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Lenovo Yoga 920-13IKB (i7-8550U, FHD) Convertible Review

Watchband-hinged 2-in-1. Lenovo's flagship consumer convertible with 13.9-inch screen now comes with Kaby Lake R hardware and a few other noteworthy updates. Our review takes a look how the Yoga 920 compares to other 2-in-1s as far as performance, battery life, and fan noise are concerned.

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At the end of last year we reviewed the Lenovo Yoga 910 and came away pretty impressed: while not exactly inexpensive, the company's premium consumer convertible with its visually distinctive watchband hinge ticked many of the right check boxes: upscale narrow-bezel aluminum design, good performance, and a strong battery life. As such, the Yoga 910 with its flexible usage modes certainly struck the right balance between portability, performance and usability.

While visually not all that different, the 2017 Yoga 920 actually features a slightly redesigned aluminum chassis with a new bronze color option and ups the ante on the hardware side with Intel Kaby Lake R quad-core processor, twin Thunderbolt 3 ports, and Active Pen 2 support. The 8 GB version with 8th-generation Core i5 processor and 13.9-inch FHD IPS starts at $1330 at the time of writing, but the highest-end SKU with i7 CPU and UHD (4K) display comes with a hefty $2000 price tag.

Most users in the market for a 2-in-1 design to replace their aging laptop and possibly a tablet at the same time are likely also going to look at the venerable Spectre x360 13 - we've reviewed both the Spectre x360 with FHD as well as a the Spectre x360 4K model - or competitors like the Dell XPS 13 2-in-1 and the Asus ZenBook Flip S.

Lenovo Yoga 920-13IKB-80Y7 (Yoga 920 Series)
Graphics adapter
Intel UHD Graphics 620, Core: 400 MHz, Memory: 930 MHz, 22.20.16.4708
Memory
8096 MB 
, DDR4 17-17-17-39
Display
13.9 inch 16:9, 1920x1080 pixel 158 PPI, 10-point capacitive, native pen support, AU Optronics B139HAN03.0, IPS, glossy: yes
Mainboard
Intel Kaby Lake-U + iHDCP 2.2 Premium PCH
Storage
Samsung PM961 MZVLW256HEHP, 256 GB 
, PCIe NVME
Soundcard
Intel Kaby Lake-U/Y PCH - High Definition Audio
Connections
1 USB 3.0 / 3.1 Gen1, 2 USB 3.1 Gen2, 2 Thunderbolt, 1 DisplayPort, Audio Connections: headphone/microphone combo-jack, 1 Fingerprint Reader
Networking
Atheros/Qualcomm QCA6174 (a/b/g/n/ac)
Size
height x width x depth (in mm): 13.95 x 323 x 223.5 ( = 0.55 x 12.72 x 8.8 in)
Battery
70 Wh Lithium-Ion, Battery runtime (according to manufacturer): 13 h
Operating System
Microsoft Windows 10 Home 64 Bit
Camera
Webcam: 720p fixed-focus
Additional features
Speakers: JBL Speakers and Dolby Atmos (with headphones) , Keyboard: chiclet, Keyboard Light: yes, Lenovo Active Pen 2, 12 Months Warranty
Weight
1.372 kg ( = 48.4 oz / 3.02 pounds), Power Supply: 318 g ( = 11.22 oz / 0.7 pounds)
Price
1330 USD

 

Case

The semi-unibody chassis is crafted from aluminum which not only looks very elegant, but also makes for a very sturdy design. Case rigidity is very good and flex is fairly minimal when twisting with no annoying creaking sounds. The keyboard deck resists pressure well with relatively minor flexing, although both the Spectre x360 as well as the XPS 13 2-in-1 are slightly more rigid in this area. The glass-covered touchscreen is also very resistant to twists and pressure on the lid does not cause any waves or ripples on the display. 

The build quality is extremely high as well with tight tolerances and even and narrow gaps around the integrated bottom cover. The brushed surface in Platinum Silver, Bronze, or Copper (depending on the model) resists fingerprints about as well as any material we've ever encountered. The familiar watchband hinge looks very upscale, but we do wish the design was a bit stiffer: as is, the display will tilt backwards when prodded too vigorously during touchscreen operation or when picking the unit up too quickly. Like most consumer convertibles, there are no rubber strips or bumpers protecting the edges when in tent or stand mode, so care needs to be taken on any surface that's not buttery smooth to avoid unsightly scuffs and scratches.

The fingerprint reader on the right side of the touchpad allows password-less logins using Windows Hello. Fingerprints are recognized instantaneously as long as the fingers remain clean and dry.

Since the 13.9-inch Yoga 920 features a larger display than its immediate competitors, it's footprint is larger as well - to the tune of more than 15 percent when compared to the 13.3-inch XPS 13 2-in-1 with the InfinityEdge bezel design. At just under 14 mm, the Yoga is marginally thicker than the XPS 13 or the Spectre x360 with the Asus ZenBook Flip S coming in at a razor-thin 11 mm. The additional size translates to more weight as well, so the Yoga is also up to 250 g heavier than its consumer-oriented competition. The business convertible Dell Latitude 5289 has a much smaller 12.5-inch display, however, but is only one ounce lighter.

Smaller is better when it comes to tablet operation, so the Dell XPS 13 2-in-1 is a little easier to hold - at least in our opinion. Since the edges of the Yoga are fairly sharp, prolonged operation in tablet mode tends to get uncomfortable after a while. 

Connectivity

One of our complaints about the predecessor Yoga 910 was the rather poor port selection compared to its immediate competition. While the Yoga 920 doesn't improve upon the number of physical ports, Lenovo at least has elected to replace the two USB Type-C ports (one of them actually only supported USB 2.0 speeds) with dual Thunderbolt 3 ports. The two ports of course support DisplayPort as well, but most users will have to purchase adapters to hook up to their existing hardware, as there are no designated video outs. When charging, one of the ports is occupied by the power adapter, so for home operation, a dock might be a desirable option. Note that the convertible lacks a card reader as well, so users wanting to look at their vacation photos need to purchase a suitable external reader.

Left side:  USB Type-C Gen. 2 (+ Thunderbolt 3), audio combo-jack
Left side: USB Type-C Gen. 2 (+ Thunderbolt 3), audio combo-jack
Right side: power button, USB 3.0
Right side: power button, USB 3.0
Front: no connectivity
Front: no connectivity
Rear: no connectivity
Rear: no connectivity

Communication

The WLAN module from Qualcomm/Atheros (QCA6174) supports IEEE standards 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac on both the 2.4 and the 5 GHz band has Bluetooth 4.1 on board as well. We measured rates of 648 MBit/s and 566 MBit/s for sending and receiving, respectively, when we placed the review convertible one meter from our reference router Linksys EA8500. These transfer rates are very good and both transmits as well as receives are clearly faster than those of the Dell XPS 2-in-1 with its Intel 8265 module. While we didn't experience unintended disconnects during operation, the WLAN module frequently didn't recover from standby, requiring a restart to bring it online again. We suspect a driver issue, though a reinstall didn't fix our issue.

Networking
iperf3 Client (receive) TCP 1 m 4M x10
Lenovo Yoga 920-13IKB-80Y7
Atheros/Qualcomm QCA6174
648 MBit/s ∼100%
Dell Latitude 5289
Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 8265
579 MBit/s ∼89% -11%
Asus ZenBook Flip S UX370
Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 8260
518 MBit/s ∼80% -20%
Dell XPS 13-9365 2-in-1
802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
309 MBit/s ∼48% -52%
iperf3 Client (transmit) TCP 1 m 4M x10
Asus ZenBook Flip S UX370
Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 8260
671 MBit/s ∼100% +19%
Lenovo Yoga 920-13IKB-80Y7
Atheros/Qualcomm QCA6174
566 MBit/s ∼84%
Dell Latitude 5289
Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 8265
502 MBit/s ∼75% -11%
Dell XPS 13-9365 2-in-1
802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
471 MBit/s ∼70% -17%

Accessories

The box only includes the convertible, the AC Adapter, and various pamphlets. Our review 2-in-1 also shipped with the Active Pen, which isn't included though with any of the SKUs on Lenovo's website. The Active Pen 2 is available as an accessory and sells for $60.

