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Lenovo Yoga 9i 14 (2021) Laptop Review

Tested using Methodology v0.8
Reviewed Mar 29, 2022 at 10:25 am
Lenovo Yoga 9i 14 (2021) Picture
7.7
School
5.7
Gaming
7.9
Multimedia
6.7
Workstation
7.6
Business
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Size
14"
Operating System
Windows 11
CPU
Intel Core i7-1195G7
GPU
Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7
RAM
8 GB
Storage
512 GB

The Lenovo Yoga 9i 14 (2021) is a Windows 2-in-1 convertible laptop with a 360-degree hinge. It's very similar to its sibling, the Lenovo Yoga 7i 14 (2021). However, it has a few improvements to provide a better overall user experience, and it includes a stylus that you can dock into the laptop to charge. It has a compact and lightweight design that makes it very portable, and it feels well-built and sturdy. Its battery lasts about 9 hours of light productivity, which is enough to get through a typical work or school day, but you may have to plug it in for a quick charge if you run more intensive applications. The display is sharp, the keyboard is comfortable to type on for extended periods, and the touchpad tracks well. However, the webcam's video quality is mediocre as the image looks soft and underexposed, and voices sound clear but hollow over the microphone. Its Intel Core i7-1195G7 is a fairly capable CPU that can handle light tasks like web browsing, text formatting, and spreadsheets, but it isn't ideal for heavy, sustained workloads as it throttles significantly. It also isn't suitable for graphically intensive tasks like video editing or gaming as its integrated Iris Xe GPU isn't powerful enough.

Our Lenovo Yoga 9i has an Intel Core i7-1195G7 CPU, integrated Intel Iris Xe Graphics, 8 GB of memory, and 512GB of storage. You can also configure the laptop with an Intel Core i5-1135G7, an i5-1155G7, and an i7-1185G7 CPU. The i5-1155G7 is faster than the i5-1135G7, but the performance difference is minimal and isn't noticeable in light productivity workloads. The same applies to the two Core i7s, with the i7-1195G7 being only marginally faster. As for choosing between an i5 or i7, while the i7s are faster, the i5s likely throttle less under load. There are two color schemes: Mica and Shadow Black. However, the Shadow Black model is slightly different in design and features as it has a leather-clad lid, a haptic touchpad, and an ultrasonic fingerprint sensor.

Our Verdict

7.7 School

The Lenovo Yoga 9i is good for school use. It has an aluminum chassis that feels well-built, and it's very portable as it's thin and light. The display is sharp and provides enough space for multitasking, and the keyboard feels comfortable to type on for extended periods. Although its 9-hour battery life is enough to get you through a typical school day of light productivity, you may have to plug it in for a quick charge if you run more demanding applications. Its Intel 11th Gen CPU and integrated GPU can handle light workloads like text formatting and web browsing; however, they aren't ideal for intensive tasks like graphic design or 3D animation.

Pros
  • Thin and light design makes it very portable.
  • Battery lasts 9 hours of light productivity.
  • Keyboard feels comfortable to type on for extended periods.
  • Can use in tent or tablet mode.
  • Pen included for taking notes.
Cons
  • Low-power CPU and integrated GPU can't handle demanding workloads.
  • CPU and GPU throttle under load.
  • Screen doesn't handle bright reflections well.
5.7 Gaming

The Lenovo Yoga 9i is inadequate for gaming. Although its Intel 11th Gen CPU is fairly capable, its integrated GPU isn't powerful enough to provide smooth gameplay in graphically demanding AAA games. You can play some lighter or older titles, but you'll have to play at the lowest settings or 720p to get reasonable frame rates. Also, it has a 60Hz display with a slow response and no VRR support to reduce screen tearing.

Pros
  • Keyboard feels comfortable to type on for extended periods.
  • Quiet fans under load.
Cons
  • Low-power CPU and integrated GPU can't handle demanding workloads.
  • CPU and GPU throttle under load.
  • 60Hz display with slow response time and no VRR.
7.9 Multimedia

The Lenovo Yoga 9i is good for media consumption. It's compact and easy to carry around, and as it's a 2-in-1 convertible with a 360-degree hinge, you can put it in tent mode when viewing content or use it as a tablet. The battery lasts nearly 6 hours of video playback, giving you enough time to get through a couple of full-length movies. It has outstanding speakers that sound clear and well-balanced, and they get very loud. The screen is sharp and colorful; however, its glossy finish doesn't handle bright reflections well, and while its contrast is great for an IPS panel, blacks still look gray in dim settings.

Pros
  • Thin and light design makes it very portable.
  • Can use in tent or tablet mode.
  • Loud and well-balanced speakers.
  • Sharp and colorful screen.
Cons
  • Blacks look gray in dim settings.
  • Screen doesn't handle bright reflections well.
6.7 Workstation

The Lenovo Yoga 9i is okay as a workstation. Its Intel 11th Gen CPU performs well, but it throttles significantly under load, which isn't ideal for heavy and sustained workloads. Also, its integrated graphics can't handle demanding tasks like video editing and 3D animation, and you can only configure the laptop with a maximum of 16GB of memory. On the upside, it has a fast SSD for quick file transfers, and its USB-C ports support Thunderbolt 4.

