We'll skip to the bottom line on Lenovo's Yoga 920: It's as good as they come for Windows 2-in-1s this year.
The 13.9-inch convertible notebook has style, performance and some useful extras — along with fixes to flaws that appeared in its predecessor, the Yoga 910.
The Yoga 920 also has plenty you won't find in Apple's latest MacBook Pro. Our tryout in the CRN Test Center suggests the Yoga 920 may be Lenovo's most serious alternative yet to the MacBook Pro, even as Apple's workhorse laptop sees a resurgence in sales.
For creative professionals that gravitate toward the Apple universe, the Yoga 920 might be tempting for a few reasons.
To start, the laptop works with Lenovo's Active Pen 2, marking the first time a Yoga 900 series laptop supports the digital pen. We found the pen to work smoothly in our tryout for such things as drawing, scribbling notes and highlighting text. The MacBook Pro, of course, doesn't have an option for a touch-screen display and can't offer this sort of functionality to creatives.
While we're talking about the display, the Yoga 920 also has an option for higher resolution than the MacBook Pro — 4K/UHD (3,840 x 2,160)--along with an entry-level FHD model. The MacBook Pro, by contrast, offers 2,560 x 1,600 for its 13-inch model and 2,880 x 1,800 for its 15-inch model.
Ultrasharp and bright, the Yoga 920's 4K display is the best we've tried on a Windows laptop this year.
It's also worth noting that the 13.9-inch size continues feeling to us like the ideal size for a laptop display, in terms of providing a good amount of screen space without getting too bulky overall. Creative pros, in particular, may appreciate having more room to work on the Yoga 920 display than they'd get on the Dell XPS 13 or the 13-inch MacBook Pro.
Lenovo, of course, pioneered the 2-in-1 notebook with its Yoga product line. And it's clear to us that the company continues to lead the category with the addition of Yoga 920 -- featuring the sturdy, metallic watchband hinge for 360 degrees of display flexibility.