Lenovo's YogaBook 9i is the wildest laptop I've ever seen

The 8th Gen version of the YogaBook 9i features multiple screens and a magnetic keyboard

Lenovo YogaBook 9i 8th Gen at CES 2023
(Image credit: Future / Mike Lowe)

One of the things I love the most about CESthe world's largest technology show, which takes place in Las Vegas, USA, each year – is that you never really know what you're going to find. 

And when I'd heard about the Lenovo YogaBook 9i (Gen 8), I thought it sounded quite fun – but then I actually saw the laptop in person behind closed doors at CES 2023. 'Wow' is about the only word I have.

My picture up top of this page might make the YogaBook 9i look reasonably 'normal', but let me tell you: it's anything but. The YogaBook laptop marries a dual-screen design – two 4K OLED touchpanels, no less – with a magnetically-attachable keyboard, two-position stand, and there's even a stylus included. 

What can the YogaBook 9i (Gen 8) do?

It's an everything-but-the-kitchen-sink approach that can be used in multiple ways: as a relatively straightforward laptop with the keyboard sat atop the lower screen; as a dual-screen portrait mode laptop-meets-giant-phone kind of combination; as a laptop with a digital virtual keyboard; or as a touchscreen-only 'waterfall' display that runs content between the two screens. Check out the gallery above to see a more visual explanation.

Now it's not yet a foolproof setup, I found a few bugs in the software in this pre-release state, and it'll take a bit of getting used to flipping between the various options before any user is completely comfortable, but there are some clear benefits to a setup such as this. 

I think my favourite of the lot is how you can use the lower screen as a massive trackpad, then load up (or physically attach) the keyboard to use the YogaBook 9i as a more traditional laptop. There's space for additional on-screen widgets, such as news and weather or your emails, if you'd rather have quick-access extras on a portion of the second display.

It's innovation such as this that makes CES an exciting show. When a sea of 'yet another laptop' gets released into the wild, it takes wilder things such as the LenovoBook 9i (Gen 8) to stir the pot. It's certainly stirred my brain. More please!

The Lenovo YogaBook 9i will go on sale from June 2023, priced from $2,099.99. 

Mike Lowe
Tech Editor

Mike is the Tech Editor at T3.com. He's been writing about consumer technology for 15 years and, as a phones expert, has seen hundreds of handsets over the years – swathes of Android devices, a smattering of iPhones, and a batch of Windows Phone too (remember those?). But that's not all, as a tech and audio aficionado his beat at T3 also covers tablets, laptops, gaming, home cinema, TVs, speakers and more – there's barely a tech stone unturned he's not had a hand on. Previously the Reviews Editor at Pocket-lint for 10 years, he's also provided work for publications such as Wired, The Guardian, Metro, and more. In addition to his tech knowledge, Mike is also a flights and travel expert, having travelled the globe extensively. You'll likely find him setting up a new mobile phone, critiquing the next MacBook, all while planning his next getaway... or cycling somewhere.