Lenovo’s Yoga Book 9i is not the “usual” top of the range with metaphysical performance and an unattainable price. Not only at least. What is destabilizing at first contact is the absence of the physical keyboard. You open it and you discover that there are two 13.3-inch OLED screens with 2.8K resolution with exceptional brightness and a thousand functions. At this point, however, the same doubt is arising that we had when we first got our hands on this laptop: if it doesn’t have a keyboard, how can you write on it and if you don’t write on it, what’s the point? The Lenovo Yoga book 9i is a continuous discovery.
A keyboard that appears on the screen
It is only by placing your hands that the much desired keyboard appears, complete with tuchpad and keys, a bit retro in reality but comfortable. So far almost everything is normal…almost. Because if one could more or less easily imagine that a laptop with two screens could use one of them for a virtual keyboard, the other implementations are not exactly obvious. For example, pthat is, practically dividing it in two, using the two screens independently, both touch screens, so while you enjoy watching episodes of Now, whoever is in front of you can work or keep up to date by scrolling through the pages of skytg24.it. And no fear of the zipper giving way! It really is a rock and this too hides a wonderful secret. In fact, it is a real soundbar, with a pure and engaging sound, deep bass and highs that don’t crackle even when squeezed.
But there is also a physical Bluetooth keyboard
For those nostalgic for physical keyboards, Lenovo has included one in the package: no cable, just turn it on, bring it closer and you’re done. In the feedback it is very similar to the Apples, a decisive “click”, not “plasticky” but not even giving calluses to the fingertips. By applying it on the top part of the screen, in the lower part we can set a touchpad; if we bring it downwards, in the portion of the screen that becomes free we can insert other apps, or insert the timeline if we are enjoying ourselves with a montage of our late holidays. But make yourselves comfortable because the wows aren’t over yet.
The “all-purpose” case
The keyboard is supplied inside a beautiful synthetic material case, excellently finished, almost a waste to use it only as a container… And in fact it isn’t at all! You fold it following the guides and it becomes a comfortable and unexpectedly solid support for your laptop. In this way we have the physical keyboard attached thanks to magnets, two screens, front sound and a battery of sensors and cameras ready to have their say. But that’s not all, there’s also a plus.
There is also a stylus
The optical pen, which is housed in what we improperly call the keyboard case, can be used on the two panels perhaps to take notes since by rotating it, the Yoga Book practically becomes a book, or a large notebook, with the two independent parts so you can look at content on the left one and write reminders on the right one. And everything flows with extreme fluidity, never a jam, a latency, a “please wait”, the battery never suffers, despite the two screens the temperatures are always under control.
During our test we never heard the cooling fans in action. The processor is a guarantee: Yoga Book 9i is equipped with a 13th generation Intel Evo platform with Intel Core i7 processor and a top-notch memory compartment: 16 GB of RAM and a tera of ROM. A mine of technology weighing less than 1.4 kilos. Price starting from 2,699 euros including Bluetooth keyboard, Smart Pen and 2 years of total warranty but something from the price list can be trimmed with the discounts linked to students, teachers, companies or professionals.
Not exactly a gift but if you’ve been sitting on the sofa up to this point it must mean something…
Pros and cons
- Used materials
- Originality of the project
- Implementations not always intuitive
- Non-backlit physical keyboard