Lenovo’s Yoga series is widely regarded as one of the most exciting line-up of devices going around. Exciting not only because of the wide variety of products it enlists but also because it always has something innovative to showcase. Lenovo has now launched the latest laptop in this series – the Yoga 900.
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The Yoga series is known largely because of its convertible line-up of laptops. In that aspect the Lenovo Yoga 900 is no different. It is another beautifully designed convertible laptop with the latest and most powerful processing units from Intel. However, it is different than its predecessors in that it is the thinnest Intel Core i convertible laptop ever, as claimed by Lenovo.
Specifications – Lenovo Yoga 900
The Lenovo Yoga 900 has a 13.3 inch QHD multi-touch IPS display with a resolution of 3200×1800 pixels. It comes with a 6th Gen Core i7 Intel processor with clock speeds between 2.5 GHz and 3.1 GHz. The Yoga 900 comes with an 8 GB LPDDR3 RAM and 512 GB of HDD storage. The laptop comes with a 4 cell 66WH battery and a 65 W AC adapter, which means your Yoga 900 will last up to 9 hours on single full-charge.
Other features worth a mention are that the Yoga 900 is powered by Windows 10 Home edition, comes with a 720p HD web camera, and has the following USB ports and slots – 2 Type A ports and 1 Type C port, Mic input, HDMI port, and a 4-in-1 card reader slot. Other than providing standard audio options such as speakers and microphone the Yoga 900 also supports Bluetooth version 4.0.
The machine weighs a mere 1.29 kgs, which is certainly what one wants in a convertible laptop. You don’t want to be walking around with a 3 kg Tablet for sure.
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From the technical perspective there are a couple of not so impressive, but certainly desirable, features in the Lenovo Yoga 900. The first one being the lack of a dedicated graphics processing unit. Sure, it has Integrated graphics but we were expecting the Yoga 900 to take a more dedicated GPU approach when it was first announced. Having said that the integrated graphics will more than satiate your regular gaming and designing needs.
While the integrated graphics escapes being termed a “drawback” there is one important feature that certainly bags that title. The Lenovo Yoga 900 comes with the latest 6th Gen Core i7 processor with a 4 MB cache. Yes, it is the 4 MB cache that is bothering us.
Here is why this is important. For those of us who are multi-tasking on our laptops at all times the cache memory is a life saver. Cache memory is part of the processor and comes in to play when the same data is being used/accessed over and over again. To put it in layman’s terms as soon as the CPU realizes that the same data is being accessed multiple times it stores that data in the cache so that it can be accessed faster the next time it is required. Cache memory is faster than RAM because it essentially a part of the processor itself.
This is a key distinguishing factor between processing units. The Core i3 processors from Intel, at least those of the Skylake build (6th generation) have cache memories of 3-4 MB. The Core i5 processors generally have a 6 MB cache and the core i7 processors generally have an 8 MB cache.
The cache memory for each of these processors increases not by default but because the more the processing power the better cache memory can be handled by the CPU. So when a manufacturer decides to ship a 4 MB cache with an i7 processor they are not utilizing the processing powers to their fullest extent. This is where the Yoga 900 misses out from our perspective.
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That said and done if you are a regular user with little multi-tasking needs and do not use your laptop for work purposes this so called “drawback” will probably go unnoticed at your end. This is a high-end processing requirement that varies from user to user. Our point is that the manufacturers could have chosen a bigger cache for the Yoga 900 given that they had the luxury of using a 6th Gen Core i7 processor.
And last but not the least the Yoga 900 has a storage capacity of 512 GB HDD. While it is true that 360 degree convertible touch laptops do have lower storage space as of now but for the price at which the Lenovo Yoga 900 is selling its competitors could sell a laptop with a 2 TB HDD. HP already has a 1 TB convertible laptop for a very reasonable price in the market so why is Lenovo insistent on a 512 GB HDD for laptop that costs over Rs. 1 lac?
More on the pricing of the Yoga 900 below.
Pricing – Lenovo Yoga 900
The Lenovo Yoga 900 is priced a whopping Rs. 1,22,090. Yes, that is what you pay for a high-end, gorgeous, convertible laptop. Many will argue that this price is not justified and we will not question them if the argument is based on comparisons with what the other brands are offering. However, in the Lenovo ecosystem itself, as crazy as this sounds, this is probably a justifiable price.
If you have ever tried buying a Yoga series convertible laptop in a lesser developed city you know how difficult it is to get hold of one. The pricing of the Yoga series has as much to do with Lenovo’s distribution network as it does with its specifications. If you have deep pockets and want a convertible laptop look no further than the Lenovo Yoga 900.