Pros
  • Keyboard feels comfortable to type on for extended periods.
  • USB-C ports support Thunderbolt 4.
  • Quiet fans under load.
Cons
  • Low-power CPU and integrated GPU can't handle demanding workloads.
  • CPU and GPU throttle under load.
  • Memory isn't user-upgradeable.
7.6 Business

The Lenovo Yoga 9i is good for business use. It's a well-built and portable laptop with a sharp display and a comfortable keyboard. Its Intel 11th Gen CPU can easily handle most tasks like text formatting, web browsing, and spreadsheets. The battery lasts about 9 hours of light productivity, so depending on your workload, you may have to plug it in for a quick charge to get through the day. Unfortunately, the webcam's video quality is mediocre as the image looks soft and underexposed, and it doesn't have an HDMI port, so you'll need an adapter if you want to connect to an external display like a TV or projector for presentations.

Pros
  • Thin and light design makes it very portable.
  • Battery lasts 9 hours of light productivity.
  • Keyboard feels comfortable to type on for extended periods.
  • Can use in tent or tablet mode.
Cons
  • Low-power CPU and integrated GPU can't handle demanding workloads.
  • No HDMI port.
  • Screen doesn't handle bright reflections well.
  • 7.7 School
  • 5.7 Gaming
  • 7.9 Multimedia
  • 6.7 Workstation
  • 7.6 Business
  1. Updated Mar 29, 2022: Review published.
  2. Updated Mar 22, 2022: Early access published.

Test Results

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Design
Design
Style
Form Factor
2 in 1

The Lenovo Yoga 9i has a sleek and modern design with thin bezels on three sides and a slightly thicker bottom chin. It has a small lip at the top border so that there's enough room for the camera, and it also provides a place to hold onto when opening the laptop. It's a 2-in-1 convertible with a 360-degree hinge, meaning you can flip the screen around into tent mode for presentations or use it as a tablet. The hinge also houses the speakers, so they fire directly at you in clamshell mode but sideways in tablet mode.

The Lenovo Yoga 9i is available in two color schemes: Mica and Shadow Black. However, the Shadow Black model is different in design as it has a leather-clad lid and the entire bottom row of its keyboard deck is glass. The Shadow Black model also has a haptic touchpad and an ultrasonic fingerprint reader, whereas the Mica model uses a traditional touchpad with mechanical buttons and a capacitive fingerprint sensor.

8.0
Design
Build Quality

The Lenovo Yoga 9i has great build quality. It has a full aluminum chassis that feels sturdy and rigid, exhibiting only a tiny amount of flex in the display and keyboard. The Mica model doesn't pick up fingerprints easily, but according to most online feedback, the Shadow Black model does. Aside from the glass row on the keyboard deck, the Shadow Black model is also aluminum, including the lid underneath the leather.

7.5
Design
Hinge
Range
360°
Stability
Good
One Finger Lift
No

The Lenovo 9i has a good hinge. It feels smooth when opening and closing the lid, and it's stable, with very little play or wobble. You can't open the laptop fully with one hand as there's too much resistance once you reach 90 degrees, which might disappoint some as it's a nice quality-of-life feature that gives the laptop a premium feel.

8.6
Design
Portability
Thickness
0.6" (1.6 cm)
Width
12.6" (32.0 cm)
Depth
8.6" (21.8 cm)
Volume
68.1 in³ (1,116.2 cm³)
Weight
3.1 lbs (1.4 kg)
Charger Size
9.9 in³ (161.7 cm³)
Charger Weight
0.7 lbs (0.3 kg)

The Lenovo Yoga 9i is a thin and light laptop that's easy to carry around. The power adapter is also compact and fits easily into most bags.

5.8
Design
Serviceability
Ease Of Access
7.5
RAM Slots
0
Storage Slots
1
Replaceable Battery
Yes
Replaceable Wireless Adapter
No

The Lenovo Yoga 9i's serviceability is disappointing. To access the internals, you have to remove the rubber strips and the six T5 screws hidden underneath, then use a pick or prying tool to release the plastic clips holding the bottom panel. Unfortunately, only the M.2 SSD and battery are user-replaceable. Opening the laptop and changing the hardware may void the manufacturer's warranty.

Design
In The Box

  • Lenovo Yoga 9i laptop
  • 65W USB-C power adapter and cord
  • Documentation

Display
Display
Screen Specs
Resolution
1920 x 1080
Aspect Ratio
16:9
Pixel Density
157 PPI
Panel Type
IPS
Touch Screen
Yes
Screen-To-Body Ratio
80%

The Lenovo Yoga 9i has two display options: a 1080p or a 4k panel. While the 1080p resolution seems low compared to other premium laptops like the Apple MacBook Pro 14 (2021) or Microsoft Surface Laptop 3 (2019), images and text still look sharp as its pixel density remains high. The 4k panel looks sharper as it has a pixel density of 315 PPI; however, the difference is hard to notice at normal viewing distances, and the increased resolution also shortens the battery life significantly.

