August 18, 2022

Lenovo Yoga 9i review: Premium design, powerful performance

The design has always been the prime focus for the Yoga series laptops. Lenovo’s 360-degree hinge has been there for years and it has improved with every generation and that’s exactly the case with the Yoga 9i.

The hinge mechanism is smooth and solid. The screen does not wobble at all, as it’s the case with other 2-in-1 laptops. Another important thing to note here is that the lid can be opened using one hand without touching the base of the laptop, again rare for a laptop of this design.

The hinge here is not the usual hinge. What we mean is that the hinge also includes the front-firing speakers along with a couple more placed at the bottom side of the base. We will talk about the speakers later in our review.

For now, let’s talk about the lid and its leatherette finish. The lid of the laptop is covered in a leather material that’s soft to touch and also provides a good grip while holding. Winter is here and a metal laptop feels cold to touch, thankfully that’s not the case here.

Next up is the overall design. Now, most parts of the laptop are either glass or metal. The keyboard palm rest area is a single glass panel and the back of the laptop is metal.

Both of them feel solid and well built. But there’s a problem here. The trackpad unit and the palm rest area including the fingerprint scanner are completely flushed with the body with a paper-thin boundary. Which makes it hard to realise when your fingers left the trackpad area and you are dragging your fingers on the palm rest. The exact same situation is with the fingerprint scanner which requires serious focus while unlocking the laptop.

Port selection here is decent. It has two USB Type-C ports at the left, one USB Type-A port and a headphone jack. There’s nothing on the right side of the machine. Another thing to note here is that the laptop has a dedicated slot for keeping the stylus.

Keeping a few niggles aside, it’s a solid machine built with precision and has its own character.

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