Lenovo Yoga 900 With Windows 10 Pro

 

It is always exciting to receive a package from Lenovo containing something new to review.

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The box was not much larger than a ream of copy paper, but what was inside the presentation box was a real beauty: a new Champagne-colored Yoga 900.

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I love the exterior colors and details, from the Champagne-colored case and famous watchband hinge to the platinum-colored logos and trackpad trim. As I learned with my Yoga 3 Pro, the hinge, allowing for laptop, tablet, stand, and tent modes is a design exclusive to Lenovo.

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A few specs:
The Yoga 900 is the world’s thinnest Intel Core 1 convertible at 14.9mm, 1.29kg. It can be ordered with up to 16 GB RAM.
The unit that I received had the following:
2.60 gigahertz Intel 6th gen Intel Core CPU i7-6500U
Intel HD Graphics
8098 Megabytes Usable Installed Memory
6 row keyboard that includes a dedicated Function row. This has been improved for better productivity.
PCI SSD technology 256.06 GB
Ports: 2xUSB3.0, 1xDC-in with USB 2.0 function, 4in1 card reader (SD,MMC,SDXC,SDHC),
Watchband hinge seems to have more tension and moves better between modes.
Display: 3200×1800 QHD+ IPS with touch capability
Webcam: 720p, 30FPS
Dimensions: 324 x 325 x 14.9 mm
JBL Speakers with Dolby Home Theater v4
While the Yoga 900 is 14% thicker than my Yoga 3 Pro, it has 50% more battery density to provide an estimated 9 hours of battery real life use, as compared to fewer hours on the previous generation.
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The following are pre-installed applications that can be used or removed based on the needs of the user:

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Lenovo applications:
One Key Recovery
Lenovo Utility
CCSDK
Lenovo Experience Improvement
Lenovo Companion
Lenvo Photo Master
Lenovo SHAREit
Lenovo REACHit
Lenovo Solution Center
Lenovo User Guide
McAfee Security
There was also a trial of Microsoft Office on the Yoga 900. I configured things to my liking, removed the Office trial and installed Microsoft Office 16 Pro Plus. Following that I installed my security applications, and my old Jasc PaintShop Pro 8.1 that was developed way back in the day for Windows XP. I was surprised to see that even though there are some processes that it cannot do on Windows 10, it will meet my needs for now. Ever since PSP Pro version 7 I have been a PSP user for 15 years. However, for the professional artist or power user it would be advisable to move up to a more recent version – perhaps Corel PaintShop Pro X or later, Adobe PhotoShop, or one of the applications reviewed here: http://graphic-design-software-review.toptenreviews.com/

I did not have any pending art projects, so I decided to try my hand at hacking the Lenovo logo with PaintShop Pro. It served me well on Windows 10 and with Yoga’s 3200 x 1800 display the images were crystal clear. I really prefer working on Yoga because of that, as opposed to using another laptop that has a non-glare screen.

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As one who has a tendency to spend too much time on artwork, and knowing that we were a few days into Fall, I decided to combine the modes of Yoga with some gardening and a shopping trip to find Fall flowers for the yard. If the Yoga had included a digitizer it may have made the job even easier — perhaps in a future version. I scanned a landscaping plan for my garden and combined that with my shopping list before making the trip to one of the best garden centers in the state.

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Off we went to the garden center and greenhouse.

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It was really convenient to have Yoga’s screen along to view both the list and plans at the same time — something that would have more difficult on my phone’s small screen.

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After making my selections, Yoga and I returned home to work on some work in the garden and some fresh potting projects.
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Shopping with the conveniences of Yoga 900 and Windows 10 was great fun. I am looking forward to finding more projects for the modes of Yoga.

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