Lenovo Yoga 900S: The Thinnest Convertible in the World

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yoga 900s front 675403LAS VEGAS -- When it comes to laptops, there’s a lot of people asking how thin is too thin? Well it seems Lenovo is on a quest to find the answer, because its new $1,099 Yoga 900S (available in March) is now the thinnest convertible in the world.

That’s not to say it’s the outright thinnest 2-in-1, as detachable hybrids such as Microsoft’s Surface Pro 4 (which measures just 0.33-inches without its removable Type Cover) still claim the overall lead in space savings. But when it comes to hinged hybrids, at just 0.5-inches thick and weighing 2.2-pounds, the Yoga 900s now reigns supreme.

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To get there, Lenovo took the winning formula from its fantastic Yoga 900, and shrunk everything down - including the screen size, which now sits at 12.5-inches across. Users even have the option to go with a high-res 2560 x 1440 QHD touchscreen. On the inside, you can max out the 900S with up to an Intel Core m7 CPU, 8GB of RAM and 512GB of SSD storage.

MORE: Why Your Next Laptop Should Be a 2-in-1

When I got chance to check out Lenovo’s new pinnacle of thinness for myself at CES 2016, I jumped at the opportunity. The first thing that strikes you when seeing the 900S is its sleek balanced look, which has been enhanced by an alluring new black-and-gold color scheme. The 900S has also been upgraded with a carbon chassis, which helps maintain the rigidity you need in such a svelte system, and offers weight savings versus the magnesium construction on larger Yoga 900. 

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When I got a little closer, I noticed that key height on the 900S seems to have been reduced further to fit within the half-inch thick body. Key travel felt even shorter than the 1.1mm distance found on the regular Yoga 900, but there was still a fair bit a resistance, which helps prevent you from bottoming out too hard.

Impressively, Lenovo still managed to fit three USB ports on the Yoga 900S’s diminutive frame, including one of the USB Type-C variety, which can be used for charging as well as outputting video and sending and receiving data. However, the SD card slot found on the 13.3-inch Yoga 900 has been cut on the 900S to save space.

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A new addition on the 900S is Active Pen Support, which was a feature missing on the original Yoga 900, and makes the 900S a much better machine for sketching and notetaking while on-the-go. 

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Finally, holding the 900 s together is Lenovo's signature watchband hinge, which even gets a color-matched paint so it fits right in with the rest of the system,

While Lenovo made a couple of trade-offs, including a missing SD card slot and no Intel Core i CPUs, the 900S preserves the qualities that earned the regular Yoga 900 an Editors’ Choice award and the top spot on our Best 2-in-1s list. And if the 900S can meet or exceed the 8-hour battery life we got on its big brother, Lenovo could have another winner on its hands.

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Sam Rutherford
Sam Rutherford,
Sam is a former penguin trainer and archery instructor who dabbles in esports and has lived on three different continents. If you have some comments on new tech or the best noodle spots in NYC, drop a line @SamRutherford.
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