Pros / The battery life is very long.
Cons / The stylus feels odd on the glass screen.
Verdict / This compact laptop has impressive power inside, but we were disappointed by the reactivity of the screen and stylus.
The Lenovo Yoga 920 is light and portable, but it’s a solid performer with good speed and an attractive design. Its touchscreen doesn’t work as smoothly as we’d like, but this capable unit is a good choice if you need a small device that performs like a desktop.
The model we tested has an Intel 8th Gen Core i7-8550U processor with 8GB of RAM. This i7 processor has double the cores of the 7th Gen version, so this laptop has muscle. It has a 256GB NVMe-PCIe solid-state drive as well, all of which translated to impressive performances in our tests. This 2-in-1 scored more than double the category average on the Geekbench test, which is a short test which measures how well a computer performs. It also matched 20,000 names with their corresponding addresses in a spreadsheet test in a mere 3 minutes and 17 minutes, which is much better than the category average of 5 minutes and 51 seconds.
The Intel UHD 620 Graphics 620 graphics card is powerful, but this laptop isn’t really built with video gameplay in mind. It did better than the category average on the synthetic graphics test, though, and even bested the HP Spectre X360. This is nice, but because of the build you’ll most likely use the Yoga 920 for tasks like checking your email or organizing and editing your family photos and video.
Like all the computers we tested, this Lenovo is available in more than one configuration. We reviewed the base model, but you can get a better 4K resolution display with twice the RAM and storage capacity if you’re willing to spend more money. Either way you still get a stylus, which is nice. Speaking of the stylus, the Yoga 920 has a touchscreen for hands-on gameplay, content creation, editing and illustrating. The Active Pen 2 stylus is the size of a typical pen and feels good in your hand but left us wanting more while using it. If you use it in Autodesk SketchBook, the lines get thicker and thinner depending on how much you press on the screen, but when it comes to usability it feels nothing like writing on real paper because there is very little friction. The feel of plastic against glass isn't ideal and takes some getting used to.
The 13.9-inch 1080p display is one of the smallest ones we tested. It put out 284 nits in our brightness tests, which is in line with the category average but less luminous than the HP Spectre x360. It sits atop a keyboard we didn't love because there wasn't enough resistance coming from the keys to keep from hitting them so hard you bottom out. The coolest thing about this 2-in-1 is that you can convert it to a tablet with its dainty yet beautiful hinges. Even though it's a lightweight convertible, it still comes with Thunderbolt 3 ports, a USB port, headphone jack and fingerprint reader on the deck.
You can expect an awe-inspiring 12 hours and 22 minutes of battery life out of this machine, which is great for travel or taking this computer to work. We got this data while continuously using the internet, so we know you can actually use the Yoga 920 and still get a ton of usage. If you upgrade to the 4K screen, you can't reasonably expect that kind of battery life.