Camera

The webcam takes grainy and slightly washed-out pictures
The webcam takes grainy and slightly washed-out pictures

The Yoga 910 had its camera below the display in the lower bezel - much like the XPS 13 - which lead to less-than-flattering views while video conferencing. Lenovo sourced a different camera module and placed it in the traditional position up top - and did so without having to widen the bezel at all. Note that the picture quality is not great with high amounts of noise even in a comparatively well-lit environment. Still, most will appreciate the new camera location, even if the picture quality is far from perfect.

Maintenance

Access to the inside is not overly difficult even though this is a convertible and requires taking off the bottom plate, which is secured with 10 Torx screws. Both the RAM as well as the SSD appear to be soldered on - at least there's no apparent access to either without further disassembly - so maintenance tasks are restricted to replacing the WLAN module or cleaning the two small fans units.

Warranty

The base warranty - either Depot or Carry-in - covers the convertible against defects for a period of one year. Upgrades are very reasonable: a 3-YR Depot warranty with ADP (Accidental Damage Protection) costs $150, the same coverage with On-Site instead of Depot service sells for $180.

Input Devices

Keyboard

Lenovo decided to increase the size of the right shift key as user feedback indicated that typists generally prefer a full-sized shift key over larger directional arrow keys. While we agree that a small shift key can hamper typing speeds, we are not a particular fan of the cramped, but now very common arrow key design. That said, the keyboard itself hasn't changed and flex is extremely minimal, so typing is possible at a very decent clip despite the fairly shallow key travel of slightly less than 1.5 mm according to our measurements. The keys are comparatively stiffly sprung, however, so the tactile feedback is ample and the convertible remains unobtrusive while typing - only the space bar is slightly little louder than the remaining keys. Overall, the keyboard is very usable and quite comparable to what you would find on the Dell XPS 13 or maybe the Spectre x360, although it can't quite measure up to a Thinkpad keyboard with its curved and concave key surfaces when it comes to touch typing.

A two-stage backlight allows the Yoga 920 to be used in darker environments as well.

Touchpad

At 10.5 x 6 cm, the clickpad is reasonably-sized and offers great surface gliding characteristics. Control is smooth and the response immediate without any jumping even when moving the cursor slowly or performing drag & drops or gestures with up to four fingers. Mouse button clicks are characterized by a short travel distance, but offer plenty of tactile and auditory feedback. Overall quality of the touchpad is certainly acceptable and many users likely won't miss an external mouse too much when traveling.  

Touchscreen & Active Pen 2

The touchscreen with its narrow bezel supports 10-finger inputs and works very well even at the edges and the corners. Inputs are translated quickly and precisely, although we once again would prefer a slightly stiffer hinge to reduce wobbles during operation. The Yoga 920 now also includes active pen support, which is a first in the series. The Active Pen 2, as Lenovo calls their stylus, recognizes up to 4096 levels of pressure and makes the convertible that much more useful. The top and bottom barrel buttons can be configured using the Wacom Pen application; the top button - which is initially used to pair the pen - requires using the Pen & Windows Ink app. The pen is a pleasure to use and we found it equally suited to taking notes as well as as drawing and sketching. Included with the pen is a small holder which plugs into the USB 3.0 port on the right. Note that the Yoga 920 doesn't employ Lenovo's own Lift'n Lock feature like the ThinkPad Yogas, so clicking various keys and the touchpad is unavoidable when handling the convertible. Inputs are of course disabled when the lid is flipped around

Cortana with Far-field microphones

The Yoga 920 is also equipped with four far-field microphones, so it's possible to interact with Cortana from across the room to set reminders, make lists or search for answers on the Internet. The setup works quite well, although we likely wouldn't leave the laptop running all day simply to give it voice commands.

The redesigned keyboard now has a larger right shift key
The redesigned keyboard now has a larger right shift key
2-level backlight
2-level backlight
The clickpad works well
The clickpad works well
The Active Pen 2 works very well without noticeable lag
The Active Pen 2 works very well without noticeable lag
Wacom Pen application
Wacom Pen application
Pen & Windows Ink
Pen & Windows Ink

Display

While the Yoga 910 we reviewed last year came with a 4K display, our Yoga 920 features a "regular" Full HD 1080p IPS panel from AU Optronics. With an average brightness of about 280 nits, the panel is reasonably bright, but can't quite measure up to many direct competitors, which reach around 320 nits. The brightness distribution is also quite poor at 81 percent, although the screen is not lit noticeably uneven during normal use. Lenovo doesn't use PWM to control the brightness.

Minor uneven backlight bleeding on bottom left
Minor uneven backlight bleeding on bottom left
Subpixel array
Subpixel array
274.4
cd/m²
298.2
cd/m²
288.5
cd/m²
281.8
cd/m²
297.9
cd/m²
273.8
cd/m²
255.7
cd/m²
291.9
cd/m²
241
cd/m²
Distribution of brightness
X-Rite i1Pro 2
Maximum: 298.2 cd/m² Average: 278.1 cd/m² Minimum: 0.12 cd/m²
Brightness Distribution: 81 %
Center on Battery: 297.9 cd/m²
Contrast: 677:1 (Black: 0.44 cd/m²)
ΔE Color 5.1 | - Ø
ΔE Greyscale 6.7 | - Ø
91.7% sRGB (Argyll) 64.1% AdobeRGB 1998 (Argyll)
Gamma: 2.9
Lenovo Yoga 920-13IKB-80Y7
AU Optronics B139HAN03.0, IPS, 13.9, 1920x1080
Dell XPS 13-9365 2-in-1
IPS, 13.3, 1920x1080
HP Spectre x360 13-w023dx
Chi Mei CMN1367, IPS, 13.3, 1920x1080
Asus ZenBook Flip S UX370
AUO B133HAN04.2, a-Si TFT-LCD, WLED, 13.3, 1920x1080
Dell Latitude 5289
BOE NV12N51, IPS LED, 12.5, 1920x1080
HP Spectre x360 13-ac033dx
LG Philips LGD054D, IPS, 13.3, 3840x2160
Response Times
-4%
20%
6%
6%
4%
Response Time Grey 50% / Grey 80% *
46 (20.8, 25.2)
48 (16.4, 31.6)
-4%
33.2 (16, 17.2)
28%
44 (22, 22)
4%
42 (22, 20)
9%
42 (20.8, 21.2)
9%
Response Time Black / White *
31.6 (18.4, 13.2)
32.8 (7.6, 25.2)
-4%
28 (5.6, 22.4)
11%
29 (18, 11)
8%
31 (18, 13)
2%
32 (18, 14)
-1%
PWM Frequency
1042 (29)
531 (90)
Screen
13%
6%
26%
17%
31%
Brightness
278
306
10%
319
15%
321
15%
320
15%
282
1%
Brightness Distribution
81
91
12%
90
11%
86
6%
90
11%
83
2%
Black Level *
0.44
0.19
57%
0.336
24%
0.25
43%
0.34
23%
0.25
43%
Contrast
677
1698
151%
996
47%
1336
97%
988
46%
1210
79%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 *
5.1
7.7
-51%
6.21
-22%
4.24
17%
3.45
32%
2.4
53%
Greyscale DeltaE2000 *
6.7
7.9
-18%
7.71
-15%
3.92
41%
1.68
75%
2.8
58%
Gamma
2.9 83%
2.88 83%
2.36 102%
2.68 90%
2.49 96%
2.2 109%
CCT
6839 95%
7044 92%
6458 101%
6758 96%
6782 96%
6333 103%
Color Space (Percent of AdobeRGB 1998)
64.1
44.1
-31%
58.6
-9%
58
-10%
41
-36%
65.5
2%
Color Space (Percent of sRGB)
91.7
69.9
-24%
90
-2%
90
-2%
64
-30%
97.1
6%
Total Average (Program / Settings)
5% / 10%
13% / 9%
16% / 22%
12% / 15%
18% / 25%

