Lenovo's latest Yoga 9i is everything a flagship laptop should be: powerful, sleek, and portable, with an excellent 2.8K OLED display. The latest iteration of the 9i even includes Bowers & Wilkins speakers in the rotating soundbar hinge for some truly impressive sound (for a laptop).
The 9i uses Intel's 13th-generation processors with integrated graphics. That will be the only real rub for some: the lack of a dedicated graphics card. Otherwise this laptop is a tech-savvy traveler's dream.
The Yoga 9i has enough business vibes to it that no one is going to look at you funny when you lay it on the conference room table, but it's also very much not a brick-like Thinkpad. The 2023 Yoga 9i is a stylish, powerful 2-in-1 convertible with a unique, impressive soundbar. It's now on its eighth revision, and at this point Lenovo pretty much has things down. This release is largely a spec bump.
You’ll find the same rounded edges and overall elegant design as the last release, which is one of my favorite aspects. I wish more laptops embraced rounded edges. Why make sharp edges right where your wrists are going to rest for hours at time? Typing on the 9i was noticeably more comfortable on my wrists than my Lenovo T14, which has sharper edges.
There are two colors available, a light Oatmeal and a darker Gray model. All models use a 13th-generation Intel i7 chip (1360P) and come with 16 GB of RAM (soldered, not upgradeable). Prices start at $1,700 for the 2.8K model with 512-GB SSD, which I tested, and go up for the 4K OLED screen version with a 1-TB SSD. The price puts them in the luxury laptop range, and the design and overall 2-in-1 styling reflects that as well.
Probably the most impressive aspect of the 9i is the sound. Lenovo has tucked two Bowers & Wilkins 2W tweeters into the hinge and added two 3W woofers on the bottom. The result is the best sound I've ever heard come out of a laptop. Admittedly, laptops make a low bar when it comes to sound, but this thing sounds good. Like actually good. It's even better in "tent" mode, which is what you'd want for watching movies.
The 14-inch display is equally impressive. I was quite sure Lenovo had sent the 4K version until I checked the specs and realized I'd been using the 2.8K version for two weeks thinking it was a 4K. That actually made me think I'd probably skip the 4K version and get the improved battery life of a slightly less hi-res screen. The 2.8K screen also has a 90-Hz refresh rate to the 4K's 60 Hz, which makes the lower density screen slightly smoother and better for gaming (though you won't do much gaming with the integrated graphics).