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Lenovo Yoga 910 review: One of the best convertible ultrabooks gets even better

The Yoga 910 brings several improvements over its predecessor which was already a great Windows 10 Ultrabook.

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Lenovo's premium Yoga series is known for its watchband hinge that lets you use the device in practically any position. But behind its beauty, also comes performance. The Lenovo Yoga 910 delivers with Intel's 7th-generation Core i7 processor and improves several areas from the previous generation like the display, keyboard, battery, and more.

Should you buy the Yoga 910? With a starting price of just $1049.99, the excellent combination of beauty and performance is going to be hard to resist.

Lenovo Yoga 910 hardware

Right off the bat, I'm praising the design and build quality of the Lenovo Yoga 910. It has an all-aluminum unibody case that feels durable. The previous generation had a rubber material on the edges and leather-like surface surrounding the keyboard, but those are gone this year to fully show off the full aluminum design.

And it's only about half an inch thin and a little over 3 pounds! It's so effortless carrying this around from room to room, or bringing to the coffee shop.

Lenovo Yoga 910

Lenovo Yoga 910

The metal watchband hinge also returns, allowing users to convert the device into four different modes: notebook, stand, tent, and tablet.  It's stiff, so the display stays firmly in the position you set, but fluid enough when you need to move it. It seems to be stiffer in this generation, too, because I don't notice the display wobble as much when I touch the screen.

Lenovo Yoga 910

Speaking of the screen, the top, left, and right bezels are shrunk to just 5mm, giving you an edgeless look for the 13.9-inch IPS display. The review unit has a UHD (3840x2160) display, but it's also available in Full HD (1920x1080). It's sharp, has wide viewing angles, and nice, saturated colors. There is, however, a big amount of black space below the screen. It's also where you'll find the front-facing camera, which means friends and coworkers will be looking up your nose during video calls. I would've preferred a bigger bezel on top of the screen to fit the camera there.

While an edge-to-edge touch screen seems like a great idea, there are a few drawbacks.

Also, while an edge-to-edge screen seems like a great idea, I found a couple of drawbacks. There were some accidental presses when adjusting the display position, and it's also now a little harder to bring up the action center when swiping in from the right edge of the screen. These are not deal breakers, but still worth mentioning.

The base model of the Lenovo Yoga 910 features a nice set of specs:

  • 7th-Generation Intel Core i7-7500U Processor (2.50GHz 1600MHz 4MB)
  • 13.9-inch FHD IPS Multi-touch (1920x1080)
  • 8GB DDR4 2133 MHz RAM
  • 256GB PCIe SSD storage
  • Integrated Intel HD Graphics 620

You can upgrade to a UHD display, up to 16GB of RAM, and 1TB of SSD storage which are the specs I have on the review unit. The new processor brings improved battery life and performance, as well as improved 4K video playback.

Lenovo Yoga 910

The left side includes two USB Type-C ports. One is for power and always-on charging for other devices, while the other port is for data and display output. The right side has the headphone/mic combo, a USB 3.0 Type A port, and the power button.

Lenovo Yoga 910

The backlit keyboard feels comfortable to type on with sufficient key travel. It also improves on the previous generation by having a more traditional layout. Last year's version had the Home, End, and Page buttons on the right side. It resulted in pressing the home button frequently by mistake because it was immediately next to the backspace button.

The Lenovo Yoga 910 has a row of handy hotkeys along the top of the keyboard. They give you quick access to individual system settings like volume, screen brightness, mute, Airplane mode, and more. There's also a Function (Fn) key that is used in combination with other keys for more options. For example, pressing the Fn key with the Esc button enables "Paper Display" mode, which adds a yellowish tint to the display to make reading easier and less straining on the eyes. The Fn button pressed with the space bar, adjusts the keyboard light brightness. The Yoga 910 isn't without weirdness in the keyboard layout — the right Shift key is a small square key sitting in an unusual position: to the right of the up arrow.

The 4.125 x 2.75-inch trackpad gives you about a 5-inch diagonal space to work with, which is bigger than the previous generation. It's smooth and responsive to touch. It's also certified as a Precision Touchpad, so all the touch options are listed within the main settings instead of digging deeper into third-party drivers like Synaptics or Elan. I'm a fan of Precision Touchpads and wish all PC brands have them too. By the way, you can find Precision Touchpads on all the Surface devices.

