BENDING THE PRICE JUST A TAD TOO FAR
Lenovo Yoga 910
Adding to this month’s never-ending supply of ultra-portable convertibles is the latest in Lenovo’s highly successful Yoga range, the Yoga 910. At $3,299 it’s considerably more expensive than the rest, so has a lot to prove. Is it worth rolling out the welcome matt for such a pricey entrant when there are so many other contenders with almost Zen-like mastery of the category?
So, just what makes this a special contender? It’s certainly not the size nor weight, as it’s one of the chunkier and heavier models around. Sure, the extra 100 grams or so up to 1.38kg isn’t exactly back-breaking, while the extra 5mm bringing it to a total of 14.3mm in thickness, but when competition is this fierce, every specification counts. We hate to say it, but we’re also not huge fans of its aesthetic; from the outside it looks fine, but there’s something about the front used on the keyboard that just looks a little prosaic, and there’s minimal travel distance. Thankfully the beautiful touch-pad offsets this, with the glassy finish we’ve grown to love of late, but that isn’t so fast that it’s hard to be accurate with. The screen is an absolute stunner, adopting an edge-less design to make its 13.9-inch span look even bigger than it is. As expected, it’s an IPS touchscreen display, and is available in 1080p or 4K (our sample came with the high-end 4K panel, which goes a long way to justify the price point).
If there’s one thing that is bound to divide prospective owners, it’s the hinge design. Rather than the subtle twin hinge system used on most convertibles, the Yoga 910 goes for a whopping ten different hinges, alternating between plain black and a stainless steel polished design. It may not turn everybody on, but it’s definitely rock solid, with absolutely zero flex.
In terms of I/O, the twin USB 3.1 Type C connections are bound to excite, but it’s disappointing to see they’re not Thunderbolt enabled, unlike the Spectre. There’s also the obligatory single USB 3.1 Type A port, alongside a headphone jack. In terms of internals, it’s very similar to the competition. Intel’s i7 7500U does the heavy lifting, but we definitely appreciate the extra 8GB of memory over the Spectre, with 16GB in total. It also has twice the storage capacity on the hard drive, with a 1TB SSD NVMeequipped Samsung SSD. Which is why the PCMark 8 Home benchmark results were so perplexing – by all rights, the Yoga should run rings around the Spectre, and yet our results showed it being slightly slower.
To ensure everything was running correctly, we re-ran Windows Update (a procedure we do every time we test a machine), and it turns out a bunch of updates had been released between the time of testing the Yoga 910 and the Spectre, including the new Windows 10 Creators update. A quick install of the update on the Yoga and it was time to rerun the test. Thankfully this time around the difference was much less.
We’re assuming the Yoga has some slightly more aggressive CPU throttling in action, despite it being thicker than the Spectre. On paper the Yoga 910 beats the Spectre in every regard, for a price that is almost equal to the Spectre. The tiny performance difference isn’t noticeable in real life, so the additional memory and SSD capacity of the Yoga 910 give it the edge over the Spectre.
Intel’s i7 7500U (twin-core, HyperThreaded, 3.5GHz Turbo)
1TB NVMe SSD
13.9-inch 4K IPS Touchscreen