Laptops

Lenovo Yoga 9i, Yoga Slim 9i: As premium as it gets

For the elevated notebook experience

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There are notebooks that are just enough to get you by your daily work and play life. These will serve you well for a good number of years. The Lenovo Yoga 9i and Yoga Slim 9i are NOT one of those notebooks. Why? Because they will more than get you by. These are the notebooks that you show off and that show you off.

You see, they represent the best of what the Lenovo Yoga line has to offer. That’s why Lenovo is launching them in time for the holidays. When you finally decide to upgrade from the laptop you’ve been using for years that’s been begging to be replaced, Lenovo wants to make sure you’re looking at these.

Lenovo Yoga 9i 

The Yoga 9i comes in both 14-inch and 15-inch variants. Whichever you choose, you’re getting some of the best internals available. Both offer the super-fast responsiveness of next-gen Intel Core processors (coming soon) combined with graphics based on the Intel Xe architecture.

The larger 15-inch option comes with the performance of up to 10th Gen Intel Core i9 HK-Series mobile processor and enhanced by the NVIDIA GTX 1650 Ti with Max-Q Design.

The 15-inch Yoga 9i comes with up to 16GB DDR4 memory and up to 2TB PCIe SSD storage. You’re also getting discrete graphics and two Thunderbolt 3 ports for power, speedy data transfers and external display support.

Both come with Windows Ink and a garaged active pen that fits comfortably in your hand and quickly recharges inside the PC when not in use. If you’re a scribbler who prefers a real pen in your hand, the new elastomer nib on the Yoga 9i’s digital pen replicates a nicer, smoother tactile feel when writing.

But since this is the Yoga line we’re talking about, it’s not all about the interior. They took special care to make sure it looks premium too.

The Yoga 9i will be available in a “responsibly sourced” authentic black leather cover bonded with an aerospace-grade, aluminum chassis for more durability.

Lenovo says the leather went to a 20-step bonding process to ensure that it’s made with an incredible eye for details and craftsmanship. This just means that the leather is tough and will age beautifully as premium leather items are known to do.

The Yoga 9i convertible is also offered in all-metal and multiple colors, including warm Mica on the 14-inch and Slate Grey on the 15-inch model.

Lenovo Yoga Slim 9i

If you wanna go a little extra slim there’s the 14-inch Yoga Slim 9i. It’s one of the thinnest and lightest laptops at just 13.9mm (0.54 inches) and weighing only 1.26kg (2.77 lbs).

It offers up to 4K touchscreen IPS VESA DisplayHDR 400 (3840 x 2160) with up to 90 percent DCI-P3 color spectrum and 500 nits of brightness that’s optimized by Dolby Vision.

That display is complemented by the Dolby Atmos Speaker System which is delivered through dual front-facing speakers on the Yoga Slim 9i laptop.

Featured for the first time on the Yoga Slim 9i is a new privacy advancement aimed at maintaining a slimmer top bezel while still shutting out unwanted onlookers.

Simply flick an electrical shutter switch on the side to cut power to the Yoga Slim 9i’s built-in infrared (IR) camera for peace of mind.

More smart features

Taking the pandemic and handwashing measures into account, these new Lenovo Yogas have a more accurate login of the new Ultrasonic Fingerprint Reader8 that’s liquid resistant and works even with damp or freshly sanitized fingers.

The improved Yoga laptop keyboards now come with soft-landing dome-design keypads to enable a smooth, comfortable and responsive typing experience that feels bouncier.

The Yoga Slim 9i also comes with a Smart Sense Keyboard that auto-adjusts your keyboard’s white backlighting based on ambient light conditions.

Battery life 

Despite being light and thin, don’t think for a second that Lenovo didn’t think about extended working periods on these devices.

The Lenovo Yoga 9i and Yoga Slim 9i are power efficient.

The dual charging built into the Yoga Slim 9i along with an increased battery capacity — from 52WHr to 63.5WHr — contributes to a battery life of up to 20 hours.

