THE YOGA 920 IS FAST & SMOOTH WITH ADOBE CC APPLICATIONS!
After a few weeks working with Adobe CC applications on the Yoga 920, the overall performance has been outstanding with Illustrator, Photoshop, Lightroom, InDesign, and Dreamweaver. I’m realizing it’s time to upgrade my desktop workstation too. I’ve gotten used to slow loading Adobe apps with laggy performance and most of them take forever to close. So far all the graphics applications are fast & smooth. The all open quickly (around 5 seconds) and close almost instantly on command.
You will want 16GB of RAM.
Even at what I consider moderate use, I find it using 8-10GB of RAM. This would include a handful of browser tabs, and a couple Adobe Apps, such as Illustrator and Photoshop running with a few files in each. I don’t know why this this set up seems to use a little more resources than my desktop.
Onboard Graphics is Sufficient
I was a little concerned with the Yoga 920 not having a dedicated graphics processor, but so far I have not found that to be an issue. If you are planning on heavily working with video editing and encoding, it could be an issue, but for my use with is mostly vector files in Illustrator, image editing in Photoshop, and Touch ups in Lightroom it has been fast and smooth.
PROBLEM: Small Print & Icons
One of the bigger issues I have is that in some applications the toolbar icons, title bar, and various elements are very small and in some cases unusable. Take Photoshop for example. The toolbar icons are usable, but quite small and take some effort to distinguise. The top menu (File, Edit, Image, Layer,…) is also very small, but legible. The individual file title bars are also very small but legible. The most drastic has been on the Save To Web dialog, which I regularly use. The icons to navigate directories are microscopic and not usable. Perhaps it is because this is a legacy feature and wasn’t updated to use a different dialog, like the Export feature uses.
The ProDPI photo labs app ROES for ordering prints is all too small to be usable.
If you have a hard time reading small type and working with small icons you’ll want to try it out first. I believe this is due to the UHD 4k resolution screen which has to do some scaling & zooming of text.
PHOTOSHOP SCREEN SHOT – Small toolbar, menubar, and titlebar
ProDPI ROES Application is Tiny and Unusable
Will it Last?
Time will tell if the performance continues. It seems inevitable that system performance starts having issues after a year or two of use, windows updates, application updates, driver updates, and clutter. I’m hoping to get about 5 years out of this laptop. Will the hardware components hold out? Will Lenovo continue with driver and BIOS updates after a couple years?
I haven’t looked inside yet, so I don’t what components are replaceable. Hopefully the battery & SSD are easily replaced. I’m pretty sure the RAM is soldered into the motherboard.
Case/Sleeve for the Yoga 920
I was tempted to buy the $50 leather sleeve from Lenovo, but after realizing that it won’t hold the charger and offers little protection, I tried out this one from Amazon for $15. It’s perfect. Not bulky, perfect fit, looks nice, inexpensive and decent quality, and offers sufficient protection.
USB-C Multiport Adapter
My first usb-c hub was an Antopm I found on Amazon. It seemed great, but eventually I realized HDMI did not work with the Yoga 920.
I had better results with the Lenovo USB-C Hub. It wasn’t too much more and the HDMI works. Solved my issue of all the missing ports I need. It’s much smaller than I thought, has usb 3.1, and works great with the Yoga 920.