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Review: Lenovo's Yoga 910 Is Delightful And Annoying

The CRN Test Center enjoyed the display and battery life on the latest Yoga laptop. The keyboard, not so much.

The latest addition to Lenovo's popular Yoga line of 2-in-1 laptops, the Yoga 910, is one of the most pleasing devices we've tried out in the CRN Test Center this year.


Except when we're trying to do a lot of typing. We aren't writing this review on the Yoga 910 itself for a reason--which is that Lenovo has the ever-crucial Shift key in a strange place on the right-hand side.

In the spot where you expect the Shift key to be located, you'll find the Up arrow key. Over and over again, the result is that instead of getting the intended result from using Shift, the cursor moves upward and your keystroke lands there. Double whammy.

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We draw such attention to this issue upfront because, for us, this sort of constant inconvenience would be a deal-breaker for buying this mostly excellent laptop.

We were also surprised how noticeable the cooling fan is on the Yoga 910. It comes on often, and it's also pretty loud—making the fan a much bigger presence than on many of the laptops we've been trying out in recent months.

But there's still plenty that Lenovo nails with the Yoga 910.

The laptop's 13.9-inch display feels like the perfect size—many 13-inch laptops feel just a bit too small while 15-inch laptops end up being fairly hefty.

The 4K resolution touch screen display (which folds all the way back, of course) is a delight. We're drawn to keep looking at it (and working on it) because it's so bright and the colors look so good. And the bezel on the top and on either side of the display is basically non-existent.

The large bottom bezel--where the camera is located--is a little bit weird, but we found ourselves able to get over it.

The Yoga 910 is speedy with the inclusion of a seventh-generation Intel Core i7 processor (Kaby Lake) and 16GB of memory.

It's also got a large battery, and we consider the battery life on the Yoga 910 to be one of its strongest features. Our test yielded nearly 7 hours of battery life for heavy usage and brightness set to 75 percent. That's several hours more than we've been able to get with other touch screen laptops.

All of that fits inside a body that's both sturdy and appealing to the eye, with an all-aluminum build. And it's a slim package, at 0.56 of an inch thick, and with a weight of 3.04 pounds.

Depending on your plans for the laptop, you may or may not be satisfied with the options for ports. The Yoga 910 has one USB-A port and two USB-C ports—but be advised, one of the USB-C ports only works for charging.

The Lenovo Yoga 910 with 16GB of memory, the 4K display and 512GB of storage is priced at $1,499—which seems like a pretty good deal for what you're getting—though we'd certainly pay a bit more in exchange for a better keyboard experience.

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