LEN­OVO YOGA 900

HWM (Malaysia) - - TEST -

As the suc­ces­sor to the Len­ovo YOGA 3 Pro, the YOGA 900 re­tains many el­e­ments of its pre­de­ces­sor while im­prov­ing its flaws. For starters, the sig­na­ture watch­band hinge has been up­graded to fix the dis­play flex­ing is­sues on the YOGA 3 Pro in tablet mode, which also caused some screen dis­col­oration. While there is still some flex­ing on the YOGA 900, we no longer no­ticed any dis­col­oration.

The chi­clet key­board has also been up­dated to fea­ture an ad­di­tional row of func­tion keys, adding some much-needed quick ac­cess keys like bright­ness and vol­ume con­trols.

We also like the new smooth faux leather palm rest cov­er­ing. This looks far bet­ter than the dot­ted grid pat­tern on the YOGA 3 Pro and com­pares fa­vor­ably against its com­pe­ti­tion. Still, we have some grouses about the key­board de­sign. For one, the En­ter key was tall but not long enough, mak­ing it dif­fi­cult to reach over and hit it while typ­ing. Sim­i­larly, the Backspace key was barely wider than a reg­u­lar let­ter key, which also took some get­ting used to. Hon­estly, we felt that th­ese two fre­quently-used keys could have been bet­ter shaped and po­si­tioned.

The 3,200 x 1,800 pixel IPS dis­play is on par with the other Ul­tra­books, and pic­tures ap­peared crisp and vi­brant. And as ex­pected of a con­vert­ible, the dis­play is also touch-ca­pa­ble, which has the added bonus of al­low­ing you to more eas­ily scroll through web pages even when in lap­top mode. But like the ma­jor­ity of the other tested Ul­tra­books, the dis­play was of the glossy sort as well, which means that it suf­fers from an­noy­ing over­head re­flec­tions. How­ever, given that this is a con­vert­ible, we can hardly wish for a matte dis­play here. A quick so­lu­tion is to in­crease the screen's bright­ness, which should help re­duce re­flec­tions some­what.

In ad­di­tion, the YOGA 900 does not have any ded­i­cated dis­play out­puts, much like the Dell XPS 13. How­ever, the XPS 13 sup­ports Dis­playPort and HDMI out­puts via its Thun­der­bolt 3 port; the YOGA 900's USB Type-C port does not sup­port Thun­der­bolt 3. As a re­sult, you can only out­put over HDMI via its Type-C port, and you'll need a sep­a­rate adapter as well. This prob­a­bly isn't go­ing to be a big deal for most users, but if you fre­quently con­nect your note­book to ex­ter­nal dis­plays, do take note of this.

The watch­band hinge has been up­graded to be more solid.

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