The new best consumer laptopMay 14, 2022
I review a lot of laptops, and if you’ve heard of it, it’s probably crossed my desk. So when I say that the Lenovo Yoga 9i is now the best laptop on the market, I’m saying that from a place where I’ve actually tested the rest. The only caveat is that Dell hasn’t announced this year’s XPS 13 and HP hasn’t announced this year’s Spectre x360, but Lenovo has just gone so far beyond what it’s offered in previous generations. It’s phenomenal. The bottom line is that if you’re going premium, this is the laptop you should buy.
A big part of it is the design. The Lenovo Yoga 9i (2022) actually feels sexy, something I really haven’t said about it in the past. It maintains the rotating soundbar, which has even better audio quality than its previously best-in-class predecessor. And the screen is OLED, with options for 2.8K 90Hz or 4K 60Hz.
On the inside, it comes with Intel’s new 12th-gen processors, so you get a nice boost in CPU performance. All-in-all, this is a super easy laptop to recommend.
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Lenovo Yoga 9i (2022) price and availability
- Lenovo is currently selling only one model, and it starts at $1,079
- There are other models coming to Best Buy and Amazon
Lenovo’s latest Yoga 9i laptops were first announced at CES this year, and that was back in January. While it was months before they started shipping, it’s worth noting that Intel hadn’t even details the processors that were going to be inside of these things just yet. Now, I’d call it a slow rollout.
Lenovo.com only has one model, and it costs $1,079. It comes with a Core i7-1260P, 8GB RAM, a 256GB SSD, and an FHD+ display. There are other configurations coming, of course. The ones sent to reviewers had either 2.8K or 4K OLED screens, 16GB RAM, and either 512GB or 1TB of storage. I asked Lenovo where I could buy one, and the answer was that these configurations are from Best Buy SKUs; the listings just aren’t live yet.
Colors include Storm Grey, which is a sort of gunmetal gray, and Oatmeal, which is another word for champagne or pale gold, obviously.
Lenovo Yoga 9i (2022): Specs
|CPU||12th Generation Intel® Core™ i7-1260P (2.1 GHz / 12 Cores / 18M Cache)|
|Graphics||Intel Iris Xe Graphics|
|Memory||16GB Dual Channel LPDDR5-5200 (soldered)|
|Display||14”, 2.8K OLED (2880 x 1800) IPS, 400 nits, 100% DCI-P3, 90 Hz, 16:10 (WQHD+), Touchscreen
14”, 4K OLED (3840 x 2400) IPS, 400 nits, 100% DCI-P3, 60 Hz, 16:10 (WQUXGA), Touchscreen
|Memory||512GB, 1TB (One M.2 2280 PCIe Gen 4×4 slot, supports M.2 2242/2280 SSD)|
|Connectivity||Intel Wi-Fi AX211 + Bluetooth 5.2|
|Ports||1x USB 3.2 Gen 2
1x USB-C 3.2 Gen 2 (support data transfer, Power Delivery 3.0 and DisplayPort 1.4)
2x Thunderbolt 4 / USB4 40Gbps (support data transfer,…