* ... smaller is better

Color space is approximately 64 percent and 92 percent of the AdobeRGB and sRGB standards, respectively, which is comparable to other competitors save for both Dell convertibles, which fall way short in this area. The HP Spectre x360 13-ac033dx with the 4K panel on the other hand has a wider gamut and reaches 97 percent of the sRGB color space. 

vs. sRGB
vs. sRGB
vs. AdobeRGB
vs. AdobeRGB
vs. Spectre x360 Full HD
vs. Spectre x360 Full HD

Our X-Rite spectrophotometer measurements reveal a below-average average grayscale out of the box with slightly inaccurate colors particularly at lower saturation levels. A calibration improved the color accuracy as well as grayscale significantly and also more or less doubled the contrast (we double-checked to be sure with identical results), which is highly unusual. The likely culprit is the poor grayscale performance before calibration. Overall the display does its job well enough, although a calibration is highly recommended.

ColorChecker (before calibration)
ColorChecker (before calibration)
Grayscale (before calibration)
Grayscale (before calibration)
Saturation Sweeps (before calibration)
Saturation Sweeps (before calibration)
ColorChecker (after calibration)
ColorChecker (after calibration)
Grayscale (aftercalibration)
Grayscale (aftercalibration)
Saturation Sweeps (after calibration)
Saturation Sweeps (after calibration)

Display Response Times

Display response times show how fast the screen is able to change from one color to the next. Slow response times can lead to afterimages and can cause moving objects to appear blurry (ghosting). Gamers of fast-paced 3D titles should pay special attention to fast response times.
       Response Time Black to White
31.6 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 18.4 ms rise
↘ 13.2 ms fall
The screen shows slow response rates in our tests and will be unsatisfactory for gamers.
In comparison, all tested devices range from 0.8 (minimum) to 240 (maximum) ms. » 79 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is worse than the average of all tested devices (26.6 ms).
       Response Time 50% Grey to 80% Grey
46 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 20.8 ms rise
↘ 25.2 ms fall
The screen shows slow response rates in our tests and will be unsatisfactory for gamers.
In comparison, all tested devices range from 0.9 (minimum) to 636 (maximum) ms. » 70 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is similar to the average of all tested devices (42.5 ms).

Screen Flickering / PWM (Pulse-Width Modulation)

To dim the screen, some notebooks will simply cycle the backlight on and off in rapid succession - a method called Pulse Width Modulation (PWM) . This cycling frequency should ideally be undetectable to the human eye. If said frequency is too low, users with sensitive eyes may experience strain or headaches or even notice the flickering altogether.
Screen flickering / PWM not detected

In comparison: 54 % of all tested devices do not use PWM to dim the display. If PWM was detected, an average of 8586 (minimum: 43 - maximum: 142900) Hz was measured.

Outdoor usability isn't all that great since the average brightness of 280 nits isn't quite able to overcome the reflections of the glare-type glass panel. Working in the shade is certainly possible in all modes, but tablet mode in particular suffers when walking around in direct sunlight or even under cloud cover. Since the panel makes use of IPS technology, the viewing angles are very wide without color shifts or significant darkening. 

Outdoor use - shade
Outdoor use - shade
Outdoor use - sun
Outdoor use - sun
Outdoor use (tablet mode) - sun
Outdoor use (tablet mode) - sun
Wide IPS viewing angles
Wide IPS viewing angles

Performance

Lenovo not only redesigned and updated the chassis, but also upped the hardware with quad-core Intel Core i7-8550U (4x 1.8 GHz - 4.0 GHz), while last year's version was equipped with the Kaby Lake dual-core Intel Core i7-7500U (2 x 2.7 - 3.5 GHz) . The lowest-end model available as of this writing comes with i5-8250U Processor. The RAM (either 8 or 16 GB) is soldered onto the motherboard and is thus not user upgradeable. PCIe SSDs range in size from 256 GB up to 1 TB. 

Processor

The change from the predecessor with 7th-generation dual-core Intel Core i7-7500U is pretty substantial from a performance standpoint, as the quad-core Intel Core i7-8550U is significantly more powerful. Single-core performance is up at least 15 - 30 percent; while multi-core performance is up from 50 - 70 percent. Note that declining Turbo Boost clock rates have en impact even during a single benchmark run. Case in point: when running the entire Cinebench R15 benchmark, we recorded a Multi-Thread score of 535 points. While quite impressive in its own right, running just the Multi-Thread test of the benchmark without running OpenGL portion first results in an even higher score of 576 points.

The same behavior can be seen when running our Cinebench R15 loop test: after the initial score in the 570-point range, subsequent scores are about 40 points lower. Note that after about 25 passes, we see cyclical throttling with immediate rebounds. Even so, the lowest score of 494 points in this sequence is still at least 35 percent higher than what we could expect from the i7-7500U on a good day. The Dell XPS 13 with QHD display and the same CPU - we've added the system to the table below for comparison purposes even though it's not a convertible - outperforms the Yoga 920 when it comes to both raw as well as sustained multi-core processing power.

