Lenovo’s Yoga Professional 9i 16 has an awesome mini-LED panel, however is inferior to the smaller 14-inch mannequin

Lenovo Yoga Pro 9i 16
Lenovo Yoga Professional 9i 16

Boasting quick elements and a brilliant mini-LED show, the Yoga Professional 9i 16 is Lenovo’s spearhead in its lineup of multimedia laptops. It gives nice picture high quality, but additionally requires numerous energy. The creaking case and the inferior specs in comparison with the smaller 14-inch Yoga Professional 9i are additionally annoying in on a regular basis use.

The Yoga Professional 9i is the spearhead amongst Lenovo’s multimedia laptops, and after reviewing the 14-inch model, we now check out the 16-inch mannequin. Principally, the identical package deal is used, because the aluminum chassis is mixed with the present Raptor Lake processors from Intel in addition to the present vary of GeForce RTX 4000 laptop computer GPUs from Nvidia. Right here you’ve gotten a alternative between the RTX 4050, RTX 4060 and RTX 4070, whereby the TGP for the 14-inch mannequin is 80 watts and for the 16-inch mannequin 100 watts. Efficiency is thus higher than the smaller Yoga Professional 9i 14, however Lenovo has incomprehensibly dropped Superior Optimus from the bigger mannequin. Moreover, the HDMI output solely helps the previous 1.4b commonplace, which is why 4K alerts can solely be output at 30 Hz.

The case additionally makes a weaker impression than the 14-inch mannequin. Essentially, the soundness and the workmanship of the 16-inch Yoga are superb, however the skinny base plate is problematic and emits clearly audible creaking noises when dealt with. This is not significantly premium and is unacceptable given the value of EUR 2,400. Inside, Lenovo has determined to not use the extra house for a bigger battery, however a second slot for an M.2 2280 SSD. That is after all sensible for increasing the storage capability (though the second slot just isn’t related by way of PCIe 4.0), however given the meager battery life, a bigger battery would have made extra sense for many customers.

The most important issue within the battery runtimes is the non-obligatory mini-LED display, which achieves a peak brightness of simply over 500 cd/m² in regular SDR mode and so doesn’t come near the 14-inch mannequin (~700 cd/m²). However, the ability consumption is greater as a result of bigger panel, which is why the battery life is even shorter, particularly at excessive brightness charges. And as a result of extremely reflective display, you don’t have any alternative however to max out the brightness, particularly in brilliant environment. Our Wi-Fi take a look at, for instance, runs at full brightness for simply over 3.5 hours, which actually is not a lot. For comparability, the Apple MacBook Professional 16 with a equally brilliant mini-LED panel in SDR mode manages greater than 7 hours right here.

Total, the massive Yoga Professional 9i 16 is inferior to its little sibling, which is completely pointless in our opinion. The gear variations are illogical and the extra inner house ought to have been used for a bigger battery to compensate for the more serious runtime as a result of bigger show. 

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