A few weeks back, Lenovo announced their new Yoga 900 a successor to the Yoga 3 Pro. The good news with this edition is Lenovo is ditching the underpowered Intel Broadwell Core M processor and going up to Skylake Core i5 and i7 ones.
We just got our review unit and decided to give it a proper unboxing and tour.
The biggest surprise? The price and how low it is for what you get.
The Yoga 900 edition we have has a Core i7 at 2.5 GHz, 16 GB of RAM and 512 GB of storage all for $1,399. The closest Surface Book that matches those specs is $2,699 although that has a dedicated Nvidia GPU, PCI-e storage and pen. Still, that's a $1200 difference!
Even Dell's new XPS 13 hits $1,999 for its Core i7 with 16GB of RAM and 512GB of storage. Here are the rest of specs:
Lenovo Yoga 900 Specs
|13.3" QHD+ 3200x1800
|6th Gen Intel Core i5 or i7
(i7-6500U and i5-6200U)
|256GB and 512GB SSD
|Up to 16GB LPDDR3 memory
|USB 3.0 (x2)
USB Type-C w/video out
USB 2.0 + AC
SD Card reader
|1.29kg (2.8 lbs.)
Up to 9 hours video playback
|Starts at $1,199
There is little doubt that the Yoga 900 offers a lot of power for a fair price. It is also very light, can be used as a tablet, tent mode or just a premium laptop.
We should point out that our Yoga 900 had McAfee pre-installed but that is actually an optional opt-in configuration during the checkout process in their store, so don't fret.
Compared to our Yoga 3 Pro and Lenovo has done a bang up job of fixing everything that was wrong with the previous edition. Longer battery life, more powerful processor, more RAM, lower price, sturdier hinge and just an excellent build quality.
We'll review the Yoga 900 in the coming week and we'll also compare it to the Surface Book. But so far, what do you think? Let us know in comments!
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