Disclaimer: I was given a Yoga 910 by Lenovo as part of my involvement in their Insiders program, which is an unpaid position.
People are always asking me what computers I recommend, and it usually depends on their situation, and what they will use the computer for, BUT almost always it comes back to a Lenovo Yoga. For a family computer I recommend the Yoga Home, for more of an individual computer or laptop the Yoga 910 is an AMAZING device. The Yoga 910 is perfect for students, business professionals, parents, and frequent travelers.
I am definitely in love with the 13.9″ Multi-touch Ultra HD screen on the Yoga 910. It’s crystal clear and has gorgeous dark black colors. The bezel is minimal, except at the bottom where it’s a bit wider. The reason being that the web cam is at the bottom of the screen. I’m not so sure I love the camera being at the bottom though, as I feel like I’m not looking at the person on the other end of the conversation. It’s not shooting up my nose though, so it’s not terrible.
That Hinge Though:
The hinge is what really sets the Yoga apart from all of the other 2 in 1 devices out there. Not to mention the Yoga was the ORIGINAL 2 in 1! The hinge is not only BEAUTIFUL, it’s really functional (which is what I love most about Lenovo products! They take something and put form and function into the design). The hinge is extremely sturdy, but silky smooth when flipping the screen around to use it in tablet mode. The screen never falls down when I want it to stay up, and that’s really all it needs to do.
The model I was given has a 1 TB solid state hard drive. I have SO much space compared to my last laptop! It responds extremely quickly. With so much living in the cloud these days, you can get away with having a smaller hard drive, but I do have to say, it’s really nice to be able to keep my entire Dropbox folder in sync!
Again, the model I was given has specs to die for, so I have 16 GB of RAM. I constantly run at least 3 different Chrome windows (with 3 different Google accounts), each with their own plethora of tabs. I also run screen capture software, and video editing, and photoshop, and dreamweaver, and etc etc. I haven’t seen the laptop slow down yet. Especially during times when other computers I’ve had have slowed down like when using Google Hangouts.
I LOVE the battery life on this! I had to go to a blog conference, during which I ran a help desk for other bloggers. I took a chance and did not bring my charger. I didn’t even need it by the end of the night! Woot! It’s great to not have to worry about it dying in the middle of the day.
So, I do have one complaint about the keyboard. I don’t know if it’s because my fingers are so used to my last laptop, but the shift key on the right side is further away than I’m used to. I CONSTANTLY push page up when I mean to press shift, messing up whatever I’m typing. Other than that small complaint, I really like the keyboard. The keys press nicely and it’s not overly loud. The keys are also backlit. The way to activate the backlight is to hold the Fn key down and tap the spacebar. There are 3 levels of brightness to the backlight, which is really nice for all kinds of situations.
The keyboard also features a fingerprint reader. It’s really responsive and I have yet to use my finger more than once to unlock the computer. It’s also more like the phone fingerprint readers, in that you don’t have to swipe your finger over it (like you used to do with older fingerprint readers), you simply press your finger on the square and the computer unlocks right away.
There is one USB-C port, and another USB-C port for charging. There is also a regular USB 3.0 port on the opposite side of the other ports, and a headphone jack. I really do wish the laptop included an SD card reader, but they have removed that feature in this model.
The speakers on this laptop are fantastic. It has 2 JBL®stereo speakers with Dolby Audio™ Premium. It’s immersive and really clear. I was able to watch some movies from my Vudu account, and it ALMOST sounded as good as my home theater surround sound (not QUITE that good yet though)
I’ve really loved using this laptop. It has quickly become my workhorse machine. I had an older laptop, but I found that I used my desktop more for my daily work. That has changed, and now I use the 910 more for my daily work and the desktop has become secondary. I am starting to get used to the right side shift key placement, and it’s not as much of an issue as it was in the beginning, although it still throws me a few times a day. My only other complaint is that it can be a bit loud at times. It doesn’t overheat (as in it’s never been hot to touch), but it sounds like the fan or hard drive is running a bit overtime. It doesn’t sound like that ALL the time, but it’s definitely noticeable when it does. I say it’s not too bad of a trade off for the amazing specs packed inside such a small frame.
And what laptop is complete without a kick butt sticker collage…
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Sarah Kimmel is a digital parenting coach and family tech expert. She has spent the last 16 years of her career as a Microsoft Certified IT Manager supporting over 100 small businesses. During that time she started Family Tech LLC to help families understand and manage the technology in their home. She has regularly appeared as a family tech expert on KSL News, BYUtv and Studio 5, and has been invited all over the world from tech companies like Lenovo, Verizon, Microsoft, Dell, and Samsung. Find out more on her website SarahKimmel.com