Laptops come in all shapes and sizes, but recent years have seen them grow more capable when it comes to form factor. Touch-screens, convertible design and a compact size means that laptops today are much more than just a screen with a keyboard and track pad attached. And some of the best innovation in recent years has come from Lenovo, which is today one of the leading PC manufacturers in the world.
Lenovo changed the laptop market with its Yoga range, which offers touch-screen functionality and a hinge that lets the laptop fold over a full 360-degrees. You can use it as a laptop with its track pad and keyboard working alongside the touch-screen, or you can fold it over all the way to use it as a full-fledged Windows 10 tablet. Today, we’re reviewing the top-of-the-line Lenovo Yoga 720, which comes with a top-end specification sheet and features. Priced from Rs 88,050, is the Lenovo Yoga 720 worth the premium price tag? We find out.
Lenovo Yoga 720 Design and Specifications
While the key feature of the Yoga range has always been its ability to switch from a computer to a tablet, the way the hinge has been designed has varied over the years. And while other manufacturers have now incorporated similar designs into their laptops, it’ll always be something that Lenovo pioneered. On the Lenovo Yoga 720, there are two hinges that allow the laptop to bend over backwards.
The Lenovo Yoga 720 is designed to be portable and easy to handle, and is fairly light as well, at about 1.3kg. It comes with a 13.3-inch full-HD screen and a form factor that sits perfectly between being too big and too small. It’s a slim laptop that does of course suffer from the lack of connectivity options and ports that can be found aplenty on larger machines, but it does succeed in including options that are important from a present and future perspective.
You get a single USB Type-A port on the right, which is perhaps the only truly bothersome shortcoming in the Lenovo Yoga 720. Since I’m accustomed to using a mouse, I often had to unplug it and switch to the trackpad when I wanted to use either a USB drive or external DAC with the laptop. A second port would have helped in this case. On the left, you have the 3.5mm jack and two USB type-C ports with Thunderbolt compatibility. Charging is through the USB Type-C port, and the Yoga 720 comes with a compatible charger that delivers power quickly and safely. ALSO READ: Lenovo Ideapad 520S Review
The keyboard is backlit and conveniently shaped, with keys laid out properly and without any keys standing strangely out of place, as was the case with the Ideapad 520S that we reviewed last month. Key travel is short but sufficient, while the trackpad is responsive and easy to use. You also get a fingerprint sensor just below the right-side corner of the keyboard, which is quick and accurate when it comes to unlocking the laptop.
The screen of the laptop is a touch-sccreen, with slim borders and the webcam at the top. There is a fair amount of space below the screen that doesn’t serve any purpose, and I’m left wondering if a larger 14-inch screen could have been accommodated into the Lenovo Yoga 720 without any significant different to the form factor and size. The screen itself is sharp, although it isn’t quite as bright as I would have liked and certainly isn’t completely accurate when it comes to portraying colors. ALSO READ: HP Omen 17 Review
In India, two variants of the Lenovo Yoga 720 are available to buy. The more affordable is the Rs 88,050 Intel Core i5 variant, while the Intel Core i7 variant retails at Rs 1,10,175. Apart from the processor, there are no other significant differences between the variants. Both come with 8GB of DDR4 RAM, Intel HD Graphics 620, a 512GB SSD and a 13.3-inch full-HD IPS anti-glare LED screen. Additionally, both variants come with Windows 10 Home pre-installed, along with the Microsoft Office suite. You also get JBL-tuned speakers on the Yoga 720.
There are effectively three ways to navigate around and use the laptop; you can use the track pad, the touch-screen or plug in an external mouse. You can even choose to use the physical keyboard or the on-screen one if you’re in tablet mode. I found the keyboard to be effective and easy to use, and tended to use an external mouse for most of my time with the Lenovo Yoga 720. However, there were times I used the touch-screen for quicker navigation, and it helped to have this. Lenovo also bundles a digitizer pen with the laptop, which can be used for sketching and scribbling on the laptop.
The touch screen is particularly good when it comes to sensitivity, and folded over, the Lenovo Yoga 720 makes for a good Windows 10 tablet. Unfortunately, the continuing issue with using a Lenovo Yoga device as a tablet remains the keyboard underneath. While it does deactivate in tablet mode, it still feels odd to have keys under the device. ALSO READ: Asus Vivobook S15 Review
Another complaint with the Lenovo Yoga 720 is its sound. While the JBL-tuned speakers are decent if only a bit soft, the digital-analogue converter attached to the 3.5mm jack is poor, and therefore, sound coming through headphones is tinny and sounds awkward.
However, when it comes to standard performance, the Lenovo Yoga 720 is reliable, capable and powerful. Thanks to the combination of the solid state drive, Intel Core i7 processor and 8GB of RAM, the laptop is quick to boot, can handle multi-tasking, is silent and free of heat, and is incredibly reliable when it comes to getting work done and remaining stable. During my time with the laptop, I didn’t face any crashes or significant drawbacks. While my usage can be considered basic, I do occasionally push the laptop with multiple open tabs and apps running, as well as photo editing and basic graphically intensive tasks through the browser. ALSO READ: Asus GL553V Review
Even as a media and creativity device when in tablet mode, the Lenovo Yoga 720 comes through as a strong performer. Boot time is less than 10 seconds, and the fingerprint sensor is quick and accurate as well for added security. Charging the laptop is through the USB Type-C port, which tops the battery up in a couple of hours. The battery lasts about 6-7 hours on a single charge with moderate usage, and is frugal when on standby. Because of this, I would often choose to not shut the laptop down, simply putting it on standby and resuming where I left off a few hours later. While it isn’t the best battery life you can expect, it’s decent enough for a powerful laptop with a light-weight form factor such as this.
Lenovo has perhaps the most diverse line-up of products in the laptop space today, and the Yoga range is a strong part of what makes the Chinese company so successful. It’s a laptop and a tablet, and a very powerful hybrid at that. The Yoga 720 builds on what has made it such an interesting product over the years, and the result is a powerful device that is more than adequate to drive your daily productivity.
With top-end specifications and proven reliability, the Lenovo Yoga 720 is certainly a capable device. But with a price that starts at just under Rs 90,000 and goes up to about Rs 1,10,000, it’s also among the more expensive options around, thanks to the form factor and touch screen. If you don’t intend to use the touch screen all that much, you might be better off with the Ideapad 720, and new options from Asus also offer similar value-for-money. However, if you’re looking at a good hybrid with a touch-screen and digitizer pen, the Yoga 720 is among the more powerful options for you.