Over the years, laptops have gone through tremendous development cycles and each has overcome specific problems. First it was the size and weight. Then the sustained processing power, display quality, battery life, etc. What a journey it has been, and with the new Lenovo YogaBook 9iwe are at the next challenge: Increasing the total display area.
Modern laptops have in many ways outgrown their allotted screen real estate. Many people, including us at Ubergizmo, use laptops as their primary computers. At least there’s a whole group of power users who use them as such on business trips. Until now, mobile displays like the ThinkVision 14M have been one of the best options you have.
We’ve all been frustrated with the cramped spaces we have, and even a 16 or 17 inch display doesn’t cut it. Additionally, the horizontal aspect ratio of most laptops isn’t conducive to the best productivity, which is often the case requires more vertical screen real estate.
The new The Lenovo YogaBook 9i is designed to significantly reduce this pain point B. by integrating two scoreboards. the two 13.3-inch 2.8K OLED displays Seriously free up Windows desktop space and expand the vertical space available to your documents or code, increasing your productivity.
Although you may have seen concept laptops like this before, Lenovo has it the first company to offer a commercial product.
I like both the 2.8K resolution and the choice of OLED technology. These ensure excellent visual comfort and image quality for productive work. You can use the laptop as a dual monitor with two panels side by side or one above the other. Lenovo includes a foldable stand that takes up minimal space.
You can switch between these two positions depending on the location of your webcam. The webcam has FHD resolution and an IR sensor for secure login via facial recognition. There’s a privacy shutter when you’re not using it.
From a technical point of view, the 60Hz OLED displays have a 400 NITs brightness, which is more than your average thinner and lighter. you cover 100% of DCI-P3 color gamut, which will please photographers and designers. Finally there is one DolbyVision certification.
Alternatively, you can use the laptop in clamshell mode with virtual keyboard. Can PC users switch from physical to virtual keyboards like we did with phones? It partly depends on the quality of the keyboard app, but at least it should work like it does on big tablets.
In clamshell mode, the included ePen is remarkably comfortable, and that’s a potentially impressive way to sketch on one screen while having tools etc on the other. We’ll have to try long-term, but this seems extremely promising for creative users.
Lenovo has integrated pen gestures. Moving towards the center from the bottom left corner will capture a screenshot that you can immediately annotate on. That sure beats the standard Windows screenshots or apps like Greenshot.
When When closed, the YogaBook 9i looks like a regular laptop and occupies a standard footprint (minus the supplied keyboard). Lenovo even included its 2x 2W + 2x 1W Bowers & Wilkins soundbar, one of the best speaker designs in the industry.
The dual-screen setup should work like a normal two-monitor system from a Windows perspective. However, Lenovo has followed suit additional software to make it even more convenient. When you touch a screen with five fingers, the current window expands to both screens and takes up all available space.
A touch with eight fingers makes the virtual keyboard appear. You can display Windows widgets above the virtual keyboard to display information that is important to you. Like Lenovo’s ThinkPad X1 Fold, you can place your physical keyboard on the bottom touchscreen and still see the widgets.
The laptop is powered by an Intel Core i7 U-series CPU (U stands for Ultra Low Power) paired with 16GB of RAM. Buyers can choose 512GB or 1T SSD (PCIe Gen4). Lenovo has included a great one 80Wh battery to support the large display area, and we can say that the overall performance of the system was balanced to ensure a relatively normal battery life.
Still, using two screens will affect battery life, and Lenovo says you should expect around 7 hours with two screens, and around 14 hours with a single screen. The U-series processors are optimized for performance more than pure performance, so we’re keeping an eye on the benchmark numbers.
Three USB-C ports support Thunderbolt 4, giving you access to a wide range of ultra-fast docking and storage options. I tend to use a TB4 travel dock with a multi-card reader, USB-A ports, ethernet, etc.
The YogaBook 9i is an intriguing laptop development and one of the best things we saw at CES 2023. We’ll have to wait for it to become available, probably late October or November 2023.
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