Since becoming one of the first businesses to truly master the 2-in-1 design, Lenovo has been perfecting the recipe for its premium convertibles.
There are a few minor issues with this year’s model, but overall, the new 14-inch Yoga 9i is without a doubt continuing Lenovo’s stellar history.
Excellent battery life, clever (and surprisingly powerful) speakers, smooth operation, lots of ports, and even an optional OLED display are included.
In other words, this item should be at the top of your list if you’re looking for a 360-degree hybrid that is lightweight, durable, and very adaptable.
The laptop’s lid, deck, and bottom are all made of matte aluminum, and other parts like the keyboard and touchpad have been painted to match.
Although the name of this particular shade, oatmeal, from Lenovo isn’t particularly attractive, the addition of subtle brown tones makes it appear more attractive in person. So far, nothing particularly unusual.
The stylus on the 9i has 4,096 levels of pressure sensitivity, which is a plus. It also has a built-in USB-C port for quick charging. Although there isn’t a spot to store the pen inside the laptop like on some previous Yogas, you can put the laptop and stylus in Lenovo‘s complimentary travel bag.
Display, sound, and webcam
The Yoga 9i comes pre-configured with a 14-inch, 1,920 by 1,080 LCD screen with a new, slightly taller 16:10 aspect ratio (up from 16:9 on the previous model). Not only does it have VESA DisplayHDR 500 True Black certification, but it also produced brightness close to 400 nits.
The Yoga 9i has Lenovo’s recognizable speaker bar hinge for audio. Therefore, in addition to having a cutting-edge design that guarantees sound is directed at you in almost any mode.
The new 1080p webcam that supports Windows Hello is another minor but much-appreciated upgrade that comes with the 9i.
With a new 12th-generation Intel Core i7-1260P CPU, up to 16GB of RAM, and a 1TB SSD, the Yoga 9i offers more than enough speed for all of your typical productivity needs.
It achieved the highest rankings in Geekbench 5, PCMark 10, and Cinebench among ultraportables without discrete graphics.
Battery life and ports
The Yoga 9i still achieved an excellent time on our local video rundown test despite its above average performance. The second-longest mark we’ve seen this year, just behind the Surface Laptop Go 2’s time of 14:43, was reached by this mark, which lasted for 14 hours and 22 minutes.
Additionally, because the laptop supports USB-C charging, there is a good chance that you can borrow an adapter from a friend or coworker in an emergency even if you forget your power brick at home.
In a well-built and flexible chassis, it offers good performance, great sound, and even better battery life.
Because of its new 16:10 aspect ratio and curved edges, this model is noticeably more comfortable to hold than last year’s. This gives you a little bit more screen real estate for productivity. Even the biometric login options are split into two categories.
Its somewhat shallow and mushy keyboard is the only real drawback. However, given the other benefits of the 9i, unless you’re an extremely skilled typist, that’s probably not a deal-breaker.