Lenovo Yoga 720
£TBC | $1,199 www3.lenovo.com You’ve never seen a 2-in-1 laptop this powerful
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.
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