Lenovo Yoga 920 Specifications

  • Processor: Eighth-generation Intel Core i7-8550U (up to 4.0GHz) Quad-core
  • Storage: Samsung 512GB PCIe SSD
  • RAM: 16GB DDR4-2400MHz
  • Display: 13.9-inch UHD (3,840 x 2,160) IPS, touch
  • Graphics: Intel UHD Graphics 620
  • Ports:
    Two USB-C Thunderbolt 3
    USB-A 3.0
    3.5mm jack
  • Speakers: Dual JBL speakers Dolby Atmos
  • Wireless: Qualcomm Atheros QCA6174A
    802.11ac (2 x 2)
    Bluetooth 4.2
  • Camera: Front-facing 720p
  • Touchpad: Precision
  • Pen: Lenovo Active Pen 2
  • Biometrics Fingerprint reader for Windows Hello
  • Battery: Four-cell 70WHr
  • Weight: 3.02 pounds (1.37kg)
  • Dimensions: 12.7 inches x 8.8 inches x 0.54 inches
    323mm x 223.5mm x 13.95mm
  • Color: Platinum silver
  • Operating System: Windows 10 Home

Additional Hardware and Software Added

Laptop Needs

I needed a replacement device for a variety of aging portable laptop devices. My everyday go to devices are still the iPhone 10 and the 2017 iPad Pro 12.9 tablet. I still have a variety of Windows 10 and Linux desktop and servers at home.

I considered purchasing a Apple MacBook Pro, Dell XPS 13, System76 Galago Pro 13, HP Spectre x360 and others. After weighing the pros and cons of each device I decided on the Lenovo Yoga 920 laptop.

The Lenovo Yoga 920 laptop will be used for a variety of purposes including being a remote workstation device connected to an external monitor.

Software Installation

Even though the Lenovo Yoga 920 came with Windows 10 Home Edition it had BitLocker enabled on the system and the data partition. I previously thought that this was a Windows 10 Professional version only feature. With the right hardware configurations, Windows 10 automatically encrypts a device, helping to keep data safe. OEM's can create a more secure device by implementing and testing the right hardware.
Device Encryption in Windows 10
Windows 10 BitLocker Overview

I updated Windows 10 and the UEFI (BIOS).

What is UEFI (Unified Extensible Firmware Interface)?

I uninstalled Office 365 and McAfee.

I changed my Windows 10 Home Edition key to Windows 10 Professional. To go from Windows 10 Home Edition to Windows 10 Professional took less than 2 minutes including a reboot.

I configured Windows 10 and installed a variety of programs.

In the future I may do a "clean install" of Windows 10 Professional. At this time it's not needed as the system is pretty clean from the original factory install.

I installed Windows 10 Enterprise on a USB flash drive using "Windows To Go." This gives me a secure bootable device for the Lenovo Yoga 920 laptop in addition to a variety of other computer devices.

By pressing the Windows logo key + P I am able to select my 65" TCL Roku TV and cast my Yoga laptop image wirelessly to my TV using Miracast. Miracast can simply be described as “HDMI over Wi-Fi” since it allows content to be cast from one device to another display without the use of cables.

Windows logo key + P

Hard Drive Partitioning Scheme

Windows Disk Management

Samsung SSD Performance Benckmark

Samsung SSD Performance Benckmark

Running Linux

I am runing Linux and other utilities via Hyper-V in Windows 10 Professional.

NOTE: Initially Hyper-V was not working. After a cup of coffee and one hour tinkering around I realized that the Intel Virtual Technology was not enabled from the factory. After powering up the Yoga 920 press Fn-F2 to enter the Lenovo Setup Utility. The setting is under the second tab named "Configuration."

NOTE: After a firmware update you must re-enable the Intel Virtual Technology again.

Some screen captures of Virtual Machines:

Virtual Machine 1
Virtual Machine 2
Virtual Machine 3
Virtual Machine 4
Virtual Machine 5

How do I change my screen resolution in Linux using Hyper-V?

1.Open Terminal
2.Type: sudo pluma /etc/default/grub (You can choose your text editor of choice.)
3.Find the line starting with GRUB_CMDLINE_LINUX_DEFAULT, and add video=hyperv_fb:[the resolution you want]. The resolution I want is 1920x1080. So my line ends up looking like this: GRUB_CMDLINE_LINUX_DEFAULT="quiet splash video=hyperv_fb:1920x1080"
4.Write the changes and quit vi.
5.Run: sudo update-grub
6.Reboot the virtual machine

Ubuntu Server 18.04 LTS cannot change resolution in Hyper-V

How do I get a larger mouse cursor on Ubuntu Mate?

March 5, 2018 Update
I am testing the daily build of Ubuntu Mate 18.04 and found that Wi-Fi worked "out-of-the-box" without any modification.

I am runing various Linux distributions from a USB flash Drive. Initially the Wi-Fi would not work. After using the following instructions Wi-Fi worked at full speed.

First, check if this fix will work for you. Terminal:
sudo modprobe -r ideapad_laptop

If that fixes WIFI, which it did for me. Make it permanent. Terminal:
sudo nano /etc/modprobe.d/blacklist.conf

At the bottom of the file, add the lines:
# Fix for WIFI hard block
blacklist ideapad_laptop

I set up one USB flash drive with persistence so as to save my basic screen resolution and Wi-Fi settings.

You can add "persistence" to a previously created Linux USB flash drive using PDL Casper-RW Creator from Windows.

You will then modify the boot\grub\grub.cfg file. You will modify this line adding "persistent" to the end.
boot=casper quiet splash persistent --

More info can be found at 5. Add Ubuntu persistent to boot menu

I will possibly create a Linux partition and do a dual boot in the future.

UEFI Installing - Tips

Closing Comments

I will take a few months experimenting with how this laptop is used and make the necessary adjustments. This laptop has current up-to-date features and components which will future-proof it. So far, the Lenovo Yoga 920 is a fast 2-in-1 laptop that should provide many years of use.