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Lenovo’s Yoga 9i Gen 7 Statement Piece

A luxury option — Convertible comes with Intel’s latest chips and lavish considerations throughout. Scharon Harding – May 13, 2022 11:45 am UTC Enlarge / Lenovo’s Yoga 9i 14″ 7th Gen laptop. Scharon HardingSpecs at a glance: Lenovo Yoga 9i (14″) Worst Best As reviewed Screen 14-inch 1920×1200 IPS touchscreen 14-inch 3840×2400 90 Hz OLED…

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Luxury option

Convertible includes the latest Intel chips and extravagant considerations.


Lenovo Yoga 9i lid

Enlarge / Lenovo’s Yoga 9i 14″ 7th Gen laptop.

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Specs at a glance: Lenovo Yoga 9i (14″)
Worst Best As reviewed
Screen 14-inch 1920×1200 IPS touchscreen 14-inch 3840×2400 90 Hz OLED IPS touchscreen 14-inch 2800×1800 90 Hz OLED IPS touchscreen
OS Windows 11 Home
CPU Intel Core i7-1260P
RAM 8GB LPDDR5-5200 16GB LPDDR5-5200
Storage 256 GB PCIe 4.0 SSD 1 TB PCIe 4.0 SSD 512 GB PCIe 4.0 SSD
GPU 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. 25 mm)
Weight Starts at 3. 26 lbs (1,480 g)
Battery 75 Whr
Warranty 1 year
Price (MSRP) $1,080 at Lenovo $1,930 $1,730

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

You can immediately tell the Yoga 9i was designed to grab your attention with its shiny, polished finishes. It’s the creature comforts like a high-resolution webcam with background blur and an optional tall, fast OLED touchscreen that tells the whole 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 imitator to offer a striking design. My test unit came in silver aluminum, but it also comes in a lighter gray and an oatmeal-like gold shade. The silver version’s matte deck, keyboard, and lid sparkled beautifully. The carved Lenovo and Yoga logos are not begging for attention and instead wait to be noticed on the lid’s edges.

The Yoga 9i is certainly a pretty 2-in-1.

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

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You might call this laptop’s design “edgy”–not because it’s rebellious, but because of the deck’s striking, shiny edges. They are polished and reflective, so they provide a more round alternative to the pointed, sharp laptop edges that we see. Although Lenovo claims that the edges make it easier to use in tablet mode, I found them too slippery.

Oh so shiny.

Enlarge / Oh so shiny.

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More cumbersome is the slim, flat power button on the right side of the deck; I repeatedly hit it accidentally when moving the laptop, even after a few weeks of using the machine. Although the Yoga 9i’s polished edges look nice, I prefer dull, unreflective edges.

If you rarely hold your laptop on the left and right sides, you probably won’t be bothered. The power button is not located on the spine.

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

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

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There’s also a soundbar. The holes covering the 360-degree hinge and its two tweeters are the final details that turn the laptop into a statement piece. I am still concerned about the durability of the speakers, particularly considering that they are visible even when closed.

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

  • Left side.


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  • The power button is on the right side.


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There’s no HDMI or DisplayPort, but between the Thunderbolt 4 options for a USB-C monitor and the OLED screen, you’ll hopefully be able to make do.

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