5.9
Display
Refresh Rate
Refresh Rate
60 Hz
Variable Refresh Rate
No

The Lenovo 9i has a basic refresh rate typical of most thin and light productivity-focused laptops. The response time is very slow, causing a long blur trail behind moving objects, which isn't ideal for gaming or viewing fast content like sports. Its slow response time also makes scrolling through a document or website look very blurry.

8.4
Display
Contrast
Native Contrast
2,086 : 1

The Lenovo Yoga 9i has a great contrast ratio. It still can't produce the deep blacks that VA and OLED panels can, but as far as IPS panels go, this is about as good as it gets. The contrast ratio can vary between individual units; however, it's usually in the same ballpark.

7.6
Display
Brightness
Maximum Brightness
356 cd/m²
Minimum Brightness
3 cd/m²

The Lenovo 9i 14 gets bright enough for use in most indoor settings but not in direct sunlight or outdoors in broad daylight. If you like working or viewing content in the dark, it gets very dim at the lowest brightness setting to provide a more comfortable viewing experience. The 4k panel is brighter as it has an advertised brightness of 500 cd/m².

6.2
Display
Reflections
Screen Finish
Glossy
Total Reflections
5.91%
Indirect Reflections
0.52%
Calculated Direct Reflections
5.39%

The Lenovo Yoga 9i has mediocre reflection handling. Its glossy finish doesn't have any issues with bright ambient lighting, but it struggles with direct reflections like a lamp or a window in broad daylight. The reflections make it near impossible to see dark content and are visible even with the screen at maximum brightness.

7.1
Display
Black Uniformity
Uniformity (Std. Dev.)
1.212%

The Lenovo Yoga 9i 14's black uniformity is decent. The screen is slightly patchy, and there's a tiny bit of backlight bleed along the bottom edge. However, these uniformity issues are only visible when viewing dark content in a dim setting. Black uniformity varies between units; you may get slightly more or less backlight bleed, but you can expect the rest of the screen to be relatively similar.

7.0
Display
Horizontal Viewing Angle
Color Washout From Left
27°
Color Washout From Right
27°
Color Shift From Left
60°
Color Shift From Right
50°
Brightness Loss From Left
28°
Brightness Loss From Right
30°
Black Level Raise From Left
60°
Black Level Raise From Right
60°
Gamma Shift From Left
27°
Gamma Shift From Right
29°

The Lenovo Yoga 9i has decent horizontal viewing angles. The image looks dimmer and washed out from the side. You can still share the screen with someone else for text documents and other casual content, but it's best to be directly in front of the screen if you need perfect accuracy for color-critical work.

6.7
Display
Vertical Viewing Angle
Color Washout From Below
26°
Color Washout From Above
26°
Color Shift From Below
45°
Color Shift From Above
45°
Brightness Loss From Below
28°
Brightness Loss From Above
28°
Black Level Raise From Below
31°
Black Level Raise From Above
45°
Gamma Shift From Below
24°
Gamma Shift From Above
24°

The Lenovo Yoga 9i has okay vertical viewing angles. You can look at the screen from slightly above or below without losing too much accuracy, which comes in handy in tight spaces that force you to look at the screen at an angle, like on a bus or airplane. It's best to look at the screen straight on if you need perfect image accuracy.

5.8
Display
Out-Of-The-Box Color Accuracy
Avg. White Balance dE
4.88
Avg. Gamma
2.29
Avg. Color dE
3.75
Avg. Color Temperature
6,943.6 K

The Lenovo Yoga 9i 14 has sub-par color accuracy out of the box. Most color inaccuracies are minor and hard to spot, but the white balance is visibly off. The color temperature is on the cooler side, giving the image a slightly bluish tint. The gamma doesn't follow the sRGB curve at all, causing dark scenes to appear darker than they should while over-brightening bright scenes. Color accuracy varies between individual units, but the difference is usually very small and isn't noticeable.

8.3
Display
Color Gamut
sRGB xy
98.85%
sRGB uv
97.82%
Adobe RGB xy
74.08%
Adobe RGB uv
84.13%
DCI P3 xy
75.13%
DCI P3 uv
81.67%
Rec. 2020 xy
54.06%
Rec. 2020 uv
60.26%

The Lenovo 9i 14 has a great color gamut. It's mainly an sRGB panel as it's the only color space it covers fully. It doesn't have enough coverage of the wider color spaces like Adobe RGB, DCI P3, and Rec. 2020 for any practical purposes. Essentially, it's suitable for content creators working in sRGB, but it isn't ideal for producing and viewing HDR content or for photo editing. If you want to view more vibrant colors in HDR, it's best to get the 4k panel as it has an advertised 90% DCI P3 coverage.