CineBench R15
CineBench R15
CineBench R11.5 64-bit
CineBench R11.5 64-bit
CineBench R10 32-bit
CineBench R10 32-bit
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Cinebench R15 CPU Multi 64 Bit
Cinebench R15
CPU Single 64Bit
Lenovo Yoga 920-13IKB-80Y7
Intel Core i7-8550U
170 Points ∼85%
Dell XPS 13 i7-8550U
Intel Core i7-8550U
167 Points ∼84% -2%
Lenovo Yoga 910-13IKB-80VF004CGE
Intel Core i7-7500U
147 Points ∼74% -14%
Dell Latitude 5289
Intel Core i5-7300U
145 Points ∼73% -15%
Dell XPS 13-9365 2-in-1
Intel Core i7-7Y75
130 Points ∼65% -24%
Asus ZenBook Flip S UX370
Intel Core i5-7200U
127 Points ∼64% -25%
HP Spectre x360 13-w023dx
Intel Core i7-7500U
126 Points ∼63% -26%
CPU Multi 64Bit
Dell XPS 13 i7-8550U
Intel Core i7-8550U
603 Points ∼28% +5%
Lenovo Yoga 920-13IKB-80Y7
Intel Core i7-8550U
576 Points ∼27%
Lenovo Yoga 910-13IKB-80VF004CGE
Intel Core i7-7500U
354 Points ∼16% -39%
Dell Latitude 5289
Intel Core i5-7300U
340 Points ∼16% -41%
HP Spectre x360 13-w023dx
Intel Core i7-7500U
314 Points ∼15% -45%
Asus ZenBook Flip S UX370
Intel Core i5-7200U
302 Points ∼14% -48%
Dell XPS 13-9365 2-in-1
Intel Core i7-7Y75
258 Points ∼12% -55%
Cinebench R11.5
CPU Single 64Bit
Lenovo Yoga 920-13IKB-80Y7
Intel Core i7-8550U
1.91 Points ∼84%
HP Spectre x360 13-w023dx
Intel Core i7-7500U
1.66 Points ∼73% -13%
Dell XPS 13 i7-8550U
Intel Core i7-8550U
1.62 Points ∼71% -15%
Dell XPS 13-9365 2-in-1
Intel Core i7-7Y75
1.54 Points ∼68% -19%
Asus ZenBook Flip S UX370
Intel Core i5-7200U
1.45 Points ∼64% -24%
CPU Multi 64Bit
Dell XPS 13 i7-8550U
Intel Core i7-8550U
6.47 Points ∼3% +9%
Lenovo Yoga 920-13IKB-80Y7
Intel Core i7-8550U
5.94 Points ∼2%
HP Spectre x360 13-w023dx
Intel Core i7-7500U
3.46 Points ∼1% -42%
Asus ZenBook Flip S UX370
Intel Core i5-7200U
3.3 Points ∼1% -44%
Dell XPS 13-9365 2-in-1
Intel Core i7-7Y75
2.98 Points ∼1% -50%
Cinebench R10
Rendering Single 32Bit
Lenovo Yoga 920-13IKB-80Y7
Intel Core i7-8550U
6452 Points ∼73%
HP Spectre x360 13-w023dx
Intel Core i7-7500U
5659 Points ∼64% -12%
Dell XPS 13 i7-8550U
Intel Core i7-8550U
5552 Points ∼63% -14%
Dell XPS 13-9365 2-in-1
Intel Core i7-7Y75
5496 Points ∼62% -15%
Asus ZenBook Flip S UX370
Intel Core i5-7200U
4950 Points ∼56% -23%
Rendering Multiple CPUs 32Bit
Dell XPS 13 i7-8550U
Intel Core i7-8550U
16869 Points ∼34% +8%
Lenovo Yoga 920-13IKB-80Y7
Intel Core i7-8550U
15599 Points ∼31%
HP Spectre x360 13-w023dx
Intel Core i7-7500U
11244 Points ∼23% -28%
Asus ZenBook Flip S UX370
Intel Core i5-7200U
10626 Points ∼21% -32%
Dell XPS 13-9365 2-in-1
Intel Core i7-7Y75
9392 Points ∼19% -40%
wPrime 2.0x - 1024m
Dell XPS 13-9365 2-in-1
Intel Core i7-7Y75
618.91 s * ∼7% -64%
HP Spectre x360 13-w023dx
Intel Core i7-7500U
485.231 s * ∼6% -28%
Lenovo Yoga 920-13IKB-80Y7
Intel Core i7-8550U
377.99 s * ∼4%
Super Pi Mod 1.5 XS 32M - ---
Dell XPS 13-9365 2-in-1
Intel Core i7-7Y75
585.172 Seconds * ∼3% -9%
HP Spectre x360 13-w023dx
Intel Core i7-7500U
572.169 Seconds * ∼3% -7%
Lenovo Yoga 920-13IKB-80Y7
Intel Core i7-8550U
536 Seconds * ∼2%

* ... smaller is better

Cinebench R10 Shading 32Bit
9362
Cinebench R10 Rendering Multiple CPUs 32Bit
15599
Cinebench R10 Rendering Single 32Bit
6452
Cinebench R11.5 OpenGL 64Bit
44.56 fps
Cinebench R11.5 CPU Multi 64Bit
5.94 Points
Cinebench R11.5 CPU Single 64Bit
1.91 Points
Cinebench R15 Ref. Match 64Bit
97.8 %
Cinebench R15 OpenGL 64Bit
50.17 fps
Cinebench R15 CPU Multi 64Bit
576 Points
Cinebench R15 CPU Single 64Bit
170 Points
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System Performance

A fast CPU paired with an extremely well-performing SSD at "only" Full HD resolution: the Yoga 920 flies through the PCMark benchmarks and all but trounces most of the competition with previous-generation hardware, although the Spectre x360 with Core i7-7500U - which is an extremely well-performing system - comes quite close.  Even some gaming systems with quad-core 45 W CPUs and dedicated GPUs have a hard time pulling away from the review 2-in-1 when it comes to the synthetic PCMark benchmark scores. We experienced no driver or software related issues during the review period. 

PCMark 8 Home Accelerated
PCMark 8 Home Accelerated
PCMark 8 Creative Accelerated
PCMark 8 Creative Accelerated
PCMark 8 Work Accelerated
PCMark 8 Work Accelerated
PCMark 8
Work Score Accelerated v2
Lenovo Yoga 920-13IKB-80Y7
UHD Graphics 620, 8550U, Samsung PM961 MZVLW256HEHP
5154 Points ∼79%
HP Spectre x360 13-w023dx
HD Graphics 620, 7500U, Samsung PM951 NVMe MZVLV512
4910 Points ∼75% -5%
Dell Latitude 5289
HD Graphics 620, 7300U, SanDisk X400 256GB, SATA (SD8SB8U-256G)
4681 Points ∼72% -9%
Dell XPS 13-9365 2-in-1
HD Graphics 615, 7Y75, Toshiba NVMe THNSN5256GPUK
4674 Points ∼72% -9%
Asus ZenBook Flip S UX370
HD Graphics 620, 7200U, SanDisk SD8SN8U256G1002
4559 Points ∼70% -12%
Dell XPS 13 i7-8550U
UHD Graphics 620, 8550U, Toshiba XG5 KXG50ZNV256G
4436 Points ∼68% -14%
HP Spectre x360 13-ac033dx
HD Graphics 620, 7500U, Samsung PM961 NVMe MZVLW512HMJP
3706 Points ∼57% -28%
Creative Score Accelerated v2
Lenovo Yoga 920-13IKB-80Y7
UHD Graphics 620, 8550U, Samsung PM961 MZVLW256HEHP
5342 Points ∼57%
HP Spectre x360 13-w023dx
HD Graphics 620, 7500U, Samsung PM951 NVMe MZVLV512
4699 Points ∼50% -12%
Dell XPS 13 i7-8550U
UHD Graphics 620, 8550U, Toshiba XG5 KXG50ZNV256G
4604 Points ∼49% -14%
HP Spectre x360 13-ac033dx
HD Graphics 620, 7500U, Samsung PM961 NVMe MZVLW512HMJP
4432 Points ∼48% -17%
Asus ZenBook Flip S UX370
HD Graphics 620, 7200U, SanDisk SD8SN8U256G1002
4364 Points ∼47% -18%
Dell XPS 13-9365 2-in-1
HD Graphics 615, 7Y75, Toshiba NVMe THNSN5256GPUK
4277 Points ∼46% -20%
Home Score Accelerated v2
Lenovo Yoga 920-13IKB-80Y7
UHD Graphics 620, 8550U, Samsung PM961 MZVLW256HEHP
3999 Points ∼67%
HP Spectre x360 13-w023dx
HD Graphics 620, 7500U, Samsung PM951 NVMe MZVLV512
3795 Points ∼64% -5%
Lenovo Yoga 910-13IKB-80VF004CGE
HD Graphics 620, 7500U, Samsung PM951 NVMe MZVLV512
3555 Points ∼59% -11%
Dell Latitude 5289
HD Graphics 620, 7300U, SanDisk X400 256GB, SATA (SD8SB8U-256G)
3554 Points ∼59% -11%
Asus ZenBook Flip S UX370
HD Graphics 620, 7200U, SanDisk SD8SN8U256G1002
3521 Points ∼59% -12%
Dell XPS 13 i7-8550U
UHD Graphics 620, 8550U, Toshiba XG5 KXG50ZNV256G
3432 Points ∼57% -14%
Dell XPS 13-9365 2-in-1
HD Graphics 615, 7Y75, Toshiba NVMe THNSN5256GPUK
3134 Points ∼52% -22%
HP Spectre x360 13-ac033dx
HD Graphics 620, 7500U, Samsung PM961 NVMe MZVLW512HMJP
3023 Points ∼51% -24%
PCMark 8 Home Score Accelerated v2
3999 points
PCMark 8 Creative Score Accelerated v2
5342 points
PCMark 8 Work Score Accelerated v2
5154 points
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Storage Devices

To call the 256 GB Samsung PM961 PCIe NVMe drive merely "fast" is almost doing it injustice. Competing systems with the older Samsung PM951 and especially notebooks equipped with SATA-based drives like the Asus ZenBook Flip S UX370 are slower - sometimes significantly so. Only the HP Spectre x360 13-ac033dx, which happens to be equipped with the same drive, is a little faster in some and slower in other areas. Suffice to say that the drive will hardly be a bottleneck during program launches, data transfers, or during startup.

