Say you wanted to build the perfect Windows laptop: what would you include? You might start with the latest-generation Intel processors, put in a big 4K touchscreen and make it foldable all the way around with a really nice hinge, and finish it off with high-end materials and build quality. Oh, and don’t forget a big battery, nice keyboard, and modern USB Type-C ports with one USB-A port for your sanity. Heck, throw a fingerprint sensor in there just for good measure. Make it premium but don’t charge too much.
That’s exactly what Lenovo is striving for with the new Yoga 910. It’s one of a few laptops vying to be named the Best Default Windows Laptop For Everybody — alongside HP’s Spectre x360, Acer’s Spin 7, and the venerable Dell XPS 13. Like those laptops, it’s getting a bonus second look from people who are disappointed by the new MacBook Pros.
The Yoga 910 belongs in that group because it has all the pieces of a great laptop. Which makes it all the more disappointing that the final product is slightly less than the sum of those parts.
Design: Lenovo’s watchband hinge is still the best
From the outside, the 910 doesn’t look much different from last year’s Yoga, but that’s not a bad thing. It has smooth, brushed-metal panels on the top and bottom; shiny, polished metal sides; and, of course, Lenovo’s signature watchband hinge holding everything together. It’s a classy, sophisticated look that puts the Yoga 910 on the short list of the best-looking laptops on the market.
Display: Now with even more screen to love
Another benefit of the Yoga 910’s smaller-bezel design is that it allowed Lenovo to include a 13.9-inch display versus the 13.3-inch screen you’d normally get on a system this size. This results in a screen that’s almost 10 percent larger than those on 13.3-inch systems. Although some people may not be huge fans of the 910’s somewhat ungainly lower chin, I quickly forgot about that unsightly design choice after checking out the 910’s big, colorful screen.
The 910’s color accuracy was also quite strong. It earned a Delta-E rating of 0.76, which is practically indistinguishable from the Spectre x360’s rating of 0.74. (Lower numbers are better.) We generally consider anything under 1 to be very good.
Keyboard and Touchpad: Quick and responsive
While the Yoga 910’s backlit keyboard sports a somewhat shallow travel distance of 1.3 millimeters, it’s balanced out nicely by a relatively stiff 65 grams of actuation weight required to depress the keys. This gives you a pretty snappy typing experience; I had no trouble hitting my typical 75 words per minute on my first try.
Audio: Fine, but could be better
The Yoga 910’s two bottom-mounted JBL speakers are pretty decent, and can easily fill a room with sound. However, compared with the quad-speaker Spectre x360, the Yoga 910’s mids and highs sounded shallower, and its bass didn’t have nearly the same kind of punch as I heard on the HP.
Ports: Two flavors of USB
The Yoga 910 features an older USB Type-A port as well as two USB 3.0 Type-C ports. One Type-C port supports video-out, while the other sports always-on charging for keeping devices like smartphones and smartwatches topped off. There’s also a standard headphone/mic jack, as well as a built-in fingerprint reader, which you can use to sign in to Windows or other services.