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Lenovo Yoga 9i review: Multimedia at its finest

The work-life balance you’ve been asking for this whole time

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What exactly are you looking for when it comes to a great laptop these days, and what will you use it for? For most people, these practically give you the same experience regardless of what it brings on paper.

Nowadays, it isn’t just a device for productivity during work hours; it’s also a full-fledged multimedia machine for after-work activities.

One such device that supposedly fits this description is the Lenovo Yoga 9i. As the recent addition to the Yoga series, the expectation is that it will deliver the same quality of performance and portability for any type of function.

Whether you’ll still be working from home or you’re making a trip to the office, the Yoga 9i should be a handy-dandy device to own.

But is it something worth investing your hard-earned savings in for the long run? For starters, here’s what you’re getting out of the Lenovo Yoga 9i:

All the balance you could ask for

Let’s get right down to it: the Lenovo Yoga 9i is a multimedia 2-in-1 machine at its core. Whether you’re looking for a work machine or a great laptop for entertainment, the Yoga 9i offers both of these functions and a lot more. Of course, it does this mostly because of the hardware this device rocks with right out of the box.

Inside the Yoga 9i is a 12th generation, Intel Core i7 processor with 16GB of RAM which handles most work tasks well. Also, you get 1TB worth of SSD storage which ideally provides faster load times.

Throughout its two-week usage, applications loaded up rather quickly, which is expected for a device like this. Although it only comes with built-in Intel Xeon graphics, so hardcore gaming isn’t recommended.

When you’re not in the mood to work all day, the Yoga 9i also provides a great viewing experience with its 14-inch 4K OLED touch display. As a 2-in-1 device, it’s also expected to have a touch display but this one truly shines with great color accuracy and usability outdoors.

Also, the Bowers & Wilkins soundbar speakers provide great audio quality while viewing videos in either Laptop, Tent, or Tablet modes.

The little things that make it great

The Yoga series always boasts a slimmer and lighter form factor compared to other Lenovo laptops. As far as the Yoga 9i is concerned, at around 1.4kg, it is one of the lightest 2-in-1 devices out there. Also, it sports a rather slim chassis which makes it a bit easier to bring around when you’re on the go.

Now, the Lenovo Yoga 9i comes in two colors, or designs: Shadow Black or Mica; the unit we received was the Shadow Black with a leather cover. If you’re someone who has sweaty or oily hands most of the time, this is definitely the color you’d go for.

What we’d caution against is the fact that only the lid is made up of leather as other parts of the device come in glass. While it does provide a premium look, it is an obvious fingerprint magnet.

Going back to that 4K OLED touch display, it feels responsive regardless of whatever mode you’re using it for. Partnered with the Lenovo Precision Pen included with the laptop, this is an ideal machine as well for both productivity and creativity. Also, the display also has that level of palm rejection when writing notes, which is a huge bonus when in Tablet mode.

A device that will keep you going and moving

In terms of battery life, the Lenovo Yoga 9i isn’t a slouch with moderate usage with an average of 10-11 hours. Compared to most ultrabooks, this is rather great considering that this comes with a 4K OLED panel that affects battery life significantly. If you’re only using this for work tasks at roughly 50 percent brightness, you can expect this to be a bit longer.

With a 65W USB-C charger, this laptop takes about 2 hours to a full charge with Rapid Charge enabled. It does get you back into your work while giving you a bit of a break too. Without Rapid Charge on, it does take about 3 hours. 

Work in progress

Much like every device in existence, this isn’t necessarily perfect when considering every other feature it comes with. For starters, the Lenovo Yoga 9i comes with a built-in HD webcam with its own privacy shutter. It was a good thing to add, but the quality of the webcam for photos and video calls leaves much to be desired.

Secondly, the trackpad on this laptop can be a bit too sensitive at times when you don’t need it to be. While it can track gestures properly and all, it’s on a glass surface that doesn’t really have good palm rejection on. Good thing that the display ended up being a touch display so there’s an alternative for scrolling and clicking.

Finally, the fingerprint sensor with Windows Hello support is a great addition to any device as an easier way to secure it. However, it is placed on the glass surface of the laptop, and for the Shadow Black color option, it’s barely visible in dark rooms. Honestly, it would have been better if it was somewhere on the keyboard just for better visibility.