AS SSD
AS SSD
AS SSD - Copy
AS SSD - Copy
CDM 3
CDM 3
CDM 5
CDM 5
Lenovo Yoga 920-13IKB-80Y7
Samsung PM961 MZVLW256HEHP
Dell XPS 13-9365 2-in-1
Toshiba NVMe THNSN5256GPUK
HP Spectre x360 13-w023dx
Samsung PM951 NVMe MZVLV512
Asus ZenBook Flip S UX370
SanDisk SD8SN8U256G1002
Dell Latitude 5289
SanDisk X400 256GB, SATA (SD8SB8U-256G)
HP Spectre x360 13-ac033dx
Samsung PM961 NVMe MZVLW512HMJP
CrystalDiskMark 3.0
-35%
-25%
-59%
-67%
1%
Write 4k QD32
573.1
250.2
-56%
361.2
-37%
170.8
-70%
158.8
-72%
225.6
-61%
Read 4k QD32
432.9
411
-5%
535.2
24%
385.4
-11%
306.2
-29%
518.3
20%
Write 4k
142.4
121.2
-15%
137.9
-3%
57.01
-60%
27.92
-80%
139.4
-2%
Read 4k
56.16
32.93
-41%
42.66
-24%
29.7
-47%
22.73
-60%
54.66
-3%
Write 512
831.5
410.7
-51%
570.5
-31%
291.5
-65%
255.6
-69%
1229
48%
Read 512
1252
966.3
-23%
679
-46%
315.7
-75%
260.8
-79%
864.8
-31%
Write Seq
1125
629.4
-44%
570.7
-49%
432.5
-62%
406.4
-64%
1550
38%
Read Seq
2070
1206
-42%
1376
-34%
455.9
-78%
423.7
-80%
2065
0%
Samsung PM961 MZVLW256HEHP
Sequential Read: 2070 MB/s
Sequential Write: 1125 MB/s
512K Read: 1252 MB/s
512K Write: 831.5 MB/s
4K Read: 56.16 MB/s
4K Write: 142.4 MB/s
4K QD32 Read: 432.9 MB/s
4K QD32 Write: 573.1 MB/s

GPU Performance

When running 3DMark benchmarks, our review system either slightly lags behind the Dell XPS 13 equipped with the same processor and UHD Graphics 620 (3DMark 11) or outperforms it by a slim margin (Fire Strike, Cloud Gate, Ice Storm). Systems with the HD Graphics 620 can be up to 30 percent slower depending on the subtest, although the margin is not always all that large. The passively-cooled Dell XPS 13-9365 2-in-1 with Intel HD Graphics 615 is at a disadvantage and over 20 % slower according to 3DMark 11.

Gaming performance follows suit in that it is generally slightly ahead of systems with the older CPU and Intel HD Graphics 620. Still, at the native resolution and full details, even older games are generally unplayable. An entry-level dedicated GPU like the Nvidia MX150 in the HP Envy 13-ad006ng offers much higher performance and at least double the frame rates.

For technical data and additional benchmarks please check our review of the Intel UHD Graphics 620.

