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denony
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Yoga 900 or 900S ?

Hello,

 

Only 0.8 inch between Yoga 900 (13.3) and Yoga 900s (12.5). Footprints between 900 and 900s is quite the same : 900S = 305mm by 208mm , 900 = 324mm by 225 mm. 

 

Pro 900S :

  • No fan (= no noise)
  • Better battery life

Pro 900 :

  • Better CPU
  • Better keyboard (larger)
  • SD card slot
  • Additional USB Port

Cons 900s :

  • Poor AZERTY keyboard layout (small left SHIFT combined with > key). See this topic for details. But I can manage it.
  • Big footprint for a 12.5inches

Cons 900 :

  • Will be replaced by 910 soon ?
  • Black keyboard (fingerprint magnet?)
  • Noisy

So, which is the best (for playing video and audio file (mp3), internet, basic word processing, viewing photos)

 

I have to choose tomorrow  (last day to return the 900S, or not Smiley Happy )

 

Choice is between 900 with i5-6200 or 900S m7-6y75, Both are provided with 8 Gb RAM and 512 Gb SSD. They are sold at same price.

 

Thank you,

 

Regards

 

 

 

   

 

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Re: Yoga 900 or 900S ?

Hi denony , 

 

Greetings. 

 

As you have covered the main differences with the two, in addition to things you can consider :

i5-6200 vs. m7-6y75 , bigger viewing screen vs. slim design if you always take it outside .

 

Yoga 900s offers fanless (noiseless) operation ,slim design with Carbon fiber blend (stronger) cover.

Longer battery usage with ULX = Ultra Low eXtreme TDP thermal design power built for mobility.

 

Yoga 900 have better keyboard access , a bit bigger allowing additional port and faster overclock CPU.  

 

Try check on the graphics playing the same movie side by side and decide which one that your eyes would stay more on usual location you would use it as ambient environment can also be a factor testing the audio on which you prefer better. Check for reviews if needed similar to this and this.

 

Hope this helps.

 

Regards

 

 



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Re: Yoga 900 or 900S ?

Hello spidey101,

 

 

Thank you for your message, Smiley Happy

 

 

Unfortunately, I will not be able to compare “side by side” Yoga 900s and Yoga 900. Both of them are not available for demo in stores, here (small city) : I have to order, and wait for delivery,

 

 

1. About sound quality : do you know if there is a quality difference between 900 and 900s, In my opinion, speakers are quite good in the 900s (for a 12,5” PC). Are Yoga 900 better ?

 

 

2. Do you think that there is a difference between graphic chips (Intel 520 vs Intel 515) for playing 1080p or 720p movie ?

 

 

3. I will not play games with the PC nor edit/encode video. Is “better overclock of core i5” will be useful for me?

 

 

I was not aware that Yoga 900 does not come with carbon fiber cover... it is a good point for 900s !

 

 

Thank you, again

 

 

Regards

 

 

Denony

 

 

 

 

 

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Re: Yoga 900 or 900S ?

Hi denony , 

 

Greetings. 

 

An extensive review was done by gcoupe on both model here on this article that would give you highlights and may help you decide. 

 

Both would have same audio specification: JBL stereo speakers with Waves Audio and DOLBY Home Theatre certification

 

Intel 520 for the 900 has higher passmark score (793) vs Intel 515 for 900s (587). 

 

Base frequency for 900 is higher 2.30 GHz as 900s is 1.20 Ghz but reason to consider Intel Core m7- 6Y75 : 

Higher turbo clock speed 3.1 GHz vs 2.8 GHz More than 10% higher turbo clock speed
Supports trusted computing Yes vs No Somewhat common; Allows for safer, more reliable computing
Better performance per watt 40.02 pt/W vs 13.61 pt/W Around 3x better performance per watt

 

SInce your not much in gaming and if you are not on-the-go , yoga900 has its accessible keyboard , more ports to use, higher RAM (16GB)  , higher processing speed

 

But if you are a traveller , Yoga 900s  would give you more battery life , studier cover , light system to carry , with active pen technology and more security features. 

 

Regards



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Re: Yoga 900 or 900S ?

IMO it all boils down to mobility. 900S still is the thinnest convertible in the world and it doesn't sacrifice much to get there.

 

When it comes to video the hardware acceleration in the newest intel chips makes it a breeze. I played a 4k h.264 video in the Windows stock media player and it worked flawlessly with very little load on CPU and GPU.

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Re: Yoga 900 or 900S ?

Hello,

 

Thank you very much for all advices and links Smiley Happy They help me to make my final decission : 900S wins ! Heart

 

I found that battery life and fanless are important for me. So if audio quality (JBL speakers) and video playback performances are the same, it is OK.

 

I don’t really care about thickness, because manufacturers remove some ports to build thinnest laptops (no Ethernet, no HDMI, no SD card slot, no micro SD card slot !?!). Smiley Mad You have to carry lots of external adapters in the sleeve in order to get a full operational laptop... At the end, it is heavier and thicker the one with all build in ports.

 

I will buy an active pen. But do you know if the screen can be scratched ? Does 900S comes with Gorilla glass or equivalent non-scratchable ?

 

Regards

 

Denony

 

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Re: Yoga 900 or 900S ?

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Re: Yoga 900 or 900S ?

You are l it was right on the mark. ! Smiley Happy

 

I prefer a 11.6" / 12" thicker laptop, which has plenty of ports and a detachable battery, that the thinner one. But that no longer exists in 2016.

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