10
Display
Flicker
Flicker-Free
Yes
Flicker Frequency
No Flicker
Flicker Active Below
0%

The Lenovo Yoga 9i's backlight is entirely flicker-free, which helps reduce eye strain for people sensitive to fast flickering.

Interface
8.2
Interface
Keyboard
Typing Quality
8.0
Numpad
No
Backlighting
Adjustable
Operating Force
73 gf
Actuation Force
27 gf
Pre-Travel
1.19 mm
Total Travel
1.8 mm

The Lenovo Yoga 9i 14 has a great keyboard. The keys are of a good size and stable, with sufficient spacing between them, and the layout is standard and easy to adapt to. The keycaps feel high-quality but not as good as other premium laptops like Apple MacBooks. The keys have a lot of travel and tactility, and although they require a fair amount of force to actuate, they don't feel tiring to type on for extended periods. You can toggle between two backlight brightness levels or turn it off completely using FN and the spacebar.

7.4
Interface
Touchpad
Tracking Quality
7.5
Size
11.4 in² (73.4 cm²)
Material
Glass
Dedicated Buttons
No

The Lenovo Yoga 9i has a decent touchpad. It's reasonably large, and it has a smooth surface that makes it easy to glide around. It tracks all movements and gestures well, and there aren't any issues with palm rejection or actions like dragging and dropping. The clicking mechanism feels satisfying, but it only works in the bottom half of the touchpad. Unlike the Mica model, which uses mechanical buttons, the Shadow Black model uses haptic feedback to simulate the click, meaning it likely has a larger clickable surface.

9.1
Interface
Speakers
Max Volume
80 dB SPL
Standard Error @ Normal Vol. (65 dB)
2.9 dB
Slope @ Normal Vol. (65 dB)
-0.1
Bass Extension (Low-Frequency Ext.)
298 Hz
Treble Extension (High-Frequency Ext.)
19 kHz
Dynamic Range Compression @ Max Vol.
0.2 dB

The Lenovo Yoga 9i has outstanding speakers. Lenovo integrated them into the hinge so that they fire directly at you in clamshell mode but sideways in tablet mode. They sound clear, natural, and well-balanced; however, they don't have enough bass extension to produce rumble or thump in music and movies. They get very loud with minimal compression artifacts at max volume, so content still sounds rich even if you crank it up.

6.6
Interface
Webcam & Microphone
Video Quality
6.0
Resolution
720p
Position
Top Center
Privacy Cover
Yes
Face Unlock
No

The webcam's video quality is mediocre. The colors look natural and accurate; however, the overall image looks slightly underexposed and lacks fine detail due to the low resolution and noise. Voices come across clearly but sound slightly hollow and nasal with a little too much bass. The privacy cover is a physical switch that disables the camera and microphones at the software level.

Connectivity
7.5
Connectivity
Ports
USB-A Ports
1
USB-C Ports
2
Thunderbolt
Thunderbolt 4
USB-C Charging
Yes
USB-C Display Out
Yes
HDMI
No
DisplayPort
No
3.5mm Jack
Combo mic/headphone
Card Reader
No
Ethernet
No
Proprietary Port
No
Security Lock
No

The Lenovo Yoga 9i has a good port selection. The USB-A port supports USB 3.2 Gen 1 data transfer speed (up to 5Gbps). The two USB-C ports support Thunderbolt 4 (up to 40Gbps), USB 3.2 Gen 2 (up to 10Gbps), Power Delivery 3.0 charging speed, and video output up to two 4k displays at 60Hz. The USB-C ports are always on, meaning you can use them to charge another device even when the laptop is in sleep mode.

Connectivity
Wireless Communication
Wi-Fi
Wi-Fi 6 (802.11ax)
Bluetooth
5.2

The Lenovo Yoga 9i uses an Intel Wi-Fi AX201 wireless adapter.

Configuration
Configuration
CPU
Brand
Intel
Model
Core i7-1195G7
Core Count
4
Thread Count
8

You can configure the Lenovo Yoga 9i 14 with an Intel Core i5-1135G7, an i5-1155G7, an i7-1185G7, or an i7-1195G7 CPU. All four are low-power CPUs designed for light workloads like web browsing, text formatting, spreadsheets, and other general productivity tasks. They can handle more demanding tasks like photo editing so long as the material isn't overly complex. There isn't much performance difference between the two Core i5s and the two Core i7s, as the higher-number SKUs are simply better parts that run at slightly higher clock speeds. The Core i7s are faster than the Core i5s, but only in bursts, as the Core i5s will likely run cooler and maintain their full performance for longer in sustained workloads.

Note: You can only get the Shadow Black model with a Core i7 CPU.

