Lenovo Yoga 720 Review
The Lenovo Yoga 720 is a beautifully designed and well-crafted 2-in-1 laptop. For me, it was best just as a laptop. There are quite a few bugs and hiccups once you have this laptop in tablet mode, and I personally see no interest in having it as anything other than a laptop. If you’re someone who’s looking for a laptop for working that could double as a decent tablet for shows and movies, then the Yoga 720 just might be for you. Let’s take a closer look…
The Lenovo Yoga 720 is an all aluminum machine, weighing in at 4.4 lbs (2.0 kgs) with respectably slim measurements of 364 x 242 x 19mm (14.3 x 9.5 x 0.75″). It comes in two colors, Iron Grey and Silver, and is carrying a 720p camera. Carrying around this laptop won’t break your back or the bank, seeing as it comes in at $999.99. This machine also includes USB Type C with Thunderbolt, USB 3.1, two USB 3.0, as well as an audio jack. It also has Bluetooth connectivity along with Wifi capabilities along with two JBL speakers, located at the bottom of the screen, and Dolby audio premium.
One bit I personally loved about this 2-in-1 is the keyboard. The keys are soft, there’s a built-in fingerprint scanner, and the trackpad is a charm. Sometimes, I catch myself clicking the wrong side of the trackpad since there is nothing differentiating between the two sides, but that’s pretty common with most laptops today. The fingerprint scanner is better than what I’ve found on most smartphones, and I’m a sucker for keys that don’t click, so I was a big fan of this keyboard.
A lot of people take this for granted, but I was so happy to have a backlit keyboard on the 720 as well. When you’re scrolling through the Internet at odd hours of the night or you just have bad eyes, this really is a great selling point and it certainly helped me out quite a bit.
Something I wish Lenovo would have done to this laptop is the fact that while you’re using it in tablet mode, the keys should almost disappear. Instead, you feel like you’re typing the entire time you’re trying to play a game or watch a show. It’s also uncomfortable to have all those keys pushing into your lap, and another fear could be those keys scratching whatever surface the 2-in-1 is on. The company has done this one some of its higher-end ThinkPad laptops, so it would be great if that came to all of the company’s 2-in-1’s.
The on-screen keyboard lacks luster, I’m afraid. It is slow and dysfunctional, turning off and on at its own will. I found myself having to click on areas to type up to three times before the keyboard decided to pop. Usually, it would end up closing itself anyways, due to my rampant tapping. Luckily, you’ll rarely use it.
The Lenovo Yoga 720 is packing a 15.6” FHD IPS LED Multi-Touch display with an integrated camera. The 720 also comes with either the NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 1050 2GB, or Intel® HD Graphics 630 on the video card side of things. The display on the Lenovo Yoga is absolutely gorgeous, with automatic dimming when indoors or brightening outdoors. Even when using it as a tablet, the display was pristine and clear cut. I had absolutely no problems with this display, and I was very content with it in pretty much all scenarios.
As a laptop, this computer runs like a dream. It comes with up to one TB of PCIe SSD storage and up to 16GB of DDR4 2133 MHz memory. With Windows 10 pre-installed and running up to the Intel Core i7- 7700 HQ, it’s easy to see why this laptop is so grand. I had one hiccup when I first used the laptop where it froze in tablet mode and was unable to use, but that’s more of an optimization issue than anything else. When you’re using it just as a laptop, it runs very well. I never had any other problems with this computer when it was running as a normal, everyday laptop. The problems did occur when I started using this machine in tablet mode.
I have never had a tablet freeze on me or not function as much as this 2-in-1. Tablet mode is okay if you’re just doing quick tasks, but if you plan to binge watch Netflix or play your favorite game on end, you might as well stick to it in the upright, laptop position.When the computer was functioning in tablet mode, it was subpar at best. Some games you wouldn’t even be able to play because the button to start the game was positioned in a way that it was unable to push. When you would start playing a game, it would last for 2 to 3 minutes before the app completely shut out. It seems as though the tablet mode here still has quite a few bugs to be fixed.
Lenovo claims that the 720 is able to get up to nine hours of battery life in one usage. I would definitely have to agree that the battery life on this laptop is very impressive. I was able to get through two days of using the laptop off and on before I had to charge it. The charging cable, however, is not the greatest. While charging the laptop, one small nudge unplugged the cable. I didn’t even notice it until I went to go use and it died on me in the middle of a project. Even without nudging it, you almost feel like you have to force the cable into the computer. However, this laptop charges rather quickly. Within an hour or so, it was completely charged and ready for action.
After long thought, I believe that the Lenovo Yoga 720 is a great laptop. It runs smoothly with little to no hiccups when used as a traditional laptop, its display is beautiful, and the battery life is incredible. When in tablet mode, don’t expect too much for this two in one. Tablet mode is shaky and not much to stand on. If you’re looking for something more along the lines of a laptop that runs fairly well and won’t exactly break the bank, then the Yoga 720 is your machine.Buy it from Lenovo