This is the generation 7 model. I believe, and this one is powered by one of the new 12th generation intel chips and were going to take a closer look at what this really nice. Looking machine is all about in just a second, but i do want to let you know in the interest of full disclosure. This is on loan from lenovo, so were done with this, it goes back to them all. The opinions youre about to hear are my own. No one is paying for this review, nor has anyone reviewed or approved what youre about to see before it was uploaded, so lets get into it now and see what this new laptop is all about. Now this one starts at under 1300 for a base level configuration the one were looking at today is kind of on the higher end of the configuration spectrum. It has a 14 inch oled display. This is running at a 4k resolution 3840 by 2400, and this is in a 16 by 10 aspect ratio. So it is taller than some of the prior generation laptops in this yoga 9 line and its better for document editing and that sort of thing, because you do have a little more vertical screen real estate. You will see some letter boxing when youre watching movies on it, but itll be a very thin black line on the top and bottom, but with the oled here with how black the blacks get on it, it should look fine.

The maximum brightness here is 400 nits. It covers all of the dc ip3 color spectrum for photo and video, editing and color accuracy, and it is running at 60 hertz. Now, as i mentioned, this has a 12th generation intel processor on board. This is actually the first computer that ive looked at with one of those chips installed and weve got an i7 1260p on this one. Now this is a 12 core processor, but eight of those 12 are called efficiency cores, so they dont run as fast as the other four that are on it. That said, you actually do get a pretty good bump in cpu performance. On this one and a little bit earlier. I ran the geekbench benchmark test on this new alder lake chip and we got a score of 1734 on the single core test. The multi core test came in at 10 477 and the performance here, at least on that benchmark lines up pretty close with what youll get out of the apple m1 that youll find on the 13 inch macbook pro at the moment, along with the macbook air. So intel is trying to catch up on paper here with what were seeing out of the mac processors, but i still think you will have better battery life on those macs, but the performance level here is getting much closer than what it was on the prior generation. Now our loaner model here came with 16 gigabytes of ddr5 ram.

It is not upgradable, though it is soldered on. So you have to choose your ram at the time of purchase. It does have a one terabyte nvme ssd inside, and you can upgrade that but youll have to unscrew the bottom here, including removing this rubber strip to get at it. So its not the easiest thing to access, but it is upgradable, but that ram is soldered. On now, the weight on this one is just over three pounds or 1.4 kilograms. Its one of the nicer lenovo designs that ive seen in a while. It is all metal youve got these nice rounded edges to it, as you can see, and theyre nice and shiny. This is a two in one, so it will work as a laptop, but you can also turn it into a tablet if you want or run it in display mode here with the keyboard facing downward or put it in tent mode, they built the speakers into the Hinge here, as you can see, so they will angle a little bit as you are moving things around. I found it sounds the best in laptop mode, because those speakers are directly firing at you, but when you have it in display mode here, theyre, not quite angled. All the way down to the desk, so you do get good sound in all of the different orientations. In addition to the two speakers in the hinge here, you also have two woofers on the bottom, which add a little bit of base to the mix.

It sounds really good. Actually, i was very pleased with the overall audio quality, and the build quality in particular here is really really nice, its also very well balanced. So when you lift the display up the keyboard stays put, i was also very pleased with the keyboard on this one. Its got very nice, solid keys, theyre well spaced, even though its a pretty thin device youve got decent key travel on it, and it has some helpful keys here on the side, including one that can change the performance level on this. This does have a fan on board and if you want to keep the laptop quiet, they have a key here dedicated to switching the performance modes, which i thought was handy in the past, used to have to hit function, q to switch it around into those different Modes, they also have another button here which well look at in a second that will automatically blur your background on the webcam, which was kind of handy and then youve got your fingerprint reader and audio controls here as well. The keyboard is backlit, its got a nice back light to it, nice and bright. You can adjust that brightness a little bit if it is too much for you, but i thought it looked pretty nice on it, and the trackpad here is much larger than prior versions. Very responsive and accurate and altogether the design of this one is just again one of the nicest ive seen out of lenovo to date.