Configuration
GPU
Brand
Intel
Model
Iris Xe Graphics G7
Dedicated/Integrated
Integrated
VRAM Size
N/A

The Lenovo Yoga 9i uses the Intel CPU's integrated Iris Xe Graphics. The Core i5s have 80 execution units, while the Core i7s have 96. The Core i7s will perform slightly better, not enough to make much difference in most graphically-intensive applications or games. Intel's Iris Xe is among the better-integrated GPUs in its generation; however, it's still a low-power graphics processor that can only handle simple tasks, not graphically workloads like AAA gaming or video editing.

Configuration
RAM
Capacity
8 GB
Modules
2 (Soldered)
Type
DDR4
Speed
4,267 MHz

You can configure the Lenovo Yoga 9i with 8GB or 16GB of memory. 8GB is enough for most people with light workloads; however, it might be worth upgrading to 16GB as it'll help avoid slowdowns when multitasking heavily and make the laptop more future-proof. Also, the memory isn't user-upgradeable, so you can't add more later on.

Configuration
Storage
Advertised Capacity
512 GB
Usable Capacity
462 GB
Drive 1
SK Hynix HFS512GDE9X084N
Drive 1 Type SSD
Drive 2
No 2nd Drive
Drive 2 Type No 2nd Drive

You can configure the Lenovo Yoga 9i 14 with a 256GB, 512GB, or 1TB PCIe NVMe SSD.

Performance
8.3
Performance
Geekbench 5 (Synthetics)
CPU Single-Thread
1,630 points
CPU Multi-Thread
5,455 points
GPU Compute
17,208 points

The Lenovo 9i 14 has a great overall score in Geekbench 5. Its single-thread performance is outstanding and among the best for x86 CPUs of its generation, with only Apple's M1 SoC being slightly faster. Its multi-thread performance is very good for a CPU with 4 cores and 8 threads, but if you need to run heavily multi-threaded programs for your work, it's best to get an H-series processor like the Intel Core i5-11400H in the HP Victus 16 (2021) or Apple's M1 Pro and Max SoC they have more cores and threads to provide a smoother experience.

In short, the Intel i7-1195G7 can handle most general productivity tasks like web browsing, text formatting, and spreadsheets with ease. It's a fairly capable CPU that can handle more demanding tasks; it just isn't ideal for heavy, sustained workloads due to thermal throttling. You can get slightly better performance in the Performance mode, as the results above are benchmark scores obtained in the default Balanced power profile. However, the performance gain is minimal, and it comes at the cost of higher CPU and GPU temperatures and louder fan noise. The other CPU options will perform only slightly worse. As for GPU compute tasks, Intel's Iris Xe is better than most integrated GPUs, but it's still a relatively low score. You can get much better performance with even an entry-level dedicated GPU like an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650.

8.4
Performance
Cinebench R23 (CPU Rendering)
Single-Thread
1,495 points
Multi-Thread
4,651 points

The Lenovo Yoga 9i has a great overall score in Cinebench R23. Like in Geekbench 5, the Intel i7-1195G7's single-thread performance is outstanding and among the best for CPUs of its generation. However, its multi-thread performance is only decent due to its limited number of cores and threads and thermal throttling. For professional-level rendering or other related tasks, it's best to go with a CPU that has more cores and threads and in a laptop with better cooling so that the CPU can maintain its full performance over an extended period.

3.1
Performance
Blender (3D Rendering)
CPU Render Time
13.1 min
GPU Render Time
12.6 min
GPU Render Time (Optix)
N/A

The Lenovo Yoga 9i 14 performs poorly in Blender. It takes a long time to render the simple bmw27 scene, which isn't ideal for professionals working on a deadline. The integrated GPU completes the task a little faster, but it isn't enough to make much difference. The other CPU options will be even slower.

5.4
Performance
Basemark GPU (Game Scene)
Overall Score
18,519

The Lenovo 9i performs poorly in the Basemark GPU benchmark. It has a good score for integrated graphics, but it's still far behind even entry-level dedicated GPUs. You can play some light puzzle-like games that aren't graphically demanding, though you'll have to play at low settings or at 720p to get playable frame rates.

9.4
Performance
Storage Drive Performance
Sequential Write Speed
1,363.6 MB/s
Sequential Read Speed
2,648.6 MB/s
Random Write Speed
112.1 MB/s
Random Read Speed
64.8 MB/s

The Lenovo Yoga 9i's storage drive performance is outstanding. It has very fast sequential and random read and write speeds, allowing the system to boot up, launch apps, and transfer files quickly. There are SSDs with faster sequential speeds, like the Apple MacBook Pro 14 (2021)'s, but the Yoga 9i's SSD is fast enough if you only perform general productivity tasks and don't transfer large files regularly. Also, the storage drive is user-replaceable, meaning you can swap it out for a faster one later on. The speed of the SSD may vary depending on the size, as larger SSDs tend to perform better.

