Lenovo Yoga 9i (15-inch) review: A big-screen 2-in-1 for work and entertainment

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The 15.6-inch Lenovo Yoga 9i is not exactly what it might seem. It looks like a premium two-in-one for productivity — from its clean, metal body to its webcam privacy shutter and fingerprint reader to its full number pad topped with media controls. But then you add in the DisplayHDR 400 display (available in FHD or UHD resolutions), the 360-degree soundbar speaker hinge with Dolby Atmos support and its 10th-gen Intel Core i7 CPU and discrete graphics, and you’ve got a two-in-one for entertainment, content creation and gaming. The Yoga 9i is essentially like having a laptop, a large pen-enabled tablet and a small all-in-one desktop. 

8.0

Lenovo Yoga 9i (15-inch)

Like

  • Slim and 릴게임 stylish for a desktop replacement
  • Excellent performance for work and entertainment

Don’t Like

  • Disappointing port assortment given its size
  • Memory can’t be upgraded

However, not too much has changed from its predecessor, the Yoga C940. Performance is improved but not by leaps and bounds. And I got about 100 more minutes of battery life on our streaming video test, running for 11 hours, 22 minutes. Still, if you’re putting its discrete graphics to work, you’re not going to get through a day without charging. And it’s because of the GPU that it needs a larger power supply than you might expect and doesn’t charge through its USB-C Thunderbolt 3 ports. It does recharge quickly at least, giving you two hours of use with a 15-minute charge. 

Lenovo Yoga 9i (15-inch)

Price as reviewed

$1,799

Display size/resolution

15.6-inch 1,920 x 1,080 touch display

CPU

2.6GHz Intel Core i7-10750H

Memory

16GB DD4 RAM 2,933MHz (soldered)

Graphics

4GB Nvidia GTX 1650 Ti Max-Q

Storage

1TB SSD

Networking

802.11AX (2 x 2) WiFi 6 & Bluetooth 5.0

Connections

2x USB-C (Thunderbolt 3), 1x USB-A, 3.5mm combo audio jack

Operating system

Windows 10 Home 64-bit

The configuration I tested currently sells for $1,800 at Best Buy. That’s the starting price direct from Lenovo, too, but given that

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