Lenovo claims 100 percent DCI-P3 color accuracy, and in my testing, I found that my monitor supported 100 percent of the sRGB space and 98 percent of the Adobe RGB color space. I mention my screen because Lenovo screens sometimes differ within the same product line, but these results are generally consistent with what you would expect for an OLED screen.
Unlike some of the other premium laptops these days — cough, Dell XPS 13, cough — there are plenty of ports on the Yoga 9i. On the left side are two USB-C Thunderbolt 4 ports, along with a USB-A port. On the right, you get another USB-C port (oddly, not Thunderbolt 4, though you can charge with it) and a headphone jack. Unfortunately, you will also find the power button on the side. I hate this. I always seem to grab it when I pick it up, inadvertently closing my laptop. Not a deal breaker, but something to be aware of if you’re similarly clumsy.
Some cool switches, inconvenient power button
One of the Yoga 9i’s most interesting features is the keyboard. It has good chiclet-style flat keys. It’s not high end and it’s not fun to type on, but it works. What’s interesting is that the far right side of the keyboard has a series of one-touch function keys for controlling performance settings, audio settings, color settings, and even adding a background blur to the webcam with a single button. There is also a fingerprint reader. I actually found these switches very useful, especially the power profile button. By reconnecting to power when I was just surfing the web, I was able to get more out of the battery.
The touchpad is huge for a 14-inch laptop, on par with Apple’s 14-inch MacBook Pro, and it worked well with the multi-touch gestures built into Windows. The Yoga 9i also comes with an active stylus. It works great for taking notes, and looks like it might be a good fit for small sketches, too.
Good for action movie nerds
I’m happy to report that the Yoga 9i’s webcam is also pretty good. It has a resolution of 2.1MP, with a 16:9 aspect ratio, allowing you to capture 1080p video. It’s not as good as 5MP as you’ll find on some recent devices, but it’s the best webcam I’ve tested on a laptop this year.
The Yoga 9i packs a 75Wh battery, which has the same Rapid Charge Boost feature found in other recent Lenovos, such as the Slim Pro 7 (8/10, WIRED Rec recommended). It managed 11 hours, 17 minutes on our standard battery test, which winds a 1080p (native) movie with 75 percent brightness. In a more realistic test, like using it for work for only a few weeks, I was able to get 12 hours out regularly, sometimes more than that as long as I kept dialing back a bit. This is pretty good for an OLED laptop.
While the Yoga 9i has a lot to love, it’s clearly not aimed at gamers. Even casual gamers will likely be disappointed by the integrated graphics performance. However, if you’re in the market for a stylish, reasonably powerful laptop with great sound and a gorgeous, movie-friendly OLED display, the Yoga 9i is a great choice.