First Look: Lenovo Yoga 900

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I recently picked up a Lenovo Yoga 900, fully loaded. It has the i7 2.5 GHz processor, 16GB RAM and a 512GB SSD.

So far, I’ve wiped it and did a fresh install of Windows 10, got it all updated and ready to go, then ran some benchmarks.

For performance, the Yoga 900, is good… It’s not breaking any benchmark world records, but in real-world use, it’s quite responsive and snappy.

I also really like the look and feel of the Yoga, with a couple exceptions… The touchpad feels a little, for lack of a better word, cheap. It’s clicky and semi-responsive, it just doesn’t have an awesome feel to it. Also, the “clicks” leave a little be desired. It definitely works, just not in love with the track pad. Also, the border around the screen… there is a good ½” of border around the screen. I’m not sure why they did that, but, it would have been nice to have a little less bezel.

One other important item, the keyboard. I’ve found the keyboard to be pretty nice. It just works for me. It’s no high-end mechanical keyboard. But I can type on it and don’t mind it… that’s really all I hope for out of most laptops.

Other than the items I mentioned, so far, I really like the system, and plan to get a lot of use out of it.

So how does the performance stack up? Here are the results from a few various tests… It’s definitely not a gaming laptop, but it should do most everything, quite well.

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Update – December 13, 2015
Using the Yoga 900 and comparing it to my MacBook Pro, the screen brightness is the one major thing I’ve noticed. On full power, the Yoga 900 is about ½ as bright as the MacBook Pro with Retina display. This hasn’t been a big issue, thus far, but if you often work in brighter environments, it could be something that is an issue for you.

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