Lenovo Yoga 720-15: Review
The 700-series laptops from Lenovo are in the middle of the company’s offerings, with the 900-series being the pinnacle of form and function. Since Lenovo has yet to update the Yoga 910, the more recent Yoga 720, which measures 15 inches, is often mistaken for the company’s flagship offering. That’s nice. The Yoga 720, a 15-inch model from Lenovo, was provided for review by the company to Windows Central. This model has a 256GB SSD, 8GB of DDR4 RAM, and an Intel Core i7-7700HQ processor. It’s around $1,030 in price.
Lenovo Yoga 720-15 Specification
|CPU||2.8-GHz Intel Core i7-7700HQ CPU|
|Graphics Card||Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050 GPU 2GB|
|OS||Windows 10 Home|
|Size||14.3 x 9.5 x 0.75 inches|
|TouchPad||4.1 x 2.7 inches|
|Ports||USB 3.1, Headphone/Mic, Thunderbolt 3|
- High efficiency and lengthy battery life.
- Appealing, unassuming style
- Many different permutations are possible.
- Friendly interface with a pen, a touchpad, and a keyboard
- Wi-Fi, Solid-State Drive, and Memory are All Upgradable
- Bezel is almost too narrow for a tablet of this size compared to the previous generation
- Still relying on the Lenovo charger
The Yoga 720 has a gorgeous 15.6-inch, 1080p display with rich colors and crisp details. Medusa’s crimson wig (however artificial it seems) stood out against her lavender outfit in Marvel’s Inhumans trailer, and I noticed little wrinkles in Black Bolt’s leather armor. The Yoga’s display is superior to the mainstream notebook average (95 percent) and the Spectre x360 (113 percent) and Notebook 9 Pro (107 percent) in that it covers 114 percent of the sRGB color spectrum. The XPS 15’s color gamut reproduction is extraordinarily excellent at 188 percent.
However, the accuracy of those hues is lacking. The accuracy of the panel was measured as 4.2 Delta-E (where 0 is perfect). When compared to the norm (2.1), Spectre (3.5), XPS 15 (1.4), and Notebook 9 Pro (0.2), that is significantly lower. The Yoga 720’s display registered 272 nits on our light meter, putting it marginally below the class average of 276 nits. The XPS 15 (282 nits) is noticeably brighter, although the Spectre (255 nits) and the Notebook 9 Pro (266 nits) are both superior.
Availability & Cost
The 15-inch Lenovo Yoga 720 model we tested is currently available in the United States for $1,199. Curiously, the UK does not have this variant or any variant of this convertible. There is also only one AU$ 2,699 house available in Australia. You receive a 15.6-inch, full HD (1,920 x 1,080) multitouch display, a quad-core Intel Core i7 processor, a 2GB Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050 graphics processor, 8GB of RAM, and a 256GB solid-state drive (SSD) for $1,199 with the purchase of a Lenovo Yoga 720.
However, if you can do without discrete graphics, you can get the same specs for $999. In the United States, the maximum you’ll pay for this Lenovo Yoga 720 with a 4K (3,840 x 2,160) display, 16GB of RAM, and a 1TB SSD is $1,699. Lastly, the $2,699 Australian model is unique because it features a GTX 1050 graphics card with double the video memory, a 1080p screen, and an Intel Core i7 processor.
The Lenovo Yoga 720, for the most part, has a flawless design and construction. It’s metal exterior and a spacious, backlit keyboard with six rows of keys scream relaxation. Each key has a rounded base for enhanced ergonomics, and the key travel is much more satisfying than the butterfly mechanism on the MacBook Pro. After all, if the keys are all the same size and shape, you’re less likely to press the wrong one accidentally. The trackpad is one of the best we’ve used on a Windows laptop, but it’s not as pleasant or precise as Apple’s Force Touch trackpads.
The silver bezel around the Lenovo Yoga 720’s clicker is a nice touch that elevates the premium feel of the laptop. The Lenovo Yoga 720, at 15 inches in size, packs a lot of power into a little package, making it the perfect companion for a Sunday morning spent in bed watching movies.
The 1080p model won’t look as beautiful when seen in this manner, but a 4K screen is available for as little as $1,349. The full HD version is fine on its own, but this reviewer has become spoiled by QHD and UHD displays and is therefore disappointed by the lack of special brightness enhancements to make the 1,920 x 1,080 IPS screen competitive with the Samsung Notebook 9 Pro.
Although it lacks the ThinkPad’s legendary comfort, the Yoga 720’s keyboard is still a joy to use for long periods. While typing, you’ll hear a satisfying click from the well-spaced keys; the built-in backlight also has three brightness levels. The keyboard doesn’t have as much travel as a ThinkPad’s, and it’s not as comfortable when you bottom out the keys on the deck. Even so, I’ve enjoyed using this keyboard lately. Adjust the volume, the screen’s brightness, the lock, and the touchpad’s functionality (when an external mouse isn’t used) with the F1 through F12 buttons.
The 15-inch Yoga 720, like its smaller 13-inch brother that we examined earlier, provides shoppers with yet another respectable choice in the convertible Ultrabook market. It’s lightweight, can handle numerous jobs, and is reasonably priced. Want to play video games during your free time? Keep your expectations in check, and everyone will have fun.
Some difficulties exist, that’s true. We can no longer access the machine’s ports, which are crucial to its many functions. The tablet is difficult to grasp because of the narrow yet noticeable bezel when in laptop mode. And Lenovo still uses its proprietary charger instead of the more compact and standard USB-C port. These are minor issues, but they should be mentioned in relation to a product costing this much.