LENOVO YOGA 900
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.