3DMark 11
3DMark 11
Ice Storm
Ice Storm
Ice Storm Extreme
Ice Storm Extreme
Cloud Gate
Cloud Gate
Fire Strike
Fire Strike
Fire Strike Extreme
Fire Strike Extreme
3DMark 11
1280x720 Performance Combined
HP Envy 13-ad006ng
NVIDIA GeForce MX150 (Laptop GT 1030), 7500U
3575 Points ∼20% +118%
Dell XPS 13 9360 FHD i7 Iris
Intel Iris Plus Graphics 640, 7560U
1838 Points ∼10% +12%
Dell XPS 13 i7-8550U
Intel UHD Graphics 620, 8550U
1751 Points ∼10% +7%
Lenovo Yoga 920-13IKB-80Y7
Intel UHD Graphics 620, 8550U
1640 Points ∼9%
HP Spectre x360 13-ac033dx
Intel HD Graphics 620, 7500U
1555 Points ∼9% -5%
Dell Latitude 5289
Intel HD Graphics 620, 7300U
1548 Points ∼9% -6%
Asus ZenBook Flip S UX370
Intel HD Graphics 620, 7200U
1540 Points ∼9% -6%
Dell XPS 13-9365 2-in-1
Intel HD Graphics 615, 7Y75
1313 Points ∼7% -20%
1280x720 Performance GPU
HP Envy 13-ad006ng
NVIDIA GeForce MX150 (Laptop GT 1030), 7500U
3459 Points ∼7% +102%
Dell XPS 13 9360 FHD i7 Iris
Intel Iris Plus Graphics 640, 7560U
2124 Points ∼4% +24%
Dell XPS 13 i7-8550U
Intel UHD Graphics 620, 8550U
1810 Points ∼4% +6%
Lenovo Yoga 920-13IKB-80Y7
Intel UHD Graphics 620, 8550U
1709 Points ∼3%
Dell Latitude 5289
Intel HD Graphics 620, 7300U
1627 Points ∼3% -5%
Asus ZenBook Flip S UX370
Intel HD Graphics 620, 7200U
1589 Points ∼3% -7%
HP Spectre x360 13-ac033dx
Intel HD Graphics 620, 7500U
1569 Points ∼3% -8%
Dell XPS 13-9365 2-in-1
Intel HD Graphics 615, 7Y75
1370 Points ∼3% -20%
3DMark
1920x1080 Fire Strike Graphics
HP Envy 13-ad006ng
NVIDIA GeForce MX150 (Laptop GT 1030), 7500U
2841 Points ∼7% +147%
Dell XPS 13 9360 FHD i7 Iris
Intel Iris Plus Graphics 640, 7560U
1369 Points ∼3% +19%
Dell XPS 13 i7-8550U
Intel UHD Graphics 620, 8550U
1158 Points ∼3% +1%
Lenovo Yoga 920-13IKB-80Y7
Intel UHD Graphics 620, 8550U
1150 Points ∼3%
Dell Latitude 5289
Intel HD Graphics 620, 7300U
1081 Points ∼3% -6%
Asus ZenBook Flip S UX370
Intel HD Graphics 620, 7200U
1058 Points ∼3% -8%
HP Spectre x360 13-ac033dx
Intel HD Graphics 620, 7500U
1029 Points ∼3% -11%
Dell XPS 13-9365 2-in-1
Intel HD Graphics 615, 7Y75
917 Points ∼2% -20%
1280x720 Cloud Gate Standard Graphics
HP Envy 13-ad006ng
NVIDIA GeForce MX150 (Laptop GT 1030), 7500U
17750 Points ∼11% +83%
Dell XPS 13 9360 FHD i7 Iris
Intel Iris Plus Graphics 640, 7560U
11232 Points ∼7% +16%
Lenovo Yoga 920-13IKB-80Y7
Intel UHD Graphics 620, 8550U
9678 Points ∼6%
Dell XPS 13 i7-8550U
Intel UHD Graphics 620, 8550U
9511 Points ∼6% -2%
Asus ZenBook Flip S UX370
Intel HD Graphics 620, 7200U
8893 Points ∼5% -8%
Dell Latitude 5289
Intel HD Graphics 620, 7300U
8562 Points ∼5% -12%
Dell XPS 13-9365 2-in-1
Intel HD Graphics 615, 7Y75
7839 Points ∼5% -19%
HP Spectre x360 13-ac033dx
Intel HD Graphics 620, 7500U
7636 Points ∼5% -21%
1920x1080 Ice Storm Extreme Graphics
Lenovo Yoga 920-13IKB-80Y7
Intel UHD Graphics 620, 8550U
54785 Points ∼8%
Asus ZenBook Flip S UX370
Intel HD Graphics 620, 7200U
51580 Points ∼7% -6%
Dell XPS 13 i7-8550U
Intel UHD Graphics 620, 8550U
46907 Points ∼6% -14%
Dell XPS 13-9365 2-in-1
Intel HD Graphics 615, 7Y75
42163 Points ∼6% -23%
HP Spectre x360 13-ac033dx
Intel HD Graphics 620, 7500U
37394 Points ∼5% -32%
3DMark 11 Performance
1915 points
3DMark Ice Storm Standard Score
74895 points
3DMark Cloud Gate Standard Score
8519 points
3DMark Fire Strike Score
1052 points
3DMark Fire Strike Extreme Score
489 points
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BioShock Infinite
1920x1080 Ultra Preset, DX11 (DDOF) (sort by value)
Lenovo Yoga 920-13IKB-80Y7
UHD Graphics 620, 8550U, Samsung PM961 MZVLW256HEHP
10.1 fps ∼5%
Asus ZenBook Flip S UX370
HD Graphics 620, 7200U, SanDisk SD8SN8U256G1002
8.15 fps ∼4% -19%
Dell XPS 13 i7-8550U
UHD Graphics 620, 8550U, Toshiba XG5 KXG50ZNV256G
10 fps ∼5% -1%
HP Envy 13-ad006ng
GeForce MX150, 7500U, Toshiba NVMe THNSN5256GPUK
29.72 fps ∼14% +194%
Dell XPS 13 9360 FHD i7 Iris
Iris Plus Graphics 640, 7560U, Toshiba XG4 NVMe (THNSN5512GPUK)
10.7 fps ∼5% +6%
1366x768 High Preset (sort by value)
Lenovo Yoga 920-13IKB-80Y7
UHD Graphics 620, 8550U, Samsung PM961 MZVLW256HEHP
30.5 fps ∼10%
Asus ZenBook Flip S UX370
HD Graphics 620, 7200U, SanDisk SD8SN8U256G1002
26.3 fps ∼9% -14%
Dell XPS 13 i7-8550U
UHD Graphics 620, 8550U, Toshiba XG5 KXG50ZNV256G
31.1 fps ∼10% +2%
HP Envy 13-ad006ng
GeForce MX150, 7500U, Toshiba NVMe THNSN5256GPUK
78.96 fps ∼26% +159%
Dell XPS 13 9360 FHD i7 Iris
Iris Plus Graphics 640, 7560U, Toshiba XG4 NVMe (THNSN5512GPUK)
33.5 fps ∼11% +10%
Rise of the Tomb Raider
1920x1080 High Preset AA:FX AF:4x (sort by value)
Lenovo Yoga 920-13IKB-80Y7
UHD Graphics 620, 8550U, Samsung PM961 MZVLW256HEHP
6.8 fps ∼4%
Asus ZenBook Flip S UX370
HD Graphics 620, 7200U, SanDisk SD8SN8U256G1002
7.1 fps ∼4% +4%
Dell XPS 13 i7-8550U
UHD Graphics 620, 8550U, Toshiba XG5 KXG50ZNV256G
7.4 fps ∼4% +9%
HP Envy 13-ad006ng
GeForce MX150, 7500U, Toshiba NVMe THNSN5256GPUK
17 fps ∼9% +150%
1366x768 Medium Preset AF:2x (sort by value)
Lenovo Yoga 920-13IKB-80Y7
UHD Graphics 620, 8550U, Samsung PM961 MZVLW256HEHP
12.7 fps ∼6%
Asus ZenBook Flip S UX370
HD Graphics 620, 7200U, SanDisk SD8SN8U256G1002
12.3 fps ∼5% -3%
Dell XPS 13 i7-8550U
UHD Graphics 620, 8550U, Toshiba XG5 KXG50ZNV256G
14.6 fps ∼7% +15%
HP Envy 13-ad006ng
GeForce MX150, 7500U, Toshiba NVMe THNSN5256GPUK
34.06 fps ∼15% +168%
low med. high ultra
BioShock Infinite (2013) 67.136.230.510.1fps
Rise of the Tomb Raider (2016) 22.912.76.8fps

Stress Test

We stress the notebook with synthetic benchmarks to reveal throttling or stability issues. When under Prime95 load, the CPU cores drop from the initial 4 GHz to 2.3 GHz at a temperature of 65 C within 10 seconds. Temperatures slowly climb over the next 30 minutes to between 71 - 74 C with the CPU clock fluctuating between  2.2 - 2.3 GHz average with no further changes occurring. The observed clock rates and temperatures are quite different from the Dell XPS 13 with the same CPU, which stabilized at 2.5 GHz and 92 C. Lenovo seems to be more conservative here, which also explains the somewhat lower CineBench scores of the review convertible. Note that even after a full hour, we didn't encounter the peculiar fluctuations we recorded at the later stages of the CineBench R15 loop test.

Furmark on its own has the GPU running at exactly 748 MHz with the temperature remaining under 75 C at all times.  Simultaneous CPU and GPU stress doesn't affect the GPU speed at first, but the CPU drops to 1.2 - 1.3 GHz at a temperature of about 70 C. At around 15 minutes, the CPU remains between 1.1 - 1-2 GHz with the GPU now maintaining 700 MHz without any temperature changes occurring. Once again, the Yoga 920 throttles slightly more here than the XPS 13 (GPU: 998 MHz, CPU 1.4 GHz, temperature 84 C) and temperatures are consequently much lower as well.

A repeat of 3DMark 11 on battery shows nearly unchanged GPU and CPU performance with Physics and Graphics scores within a couple of percent of our previous run and thus a near-identical final score. 

Prime95 stress (60 minutes)
Prime95 stress (60 minutes)
Furmark stress (60 minutes)
Furmark stress (60 minutes)
Prime 95 + Furmark stress (60 minutes)
Prime 95 + Furmark stress (60 minutes)
CPU Clock (GHz) GPU Clock (MHz) Average CPU Temperature (°C) Average GPU Temperature (°C)
Prime95 Stress 2.2-2.3 - 72 -
FurMark Stress - 947 - 75
Prime95 + FurMark Stress 1.2-1.3 700-748 70 70

Emissions

System Noise

The Lenovo Yoga 920 isn't a very noisy system. During idle and simple tasks like word processing, the system remains inaudible at just a couple dB above ambient; average (3DMark06) as well as high loads (Prime95 + Furmark) bump the fan noise to a maximum of only 34 dB. Most competitors are louder, so the convertible is well-suited for quiet environments. Even during the stress test, we never found the fan noise to be overly annoying. The Dell XPS 13 2-in-1 with Intel Core i7-7Y75 remains uncontested, as it is is passively-cooled and hence absolutely noiseless.

