Review of the Lenovo Yoga 9i, a productivity-focused hybrid laptop | notebooks

The Lenovo Yoga 9i is a hybrid laptop that arrives in Brazil in two versions. The most basic has a 12th generation Intel Core i7 processor, 16 GB of DDR5 RAM, a 512 GB SSD and a display with WQHD+. It is also possible to buy a version with 1 TB of storage and a 4K OLED display. The powerful specs, however, come at a price that isn’t cheap: we tested the OLED version, which starts at R$11,000. But can the device stand out against competitors like the Zenbook 14X OLED, MacBook Air and Galaxy Book2 Pro? See the full review.

It is worth reminding that the computer is part of the seventh generation of the Yoga line, the most sophisticated Chinese brand. It also has another model, the Yoga Slim 9i.

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The Lenovo Yoga 9i has 2.8K WQHD+ and 4K OLED screen versions; one of our tests was OLED — Photo: Luiza M. Martins/TechTudo

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The Yoga 9i is a productivity-focused laptop, and therefore an easy-to-carry product is part of its proposition. The computer has a 14-inch screen and an ultra-thin design, which guarantees a weight of only 1.4 kg.

This version also comes with an E-Color Pen and a special protective cover for the Yoga line, which makes it even easier to put the computer in a bag or backpack, for example. For those who always have to be with the machine for work, this is a fundamental factor.

Yoga 9i has an ultra-thin design and comes with an E-Color Pen — Photo: TechTudo/Luiza M. Martins

Even a small computer offers a lot of comfort and ergonomics when working. Larger than usual and very sensitive to the touch makes it convenient to use even if you prefer to use a mouse.

The keyboard, in addition to being soft, goes from top to top and has good spacing between the keys. In addition, it is backlit and has specific hotkeys for operation in the right corner, next to the biometric reader.

Security, by the way, is the strong point of the product, which has a Full HD camera with infrared connection and privacy protection. When signing in, you can choose a password in PIN, Windows Hello, or fingerprint format.

The Lenovo Yoga 9i keyboard is smooth and goes from edge to edge, with quick access options — Photo: TechTudo/Luiza M. Martins

While the machine is small by many people’s standards — including mine — working on it isn’t a constant battle for typing space or finding a comfortable position to use it. After all, another highlight is the screen, which rotates almost completely and even allows you to use the computer directly on your lap for comfort. Using it in this way opens up space for the appearance of the main drawback of the machine, but we will talk about that later.

The Yoga 9i has a premium aluminum finish that guarantees a sober, simple and very beautiful look. The slim version also has glass on top of the lid. The design also has four audio outputs – three on the bottom and one on the turntable – along with some connectivity ports. The computer has three USB 3.2 ports, two of which are Thunderbolt 4, and a P2 headphone jack. In addition, it has Wi-Fi 6E and Bluetooth 5.2.

The Yoga 9i screen rotates almost completely, which guarantees ergonomics for the user even on the lap — Photo: TechTudo/Luiza M. Martins

Certainly, these are two great successes of Lenovo laptops. The sound system is signed by Bowers & Wilkins (B&W) and is particularly focused on the 360º rotation band.

The laptop is also Dolby Atmos certified, a technology that enhances sound for a cinema-like surround sound. There are two outputs of 3 W RMS and two others of 2 W RMS that deliver enough power to dispense with the use of any speakers connected to the Yoga, especially when the computer is in “notebook mode”. However, those who use it as a tablet lose some power because the rear output is muted.

The B&W sound system is focused on a 360º soundbar — Photo: TechTudo/Luiza M. Martins

The screen is another highlight. There are 14 inches in two different options: WQHD+ resolution (2880 x 1800) and 90 Hz refresh rate or 4K OLED (3840 x 2400) 60 Hz, both with HDR, touchscreen, Dolby Vision certification and wide angle technology watching. , which does not distort colors regardless of the viewing angle.

In the model used in our tests, with OLED, the color reproduction is very nice indeed and should not be a problem for those working directly with images. It’s worth mentioning, however, that Lenovo doesn’t officially disclose the machines’ sRGB fidelity percentage.

The Yoga 9i’s OLED display features WVA, which ensures that colors do not distort with viewing angle. As for the Asus Vivobook, no — Photo: TechTudo/Luiza M. Martins

As a productivity-oriented laptop, the Yoga 9i’s focus is on its processing power and during the tests it performed TechTudo, the computer did a good job. There was no drop even in the moments when there were the most requests. In “tablet mode” performance was less impressive, but also satisfactory, with a special emphasis on good use of the E-Color Pen.

