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Yoga 910 vs Yoga 900: In-depth comparision

2017-01-21, 23:08 PM
 

New year, new Yogas. How does Lenovo’s Yoga 910 stack up against last year’s Yoga 900? Let’s find out.


Hardware & Design

 

The Yoga 910 looks very similar to the Yoga 900. They both have the same dimensions, which means that my sleeve for the Yoga 900 fits the Yoga 910 perfectly. The Yoga 910 is a bit heavier because of its all-metal unibody design. Last year’s Yoga 900 had a magnesium alloy casing, and a rubber-like material inside the chassis. With the Yoga 910, the entire chassis is metal. That gives it a more premium look and feel.

 

 

Even though the hinges on the Yoga 900 and Yoga 910 look nearly identical, the Yoga 910’s hinges are much more sturdier than the Yoga 900’s. This means that there’s less wobble when typing on the keyboard or touching the screen. Take a look at the difference:

 

 

There’s also the addition of a fingerprint reader, which is always great to have. It’s quick and responsive, and always recognized my fingerprint.

 

Ports

This year’s Yoga 910 is focused mainly on USB C. There are two USB C ports, one USB A port, and a headphone/microphone jack combo. Last year’s Yoga 900 had two USB A ports, one USB C, SD card reader, and mini-HDMI. Because of the move to USB C, you’ll need a USB C to SD card reader or USB C to HDMI adapter if you’re looking for those functionalities.

 

 

 

Display

The Yoga 910’s display is larger, crispier, and brighter than last year’s display. Even though both laptops have the same dimensions, the Yoga 910 sports a display almost an inch larger because of the smaller bezels. The display resolution is also higher, this time at 3840 x 2160; up from the 3200 x 1800 on the Yoga 900. These things are noticeable, especially when viewing them side by side. I also noticed that the Yoga 910’s display has a warmer hue compared to the Yoga 900’s cooler hue, and the Yoga 910 gets a tad bit brighter.

 

 

Keyboard & Trackpad

The keyboard is more clicky, with more tactile feedback.

 

 

 

You’ll also notice that that Lenovo took out the last row of “home, end, PgUp, PgDown” buttons, and opted with making every key a little bit larger. There’s also full sized arrow keys, and a larger left shift key.  The right shift key is still a tad bit small, but you can get used to that in a few days of use.

 

 

The trackpad on the Yoga 910 is about 30% larger than the one on the Yoga 900, but that’s not all. This year’s Yoga 910 has a Microsoft Precision Trackpad, which uses Microsoft’s own drivers instead of a driver from your typical Synaptics. This not only adds new gestures, but also results in a drastic improvement in general trackpad usage, scrolling, and zooming. Pinch to zoom and two finger scrolling on the Yoga 900 is a bit glitchy at times, but on the Yoga 910, it’s extremely smooth, as if you were using a touchscreen.

 

Performance

 

There’s no huge boost in performance between the Yoga 900 and Yoga 910 that I noticed. Benchmarks show the Yoga 910 is ahead of the Yoga 900 in processing power and storage speeds, but it isn’t something very noticeable in regular, general usage. That boost in storage speed does show in boot-up times, as the Yoga 910 only took 5 seconds from pushing the power button to loading the lock screen.

 

Battery Life

 

From 66Wh to 78Wh. It’s a significant improvement, especially since there’s a full HD model now. Lenovo claims up to 15.5 hours with the FHD model and up to 10.5 hours with the UHD model. I routinely got 8-9 hours of general usage, and always ended my day with about 30% battery. This is a pretty significant improvement over the Yoga 900, where I noticed that I would be out of battery at the end of the day.  If you’re looking for some of the best battery life in the ultrabook market, the FHD model is the one for you.

 

Audio

 

There’s no huge improvement in audio, but it sounds decent, just like last years Yoga 900. The Dolby app is again pre-installed, and there are various modes to choice between. The speakers automatically adjust when you change the laptop’s modes (laptop, tent, stand, tablet mode). Here’s a demo of the speakers on the Yoga 910:

 

 

Conclusion

 

Lenovo made huge improvements from the Yoga 900 to the Yoga 910, fixing essential every flaw of last year’s model. This year’s model has a more premium all-metal design, much improved trackpad, better keyboard, and a much larger battery. It’s definitely the better machine, but last year’s Yoga 900 is no slouch either. However, since Yoga 900 pricing is still in the same ballpark as the 910, the newer hardware is definitely the better buy.

 

 

Click here to learn more about the Yoga 910. 


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Re: Yoga 910 vs Yoga 900: In-depth comparision

2017-01-22, 4:44 AM

Not a bad comparison, BUT the battery size on the 900 is 66 mWh, not 48.  Still a nice improvement to go up to 78, especially with the lower resolution screen, but not as large as you imply.

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Re: Yoga 910 vs Yoga 900: In-depth comparision

2017-01-22, 4:47 AM

Thanks for that, I must have mixed it up with some other device. 


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Re: Yoga 910 vs Yoga 900: In-depth comparision

2017-03-08, 20:56 PM

1) In both casea, one USB port doubles as the charger jack.  This is important, as it limits you to 2 ports while charging.

 

2) Yoga 900 most definitely does not have a mini HDMI port...

 

3) You explicitly mention the audio jack on the 910, but omit it on the 900.

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Re: Yoga 910 vs Yoga 900: In-depth comparision

2017-04-20, 0:42 AM
Nice job Eric! Cheers, Kung
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Re: Yoga 910 vs Yoga 900: In-depth comparision

2017-05-22, 12:50 PM

I purchased my Lenovo Yoga 910 i7 just a couple of months ago. Previously I used a Yoga 2 Pro i7, which was very similar to the Yoga 900. The Yoga2 Pro was superb. It was better in terms of overall size (910 is too big), key distribution (some keys are small or some functions miss a dedicated key, such as AvPag) and key backlight (910 is useless).

 

But, the key difference, is that my 910 gets stuck every now and then. It is sometimes a matter of seconds, sometimes minutes. It just brings a negative perception on the owner. 

 

Just the kind of feeling that might not end in me buying a third Lenovo in the future...

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Re: Yoga 910 vs Yoga 900: In-depth comparision

2017-05-30, 15:11 PM

Does the 900 have to go in for repairs.  My 910 has been at Lenovo for a month with no end in sight.

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Re: Yoga 910 vs Yoga 900: In-depth comparision

2017-06-02, 3:55 AM

Haven't had issues with either. I suggest requesting a case manager when contacting support. He or she will be able to help you out better with cases like this. 


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Re: Yoga 910 vs Yoga 900: In-depth comparision

2017-07-31, 17:23 PM

Hi!

I also searching which one of 900s or 910 yoga is better for this days. I just fount that 910 has big problem with cpu fan noise. Is it now solved? Cos I dont want to have problems with pc. I would buy 910.

Thanks

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Re: Yoga 910 vs Yoga 900: In-depth comparision

2017-07-31, 17:25 PM

Lenovo released several new BIOS revisions from the first; it's much quieter, especially with the "quite mode" that you can toggle in BIOS. 


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