Our review 2-in-1 also doesn't suffer from any coil whine, which seems to affect a lot of systems lately.

Lenovo Yoga 920 (White: Background: Red: System idle, Blue: 3DMark06 load, Green: Prime95+FurMark)
Lenovo Yoga 920 (White: Background: Red: System idle, Blue: 3DMark06 load, Green: Prime95+FurMark)
Dell XPS 13 (i7-8550U, QHD)
Dell XPS 13 (i7-8550U, QHD)
HP Spectre x360 13 (7500U, 4K UHD)
HP Spectre x360 13 (7500U, 4K UHD)

Noise Level

Idle
28 / 28.8 / 30.3 dB(A)
Load
34.5 / 34.3 dB(A)
 
 
 
30 dB
silent
40 dB(A)
audible
50 dB(A)
loud
 
min: dark, med: mid, max: light   BK Precision 732A (15 cm distance) (15 cm distance)   environment noise: 28 dB(A)
Lenovo Yoga 920-13IKB-80Y7
UHD Graphics 620, 8550U, Samsung PM961 MZVLW256HEHP
HP Spectre x360 13-w023dx
HD Graphics 620, 7500U, Samsung PM951 NVMe MZVLV512
Asus ZenBook Flip S UX370
HD Graphics 620, 7200U, SanDisk SD8SN8U256G1002
Dell Latitude 5289
HD Graphics 620, 7300U, SanDisk X400 256GB, SATA (SD8SB8U-256G)
HP Spectre x360 13-ac033dx
HD Graphics 620, 7500U, Samsung PM961 NVMe MZVLW512HMJP
Lenovo Yoga 910-13IKB-80VF004CGE
HD Graphics 620, 7500U, Samsung PM951 NVMe MZVLV512
Noise
-6%
-3%
-5%
-10%
-9%
off / environment *
28
29.1
-4%
30.5
-9%
30.5
-9%
28.7
-3%
31.7
-13%
Idle Minimum *
28
29.1
-4%
30.5
-9%
30.5
-9%
28.7
-3%
31.7
-13%
Idle Average *
28.8
29.1
-1%
30.5
-6%
30.5
-6%
34.2
-19%
31.7
-10%
Idle Maximum *
30.3
31.2
-3%
30.5
-1%
30.5
-1%
35.8
-18%
31.7
-5%
Load Average *
34.5
37.3
-8%
34.2
1%
36
-4%
35.8
-4%
38.4
-11%
Load Maximum *
34.3
39.6
-15%
32.5
5%
34.6
-1%
39.6
-15%
34.7
-1%

* ... smaller is better

Temperature

During idle, the Yoga 920 stays remarkably cool with nearly flat temperatures across the chassis thanks to the aluminum construction. Even at maximum load, the convertible doesn't exceed 41 degrees on the bottom left and right, so it's still possible to work with the Yoga in the lap without major discomfort. Keyboard temps in the middle are a bit high at 44 C, but the palm rests remain comparatively cool at about 32 C, so sweaty palms are rarely an issue unless the system is subjected to unrealistic loads for extended periods of time.

System idle (top)
System idle (top)
System idle (bottom)
System idle (bottom)
System load (top)
System load (top)
System load (bottom)
System load (bottom)
Max. Load
 40.2 °C42 °C42.6 °C 
 34.6 °C44.4 °C37.6 °C 
 31.2 °C29.2 °C31.8 °C 
Maximum: 44.4 °C
Average: 37.1 °C
41 °C42.8 °C41 °C
37.2 °C38.2 °C36.4 °C
33.8 °C34.6 °C32.8 °C
Maximum: 42.8 °C
Average: 37.5 °C
Power Supply (max.)  35 °C | Room Temperature 20 °C | Raytek Raynger ST

Speakers

Mids and highs are well-balanced
Mids and highs are well-balanced

Sound quality is decent given the overall size and modest thickness of the convertible. The speakers, which are located towards the front on the left and right edge, fire downwards and produce well-balanced mids and highs. Voices in particular are clear and easy to understand. Although the bass drops off rather rapidly below 250 Hz, there's a good amount of balance between the lower and higher frequencies. Headphones are still recommended when listening to music, however. Note also that the perceived output changes slightly when the 2-in-1 is used in tent or stand mode since the sound doesn't get reflected from a surface any longer.


Lenovo Yoga 920
Lenovo Yoga 920
Spectre X360 13 (7500U, 4K UHD)
Spectre X360 13 (7500U, 4K UHD)
Dell XPS 13 9365 2-in-1
Dell XPS 13 9365 2-in-1
dB(A) 0102030405060708090Deep BassMiddle BassHigh BassLower RangeMidsHigher MidsLower HighsMid HighsUpper HighsSuper Highs2036.237.82531.634.63131.132.6403032.45031.231.76330.831.88029.430.610027.429.212527.431.316026.84620025.854.325025.261.73152564.540024.761.650023.558.76302360.580022.465.7100022.264.9125022.363.6160021.764.4200021.662.825002261.9315021.457.6400021.353.9500021.358.3630021.158.6800021.1621000021.163.7125002161.31600021.246.4SPL34.174.1N2.235.2median 22.2Lenovo Yoga 920-13IKB-80Y7median 61.3Delta1.7535.335.132.931.831.83236.535.132.428.93328.936.328.848.32761.52752.924.860.92462.822.763.32269.521.267.82174.82075.919.472.718.97117.770.117.86917.671.817.668.117.671.417.673.717.670.417.571.617.671.617.669.617.459.717.583.630.662.51.5median 69.6Apple MacBook 12 (Early 2016) 1.1 GHzmedian 17.84.62.4hearing rangehide median Pink Noise
Lenovo Yoga 920-13IKB-80Y7 audio analysis

(-) | not very loud speakers (65.69 dB)
Bass 100 - 315 Hz
(±) | reduced bass - on average 14.7% lower than median
(-) | bass is not linear (15.7% delta to prev. frequency)
Mids 400 - 2000 Hz
(+) | balanced mids - only 2.3% away from median
(+) | mids are linear (5.5% delta to prev. frequency)
Highs 2 - 16 kHz
(+) | balanced highs - only 2.9% away from median
(+) | highs are linear (6.8% delta to prev. frequency)
Overall 100 - 16.000 Hz
(±) | linearity of overall sound is average (15.8% difference to median)
Compared to same class
» 12% of all tested devices in this class were better, 9% similar, 79% worse
» The best had a delta of 11%, average was 23%, worst was 53%
Compared to all devices tested
» 20% of all tested devices were better, 4% similar, 76% worse
» The best had a delta of 3%, average was 21%, worst was 53%

Apple MacBook 12 (Early 2016) 1.1 GHz audio analysis

(+) | speakers can play relatively loud (83.6 dB)
Bass 100 - 315 Hz
(±) | reduced bass - on average 11.3% lower than median
(±) | linearity of bass is average (14.2% delta to prev. frequency)
Mids 400 - 2000 Hz
(+) | balanced mids - only 2.4% away from median
(+) | mids are linear (5.5% delta to prev. frequency)
Highs 2 - 16 kHz
(+) | balanced highs - only 2% away from median
(+) | highs are linear (4.5% delta to prev. frequency)
Overall 100 - 16.000 Hz
(+) | overall sound is linear (9.3% difference to median)
Compared to same class
» 1% of all tested devices in this class were better, 1% similar, 97% worse
» The best had a delta of 9%, average was 19%, worst was 41%
Compared to all devices tested
» 2% of all tested devices were better, 0% similar, 98% worse
» The best had a delta of 3%, average was 21%, worst was 53%

Frequency Comparison (Checkbox selectable!)
Graph 1: Pink Noise 100% Vol.; Graph 2: Audio off

Energy Management

Power Consumption

Idle power consumption ranges from 3 - 7 W and is comparable to other subnotebooks. At medium (3DMark06) and maximum (Prime 95 + Furmark) loads, the convertible draws about 20 percent less power than the Dell XPS 13 with the same i7-8550U CPU. Note that the average and maximum are near-identical because of throttling. Still, it's important to remember that this situation is unlikely to occur during normal use.

