome combined with an hour or so of breaktime doodling on Photoshop. You can juice out more work time from the laptop by shifting it to battery saver mode. The battery life was quite satisfactory considering that there’s a power hungry 4K screen attached to it. Even though we strongly believe that there should be a lower variant of this laptop, the 4K screen is just too good to doodle on, and quite frankly, is more appealing to your peepers when you start your digital masterpiece.
The laptop heats up when using processor crunching softwares and shifts the fan into throttle mode. That, and the noise from the fan is disappointing for a laptop that costs one and a half lakhs. There’s no dedicated GPU in here as well and you can’t really play any demanding games on the Intel UHD Graphics 620.
Lenovo Yoga 920 Vibes: Keyboard and Features
The keyboard is generously spaced out with a very interesting curvy design. Like Aquaman would say, “I dig it!”. It feels really good to type on because there’s barely any clicking sound. So, if you like clicky sounds from your laptop, you will be disappointed. The JBL speakers are quite clear and decent enough for something coming from this thin design.
The touchpad is decent sized but not as big as the one on a MacBook. You do have a touchscreen here so the size doesn’t really matter that much. On the practical side, the fingerprint sensor is quick and gets you past the lock screen without a head scratch.
There’s one USB 3.0 that can also be used to insert the pen holder. Yes, the pen doesn’t have any magnetic or discreet slot in the laptop to plonk it in when not in use. Time to add that to the list of things you have to worry about losing.
There are two USB Type-Cs with Thunderbolt, one of which is used to charge the laptop. This goes to show that Lenovo has kept this premium Yoga to 2018 expectations. However, don’t try to charge your USB Type-C smartphone with the laptop charger because you might fry the battery as the adapter uses a higher voltage.
Lenovo Yoga 920 Vibes: Verdict
The Yoga 920 Vibes is an interesting piece of machinery. It’s a 2-in-1 with a nice 4K display that urges you to whip out the Lenovo Active Pen 2 and start sketching. At ₹1,49,999 it offers way more than a MacBook and Dell XPS. Funnily enough, we didn’t even expect a digital pen to be included in the box, so that’s something that can sway most people to this 2-in-1.
The battery life is very reliable and you will not think twice before you begin any intensive tasks. The creatively designed lid is a breath of fresh air among the boring black-shaded laptops. Even the superb hinge design is bested by none in the industry.
It’s not perfect yet — the processor punishing workload might heat it up and the oddly placed pen holder takes away a USB port but none of these can take away its crown of the best 2-in-1 available in the market right now. The Microsoft Surface Pro is the only likely competitor which launched in India right on the day of posting this review. We will give it a proper Stuff review treatment when we get our hands on it. For now, the Lenovo Yoga 920 Vibes is the best choice for creative nuts and designers with deep pockets.