Top positive review
Great performance, almost perfect!
January 7, 2018
I've been a more than satisfied user of a Lenovo Yoga 2 pro, I'd say that this latest model surprised me in some aspects.
Switching from a plastic design to metal actually makes you perceive the product as more premium, and the different hinge system is definetly more sturdy.
Performance-wise, the device is as quick as flash. The system boots up in about 5 seconds, which is a net 3 second gain from the already insanely fast 7 to 8 seconds bootup time of my previous Yoga 2 pro. Still it feels surprising to me, after years of having had computers with mechanical hard drives.
The 4k touchscreen monitor is very responsive. Watching movies or reading is even better than the 2k monitor of the yoga 2 pro I had. This is a dramatic improvement to me since I spend several hours in front of it also for work reasons. I still didn't have time to try out the new active pen included , but guessing from others' reviews i've read, it will be fine for the quick drawing and note taking I occasionally do.
Another significant improvement I've noticed is the increased battery life.
With my Yoga 2 pro I had almost 5 effective hours of battery life when it was new, but with time and usage it went down to 3 hours due to the usual battery wearing.
This new Yoga 920 makes me almost forget about the charger because It can last a whole day, with an effective 7 to 10 hours life in moderate usage. The Yoga 920 comes with Intel’s new eighth-generation Intel Core processors. Never mind the clock speeds; this chip generation is optimized for multitasking and battery conservation, so I guess I'll see how it ages.
However, I suggest not to buy it in case you're into gaming, not because of the performance (which would be more than decent from my perspective), but because in that case, a 2 and a half hours gaming session can quickly drain all the juice. This is an excellent 2 in 1 laptop, but not a gaming machine.
One thing i don't like is this new trend of manufacturers removing ports from devices: my previous Yoga had an SD port, a Micro HDMI port, and 2 usb A, one being usb 3.0.
Now I have one usb 3.0 (it serves also as a charger when the pc is turned off, well that can come in handy actually) and two usb type c ports, one of which is mainly used to charge the laptop and the other one would be useless to me if I didn't buy dongles and/or adapters. I find this trend rather annoying and consumer-unfriendly to be honest.
To sum up, I'd say this 2 in 1 laptop is an almost perfect choice for creative users who want performance and battery life; let's see how it manages to pass the test of time.