Lenovo Yoga 910

Towards the right of the trackpad is the fingerprint sensor compatible with Windows Hello. This is used to log into Window or grant access to applications and documents. It's a nice feature to have, and this is the first time the fingerprint sensor come standard in Lenovo's premium Yoga series.

Lenovo Yoga 910

The dual JBL speakers are located at the bottom of the Yoga 910. While I prefer front-facing speakers, these surprisingly sound great. I don't know if it's because of the hardware from JBL or the software tuning from Dolby, but I'm not complaining. I also found that movies sound and look better when using the 910 in tent mode.

Lenovo Yoga 910 software

The Yoga 910 comes with Windows 10 Home, and I was surprised I didn't see any nagging bloatware. For example, there's no McAfee antivirus trial that I usually disable. Lenovo does include their Companion and Settings apps which give you firmware update notifications and additional settings for your battery, speakers and more. For example, you can enable conservation mode, which will only charge your battery up to 60% to maximize the amount of time before you need to replace the computer's battery. It's recommended for users who keep their computer plugged most of the time. The Dolby Audio app is also included, which lets you optimize the speakers for movies, music, games, or voice.

Lenovo Yoga 910

When it comes to performance, apps open quickly, browsing is a breeze, and 4k videos play smoothly. And that's what you should expect from a premium laptop.

If you're looking for numbers, the review unit got a multi-core score of 8190 on Geekbench 4. The Yoga 910 also received higher scores on CrystalDiskMark compared to last year's version, especially the read speeds.

The Yoga 910 isn't a gaming laptop, so don't expect amazing results with demanding modern games like Gears of War 4. That game is unplayable at about eight frames per second even on low settings at 720p resolution. If you stick with casual games from the Windows Store, you'll be fine. I was also able to play FIFA 17, but in 720p with low settings. If you need better gaming performance, you'll need a gaming laptop that's going to be heavier and much thicker than the Yoga 910.

This device does a good job staying cool. However, the fans are noticeable when they spin. They're not too loud, but you'll notice them even if you're just browsing the web. Watching movies and listening to music easily drown them out though.

The Yoga 910 comes with Windows 10 Home, and I was surprised I didn't see any nagging bloatware like antivirus trials.

The Yoga 910 comes with a larger 78 watt-hour battery compared to 66 watt-hour on the previous generation. I consistently get about 10 hours of usage before needing to recharge, so I don't even bother bringing the power cord whenever I head to the coffee shop. And if you run out of battery, it only takes about three hours to fully charge the device.

Lenovo Yoga 910: The Bottom Line

To sum it all up, the Lenovo Yoga 910 brings several improvements over the Yoga 900 from last year which was already a great machine. I love the new all-metal design, including the stiffer hinge, 4k display with less bezel, and an even better keyboard. The addition of Precision Touchpad won't be noticed by many people, but I'm glad that Lenovo has added that here.

Lenovo Yoga 910

The Yoga 910 is a great performer as well and didn't give me any issues with everyday tasks. I also had no problems playing 4K videos or editing images on Photoshop and Lightroom. Just don't expect to do heavy gaming or video editing on this device.

My biggest complaint with the Yoga 910 isn't even a major one. I'm not a fan of where Lenovo placed the front-facing camera. It would have been better if it was placed on top, even if it meant adding more bezel on top of the display.

Lenovo Yoga 910

Overall, I think anyone looking for a Windows 10 laptop will be very happy with the Lenovo Yoga 910. It starts at $1,049.99 with the FHD display and goes up to $1,649.99 with the UHD display, 16GB RAM, and 1TB SSD.

Is this laptop on your want list? Let us know what you think in the comments!

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Mark Guim is Video Editor at Windows Central. He switched to Windows because the MacBook Pro isn't Pro enough. You can follow him on Twitter at @markguim.

