Len­ovo Yoga 720

£TBC | $1,199 www3.len­ovo.com You’ve never seen a 2-in-1 lap­top this pow­er­ful

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Just like its 13-inch £949/$800 sib­ling, the 15.6-inch Len­ovo Yoga 720 is a solid con­tri­bu­tion to the 2-in-1 lap­top space. It feels ev­ery bit as com­fort­able as a tablet as it does as a lap­top, only this time it’s a bit heav­ier than the 13-incher, weigh­ing 2kg in­stead of a measly 1.3kg. Oh, and its com­ple­ment of ports is marginally dif­fer­ent.

Rather than two USB-C ports and one USB 3.0, the 15-inch Len­ovo Yoga 720 packs a pair of legacy USB Type-A ports and a sin­gle USB-C con­nec­tion. And, of course, the pro­pri­etary sin­gle-pin Len­ovo con­nec­tor is still be­ing used for charg­ing, a qualm we’ll ad­dress in more de­tail be­low.

The specs on the 15-inch Len­ovo Yoga 720 creep eerily close to that of its smaller coun­ter­part. Luck­ily, we were given the chance to re­view one of the con­fig­u­ra­tions sport­ing an Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050 for added graph­ics prow­ess, bring­ing the Len­ovo Yoga 720 up to snuff with com­peti­tors, such as the Sam­sung Note­book 9 Pro and the HP Spec­tre x360 15.

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For the most part, the Len­ovo Yoga 720 is built like a dream. Ev­ery­thing about it screams com­fort, from its alu­minium fin­ish to the six-row back­lit key­board. The key travel feels a lot bet­ter than the but­ter­fly mech­a­nism found in Ap­ple’s MacBook Pro, plus ev­ery key is rounded off at the bot­tom for im­proved er­gonomics.

Although the track­pad isn’t as sat­is­fy­ing or as pre­cise as Ap­ple’s Force Touch track­pads, it’s still one of the bet­ter ones we’ve used on a Win­dows lap­top. Bet­ter yet, the sil­very bor­der which sur­rounds its clicker only adds to the pres­tige of the Len­ovo Yoga 720.

Air­flow is han­dled sim­ply and smartly on the Len­ovo Yoga 720, with a sin­gle vent point­ing from the rear of the ma­chine. So while it’s not com­pletely silent, the fans are po­si­tioned in such a way that they’re never dis­tract­ing.

It’s sur­pris­ing Len­ovo was able to pull this off given the use of Intel’s stan­dard volt­age, quad-core ‘H’ se­ries Core i7-7700HQ pro­ces­sor, the first of its kind to be fea­tured in a 2-in-1. You would think that paired with a GTX 1050, the Len­ovo Yoga 720 would get loud, es­pe­cially dur­ing heavy gam­ing ses­sions, but it typ­i­cally does not.

De­spite its power, the 15-inch Len­ovo Yoga 720 still bears a rel­a­tively com­pact frame, mak­ing it the ideal can­di­date for kick­ing back and watch­ing a movie or three in bed. While the 1080p Full HD model won’t look as good, there is the op­tion of a 4K Ul­tra HD screen that starts at $1,349 (US only).

The Full HD ver­sion is fine on its own, but we’re far too ad­justed to the crys­tal clear qual­ity of QHD and UHD screens at this point not to com­plain about the washed-out

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