The 14-inch Yoga 9i is expected to last up to 18 hours while the 15-inch Yoga 9i convertible can get up to 13 total hours of battery life.

Pricing and availability

  • Yoga 9i (14-inch) will start at $1399 (metal), $1699 (leather) expected to be available October 2020.
  • Yoga 9i (15-inch) will start at $1799 expected to be available October 2020.
  • Yoga 9i Slim (IdeaPad 9i Slim in NA) will start at $1599, expected to be available November 2020

 

Gaming

Honor launches Hunter V700 gaming laptop with a kickass design

Honor’s first gaming laptop

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Honor’s first gaming laptop has arrived and the brand is confident it can make a mark in the market. Starting with the Hunter V700, the brand says it packs best-in-class performance, excellent heat dissipation, as well as portability.

To start off, the laptop has a very aggressive design that focuses on RGB lighting, ergonomics, and sustained performance. Honor has managed to fill a high-end configuration despite the thin chassis.

It has a 16.1-inch display with a 144Hz refresh rate that’s accompanied by 4.7mm thick bezels, 100% sRGB color, and a maximum brightness of 300 nits. Unlike Apple’s laptops, Honor has managed to pack a USB-A port, HDMI, and an RG45 ethernet jack.

Honor has also included a new hinge that it likes to call Wind Valley design. According to the brand, the design facilitates up to 40 percent more volume of air for cooling.

“Traditional gaming notebooks tend to be thick and heavy to meet the high-performance and heat dissipation requirements expected in this category. Honor believes the pursuit of performance can co-exist with a lightweight and portable design,” Honor said in a statement.

The Honor Hunter V700 starts at CNY 7,499 (US$ 1,105) for the Core i5-10300H,  GeForce GTX 1660 Ti, 16 GB of RAM, and 512 GB of storage.

It’s followed by a Core i7-10750H with an RTX 2060, along with the same volume of RAM and storage, costing CNY 8,499 (US$ 1,250).

Lastly, you can get a Core i7-10750H, RTX 2060, 16 GB of RAM, and a 1TB SSD storage for CNY 9,999 (US$ 1,475). The sale is currently limited to China via VMall.

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ASUS ROG, ACRONYM partner for Special Edition Zephyrus G14

Bringing together impressive power and top-tier design into one device

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ASUS ROG ACRONYM

ASUS ROG pits its ROG Zephyrus G14 as its most all-around gaming laptop. It comes with powerful hardware in a sleek design, along with features fit for a personalized experience. In essence, it’s the ultimate laptop for gamers and content creators, alike. And apparently, ASUS isn’t the only one who sees it that way.

Errolson Hugh, co-founder of leading technical appparel company ACRONYM has his vision of an empowered user. He believes that more empowered users aren’t strictly just gamers, but is also a thinker and a creator. Since 1994, the company built an extensive portfolio of apaprel sourced from top notch materials.

These initiatives make ACRONYM an ideal partner for ASUS ROG, and it’s seen in their Special Edition Zephyrus G14. In terms of hardware, the Special Edition ROG Zephyrus G14 still carries the latest AMD Ryzen 9 CPU and NVIDIA RTX 2060 GPU. Now, ACRONYM infuses its own design philosophy and brings distinct visual features to the device.

Pricing and availability for the Special Edition ASUS ROG Zephyrus G14 have yet to be announced.

SEE ALSO: ASUS ROG Zephyrus G14 review

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Accessories

Huawei MateBook X (2020) + FreeBuds Pro + Watch GT 2 Pro Hands-On

Huawei ecosystem done right

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It seems like the pandemic isn’t stopping companies from announcing their newest tech. Today, Huawei announced not just new software features, but also their latest hardware in the annual Huawei Developers’ Conference (HDC).

Whether it’s the newly-updated MateBook X, Pro-rated iterations such as the FreeBuds Pro and the Watch GT 2 Pro.

Head over to our latest hands-on video as we talk about these devices and how Huawei’s seamless ecosystem can make your life meaningful.

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