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The Lenovo Yoga Slim 9i: A Review By a Non-Techie

Love at first type.
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I'm not a fan of PCs. I’d been avoiding working with them for over a decade, preferring user-friendly non-PC laptops. Specifically, those branded with a fruit name. PCs are for techies, right?

So when Lenovo offered to send me a loaner of its Yoga Slim 9i to “test-drive” for two weeks, I called my techie sister for help in setting it up.

Turns out I didn’t need it.

As soon as I took it out of the box, it was plug and play. And it was love at first type.

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Here are some reasons why the Lenovo Yoga Slim 9i won over my non-PC heart.

It uses facial recognition to log me in, even in low light. I must admit I am one of those people who always forgets passwords, so this is perfect. Also, when it no longer detects my face, it quickly goes back to the default screen to protect my privacy.

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The sleek, very thin laptop with an Intel Core processor weighs 1.2 kilograms (2.6 pounds!) and yet has one gigabyte of RAM and a whopping one terabyte of storage. My current non-PC laptop is slightly heavier and with very little storage so I have to constantly delete files or back them up elsewhere, which to me is its biggest drawback.

The Yoga they sent me has a 14-inch touch screen like my tablet so I can tap directly on the screen with my finger to click on a link, type numbers on a dial pad, or zoom in on photos. (Wonder of wonders! The best of both worlds.).

It opens like a clamshell to a 180-degree angle and can lie flat on my desk. (Other versions of the Yoga have a screen that bends back 360 degrees, hence the original name.)

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For techie architects and designers like my sister, the screen can be used with a pen for drawings and sketches. In my case, you can clearly tell I'm not an artist, but I suppose I can use it to take notes.

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The case is made with aerospace-grade aluminum with a chic pebble-grain leather top. I'd take a Yoga over a designer leather accessory any day. The flat glass-top palm rest and touchpad add to its luxe appeal.

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It features a Dolby-vision screen with bright, sharp, vibrant colors, as well as Dolby ATMOS speakers such as those used in the cinemas we miss so much. I used the Yoga to watch Tanghalang Ateneo’s version of Oedipus Rex over the weekend and it was an immersive multimedia experience.

A switch on the side turns off the camera so I’m not worried about pressing a button by mistake and have someone watching me from wherever.

Battery life is 15 to 17 hours, which means I don’t have to lug around the power cord in case I do decide to finally work from the office one of these days. After all, we've been working from home for almost a year. 

In the meantime, since I have absolutely have no plans to head to the cinemas anytime soon, even after they open again to the public this week, I will happily watch movies on this compact little theater at home.

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