There are some ports on this one, not many, but useful ones. Youve got a full size. Usb 3 port here, on the right hand, side its very shiny here so its hard to get the details brought out. You also have two thunderbolt 4 ports here. On the left hand, side these are full service ports, so theyll do power, video and data and its always nice to have a set of those at the ready, especially full, on thunderbolt ports. On the other side, though, you just have a usb type c port. So this one is not thunderbolt just usb, but it is full service for power, video and data. I would have liked to have seen thunderbolt ports on both sides, but again usb only on the right hand, side. Your power button is right here and then youve got a headphone microphone jack. This also comes with a pen which well explore in a few minutes its standard in the box, but theres no place to dock it on this machine weve seen prior yogas, where you can pull the pen out of a little garage that stores inside of the laptop Itself this one the pen will be separate, but as well talk about in a few minutes, its a really nice feeling, pen and im, actually, okay with it being external, at least in this case now the webcam on this one is 1080p. It resides here at the top youve got a physical shutter which will cover up the lens on it.

Additionally, this supports windows, hello, so you can use your face to unlock the computer. The video quality is not bad. 1080P is definitely an improvement over 720p that weve seen on prior iterations of these yoga laptops, so thats a nice improvement there and they do have the key that i mentioned. That will blur out the background and it will do this irrespective of what app youre using. So even if the app doesnt support background blurring it will work here, because this is part of the cameras, software and hardware. So you dont have to go through your zoom settings to get a blurry background here. You just hit the key now battery life on this will vary based on the display technology that you choose. This one again has the oled display that consumes more power than the led version. So if you have the brightness turned down a bit, stick to the basics like word: processing, spreadsheets, email, video, playback and that sort of thing you could probably get about eight or nine hours. Out of this on a charge on the led version of the display. Youll get closer to 10 hours because it is more power efficient, but the oled looks a lot nicer and, if youre doing creative work, youre going to want to go with this oled display and just be aware of the battery penalties there. This will, of course, run a lot of those more basic tasks on the processors efficiency cores, which will run those applications just fine with less power consumption.

But then, if you switch on a video editor or something like that, that will of course bring in those high performance cores into the mix. So lets take a look now and see how it performs. Ive got youtube up here. First, for some basic web browsing tests and as you can see, weve got a 4k 60 video file playing back from my youtube channel havent had any drop frames. There was two right when it got started, but after that it settled right down and was able to play back that video. Just fine using google chrome well take a look now at the nasa.gov homepage and, as expected, everything loads up here very very quickly and renders very quickly and thats, of course, because we are on a high end machine here with a brand new intel processor, along with Its wi fi 6 radio, so i dont think there are going to be any performance issues here. Doing all of the basics and the oled display here also supports dolby vision for apps like netflix and others that support it and on the browserbench.org speedometer benchmark test. We got a score of 255 and this, as expected, exceeds what we saw out of prior generation intel chips and also gets very close to the apple m1 max and theyve made some real improvements here with the pen. The pen itself is all metal its got a nice solid feel to it. What really surprised me, though, was how much nicer the pen feels on the screen here.

Its got some resistance to it, so it feels more natural, like youre, actually putting ink to the page and, as you can see, theres very little latency with it im running now with the new microsoft journal, app, which allows you to do all sorts of cool things With text here, if i circle my name, i can select it and move it around. The pen also supports pressure detection, so you can see that line getting darker as i push down harder and lighter, as i just lightly touch against the screen and all together. The pen here feels fantastic one of the best windows pen experiences that i have seen very much up there with what we saw out of a samsung device a few weeks ago, and i think this will also do well for basic video. Editing. Weve got a 4k 60 project loaded up here in davinci resolve and everything seems to be rendering in pretty quickly, even when youre doing some changes to the transitions here in real time, not a lot of lag here, and i think you could do some basic editing Kind of like what you would do for this youtube channel on something like this. If you do more advanced work like a lot of color grading and more high end video rendering youre going to want something with a discrete gpu. But i was very impressed with the performance for basic editing, even at high resolutions and frame rates out of this new intel hardware.