45 Comments
  • No Intel Real sense camera I guess
  • No, but the fingerprint sensor works well
  • Could you please tell me why certain articles like this one shows to click the link to read on the website?
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    What's the point of such a nice app then?
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    Thanks :)
  • My thoughts exactly
  • I guess they want to ensure readers see ads, they can't make money off the ad-free app.
  • I often think this. It's annoying, the app should have every article in it. But as someone mentioned..I think it's due to advertising.
  • fwiw I read the whole article in the app. No link to website. I wonder why/when the links show up? I'm logged in to the app itself, maybe that's a factor?
  • I still need a better reason to drop my yoga 2 pro
  • How come the display complaints aren't valid with xps 13? I find almost every reviewer giving it to top marks
  • How can you call this an "improved" keyboard when they put the RIGHT SHIFT KEY IN THE WRONG PLACE??? I guess if you never learned how to type it might not be a big deal, for a person who is a touch typist, this is an absolute dealbreaker. Lenovo has made decent keyboards before, so they should know better. This is completely unacceptable. The headline here should be "Do not buy this, because the keyboard is unusable!!!"
  • I actually got one of these from the MS store over the weekend.  Im blow away by the battery life and performance but this was perplexing to me.  I had to write a 5 page paper on it and relearning the placement of the shift key was nigh impossible for the first couple of pages.  I started to get the hang of it towards the end of the paper, I suspect within another paper or two I'll be fine but the layout was horrifying at the start.
  • When the Yoga 710 came out a few months ago I saw it and I was like "YES, THIS IS IT!!!" And then I tried to type on it.... it has the same right shift key problem, and I was so disappointed. It's the perfect size and weight for me, and it's completely unusable because of the keyboard. I figured they did it because the compact size warranted it, but the 700 didn't have the same problem, so it was just a design-driven decision that didn't work out. On the much-larger 910, I can't believe they went and made the same mistake. It's horrible. I would return it if I were you, because you don't want to get used to a weird, non-standard layout, because one day you'll have to type on a normal keyboard and you'll have to re-adjust.
  • I've got the Yoga 710 and the right shift key is not a problem for me, I never use the right one, always the left one, I don't have typing methods, I'm a two finger typer, anyway, I've got the Canadian version of the Yoga 710 and they have the French keyboard layout and cut the left shift key in half to add an extra French keyboard key which I never use even though I'm French, so I had to get used to typing using a small shift key. At least they didn't do the Thinkpad error and kept the Fn key between CTRL and Windows key (on my Thinkpad T450s it's at the left of the CTRL key which makes me always press Fn when I intend to press CTRL).
  • Different priorities? The right shift location did not bother me.
  • I'm guessing you are not a touch typist. That may be fine for you, but as someone who is reviewing laptops, you should consider the needs of your readers. Anyone who doesn't look at their hands when they type will hit that up-arrow constantly when trying to hit the shift key. They will never get used to it, and it will never NOT be a huge issue.
  • Not a touch typist, so I understand how the layout can be unusual for others. Mentioned the position in the review.
  • I did a CTRL-F and the word 'shift' appears nowhere in the review. I figured it out; you spelled 'shift' wrong! 'Shfit' -- pretty funny, since we're talking about typing skills.
  • LOL! Fixing
  • Well done video review Mark. This one looks fantastic and it will be one I'll consider for my next laptop. I'll keep the nose trimmer on deck. :)
  • Someone mentioned this in the YouTube comments. A workaround would be to use it in tent mode during video calls!
  • Can't do that when we need keyboard at the same time. This is the reason why this (and the Dell XPS) is off my list. I am not in the market though so I can always hope this is fixed in future revisions/versions.
  • Its interesting that no one made that observation when the developers introduced this design to the people sending this into production. But based on the video Mark, I don't think its a critical design flaw albeit something fun to talk about.
  • I'm so sorry but any convertible that makes you put keyboard you touch all the time on dirty surfaces in order to become a tablet is just plain WRONG design. The only reason this Yoga cought on was the price in convertible segment but with cardinal drawbacks. The only true convertible ultrabook on the market is Vaio Z Flip. Masterpiece of design, engineering and ergonomics but you have to pay for it. Look at it this way, for the price of close to $3,000 you even get a freakin touchpad made out of mica stone to brag about.
