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Lenovo Yoga 900s Champagne Gold £699.97 @ SaveOnLaptops
Lenovo Yoga 900s Champagne Gold  £699.97 @ SaveOnLaptops

Lenovo Yoga 900s Champagne Gold £699.97 @ SaveOnLaptops

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Very good looking 2 in 1 laptop, slightly let down by the processor but still at a good price.
12.5 inch WQHD (2560x1440)
Intel Core M7-6Y75
8Gb DDR3 Ram
256Gb PCIe SSD
8-9 Hours Battery Life
1.15 Kg Weight

Edit: Updated the screen resolution, was previously incorrectly reported as FHD 1920x1080

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Are these new and not refurbished? If so then it's a good price I think

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paul1109

Are these new and not refurbished? If so then it's a good price I think


I thought so too, they're brand new as well. This company does sell refurb stock but in this instance the refurb version of this laptop is actually £100 more...

It's a shame that the m7 version only comes with a 1080p screen

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ryanwhite241

It's a shame that the m7 version only comes with a 1080p screen


I was originally going to get the m5 version simply for the better screen, but the problem is the RAM, you only get 4Gb which has been soldered on and therefore cannot be upgraded
The difference between the m5 and m7 implemented here isn't much as they're both somewhat poor, it depends on your usage. It like the difference between 8 tabs open in Chrome vs 9 tabs...

iller7

I was originally going to get the m5 version simply for the better … I was originally going to get the m5 version simply for the better screen, but the problem is the RAM, you only get 4Gb which has been soldered on and therefore cannot be upgraded :(The difference between the m5 and m7 implemented here isn't much as they're both somewhat poor, it depends on your usage. It like the difference between 8 tabs open in Chrome vs 9 tabs...



Yeah I considered the same. The M7 version with the lower screen quality seems like less value to me.

ryanwhite241

Yeah I considered the same. The M7 version with the lower screen quality … Yeah I considered the same. The M7 version with the lower screen quality seems like less value to me.



Interestingly the Lenonvo website shows the Silver m7 model as having 2560x1440 resolution for the model number quoted on the Save On Laptops page. I'm half tempted to go for it anyway.

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Hey Paul,
I've dropped them an email to find out. Been sitting on it all weekend but if it does turn out to be a 2560x1440 screen then I'll be tempted to get it too. I'll post back once I get an answer from them.

I got John Lewis to price match the m7 version with box.co.uk at £740 (affiliated with saveonlaptops but have a retail store); extra years warranty and a free pen and definitely the higher resolution screen. Same model number hence the price match, didn't realise about the free pen until just now either.

Selling in JL for £1099 so saving £360.

For me there is no doubt, the best option is the M7 version, not for the processor, as there is not much difference between M5 and M7. The important thing is the 8Gb of RAM and especially the 256gb of hard disk instead of the 128gb of the model M5. And even more on this laptop that has no SD adapter. The screen does not make much sense because on such a small screen you can not see the difference of 4K to full HD, apart from the incompatibility problems of resolution that there is with Windows.
Edited by: "Av86" 15th May

iller7

I was originally going to get the m5 version simply for the better … I was originally going to get the m5 version simply for the better screen, but the problem is the RAM, you only get 4Gb which has been soldered on and therefore cannot be upgraded :(The difference between the m5 and m7 implemented here isn't much as they're both somewhat poor, it depends on your usage. It like the difference between 8 tabs open in Chrome vs 9 tabs...



Well it looks like the listing was incorrect originally as they've now updated it to '12.5" (2560x1440 WQHD Touch Resolution)'

Original Poster

Thanks for the update Paul,
I've updated the listing (for what's it worth!). Now to do what davejones did and get John Lewis to price match and get the free pen + extra warranty... But they only have it in silver? I really wanted the gold...

The general feel is that this isn't such a good deal based on the -58 score. Is there a better 2 in 1 around at this price range? I would take the 13 inch HP Spectre x360 or Dell XPS 9365 if they weren't £600 more.

Thanks to everyone who's posted btw, it's helping me make a decision

The only serious rival I can see for this at the £700 mark is the SP4 really. It's true rival is the macbook 12 which is much more expensive.

The M3 SP4 with keyboard was going for around £560 recently but I'd rather have the M5 yoga as I'd personally rather have the hinged form factor of a laptop. I've got a surface 2 and a kickstand just isn't comfortable to use on the lap (I never remove the keyboard anyway).