7.2
Performance
Battery
Capacity
71 Wh
Battery Life (Web Browsing)
9.0 hrs
Battery Life (Video Playback)
5.9 hrs
Battery Life (Gaming)
2.2 hrs
Charge Time
2.3 hrs

The Lenovo Yoga 9i has decent battery life. It lasts long enough to get you through a typical 8-hour day of light productivity tasks, but just barely, so you may have to plug it in at some point for a quick charge. Video playback consumes more power; however, you can still comfortably get through a couple of full-length movies. Although the battery life is very short when gaming or performing demanding tasks, it's still very good compared to gaming laptops or mobile workstations with a dedicated GPU. Models with the 4k panel have shorter battery life, lasting around 7 hours of light productivity, according to most online feedback. Battery life varies greatly depending on usage.

1.5
Performance
Borderlands 3
Avg. FPS
9 fps
1% Low
1 fps
0.1% Low
0 fps
1% Low Delta
948 ms
0.1% Low Delta
2,292 ms
Avg. FPS On Very Low
19 fps

Borderlands 3 isn't playable on the Lenovo Yoga 9i. The game is extremely choppy, even at the lowest graphical settings. None of the configurations can run this game smoothly.

4.1
Performance
Civilization VI
Avg. FPS
22 fps
1% Low
14 fps
0.1% Low
11 fps
1% Low Delta
25 ms
0.1% Low Delta
47 ms
Avg. FPS On Minimum
61 fps
Avg. Turn Time
9.89 s

Civilization VI runs poorly on the Lenovo Yoga 9i. It's a bit choppy at high settings, but since it's a turn-based game that's very playable at 30 fps, you only need to turn down a few settings to get there. That said, the turn time is very long. The Core i5s will perform slightly worse; they're in the same ballpark as the Core i5-1135G7 in the Lenovo Yoga 7i 14 (2021).

5.9
Performance
Counter-Strike: Global Offensive
Avg. FPS
56 fps
1% Low
29 fps
0.1% Low
23 fps
1% Low Delta
16 ms
0.1% Low Delta
26 ms
Avg. FPS On Low
100 fps

The Lenovo Yoga 9i's performance in CS:GO is disappointing. The average frame rate at high settings is decent, but the game stutters a lot. You can get smoother gameplay if you turn down some settings, though you'll still experience stutters, which isn't ideal for an FPS game. The Core i5s will perform slightly worse.

2.0
Performance
Shadow Of The Tomb Raider
Avg. FPS
13 fps
1% Low
2 fps
0.1% Low
0 fps
1% Low Delta
444 ms
0.1% Low Delta
2,637 ms
Avg. FPS On Lowest
25 fps

Shadow of the Tomb Raider isn't playable on the Lenovo Yoga 9i. The game is very choppy and occasionally freezes with high graphical settings; it doesn't get much better with low settings. None of the configurations can run this game smoothly.

7.8
Performance
Thermals And Noise
Keyboard Temp While Idle
33 °C (91 °F)
Keyboard Temp Under Load
44 °C (111 °F)
Fan Noise While Idle
25.0 dBA
Fan Noise Under Load
40.5 dBA
Power & Fan Control App
Yes

The Lenovo Yoga 9i has good thermal and noise handling. The keyboard is just slightly warm when idle, and the fans are only audible if you put your ears right next to the laptop. The keyboard gets toasty under load, but it still isn't uncomfortable, and the hottest spot is near the top of the keyboard, away from where most people rest their hands. The fans remain relatively quiet under load, though it's worth noting that this is in the Balanced power profile. They're louder if you switch to Performance mode. Even then, it's mostly the sound of heavy airflow, not an annoying high-pitch whine.

5.0
Performance
Performance Over Time
CPU Temp (Cinebench)
68 °C
CPU Perf. Loss (Cinebench)
23% loss
GPU Temp (Heaven)
67 °C
GPU Perf. Loss (Heaven)
11% loss

The Lenovo Yoga 9i has poor performance over time. Both the CPU and GPU throttle under load even though their temperatures are relatively low. The CPU's performance drops significantly, and it takes a while to recover, likely to keep fan noise low. The throttling only happens in demanding tasks that push CPU and GPU utilization to near 100%, so you won't experience it if you have a light workload. The other CPUs will likely throttle less.

Additional Features And Software
Additional Features And Software
Software
Operating System
Windows 11
Additional Software
Yes

Depending on the model and manufacturing date, the Lenovo Yoga 9i 14 comes with Windows 10 or 11, and it can be either the Home or Pro version. There are many pre-installed software applications, including:

  • Alexa: Amazon's digital assistant. This is only available in select regions.
  • Dolby Atmos Speaker System: Settings for the built-in speaker system.
  • Dolby Vision: Adds Dolby Vision support and lets you change the picture mode.
  • Glance by Mirametrix: Software application that adds attention sensing capability. When enabled, it can automatically lock your computer when you walk away, pause a video or blur the content when you aren't directly looking at the screen, or move windows from one screen to another.
  • Lenovo Hotkeys: Lets you create keyboard macros.
  • Lenovo Pen Settings: Lets you access customization settings for the included stylus.
  • Lenovo Vantage: This app helps keep the drivers and BIOS up to date. It also lets you view the system's status and warranty information as well as access various settings, like power and audio profiles.
  • Lenovo Voice: Text-to-speech application.
  • Lenovo Welcome: Contains general information about the laptop for new users.
  • McAfee LiveSafe: Antivirus software.
  • Smart Microphone Settings: Lets you access various settings for the built-in microphones, like echo cancelation and keystroke suppression.
  • SmartNote: Note taking app.
  • Spotify: App for music streaming service.

