Review of the 15-inch Lenovo Yoga 720
The 15.6-inch Lenovo Yoga 720 is a strong addition to the 2-in-1 laptop market, much like the 13-inch variant we evaluated a month ago. It weighs 4.4 pounds (2 kg) instead than the previous model’s paltry 2.9 pounds, but otherwise feels just as cosy as a tablet or laptop would (1.3kg). Oh, and the ports differ just a little bit.
The 15-inch Lenovo Yoga 720 has two USB Type-A ports and one USB-C port instead of two USB-C ports and one USB 3.0 port. Of course, charging continues to use the exclusive single-pin Lenovo connector, a complaint we’ll explore in more detail below.
The 15-inch Lenovo Yoga 720’s specifications are uncannily similar to those of its smaller sibling. Fortunately, we had the opportunity to test one of the versions with an Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050 for improved graphics performance, putting the Lenovo Yoga 720 on par with rivals like the Samsung Notebook 9 Pro and the HP Spectre x360 15.
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But first, let’s look at the cost before we go into all the details.
The Lenovo Yoga 720 (15-inch) model that was supplied to TechRadar for review is shown below:
CPU: Intel Core i7-7700HQ, 2.8GHz (quad-core, 6MB cache, up to 3.8GHz)
Graphics: Intel HD Graphics 630 and Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050 (2GB GDDR5)
Screen: FHD (1,920 x 1,080) IPS LED multitouch, 15.6-inch
SSD with 256GB of storage
Headphone jack, two USB 3.0 ports, and one USB 3.1 Type-C port with Thunderbolt
Wi-Fi 802.11ac, Bluetooth 4.1, and a 720p HD camera are the available connections.
Weight: 4.4 lbs (2kg)
Dimensions: 14.3, 9.5, 0.75 (36.3 x 24.1 x 1.9cm; W x D x H)
Pricing and accessibility
The 15-inch Lenovo Yoga 720 configuration we examined costs $1,199 in the US. It’s interesting that neither this variant nor any other convertible can be found in the UK. And there is just one $2,699 build in Australia.
With a 15.6-inch full HD (1,920 x 1,080) multitouch display, a quad-core Intel Core i7 CPU, a 2GB Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050 GPU, 8GB of RAM, and a 256GB SSD, the Lenovo Yoga 720 costs $1,199. However, you can purchase the same specifications without the discrete graphics for a few hundred dollars less, at $999.
At least in the US, $1,699 will get you a Lenovo Yoga 720 with the same processor, GTX 1050 GPU, 4K (3,840 x 2,160) display, 16GB of RAM, and a 1TB SSD.
Last but not least, the sole $2,699 Australian model comes equipped with the same Intel Core i7 processor, 256GB of SSD storage, 16GB of RAM, a 1080p screen, and, strangely enough, a GTX 1050 graphics card with twice as much video memory.
The Lenovo Yoga 720 is generally well constructed. From its aluminium appearance to the six-row illuminated keyboard, it exudes comfort in every way.
Every key is rounded off at the bottom for greater ergonomics, and the key travel feels significantly better than the butterfly mechanism found in the MacBook Pro. After all, if each key is shaped like your fingers, it will be less likely that you will press the incorrect one.
The trackpad is one of the best we’ve used on a Windows laptop, despite not being quite as precise or pleasant as Apple’s Force Touch trackpads. Even better, the Lenovo Yoga 720 is given an even more prestigious appearance by the silver border that surrounds its clicker.
With just one vent protruding from the back of the Lenovo Yoga 720, airflow is managed simply and intelligently. The fans are placed so that they are never bothersome, even though it isn’t absolutely silent.
Given the utilisation of the first CPU of its sort to be found in a 2-in-1 and Intel’s standard voltage, quad-core “H” series Core i7-7700HQ, it’s remarkable Lenovo was able to accomplish this. The Lenovo Yoga 720 does not typically get loud when used with a GTX 1050, despite what you may expect, especially during intense gaming sessions.
The 15-inch Lenovo Yoga 720 has a very small frame for its strong capabilities, making it the perfect choice for lounging in bed on a lazy Sunday and viewing a few movies. Although the 1080p model won’t look as fantastic, a 4K screen is an option that starts at $1,349 and is available.
The full HD version is fine on its own, but this reviewer is too accustomed to the crystal clear QHD and UHD screens at this point not to be bothered by the washed-out appearance of a standard 1,920 x 1,080 IPS display, especially since there aren’t any spicily improved brightness levels to make it competitive with the Samsung Notebook 9 Pro.
Speaking about watching movies, avoid doing so without a good pair of headphones as the speakers in this location are down-firing and effectively muffle sound from all angles. We were once again let down by tinny sound on a laptop, which might have easily been placed on the sides or above the keyboard given the paucity of connectors.
If you want to use an SD card reader or an HDMI-based monitor, get one or two adapters. The connectors are also a major letdown, much like they were with the 13-inch Lenovo Yoga 720. Two USB ports, one USB-C port, a headphone jack, and a single-pin proprietary Lenovo charging deck are all that are available.
Lenovo should have at the very least provided the required cords for these basic functions, following in the footsteps of the HP Spectre x360 or the Huawei MateBook X, but regrettably, this was not the case. Instead, the business continues to use its own charging connector and delegated a sizable portion of the accessory responsibilities to USB-C.
We anticipate Lenovo’s USB charging the following time, ideally without the use of bulky power bricks.