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Starting at PhP 139,995, the Lenovo Yoga 9i feels right at home with the whole “work-life balance” aesthetic. From the hardware to the little things, this device provides the full experience suitable for work in the morning and leisure at night. Also, it is a laptop that just fits any type of user – well with the exception of hardcore gamers given the limitations.

There are some things that this device doesn’t truly excel at, but it covers for these with a bunch of other features at your disposal. Plus, with multiple modes to adjust this device on, it provides a level of flexibility that trumps even previous Yoga devices. With a long-lasting battery, the Lenovo Yoga 9i makes its case to be the ultimate multimedia device.

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ASUS 2.2 OLED Festival sale: Win a Vivobook 13 Slate

Enjoy 10% off on Vivobooks, Zenbooks

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ASUS is celebrating 2.2 early, offering customers the chance to win a Vivobook 13 Slate OLED through the OLED Festival Sale on Lazada and Shopee.

From January 28 to February 5, selected Vivobook and Zenbook devices get up to 10% off. During the promotional period, a purchase of any ASUS OLED laptop entitles customers to a raffle entry.

One (1) lucky winner will be announced on February 10 through ASUS Philippines’ official Facebook page.

Award-winning laptops get more affordable

Participating laptops in ASUS’ OLED Festival Sale include the following:

  • Zenbook 14 Flip
  • Zenbook 13
  • Zenbook 14
  • Vivobook S14X
  • Vivobook S 14 Flip
  • Vivobook 13 Slate 
  • Vivobook Pro 15 
  • Vivobook 15X

The powerful 12th Gen Intel Core and Intel Iris Xe-boosted Zenbook 14 Flip gets a reduced price of just PhP 83,695 from PhP 87,995.

This foldable features ASUS’ 360-degree ErgoLift Hinge technology, a 2.8K OLED HDR 90Hz NanoEdge touch screen display, 16GB of DDR5 memory, and 512GB of PCIe Gen 4 SSD storage.

Meanwhile, both the Vivobook S 14X and Vivobook S 14 Flip retail for PhP 71,295 and PhP 71,245, respectively.

Both laptops are powered by up to 12th Gen Intel Core i7 processors and have 2.8K OLED displays, long battery life, fast-charging technology, and impressive performance.

They come with Microsoft Office for Home & Student pre-installed, as well as a 1-month free Adobe Creative Cloud upon purchase.

Be sure on the lookout for these deals from ASUS, as well as free shipping vouchers of up to PhP 100.

SEE ALSO: ASUS Vivobook Slate 13 OLED: Stay on top of your game

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LG just launched a limited edition NewJeans laptop

It’s pretty… expensive

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NewJeans is continuously making waves both in and out of South Korea. From their ultra-catchy songs, dance moves that are trending in TikTok and Instagram Reels, to reaching top charts in UK and US’ Billboard, there’s no surprise that homegrown tech brand LG Electronics partnered with these power rookies.

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LG just released the gram Style NewJeans Limited Edition! While this is an unfortunate news for Hanni (who is actually an iPhone), it’s actually a big step towards knowing NewJeans past the K-Pop hype (and by that you should stream Hype Boy).

Mini and Big Bunnies

This special edition LG Gram Style is available in two styles: Mini Bunny and Big Bunny.

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There’s actually no stark difference between the two except for — you guessed it — the size of bunny decals on its lid. Either of the two, you will never get wrong choosing the bunny for your personal taste.

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Other than that, the highlight of this laptop comes from its weight. From the brand itself, it’s just 999 grams — actually 23 grams lighter than the 2022 model. It also has the US military-graded MIL-STD 810H standard that passed seven (7) durability tests.

Powerful punch

The LG gram Style NewJeans isn’t slouching in performance. Just like a hopping bunny, it’s quite a powerful device for its size and heft.

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Hardware specifications of these two Bunnies aren’t too far off — at least after making a side-by-side comparison of their spec sheets. Both styles come with an Intel Core i5-1340P under EVO Platform for lightweight ultrabooks plus Intel Iris Xe graphics. It’s then paired with 16GB of LPDDR5 RAM and 256GB of NVMe 4.0 SSD with an extra PCIe 4.0 slot for expandability.