When drawing on the screen, the touch of the pen is precise, although it is not as sensitive as, for example, the Apple Pencil, which tries to simulate the experience of a pen and changes the type of strokes according to the position. On several occasions, Lenovo was also unable to recognize what was written in freehand and turn it into digital text.

The E-Color pen is very precise with movements, but its pairing is not intuitive — Photo: TechTudo/Luiza M. Martins

However, as we mentioned, the Lenovo computer is not perfect and some of the problems arose, precisely due to the fact that it is a 2-in-1 PC. First, the pen connection was not very intuitive. For this, it is necessary to bring a native program into Windows 11, which can confuse those who do not have experience with notebooks in this format.

Whether in the manual, website, support or even inside the Lenovo computer, this need is not informed or explained. The result of this is that the consumer may even think that the product came with a factory defect, because it does not connect at all. However, after that point the usage is very good and the button shortcuts are very useful.

As a tablet, the Yoga 9i’s problems appear more easily — Photo: TechTudo/Luiza M. Martins

However, it should be noted that this problem is easy to solve. The biggest complaint we have about the laptop is the second, much more complex one: the fact that it heats up very quickly, to the point that it is difficult to use it directly on your lap. The materials, especially on the edges of the laptop, also get hot and will certainly be uncomfortable if the computer is not on a table. This becomes even worse when the computer is used as a tablet – even when holding it in the hands is natural for many people.

As a tablet, apart from getting really hot, the fact that there are still buttons on the back of the screen is hard to deal with. This results, for example, in situations where, apart from constantly bumping into them, it is still difficult to handle the device. After all, even if the keyboard and touchpad are disabled in this function, there is always the fear of not leaning on your leg, for example, and breaking something.

This is a design issue that also affects other products with a similar proposition, such as the Galaxy Book2 360, but it’s a risk manufacturers take when making a hybrid laptop.

The Yoga 9i screen is touch-sensitive and can be used that way even if the computer is not in tablet mode — Photo: TechTudo/Luiza M. Martins

In our tests, the computer fared well in terms of battery life with a 75 Wh battery. In routine use, it lasted about nine and a half hours, well below Lenovo’s estimated 13 hours. Charging takes place quickly, in less than two hours.

However, it is always worth noting that the duration is highly dependent on the usage and the type of task being performed. In the case of heavier games or programs with a higher level of energy requirements, the durability is lower. The computer still comes with a discrete 65W power supply.

Yoga 9i comes with Yoga case, E-Color Pen and 65 W power supply — Photo: TechTudo/Luiza M. Martins

Lenovo Yoga 9i prices and competition

As we mentioned, the Lenovo Yoga 9i costs BRL 11,699 on the brand’s official website. In the Slim version, the value is slightly higher: R$ 12,599. In this price range you can find like-minded people like MacBook Air M2, Asus Zenbook 14X OLED, LG Gram and Galaxy Book2 Pro. Comparing one by one, we see that each machine has different technical specifications, but that, in general, the Yoga 9i offers a good set compared to the others – in some cases even better.

It is worth mentioning the version with a 4K OLED screen, because of the direct competitors, only the Zenbook has a monitor of this level of sophistication. It is worth mentioning that the Asus notebook does not offer 4K resolution.

Processors of the latest generation, RAM and 1 TB SSD are also present in the Galaxy Book2 Pro, but in this case the screen is AMOLED + Full HD, also inferior to OLED + 4K. Another difference is the sound system, which, with the exception of the Zenbook, is also not the strong point of any of these competitors.

In terms of screen quality in this price range, the Asus Zenbook 14X OLED is the Yogi 9i’s main competitor — Photo: Disclosure / Asus

All in all, the Yoga 9i is an excellent computer — no wonder the 2021 versions were voted Laptop of the Year by the public on TechTudo. Despite the high price, the machine stands out with a number of very competitive factors: state-of-the-art configurations, touch screen with superior technology, ergonomics, battery life and portability.

As a tablet, the device may not impress as much – perhaps better thought if the purchase is solely for this specific use. But it is worth mentioning that the option for a hybrid or purely portable model must be made based on each person’s use and preferences; this is a subjective criterion. Furthermore, the computer is consolidated as an excellent option for those looking for a machine capable of running heavy programs that offers a fluid and comfortable experience for the eyes, hands and spine.

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