Additional Features And Software
Extra Features
RGB Illumination
No
Touch Pen
Yes
Secondary Display
No
Biometrics
Fingerprint Sensor

The Lenovo Yoga 9i 14 has a fingerprint sensor on the right side of the keyboard deck, below the right arrow key. You can use it to log into Windows, authorize purchases on the Windows Store, or auto-fill your credentials on supported websites. The Shadow Black model with a leather-covered top has an ultrasonic fingerprint sensor, while the Mica model has a capacitive sensor. Ultrasonic sensors are generally more secure than capacitive sensors, and they tend to work better with wet or oily hands. However, they don't perform as reliably with very dry hands.

The Lenovo Yoga 9i supports pen input and comes with an active stylus. The stylus has a built-in rechargeable battery, which Lenovo says will last up to 130 hours, and you can charge it by putting it back into its dock at the right backside of the laptop. The stylus uses Wacom AES pen technology, meaning any third-party Wacom AES stylus will work. In terms of the user experience, the pen tracks well and has very low latency, and there aren't any issues with palm rejection. It feels more like writing on glass than on paper, but there's still some friction. Although it supports up to 4096 levels of pressure sensitivity, it doesn't support tilt, so it's better suited for note-taking and quick scribbles than actual drawing. Also, the slimness of the pen makes it uncomfortable to use for extended periods, especially for people with big hands.

Differences Between Sizes And Variants

We tested the Lenovo Yoga 9i 2-in-1 (model 82BG009XUS) with an Intel Core i7-1195G7 CPU, integrated Intel Xe Graphics, 8GB of memory, and 512GB of storage. The CPU, memory, and storage are configurable; you can see the available options in the table below. Our review applies only to variants with a model number starting with '82BG'.

Screen
  • 14" IPS 1920 x 1080 60Hz Touchscreen (72% NTSC, 400 cd/m²)
  • 14" IPS 3840 x 2160 60Hz Touchscreen (90% DCI-P3, 500 cd/m²)
CPU
  • Intel Core i5-1135G7 (4 cores/8 threads, up to 4.2GHz, 8MB)
  • Intel Core i5-1155G7 (4 cores/8 threads, up to 4.5GHz, 8MB)
  • Intel Core i7-1185G7 (4 cores/8 threads, up to 4.8GHz, 12MB)
  • Intel Core i7-1195G7 (4 cores/ 8 threads, 5.0GHz, 12MB)
GPU
  • Intel Xe Graphics (integrated, Core i5s, 80 execution units)
  • Intel Xe Graphics (integrated, Core i7s, 96 execution units)
Memory
  • 8GB LPDDR4x 4266MHz
  • 16GB LPDDR4x 4266MHz
Storage
  • 256GB PCIe NVMe SSD
  • 512GB PCIe NVMe SSD
  • 1TB PCIe NVMe SSD
Color
  • Shadow Black (Leather-covered top, Core i7s only)
  • Mica

Our display and performance results are only valid for the configuration we tested. If you come across a different configuration option not listed above, or you have a similar Lenovo Yoga 9i that doesn't correspond to our review, let us know, and we'll update it. Some tests, like black uniformity and color accuracy, may vary between individual units.

You can see our unit's label here.

Compared To Other Laptops

The Lenovo Yoga 9i is one of the best 2-in-1 convertible laptops in terms of user experience. It's essentially a more premium version of the Lenovo Yoga 7i 14 (2021) with a sturdier build, a brighter screen, and better-sounding speakers. However, it throttles much more under load than other laptops with a similar Intel 11th Gen CPU, like the Framework Laptop (2021).

Dell XPS 13 (2021)

The Dell XPS 13 (2021) and the Lenovo Yoga 9i 14 (2021) are both ultraportable laptops with Intel 11th Gen CPUs. The main difference is that the Yoga 9i is a 2-in-1 convertible with a 360-degree hinge, while the XPS 13 is a more traditional clamshell laptop. In terms of user experience, the XPS 13 comes out ahead because it has a brighter and more color-accurate display, a more responsive touchpad, and a better webcam. It also has longer battery life, and its CPU doesn't throttle as much under load. On the other hand, the Yoga 9i has better-sounding speakers, and it supports pen input.