The i5 SP4 plus keyboard has gone down to about £650ish before but again, I'd rather have the m7 personally as I don't need the power of an i5.

No other 2-in-1 laptops at this price can compete unless you are willing to compromise on size or battery life. Something like the Asus ux360ca is similar but a step down in build and has a bigger screen.

I also considered a refurbished xps13 for around £750 but saw more value in a 2 in 1 for my uses.

These type of laptops always get voted cold here because they invariably sound extremely expensive for the specs.

Original Poster

Thanks Dave,
I've decided to get this after all It really does look good and for what it will be used for, watching movies, email and surfing, it's nearly perfect. Light, quiet, long battery life, good screen and just the right size to hold as a tablet.
I too was looking at Dell outlet's refurbished xps, but the cheaper price and 2 in 1 form factor won out.
Appreciate your invaluable input and thanks to everyone that helped out as well.

iller7

Thanks Dave,I've decided to get this after all It really does look … Thanks Dave,I've decided to get this after all It really does look good and for what it will be used for, watching movies, email and surfing, it's nearly perfect. Light, quiet, long battery life, good screen and just the right size to hold as a tablet.I too was looking at Dell outlet's refurbished xps, but the cheaper price and 2 in 1 form factor won out.Appreciate your invaluable input and thanks to everyone that helped out as well.



​Let us know what it's like I'm still on the fence

It's fantastic overall.

Build quality is superb and the reduction in weight from a 1.5kg laptop is noticeable. It feels very "premium" in contrast to many alternatives at the ~£700. A step up from something like the yoga 710, for example.

It's the perfect size for my use, I wouldn't want to go any smaller but there is enough screen real-estate for me. The screen is fine, not spectacular but no backlight bleed and good viewing angles. Black levels are typical IPS. The high Res is pointless imo but equally not detrimental as far as I can see. I find having a touchscreen for scrolling very useful day to day.

The sdd/m7/8gb combo is plenty fast enough for me (web browsing/ms office/bit of streaming but that's about it). Even with the windows update module installer hammering the CPU it doesn't throttle and remains "zippy".

Trackpad is fine. Just big enough. Just. Keyboard is actually really nice, limited travel but very tactile to me. I'm not a touch-typist though. Right-Shift key is in a strange position but it doesn't affect me; could be an issue for some though.

Battery life seems excellent thus far. Haven't put in enough use to properly comment yet but would expect >8 hours with my sort of casual use at present.

Love not having a fan.

Current cons;
- No pen in package from JL. They are "investigating" but might be a lost cause.
- Bottom right side does get very warm when being pushed hard. Doesn't seem to result in detectable throttling from my end-user pov. Palm rests remain fine. If you are looking to use on your lap and will be regularly pushing the CPU hard I'd look elsewhere.
- To not have the ability to use two-finger right click in 2017 without entering the registry is ridiculous.

Overall very pleased. Its difficult to gauge from reviews and comments how a laptop with these oft-maligned core-m chips will genuinely perform with "normal use" for people like myself who write the odd PowerPoint presentation or edit word documents; the answer is I can't see how it could be much quicker. Obviously a cheapo i3 laptop for £300 will also be fine but the value here is in the form factor and overall finesse. IMO.

Original Poster

A really cool and comprehensive review by Dave!

I didn't buy this model in the end, however I did go into a john lewis store and played around with it for around 30 minutes during the week.
The pros: It's a really solid and beautiful piece of kit, it feels ultramodern and looks like it was produced by a futuristic jeweller...
The cons: The processor throttled quite a lot, to be fair however, I was pushing it.

The shop assistant did tell me that the full fat Yoga 900 (last year model) would go on sale soon, and that's the one I bought today.
https://www.johnlewis.com/store/lenovo-yoga-900-convertible-laptop-intel-core-i7-8gb-ram-256gb-ssd-13-qhd-touch-screen-champagne/p2711498
£850
13.3 inch 3200x1800
i7-6500
8Gb ram/256Gb ssd

Yes, it's more money for last year's model, but it also means I don't have to compromise and it will be (hopefully) more future-proof.
Best of luck everyone!

I too have been scratching my head from originally a hp envy 15.6 and now to a yoga 710 or 900.
I looked in John Lewis in Reading and found the 710 screen was minutely better but they didn't have any in stock.

On a side note, JL are having a sale around 22nd July but the salesman said it's highly unlikely the 710 will be in the sale.
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