Lenovo announces new Yoga Slim 9i, one of the most beautiful notebooks I’ve ever seen

I really like Lenovo notebooks , but the look of the brand’s models never caught my attention. But that was until (1), when the company announced the new Yoga family laptops. The highlight goes to the Yoga Slim 9i , which has an aluminum body coated with 3D glass and, in the hardware , it has the new Intel Arc graphics chip.

For some reason that I don’t understand, my mother always emphasized that the important thing is to be beautiful on the inside. But the Yoga Slim 9i surprised me by having a sleek external design, a feature not very common among Lenovo laptops .

It starts with a thickness of just 14.9 mm. Then comes the body, made predominantly of aluminum and coated with 3D glass. This combination is more interesting because of the color, something between white and “light gold”.

The edges also stand out. They exchange the matte finish for a metallic sheen, have a curved surface and rounded corners. What counts are the “live” impressions, but in the photos, these details seemed to me to Lenovo fixed pretty much every issue I had with last year’s Yoga 9i, and I’m very happy with the result. The device is also, however, currently much harder to get one’s hands on than it was last year. This is a good laptop that keeps getting better, and I wish it weren’t so difficult to buy right now.be very tasteful.

Starting with the screen, which is a major part of this laptop’s appeal: It’s an OLED panel with 2880 x 1800 resolution (non-OLED 1920 x 1200 is also available, as is 4K OLED) and stylus support (but no built-in storage garage, disappointingly). The panel is glossy and kicks back remarkably little glare in bright settings, but I wasn’t the biggest fan of the texture. It picked up an unusually high concentration of smudges that were hard to remove during my week or so of use and wasn’t a particularly smooth glide when used as a touchscreen. That said, it does make for a great picture, with excellent contrast and colors that popped.

The other big change is that the keyboard is now edge-to-edge with a row of function keys on the right side (similar to what HP has been doing on various models for a while). You can use them to change power profiles and audio profiles, blur the background on video calls, and toggle dark mode. These are handy, but I wish they were customizable — there’s no way to change them as far as I’ve been able to find, and I’m sure there are plenty of folks who could find better use for a dedicated hotkey than a dark mode toggle. The other thing to know about the keyboard is that the up and down arrows are half-sized, while the left and right are full-size. That doesn’t impact me too much, but I know it will make some of you unhappy.

I do like the keyboard a lot when it comes to, you know, typing. In particular, it’s very quiet. This has gotten more important to me as I’ve been bringing laptops out and about more often — your typing shouldn’t be a distraction to people around you. Lenovo has also increased the size of the touchpad to 3.15 x 5.31 inches. I didn’t have any particular problem with the old touchpad’s size, but, sure, I’ll take a bigger touchpad (and there weren’t any palm rejection issues).

The third major thing that’s new is the look. The new Yoga 9i is very, very round. The corners are round, and the edges are round. Everything’s round. This wasn’t something I really noticed in the pictures when this device was announced, but it makes a huge difference up close. I didn’t realize how much sharp laptop edges can dig into your wrists until I used the Yoga 9i. This device is significantly much more pleasant to carry and use than the sea of sharp-edged laptops out there (especially stuff with very pronounced edges like the Spectre line), and now I don’t want to go back. It actually seems like such a no-brainer design choice that I really hope more laptop makers will follow suit here.

The friendlier look hasn’t changed the build quality. The whole thing is aluminum, and it’s impressively sturdy. There’s no flex in the screen or keyboard. The hinge is sturdy and easy to open and close, with no screen wobble that I observed. The finish is good, retaining no scratches, no fingerprints, and no dents after a fairly rough week of testing that included a flight and multiple train journeys. The device’s reasonable (though far from category-topping) weight of 3.09 pounds makes it a convenient travel companion as well.

And the conference call experience has gotten tweaks. The webcam has been upgraded to 1080p, and it’s significantly better than the camera on last year’s 9i was, delivering a clear and accurate picture. It has a physical shutter and supports Windows Hello facial recognition. Lenovo’s Smart Assist software (which is activated and deactivated in the Vantage control center) can also utilize it to turn the device off automatically when you step away.

The rotating soundbar in the hinge, long a staple of the Yoga 9i line, also now contains Bowers & Wilkins speakers. It continues to produce some of the best audio in the Windows laptop space. It’s so loud that I couldn’t listen to things over 80 percent without feeling bombarded.

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