So lets take a look now at some gaming. This is fortnite running at 1920 by 1200 at medium settings and were getting about 40 to 60 frames per second, usually its hovering in the upper 40s to low 50s, and they did make a lot of improvements on this new intel hardware to the cpu. But the gpu side of this chip is about the same as it was in the prior generations: youre not going to see a huge bump in graphical performance like we saw with the cpu performance a little bit earlier. That will benefit some games, but not all so if you were looking at a 12th generation upgrade over an 11th generation for the graphical side of things, youre not going to see a huge improvement here. This is red dead, redemption. 2.. We were running this one also at 1920 by 1200 at the lowest possible settings. The game looks great, even at those low settings on the oled here and like the prior generation intel chip. We were getting around 30 frames per second here, very, very playable, and then we also ran an older game. The witcher 3, which weve run on a lot of prior generation hardware, and here at 1920 by 1200, also at the lowest settings. We were getting about the same frame rate. We typically do around 50 frames per second and of course, you can adjust settings to get it closer to 60 by going down to a lower resolution and on the 3d mark time, spy benchmark test.

We got a score of 1920 and, as you can see here, the graphical scores are about the same as the prior generation i7s, but the cpu performance is dramatically improved because we do have more cores available to us. So, overall, a nice bump in performance on one side of the chip, but not the other. I suspect that the 13th generation intel chips might see that graphical boost and on the 3d mark stress test, we got a score of 94.8 percent. 97 is passing on that test, and that means you will see this machine throttle down a little bit in order to keep itself from getting too hot youll likely notice that the most when playing games youll see some frame rate variations with that we noticed it a Little bit in our testing and thats not unusual for these really thin and light machines. Theres just is not a lot of room for air to flow and there are different mitigations that have to come into play in order to keep the heat at bay. But i think for most tasks, you wont notice too much of a variation in performance here. One thing to note is that it does have a fan on board, which you will hear, especially when youre using the video editing applications or other things that really attacks the processor, normally its pretty quiet when its idle or when youre using a web browser or word Processor or something so, the fan noise will only be there when youre really pushing it and, of course you can adjust the performance modes to make.

It not turn that fan on as frequently, but that does of course, come at the cost of performance all right. One. Last thing to take a look at, and that is its linux support. We booted up ubuntu the latest version that was available at the time. Im recording this video and everything worked okay, but we did not get wi, fi or audio detected so thats, something that will likely require you to go out on a driver hunt for at least until some of these distributions get updated. Now this has on board an intel, ax, 211 wi fi card and real tech, audio im, not sure which version of the realtek hardware it has. It didnt indicate that inside of the system manager here, but i suspect that well see those drivers get rolled into ubuntu and other popular distributions as things get updated for this next generation of hardware. So i think the linux compatibility will get better over time. But right now no wi fi and no audio. So overall, this is a really solid offering from lenovo. I love the build quality on this. It is super solid. It feels really high quality. A nice bump over the prior editions, great pen, support here, awesome, oled, display and great performance out of this new intel processor. What i think youll like about these new intel chips is not only do they perform better versus the prior generation. Youll probably get less fan noise when youre doing basic tasks because of those high efficiency cores, and that also means youll get a little better battery life out of one of these newer devices versus an older one.

So all in a real winner here and well take a look at, of course more of these 12th generation ships as the year progresses and until next time this is lon seidman. Thanks for watching this channel is brought to you by the london tv supporters, including gold level, supporters, jim tannis and tom albrecht, hot sauce and video games and erics variety channel, brian parker and frank goldman, ameda brown and matt zagaya and chris allegretta.

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