The AC adapter is rated for 65 W and has more than enough capacity to handle the encountered loads. 

Power Consumption
Off / Standbydarklight 0.6 / 1.4 Watt
Idledarkmidlight 3.1 / 6.6 / 7 Watt
Load midlight 35.2 / 34.6 Watt
 color bar
Key: min: dark, med: mid, max: light        Metrahit Energy
Lenovo Yoga 920-13IKB-80Y7
8550U, UHD Graphics 620, Samsung PM961 MZVLW256HEHP, IPS, 1920x1080, 13.9
HP Spectre x360 13-w023dx
7500U, HD Graphics 620, Samsung PM951 NVMe MZVLV512, IPS, 1920x1080, 13.3
Asus ZenBook Flip S UX370
7200U, HD Graphics 620, SanDisk SD8SN8U256G1002, a-Si TFT-LCD, WLED, 1920x1080, 13.3
HP Spectre x360 13-ac033dx
7500U, HD Graphics 620, Samsung PM961 NVMe MZVLW512HMJP, IPS, 3840x2160, 13.3
Lenovo Yoga 910-13IKB-80VF004CGE
7500U, HD Graphics 620, Samsung PM951 NVMe MZVLV512, IPS, 3840x2160, 13.9
Dell XPS 13-9365 2-in-1
7Y75, HD Graphics 615, Toshiba NVMe THNSN5256GPUK, IPS, 1920x1080, 13.3
Dell XPS 13 i7-8550U
8550U, UHD Graphics 620, Toshiba XG5 KXG50ZNV256G, IGZO IPS, 3200x1800, 13.3
Power Consumption
-15%
11%
-32%
-8%
26%
-9%
Idle Minimum *
3.1
5.5
-77%
2.6
16%
5.3
-71%
4.3
-39%
3.1
-0%
4.1
-32%
Idle Average *
6.6
6.7
-2%
5.3
20%
9.6
-45%
6.3
5%
4.3
35%
5.8
12%
Idle Maximum *
7
7.1
-1%
8.5
-21%
10.1
-44%
9
-29%
4.9
30%
6
14%
Load Average *
35.2
33.1
6%
29
18%
34.4
2%
32.7
7%
24.3
31%
42.5
-21%
Load Maximum *
34.6
35.2
-2%
27
22%
34.8
-1%
28.8
17%
22.8
34%
41.4
-20%

* ... smaller is better

Battery Life

Runtimes have improved over the predecessor even though the battery capacity is slightly smaller (70 vs. 78 Wh) and are only matched by the 12.5-inch Dell Latitude 5289 with i5-7300U CPU and the passively-cooled Dell XPS 13-9365 2-in-1 with the i7-7Y75 CPU. Real-world WLAN use is almost 11 hours and 30 minutes, which is outstanding and more than sufficient for an entire workday. We should mention here that the Yoga 920 also has one of the largest batteries, so the longer runtimes are not totally unexpected. 

Battery Runtime
Idle (without WLAN, min brightness)
27h 35min
WiFi Surfing v1.3
11h 25min
Load (maximum brightness)
2h 20min
Lenovo Yoga 920-13IKB-80Y7
8550U, UHD Graphics 620, 70 Wh
HP Spectre x360 13-w023dx
7500U, HD Graphics 620, 57.8 Wh
Asus ZenBook Flip S UX370
7200U, HD Graphics 620, 39 Wh
Dell Latitude 5289
7300U, HD Graphics 620, 60 Wh
HP Spectre x360 13-ac033dx
7500U, HD Graphics 620, 57.8 Wh
Lenovo Yoga 910-13IKB-80VF004CGE
7500U, HD Graphics 620, 78 Wh
Dell XPS 13-9365 2-in-1
7Y75, HD Graphics 615, 46 Wh
Battery Runtime
-19%
-22%
1%
-31%
-6%
-5%
Reader / Idle
1655
1233
-25%
937
-43%
1728
4%
792
-52%
1069
-35%
971
-41%
WiFi v1.3
685
558
-19%
483
-29%
708
3%
537
-22%
644
-6%
686
0%
Load
140
121
-14%
147
5%
136
-3%
114
-19%
174
24%
175
25%

Pros

+ appealing thin-and-light design
+ sturdy chassis and outstanding build quality
+ different modes add flexibility
+ blazingly fast SSD
+ Kaby Lake R offers great performance
+ outstanding battery life
+ useful active stylus
+ good input devices

Cons

- not exactly inexpensive
- lacks a card reader or HDMI
- noticeable throttling under load
- display accuracy isn't great
- subpar brightness distribution
- watchband hinge isn't quite stiff enough
- limited upgradeability

Verdict

In review: Lenovo Yoga 920-13IKB
In review: Lenovo Yoga 920-13IKB

The new and redesigned Yoga 920 is the best 900-series Yoga yet and far from just a simple hardware updatePerformance is certainly up with the new quad-core CPU and the blazingly-fast NVMe SSD, but Lenovo also improved other areas: the new convertible now sports 2x Thunderbolt 3 ports, an improved webcam location, a modified keyboard, supports an active stylus for the first time and runs longer on a charge. Lenovo obviously took customer feedback to heart, which is refreshing to see.

The aluminum chassis is beautiful and quite sturdy as well and the watchband hinge-design still turns heads. The display could be a little brighter though and the contrast ratio and the grayscale accuracy could be better as well. There's also a question of size: the Yoga is still one of the larger convertibles out there, which doesn't make it as easy to hold when in tablet mode. Still, some users might appreciate the extra screen real estate. The lack of a "Lift'n Lock" feature a la Thinkpad Yoga also leaves the keys exposed, so extra care needs to be taken to avoid damage. The throttling under heavy load curtails the huge performance potential of the extra CPU cores a little, but the overall performance is still up, so we wouldn't consider that a huge drawback. One additional plus: the annoying whistling sound we encountered during our review of the predecessor Yoga 910 is definitely no longer an issue.

The Yoga 920 is a very well-designed and attractive 2-in-1. Users considering a 13.3-inch convertible like the HP Spectre x360 or Dell XPS 13 should definitely take a look at the slightly larger Yoga as well.

Lenovo Yoga 920-13IKB-80Y7 - 11/02/2017 v6
Bernhard Pechlaner

Chassis
81 / 98 → 83%
Keyboard
84%
Pointing Device
91%
Connectivity
55 / 80 → 69%
Weight
71 / 78 → 83%
Battery
94%
Display
80%
Games Performance
59 / 68 → 87%
Application Performance
95 / 87 → 100%
Temperature
91%
Noise
95%
Audio
79 / 91 → 87%
Camera
59 / 85 → 69%
Average
80%
87%
Convertible - Weighted Average

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Bernhard Pechlaner, 2017-11- 2 (Update: 2017-11- 6)
Bernhard Pechlaner
Bernhard Pechlaner - Review Editor
Ended up in the IT sector in the 90s more or less accidentally and have remained in the industry (as a sysadmin) ever since. Always been interested in laptops - first purchase was - if memory serves correctly - a Toshiba Satellite T2115CS with DX4-75 processor, 4 MB of RAM and 350 MB hard disk drive (and Windows 3.1). To this day, laptops appeal to me - much to the chagrin of my wife, who doesn’t seem understand why we need 5-10 of them at any given time ;-).