  • Why would you put your laptop down on a dirty surface? My main laptop is not a convertible, but I wouldn't plop that down in a pile of filth either!
  • I bet your work table is very dirty no matter if it appears clean to you. Now all that micro dust, grease and bicteria is stuck on your keyboard that you touch with tip of your fingers very often. Fundamental flaw in design.
  • Ease up Felix Unger. If the man says he desk is clean, you need to take him at his word. Besides, "Micro dust" grease and bacteria is part of the human condition. Try as you might, you ain't avoiding any of them.
  • I have the older Yoga pro and it is indeed a very weird feeling when you have it in tablet mode with the keys on the backside.  Luckily Lenovo sold a sleeve that would double as a cover for the keys when in tablet mode.  I'm not sure about the newer versions though.
  • For me 14inch is perfect size for Laptop..
  • The nose camera is a deal breaker for me. Also, when I tried it for a few minutes in Best Buy (by no means an actual test), the metal edge from the bottom dug into my wrists. 
      I think the Spectre X360 is the better buy this year if you're in the market for a 13-inch two in one. 
  • Use it in tent mode and the camera will be where you want it. However, there is a lot to say for the x360, particularly if you really want Thunderbolt and don't care about the 910's 4k screen version.
  • Great review. Those shots where Mark is holding laptop in a tablet mode like a book makes these huge bottom bezel less of a nuisance. Oh and lenovo yoga 910 is a first yoga 900 series model that I am liking. Thank God they did away with that plastic/carbon fiber thingy. All metal looks more elegant. Wish Dell would take note for its XPS line up. And oh, I love how OEMs are moving towards thinner designs and smaller bezels. Might I remind them that light weight matters more than thinner design particularly when thinner design comes at a cost of legacy (but essential) ports like Full USB, HDMI, SD card slot etc. Oh and please! Shave more of weight OEMs. LG and Samsung have been achieving close to 2lbs. As for bezels, well they do look sleek. In my opinion, Apple Macbook Pro (2016) has the best screen bezel dimensions without compromising on functionality. The top bezel should be thinner, yet, should accomodate front camera, IR sensors for windows hello etc. And side bezels for touch gestures in a tablet mode. Like I said, Macbook Pro dimensions seem just fine for all of this stuff that I mentioned. Let's hope we will see more beautiful, sleeker lighter designs in future which will also respect ports functionality and usability. Oh and when are we gonna see USB C fast charging protocols come to PC market. It's a good work around for thinner lighter designs which do so basing on a compromise on raw battery capacity. Bring it on PC makers.
  • I just purchased a Black Friday Yoga 900 for my daughter to take to college @$699 - Any compelling reason to swap out that computer for this one?
  • Looks like they've made some solid improvements in the design!
  • I'd love to get this, but the biggest difficulty getting this laptop is how to justify replacing my Yoga 2 Pro which is still working perfectly. Perhaps I can clean up my current Yoga and give it to my wife for Christmas :)
  • I don't find reasons to replace my perfectly working devices, I just do, I'm single and I've got nobody to give justifications to except my dogs and they don't complain as long as they have their milkbones and walks :-) That's why I've got 3 laptops, 2 desktops and 3 Android tablets, 3 smartphones... I sometimes give away when I don't use anymore.
  • You can get away with giving your wife "hand me downs" for Christmas?
  • Why are some articles only available in the browser ☹
  • Where are you trying to view the article? Give us some details and we can look at the issue!
  • Looks like a beautiful machine, but I'm not interested if it does not have an active digitizer...
  • Please correct your specs! wrong: 7th-Generation Intel Core i7-6500U Processor (2.50GHz 1600MHz 4MB)
    correct: 7th-Generation Intel Core i7-7500U Processor (2.50GHz 1600MHz 4MB)
  • Looks nice. I like how they have full size cursor keys; I hate the weird half size cursor keys on the surface that seems to be in fashion... but in return Lenovo puts the right shift in a weird spot?
  • If they had split the bezel between the bottom and top, this would have been perfect. Still looks like a great laptop though. Just bought my wife the new HP Spectre and that one is awesome also.
  • Is it possible to open the lid of Lenovo Yoga 910 with one hand?
  • No not really I have the special edition with glass lid and it takes two hands to open for me.
  • Just picked up the best buy version of the 910 it has a glass top and 16gb ram with a 512 gb ssd drive. It was on sale for 1200 today great laptop so far very fast!