Lenovo’s Yoga 9i Gen 7 is a 2-in-1 statement piece

Lenovo’s Yoga 9i Gen 7 is a 2-in-1 statement piece

Lenovo Yoga 9i cover
Enlarge / Lenovo’s Yoga 9i 14″ laptop of the 7th generation.

Sharon Harding

Technical data at a glance: Lenovo Yoga 9i (14″)
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Screen 14-inch 1920×1200 IPS touchscreen 14-inch 3840 × 2400 90Hz OLED IPS touchscreen 14-inch 2800×1800 90Hz OLED IPS touchscreen
operating system Windows 11 Home
CPU Intel Core i7-1260P
R.A.M. 8GB LPDDR5-5200 16GB LPDDR5-5200
warehouse 256GB PCIe 4.0 SSD 1TB PCIe 4.0 SSD 512GB PCIe 4.0 SSD
graphic card Intel Iris Xe (integrated)
Networking 802.11ax (2×2), Bluetooth 5.2
ports 2x Thunderbolt 4 (USB-C), 1x USB-C 3.2 Gen 2, 1x USB-A 3.2 Gen 2, 1x 3.5 mm jack
size 12.52 x 9.06 x 0.6 inches
(318 x 230 x 15.25mm)
Weight Starts at 1,480g (3.26lbs)
battery 75Wh
warranty 1 year
Price (RRP) $1,080 at Lenovo $1,730 $1,930

For a laptop to make a statement, it has to have more than just the latest components – it has to have style. Lenovo’s Yoga 9i is poised to compete with its 12th Gen Intel P-series CPUs in today’s market, but it shows that it’s more than just another thin-and-light convertible with luxe touches.

You can tell right away that the Yoga 9i was designed to grab your attention with its shiny, polished finishes. But it’s the conveniences like a high-resolution background blur webcam, an optional large and fast OLED touchscreen, and unusually loud speakers that tell the real story.

(Note: the OLED versions of the Yoga 9i aren’t available for purchase, but Lenovo told us they should be available at Best Buy within the next two weeks.)

Slim and shiny

The Yoga 9i proves that a laptop doesn’t have to be a MacBook or even a MacBook clone to offer an eye-catching design. My review unit’s aluminum chassis is silver, but the laptop also comes in a gold-like “oatmeal” tint and a darker gray. I enjoyed the subtle sparkle on the silver version’s matte lid, deck, and keyboard. Rather than begging for attention by living in the center of the laptop lid, the carved Lenovo and Yoga logos play cool, waiting for you to notice them on the edges of the lid.

The Yoga 9i is certainly a handsome 2-in-1.
Enlarge / The Yoga 9i is certainly a handsome 2-in-1.

Sharon Harding

You could call this laptop’s design “edgy” – not because it’s rebellious, but because of the distinctive, shiny edges of the deck. Reflective and polished, they offer a rounded alternative to the sharp, pointy laptop edges we often see. Lenovo says the edges make the device more comfortable to hold in tablet mode, but I found they got unnecessarily slippery.

Oh so shiny.

Sharon Harding

More awkward is the slim, flat power button on the right side of the deck; I kept accidentally hitting it when moving the laptop, even after a few weeks of using the machine. The Yoga 9i’s polished edges are nice, but I’d prefer boring, non-reflective, sharp edges if it gave me a better grip and fewer accidental power button presses.

If you rarely hold your laptop left and right, it probably won’t bother you. There is of course no power switch on the spine.

Two tweeters live in the laptop's soundbar/hinge.
Enlarge / Two tweeters live in the laptop’s soundbar/hinge.

Sharon Harding

There is also a sound bar. The holes covering the 360-degree hinge and its twin tweeters are the final touches that make the laptop a statement piece. Still, I’m concerned about the longevity of the speakers, especially considering the holes are exposed even when the laptop is closed.

Finally, the Yoga 9i doesn’t let slimness ruin its port selection. On the left side it has two Thunderbolt 4 ports and even a USB-A port (3.2 Gen 2 at 10Gbps). The right side has a 3.5mm jack and another USB-C port (3.2 Gen 2).

There’s no HDMI or DisplayPort, but hopefully you can get along between the Thunderbolt 4 options for a USB-C monitor and the OLED screen.

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