In the past year, there have been a lot of convertible laptops with skinny screen bezels. Combined with the edge-to-edge lass, this makes these laptops look good and also gives a larger screen on a small body. But looking at the Lenovo Yoga 720, you might be forgiven for not thinking so highly of the MacBook Air any more. Both devices look about the same.
Looking at the Lenovo Yoga 720, you might be forgiven for not thinking so highly of the MacBook Air any more. Both devices look about the same. However, the Lenovo Yoga 720 boasts of a full-HD IPS touchscreen, with edge-to-edge lass and a minimal bezel. Also, the screen rotates to the back, as the Yoga 729 doubles as a tablet. Plus, the device is pen-enabled, so you can also write and draw on the screen, all for $100 less than the MacBook Air.
The Yoga 720 has a good colour performance. However, it is not quite good enough for critical photo and video editing. But this does not mean you cannot do these things on the device, though. The screen reaches a suitable brightness level for outdoor use, and t supports Active Pen. Also, the hinges on the screen adjust to keep the device in any position you want.
The keyboard is not as firm as Lenovo’s ThinkPad models. However, the keys still have a fair amount of travel to make typing comfortable. Lenovo used a Windows Precision touchpad, which works really well. This means that you get full multitouch gesture support for three-and-four-finger gestures for quickly switching between applications, activating Cortana or hiding all open windows.
Now, the Lenovo Yoga 720 does not have so many ports. It has one USB 3.0 Type-A pot, two USB 3.1 Type-C pots and a headphone/mic jack. One of the USB Type-C ports is used for charging and supports Thunderbolt 3, so with a dock or adapters you can add video outputs, an Ethernet jack and more.
The Lenovo Yoga 720 has a base configuration of 2.5GHz Intel Core i5-7200U, 8 GB of memory, and a 256GB PCle SSD for storage. You can also get the system with more memory and storage. But this base configuration is good enough for day-to-day tasks. Reports say that the Yoga 720 battery runs for up to 8 hours and 46 minutes. This is not bad, just not particularly great.
All in all, one could certainly say that the Lenovo Yoga 720 is a great 2-in-1 device. It has a premium look and feel, but lacks the huge price tag. This device would be great for students or the home office, where some extra flexibility comes in handy and a nice design is appreciated.
LENOVO YOGA 720 SPECIFICATIONS
- Display: 13-inch 1,920×1,080 IPS touch
- PC CPU: 2.5GHz Intel Core i5-7200U
- PC Memory: 8 GB DDR4 SDAM 2,133MHz
- Graphics: 128MB dedicated Intel HD Graphics 620
- Storage: 256 GB PCle SSD
- Networking: 802.11ac, Bluetooth 4.1
- Operating System: Windows 10 Home (64-bit)
- Price: $799
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