HP ENVY x360 13 (2020)

The Lenovo Yoga 9i 14 (2021) and the HP ENVY x360 13 (2020) are very similar 2-in-1 convertible laptops with a 360-degree hinge. Both laptops have various display options; the Yoga 9i is available with a 1080p or 4k panel, while the ENVY x360 has multiple options, including a 1080p OLED and an IPS panel with 1000 cd/m² brightness. The Yoga 9i has much better speakers as they're louder and sound more well-balanced, whereas the ENVY x360 sounds treble-heavy and unnatural. On the other hand, the ENVY x360 has longer battery life, especially for video playback, and its CPU doesn't throttle as much under load.

Lenovo Yoga 7i 14 (2021)

The Lenovo Yoga 9i 14 (2021) is essentially a more premium model of the Lenovo Yoga 7i 14 (2021). The 9i has a sturdier build, a better display with higher contrast and brightness, and much better-sounding speakers. The 9i has a 4k panel option, but it might not be worth it as the difference is hard to notice at normal viewing distances, and it significantly shortens battery life. As for the keyboard's typing experience, the 9i's keys require a bit more force to actuate, but they're more tactile and don't feel as mushy as the 7i's. The 7i has much better battery life as it lasts over 6 hours longer in a light productivity workload than the 9i.

Apple MacBook Air 13 (M1, 2020)

Although the Lenovo yoga 9i 14 (2021) and the Apple MacBook Air 13 (M1, 2020) are both ultraportable laptops, they have very different features. The Lenovo is a 2-in-1 convertible that runs Windows, whereas the Apple is a traditional clamshell laptop that runs macOS. The Apple has a sturdier build, a much bigger touchpad with better tracking, and a webcam that captures a more detailed image for video calls. However, the Lenovo has a better port selection that includes two Thunderbolt 4 ports, better-sounding speakers, and a more comfortable keyboard to type on. The Apple laptop has significantly longer battery life, lasting a little over 3 hours in light productivity workloads. The Lenovo laptop's fans don't get very loud under load, but the Apple is quieter still because it's fanless.

Apple MacBook Pro 14 (2021)

The Lenovo Yoga 9i 14 (2021) and the Apple MacBook Pro 14 (2021) are very different laptops. The Lenovo is a Windows 2-in-1 convertible designed for light to moderately demanding workloads, while the Apple is a macOS mobile workstation with much more powerful graphics for intensive tasks like video editing. The Apple has a brighter and more colorful screen with a Mini LED backlight to provide much deeper blacks, making it better for viewing HDR content. Its webcam captures a better image for video calls, and its gigantic haptic touchpad has better tracking. On the other hand, the Lenovo laptop's speakers sound better and louder, and it doesn't get as hot or loud under load. As for the battery life, the Apple lasts much longer, with over 3 hours more of light productivity or nearly 4 hours more of video playback.

HP Pavilion x360 14 (2021)

The Lenovo Yoga 9i 14 (2021) and the HP Pavilion x360 14 (2021) are both 14 inch 2-in-1 convertibles available with Intel 11th Gen processors. The Yoga 9i provides a better user experience overall as it has a sturdier build, a brighter and more colorful display, better-sounding speakers, and a much more comfortable keyboard. The Yoga 9i's USB-C has Thunderbolt 4 support, which the Pavilion x360 lacks, but the x360 has an HDMI port, which might be more convenient if you need to connect to an external monitor that doesn't have USB-C input. The Yoga 9i has a slightly longer 9-hour battery life, whereas the Pavilion x360 lasts just a little over 7 hours.

Lenovo IdeaPad Flex 5 14 (2020)

The Lenovo Yoga 9i 14 (2021) and the Lenovo IdeaPad Flex 5 14 (2020) are both 2-in-1 convertible laptops with a 360-degree hinge and a 14 inch screen. The Yoga 9i is a more premium device that provides a better user experience with a brighter and more colorful display, including a 4k panel option, as well as better-sounding speakers and Thunderbolt 4 support. The Yoga 9i's Intel 11th Gen processors are faster than the IdeaPad Flex 5's AMD Ryzen 4000 and Intel 10th Gen CPUs; however, the Yoga 9i throttles significantly under load, whereas the IdeaPad Flex 5 can maintain its full performance in long and demanding workloads. The IdeaPad Flex 5 also has longer battery life, especially for video playback.

Apple MacBook Pro 16 (2019)

The Lenovo Yoga 9i 14 (2021) and the Apple MacBook Pro 16 (2019) are very different laptops. The Lenovo is a 2-in-1 convertible designed for light productivity tasks, while the Apple is a more powerful clamshell laptop designed for demanding tasks like video editing. The Apple has a larger display with better color accuracy out of the box, a bigger touchpad with better tracking, and a webcam with better video quality. However, the Lenovo has a more comfortable keyboard, a wider port selection that includes two USB-Cs with Thunderbolt 4 support, and it doesn't get as hot or loud under load. Performance-wise, the Apple laptop can handle more demanding tasks, and unlike the Lenovo laptop, it doesn't throttle at all.

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