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Just like NewJeans‘ visuals, you can’t also go wrong with the visuals of this device. It has a 14″ low-reflective OLED display with a 90Hz refresh rate, WQXGA+ resolution (2880 x 1800), a 16:10 aspect ratio for wider screen real estate, and an improved 400nits brightness over last year’s 350.

Moreover, it supports 100% DCI-P3 wide color gamut for color-accurate goodness as well as VESA Certified DisplayHDR TrueBlack 500 for deeper blacks and better contrast ratio. Its 2-watt stereo speakers with Dolby Atmos support make it a full-on entertainment device.

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One more highlight is its “Hidden Touchpad”. Instead of the usual rectangular trackpads, it’s highlighted by two halo lighting on its two sides dubbed as “Aurora White” paired with haptic feedback for that nice feeling when clicking.

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For ports, it has two (2) USB-C plus one (1) USB-A ports, microSD card slot, and a 3.5mm audio jack for headphones, earphones, amplifiers, and other audio peripherals.

Goodies for Bunnies

If you have actually reached this part, you’d know that you are not here for its powerful hardware, rather for the NewJeans styled-laptop. Aside from having that special laptop, there are more goodies that come with this device.

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Being one of the few Bunnies out there since NewJeans’ Attention, I was actually more excited when I saw the list. There’s a notebook pouch, cable strap, posters, sticker and stationery set.

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There’s even a free NewJeans-style mouse with this cute vinyl-like mousepad. These are truly treats for Bunnies! The laptops even come with preloaded wallpapers and four icons in it.

Pricing and Availability

While the LG gram Style is light, the pricing isn’t. It’s a pretty laptop with a pretty expensive price. It retails for around KR₩ 2,700,000 — which is about US$ 2190 / SG$ 2675 / ₱119,513.

There’s no word on global availability but LG will hold a live event in Korea with NewJeans on February 1, 2023 (Wednesday) around 8PM KST (Korean Standard Time).

If you will participate during the live, a comment could help a participant win a specially-signed autograph from NewJeans or three winners of the Limited Edition Goods.

If you plan on buying the NewJeans’ limited edition laptop, there are more benefits other than having the Limited Edition Goods set such as 12 winners of NewJeans autographs.

But if you’re just opting to buy the regular LG gram Style without the NewJeans skin, it will still give you other perks such as a free LG gram mouse, Wiggle Wiggle goods package consisting of a notebook pouch, mousepad, and a cable strap, as well as a free 512GB microSD card.

More advanced purchase benefits are Intel software package, 2023 gram gift pack, and 5,000g Jammy points coupon.

Other common benefits include MelOn one-month free subscription, 10,000 membership points after writing a photo review after purchase, and 20 winners of two Helinox chairs and table set.

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Samsung to launch improved touchscreen notebooks soon

In time for Galaxy Unpacked

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Touchscreen notebooks are making a new push to the spotlight. While the general technology has been out for a while, new developments are starting to introduce better screens with faster response times. Samsung, according to a new report, is already ready to launch an improved version of its own touchscreen notebook as early as next month.

As first reported by ZDNet, Samsung Display has started to mass produce OLED screens which integrate touchscreen functionality directly on the panel. The technology, called OCTA or on-cell touch AMOLED, will launch first on upcoming Galaxy Books this year.

Though essentially unconfirmed for now, the new touchscreen lineup might launch in time for the Galaxy Unpacked event early next month. If so, Samsung will have a huge leg up against Apple, who is also working on its own touchscreen laptop.

Apple, contrary to Steve Jobs’ initial reaction against the technology, is building a touchscreen OLED MacBook for a hopeful launch by 2025. Because the upcoming MacBook allegedly uses OLED panels, the device will be thinner and lighter than current MacBooks in the lineup.

Much like the chatter around Apple, Samsung Display’s new OLED panels will also be thinner and lighter — a big step, considering last year’s notebooks were also touted as thinner and lighter then ever before. Unfortunately, the report does not indicate how large the new screens will be. If anything, the Galaxy Book lineup currently offers devices in 13- and 15-inch models.

SEE ALSO: Samsung Galaxy S23 Preview

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