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Lenovo Yoga 910 review: Best Yoga yet?

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Two years ago, I was one of the few people fortunate enough to have an early sample of Lenovo’s Yoga 900 convertible. Needless to say, it drew a lot of attention both here and abroad for its sharp looks. Does the Yoga 910 attract as much praise? See for yourself.

Here’s how it looks in laptop mode

For when you just want to type

This is tent mode

For watching Netflix and chilling

And I’m not sure what this is called

You can also bend it further back for a full tablet mode

Bending is made possibly by the watchband hinge

Looks and feels great!

The trackpad is spacious enough and accurate

I didn’t have any trouble with gestures here

And the keyboard has nice travel

Coming from a mechanical keyboard enthusiast, I enjoyed using these keys

You can log in using its fingerprint scanner

It hasn’t failed me so far

These are the ports and buttons on the right

Power button, 3.5mm audio port, and full-sized USB port

While these are on the left

Two USB-C ports, one of which is for charging

A pair of speakers are found underneath

They get surprisingly loud with no distortion!

But how does it perform?

What’s a pretty convertible without performance to back it up? The unit we have here is equipped with Intel’s seventh-generation Core i7 processor, and it’s a real-deal CPU — not just one of those less-capable Core M processors found in most convertibles. There’s also 8GB of memory and 256GB of SSD storage inside.

Put all those together and you get a fast machine. It can cut through the increasingly bloated Chrome browser while handling several image files on Photoshop in the background. Startup is blitzy, too. But without a discrete graphics card, I don’t recommend using the Yoga 910 for high-resolution video editing.

How long does its battery last?

Not that long, unfortunately. A hundred percent charge provides me with enough juice to last a little over four hours of mixed use at a time. It also takes about as long to charge the Yoga 910 from zero, which isn’t great if you’re constantly on the go. The Ultra HD (3840 x 2160 pixels) resolution of our review unit is part to blame, so I’d expect the Full HD (1920 x 1080) version to do a little better.

Are there any deal-breakers?

There are three issues I have with the Yoga 910.

One: Its bundled bloatware is such a pain at times. It’s not as bad as what I had experienced on other Windows 10 laptops, but it’s annoying nonetheless. Lenovo has a history of pre-installing software that shouldn’t be there, and the trend continues.

Two: As pretty as the 13.9-inch edge-to-edge display is to look at, the awkwardly placed webcam below as a result isn’t. It’s a clear tradeoff we’ve been seeing since the Dell XPS 13 came out, and it’s not getting any better. The only remedy is to bend the Yoga 910 into tent mode, but then you’d lose the keyboard for chatting.

Three: This convertible gets really hot. I can’t leave this thing on my lap for more than 10 minutes without sweating excessively. The combination of the high-powered processor and full-aluminum chassis makes the Yoga 910 a perfect heater for cold climates — but not for the tropical weather I’m living in right now.

Is this your GadgetMatch?

As long as you know how to uninstall bloatware, don’t care much about video chat, and have a comfortable desk to rest it on, the Yoga 910 is a solid convertible for getting work done quickly.

It’s just a little pricey. The starting SRP is $1,200 which could be more after taxes, depending on where you live. Lenovo must have anticipated consumer reaction, and is also offering a more affordable, less exciting option.

The Yoga 900S takes advantage of the cooler Core M processor we mentioned earlier, and retails for up to $200 less. You just have to give up the Yoga 910’s addictive power and three-sided narrow bezels, but everything else is still there, including the bendy body and lovely port selection.

SEE ALSO: Lenovo Yoga Book hands-on review

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Montecrypto: Be the first to beat it and earn a Bitcoin!

A race to beat it first for around US$ 11,500!

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Montecrypto: The Bitcoin Enigma is a puzzle game on Steam that has blatantly promised to give the first person to beat the game a bitcoin. It’s as seemingly simple as it is. Players have to solve a grueling 24 different puzzles and the first player to finish all of the puzzles will receive one Bitcoin. Don’t think it’s worth a try? One Bitcoin is currently worth about US$ 11,537.30.

In the game, you can either work alone or together to leave hints or slow others down by lying to them. The developers, Gem Rose Accent, wrote:

MontecryptoThe Bitcoin Enigma is an experiment in player choice and cooperation like no other, with a prize that translates not only to bragging rights but to real world recognition. How much will players be willing to share, how much will they be able to compromise, and who will claim access to the final vault of Montecrypto?

The developers, Gem Rose Accent, will launch Montecrypto: The Bitcoin Enigma for US$ 2 on Steam on February 20!

SEE ALSO: This Filipino nearly doubled his profits from Bitcoin trading

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Acer Spin 5 hands-on: What goes around, comes around

Yes, it spins!

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These days, we use technology in a number of different ways for our many different needs. It would only make sense that we’d need a machine that will cater to all our modern-day whims.

Acer’s Spin 5 may just be that machine.

Aside from the sleek metal body, powerful speakers, and touchscreen LCD, my favorite feature remain to be this special feature.

The Acer Spin 5 may look like your typical laptop

It’s equipped the latest Intel Core i5-8520U processor and an Intel Graphics 620 card. It runs on Windows 10 and has8GB of memory, and 256GB SSD.

But it’s called “Spin” for a reason

Yep, you can flip it…

… and reverse it.

Its 13.3-inch 1080p LCD is perfect for showing off things to a friend or presentations at work. There are two USB 3.0 ports, a USB-C, an HDMI port, an SD card reader, and even an audio port.

You can use it as a tablet

Great for binge-watching your shows — or your favorite tech channel. 😉 The speakers on this thing are always perfectly positioned, no matter what angle it’s in.are

… and even draw on it with the Acer pen!

It works seamlessly with this device! The Acer Active stylus has sensors which means you can draw with different stroke thickness, depending on how much pressure you apply. There’s also a “palm rejection” feature which assures undisturbed scribbling when the pen is on.

Best of all, you can share the whole experience with friends

The more the merrier!

Acer’s Spin 5 is one versatile device. Designed for your everyday hustle, this 360-degree notebook will adapt to your every need.

Yep, a definite all-around machine.

 
SEE ALSO: Acer Spin 5 Review: Long-lasting and full-powered


This feature was produced in collaboration between GadgetMatch and Acer.

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Steam Lunar New Year Sale is live!

Hold on to your wallets and pray it survives

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It’s time to roll up our sleeves, hold on to our bleeding and weeping wallets, and pray for the almighty Gaben because the Steam’s Lunar New Year Sale has officially begun.

The sale will run until February 19. Some of the discounted titles include:

Cuphead

US$ $16.99 19.99

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NBA 2K18

US$ 38.99 59.99

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Pyre

US$ 9.99 19.99

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Nioh: Complete Edition

US$ 34.99 49.99

BUY HERE

Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Siege – Complete Edition

US$ 90.99 129.99

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Sniper Elite 4

US$ 20.39 59.99

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The Evil Within 2

US$ 29.99 59.99

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The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt Game of the Year Edition

US$ 19.99 49.99

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Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus

US$ 29.99 59.99

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Tekken 7

US$ 24.99 49.99

BUY HERE

Steam also rolled out improvements to Steam Wishlists. The update includes more ways to filter and categorize your options, as well as customizing relevant information. Viewing Early Access and review scores have also been tweaked to notify you as soon as changes have been made. The patch was released just today here.

SEE ALSO: Top 9 Steam Holiday Sale Deals

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